Lightweight sleeping bag

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Lightweight sleeping bag – How are you picking your sleep and shelter gear? Your sleeping bag is one of three major essentials for outdoor sleep systems. Your shelter comes first as an outer layer for protection. But you need the warmth of a bed for comfort sleep. A combination of a pad and a lightweight sleeping bag guaranties warmth, better sleep posture and more relaxing sleep. This system can be used whether you are camping or backpacking.

Basspro cotYou could use a cot as an alternative and some people do. A sleep pad is always needed however for padding and support. But a lightweight sleeping bag mimics the feel of a warm bed. A lightweight sleeping bag will always keep you warm especially in cold temperatures. It wraps around you like a blanket and preserves the heat of your body. And you can always add extra comfort with a DriDown Pillow.

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When choosing a lightweight sleeping bag you will notice different temperature ratings. As a general rule, get a +35 for summer and a range of -10 to +10 for cold and winter times. If confused, a 3 season lightweight sleeping bag that will go anywhere, anytime. A temperate range of 0 to +35 generally is suitable for an all season use.

North Face sleeping bagWithin your lightweight sleeping bag, you can slip a pad for better alignment and comfort. In cold weather the combination of sleeping pad and sleeping bag retains warmth around your body. Down bags are usually warmer though are not made for wet climates. They are the perfect lightweight sleeping bag for summer. Synthetic bags are heavier but retain more warmth in wetness and cold.

Usually the mummy style is a lightweight sleeping bag that is more suited for backpacking. It is designed more compact and light weight for longer travel. Traditional and double sleeping bags are more suited for camping.

However, if you usually do both activities, go for a lightweight sleeping bag that can be easily carried on the trail. Consider temperature drops at night and in high altitudes and keep yourself warm.

Generic Ozark Trail Climatech 40-Degree Cool Weather Lightweight Sleeping Bag, Purple
Ozark Trail Climatech 40-Degree Cool Weather Lightweight Sleeping Bag, Purple
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  1. The major differences betewen a 3 season and a 4 season tent are that the winter rated tents are designed to be able to support or shed a heavy snow load without the frame breaking or the tent collapsing. They also tend to have the rainfly system designed to maintain a more reliable space betewen the fly and inner tent wall to minimize condensation and having the fly press on the tent due to a build up of snow. Winter rated tents tend to have smaller window and ventilation areas and will more often have an exterior vestibule arrangement to block wind and to give you a place to leave snowy gear outside the sleeping area or to cook on the ground but out of the wind during storms.Unless you expect heavy snow loads or severe blizzards and extended bivouacs, a good quality (not discount store) 3 season tent can be perfectly adequate for winter camping. I have winter camped many times with 3 season tents, in fact, probably more often than with my 4-season ones (though I own several tents of each type). If your tent pitches tight so that the fly doesn’t blow around and snap in the wind and has strong poles and a vestibule or good fly overhang over the door, you will most likely be fine in it. For winter camping in snow I always carry a microfiber towel to wipe condensation off the inside of the tent walls at night and before I get out of my bag in the morning. Be certain you have stakes that will work in the ground conditions you will encounter. Fat plastic stakes will not work on frozen ground get the thin metal ones that twist in. If you will be camping in deep snowpack, you will want to be able to make dead man anchors by attaching the guy lines and corner staking tabs to buried stuff sacks that you fill with snow or rocks or tying your guy lines to buried branches. You will probably need to stake the tent more solidly than in warmer weather due to the higher potential for wind. Nothing is worse than watching your dome tent bounce down the mountain and out of sight over a cliff (hasn’t happened to me but I’ve seen it happen to others).

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