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Sleeping Bags
How to Choose a Sleeping Bag?
When choosing a sleeping bag, it is important that you make the correct decision based on your own personal thermostat, shape, and activity. Have a think about where you are going and what you will be doing. Are you someone who really feels the cold at night, or tend to overheat and feel uncomfortable? The answers to these questions will determine which type of sleeping bag will suit you.
Types of Insulation
The type of insulation you choose depends on what weather conditions you expect to encounter, how important weight & space conscious you are and your own personal preferences. Below are some pros and cons for both fills.
Goose down is a common enough sleeping bag fill. It compresses the best (smaller pack size), is the lightest in weight, and is the most efficient insulator, which means it’s the warmest for its weight.  It also lofts back up quickly when shaken out and lasts longer than synthetic fill when cared for properly. One disadvantage of down fill is that it loses its insulating properties when wet and it takes a long time to dry.
All the down in our sleeping bags have been tested for moisture resistance, loft and durability.
Synthetic fill doesn’t loose its insulating properties when wet and it dries quickly so it’s a good choice for very wet climates or kayaking trips. Synthetic bags are usually cheaper than down ones, which can make them good value and they are the obvious choice for anyone who’s allergic to down. While the best synthetic fills come close to down’s superior properties, synthetic bags still tend to be larger and heavier.
Mummy Shaped
All our sleeping bags are Mummy shaped. Mummy bags, with their narrow fit, are the warmest since there is less space for your body to lose heat. Mummy bags also have insulated hoods that you can snug around your head to conserve heat. Because of their slim cut they weigh the least, pack up smallest, and are the best choice for backpackers, climbers, and mountaineers.  Very active and/or claustrophobic sleepers may feel confined by a mummy bag’s tighter fit. However, some sleeping bags are designed to flex or stretch with your movements to reduce that feeling of constriction.
Women Specific
 
Women-specific bags are designed to best fit the shape of women. This means bags that are shorter in length, wider at the hips, and narrower at the shoulders. Women-specific bags also may have more insulation in the toe box and torso areas, since women tend to be colder sleepers and lose more heat in these areas. Example: Snow Cloud 800 
Children Specific
 
Younger as well as older children have different thermal cycles than adults. This means that they also feel temperatures differently, which is difficult or impossible to scientifically determine and measure. The DIN EN 13537 norm was developed mainly for adult use. This is why we do not specify temperature ratings for our children and baby sleeping bags.  Example: Charlie or Dreamer 190
 
Our baby sleeping bags have been primarily conceived for use in a children's buggy or pram. Outside temperatures obviously vary and children should be dressed accordingly.
Temperature Rating
Keeping you warm is probably the main criteria when selecting a sleeping bag. Whether a bag achieves this or not can mean the difference between a restful night’s sleep and the longest night of your life. Choose a bag rated for temperatures you’ll be using it in most often.
Our sleeping bags are divided into three categories according to the DIN  13537 European norms. 
 Extreme: At this temperature the sleeping bag offers protection from freezing, however, there is a risk of hypothermia. It is assumed that a standard woman in a tightly rolled up position can withstand the cold for 6 hours.
Comfort: This temperature is the lowest limit of the comfort range, in which a sleeper in a relaxed position with the zipper closed maintains thermal balance and doesn’t get cold. The value is based on a 1.60 meter “standard woman” with a weight of 60kgs.
Limit: This is the lowest temperature in which a sleeper in a rolled up position maintains thermal balance and doesn’t get cold. This value is based on a 1.73m “standard man” with a weight of 70kgs.