Are there lots of types of sleeping bags? - Camping, Backpacking & Hiking
are three basic types of sleeping bags:
Rectangle - the sleeping bag we were probably
all raised with. This is a basic rectangle and rolls up to about the size
of a small car. Only use these in the summer, and only if you can drive
directly to your camping site. The upside of these bags is they provide
lots of room for your feet, and can be zipped together for Mom and Pop sleeping.
They are often thick too, which will help to cushion you from the hard
Barrel - The barrel sleeping bag is slightly
oval shaped, which provides more body warmth. It is roomier than a mummy
bag, but does not usually come with a hood like the mummy.
Mummy - The mummy sleeping bag is what you need
when camping in cold weather. It tapers as it goes down toward your feet,
providing a close fit and therefore trapping body heat. It has a hood
that wraps around your head and neck, keeping your body heat inside the
bag. The mummy has draft tubes, which are filled fabric strips sewn along
the zipper, keeping your bag draft free. The downside is only for those
who have claustrophobia and may feel trapped inside this tighter fitting bag.
Boy Scout uses a malleable mummy sleeping bag, rated
at 0 degrees. He is toasty warm at the freeze-o-ree, and can open the bag
in the summer to cool off. This large bag easily scrunches in to a small
stuff sack which is carried on his backpack. The $140 was well worth the
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