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Sleeping solo in a double sleeping bag

In my experience, most standard single sleeping bags, are built so you can zipper them together to make a double. They are designed to zipper to an identical/matched bag, so don't count on buying to ...
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What are the differences between a $25 sleeping bag and a $440 sleeping bag if they have the same temp rating?

There is various features that can cause a huge difference in price for seemingly similar pieces of equipment. The place of manufacturing can play a role but rarely to such a huge extend. Material ...
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Two kids sharing a sleeping bag

Not a bad idea. I happen to have a 5 and 3 year old. I can think of reasons for not letting them sleep in the same sleeping bag, but none of them are because it wouldn't work in theory. If your two ...
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Sleeping solo in a double sleeping bag

The parameters of your girlfriend would matter depending on the ratio of 'space' occupying, but let's ignore that for now. I would put a cord or something around it to minimize the space; air needs ...
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What are the differences between a $25 sleeping bag and a $440 sleeping bag if they have the same temp rating?

To answer the particular case of the bags in this question, the main differences between these bags are: Properties of a $25 china made "32 degree" bag: Low quality synthetic insulation (ie. less ...
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30°F / -1°C sleeping bag vs a 50°F / 10°C sleeping bag whilst wearing layers

I would go with the bag they recommend. It's much easier to cool down than to warm up. You state a "multi day hiking and backpacking trip". I have been caught out with an inadequate bag, and ...
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How could a lighter winter sleeping bag also be warmer?

I think it is easiest to see the difference here: Specification Chart The heavier one is a semi rectangular bag while the lighter one is a mummy bag. Both bags have the same amount of loft, which is ...
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What should you do if your sleeping bag gets soaking wet at night?

First - do everything to prevent getting a wet bag! A wet sleeping bag must be a nightmare - the best solution is to make sure this never happens to you again! Before I use a new shelter somewhere ...
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How to prevent sleeping bag from expanding in its bag

Get a special bag for the sleeping bag. Your special bag should have compression straps. If it's also a dry bag, it should ideally also have a valve. I have bought the compression dry bag PS10 with ...
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Down sleeping bag stored in sack for years

Given the cost of down bags, it should be worth the effort to revive it. Here are the key issues: HOW BADLY IS IT DAMAGED? How good is the down? I've been told by an industry insider that soft down ...
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What are the differences between a $25 sleeping bag and a $440 sleeping bag if they have the same temp rating?

I was looking at sleeping bags in a real shop only a couple of weeks ago. My budget would rule out the $400 bag, which I assume is down-filled, but even at the lower end there's a big difference. I ...
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V-chamber vs trapezoid construction

The answer to "it is considered in the temperature rating" can be yes, no and maybe... Really it depends on the manufacturer and how they test it. It also depends where the manufacturer market is: in ...
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Will I be warmer in my sleeping bag inside or outside of my tent, when winter camping?

The tent will definitely be warmer because it keeps the wind away. As you are sleeping your body produces heat and a tent helps keep that warmer air around instead of it blowing away in the wind. ...
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Sleeping in a sleeping bag only compared to tent camping

A tent would protect you from rain and snow, and it would keep you warmer since it will create a warm pocket of air around you. It would also keep the bugs away. However, if rain and/or snow and bugs ...
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What should you do if your sleeping bag gets soaking wet at night?

I'm going to assume that you're too deep into the bush to bail and get back to civilization, and that your bag is all that's standing between you and hypothermia. In this situation, you have to get ...
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Quality of duck vs goose down

Down is a natural product, so fill quality, odour and durability can vary quite markedly within a species depending on the breed, age and condition of the bird. Practical performance is also ...
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Will I be warmer in my sleeping bag inside or outside of my tent, when winter camping?

You will always be warmer in a shelter of any sort than you will be out against the raw elements of winter. You would be surprised how much warmth a tent can provide, but they still aren't the best ...
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Emergency measures: sleeping bag not suitable for the current weather

Bit late to the party, but here goes:  my 1-season sleeping bag turns out insufficient for the spring snow that surprised me at nightfall. Well, that one season the sleeping bag refers to is not ...
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Sleeping solo in a double sleeping bag

If the bag is laid flat like it would be for two people, it will not be nearly as warm. Basically you are doubling the effective surface area in which to lose heat relative to a single person sleeping ...
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What are the differences between a $25 sleeping bag and a $440 sleeping bag if they have the same temp rating?

I still use the very expensive down sleeping bag I bought in 1972. I've used it an average of at least 30 days a year for nearly 50 years. Of course, I treated it very well between uses: It reposed ...
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Any way to save down sleeping bag after washing?

Any way to save down sleeping bag after washing? I would try rewashing, rinsing thoroughly (see below) and dry/fluff/dry/fluff/etc. I wash down sleeping bags, down pillows and down comforters, and ...
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How to select a good sleeping bag liner?

Vapor barrier liner gives about 10 F. You wake up damp and they are not real comfortable but they work. Not only does it hold some heat in it prevents moisture from building up in the bag. ...
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Will I be warmer in my sleeping bag inside or outside of my tent, when winter camping?

Yes, a tent would have kept you warmer. Tents block the wind and thus will eliminate wind-chill. While insulation of a tent is not good, it will still allow your escaping body heat to be trapped ...
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Any way to save down sleeping bag after washing?

It all comes down to using the right approach in the first place. Theory The primary goal of down care is to preserve the fluffiness of the feathers. There are three enemies to it: Dirt: fat and ...
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30°F / -1°C sleeping bag vs a 50°F / 10°C sleeping bag whilst wearing layers

It may not be enough, but sometimes you can add a sleeping bag liner or a bivy to enhance the insulation and humidity and wind resistance of your sleeping bag. Liners can be made of cotton, silk or ...
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What should you do if your sleeping bag gets soaking wet at night?

Years ago I was caught in a totally unexpected and sudden blizzard/snowstorm. I started out the trip at 85–95°F (30–35°C) in August so I was totally unprepared for cold weather in ...
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Pros and cons of Tent vs bivvy bag

Here's some advice about sleeping in a bivvy bag. Do not close the bag when you sleep. Leave it open and use the mosquito net, then the air you breathe can get out. When it is really cold leave it ...
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