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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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Snake on chest while sleeping?

If you end up with a snake on your chest while sleeping, you can rest assured that the snake is not in an aggressive mood. It's on top of you because it thinks you're cozy and warm, if it's cozy then ...
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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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Will a down sleeping bag recover 100% after being squeezed if it's not for a long time?

I emailed Feathered Friends and PHD about this issue. I only got a reply from FF so far: A compression bag greatly reduces the size of a sleeping bag. There is no limitation to compressing down, ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What sleeping gear should I use in a lean-to?

That lean-to in the link looks like it would shelter from all but the most wind driven rain. If you pack a cheap vinyl poncho that should take care of most situations. They are light enough that you ...
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Snake on chest while sleeping?

There was an old Reader's Digest story, apparently true, where a camper woke up with a very big rattler (as he saw later) coiled on his chest under the sleeping bag. He had trouble communicating to ...
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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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Winter bivvying in the Alps: what is a good temperature rating for a sleeping bag

First of all, I will just spread some ideas. I never did a winter bivi by myself. Please don't blindly trust my words. But... because I am interested in the idea and like to do something similar in ...
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Will a down sleeping bag recover 100% after being squeezed if it's not for a long time?

Over compressing any bag, whether it be down or synthetic, will eventually lead to loft degradation. If you compress your bag too tight you can cause damage to the barbs and barbules of the feathers, ...
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Sleeping bag too hot

Buy an Overbag. Use the Overbag when it's too warm for your down bag Use the down bag at and around -15C Use the Overbag and Down Bag together when it's colder than -15C AND if you want to get ...
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Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?

Keep the bag Warm not your clothes! Both clothes and sleeping bags are insulators, the problem with wearing too many clothes in your sleeping bag is that you will actually insulate yourself ...
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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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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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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 bag too hot

Unfortunately you are limited in your options: use a mat under you and the sleeping bag as a blanket. This will be a lot colder, though buy another bag, perhaps rated to -5 as an alternative. If you ...
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