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Best Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Bags Performance (continued)
Best Sleeping Bag Storage/Transportation.Regardless in transit or at rest, even the best sleeping bags have to be stored somewhere and somehow.
Inexpensive rectangular sleeping bags, like the Clear Lake Warm-Weather and Brazos Cold-Weather models are bulkier and usually heavier than mummy bags. They must first be folded, then rolled, and then secured; in the case of these Coleman bags, with the company's trademarked no-tie cord. This process has both advocates and critics, according to sleeping bag reviews posted on sites like Walmart and Amazon. Some users say the bags weigh too much for backpacking but are fine for car-camping or as indoor bedrolls. Some say these cheap sleeping bags roll up easily, others say not so much, and a few grumble about struggling to keep them tightly rolled.
Cheap Sleeping Bags Durability.Durability doesn't seem to be a problem with some of the low-cost sleeping bags we researched. But others garner complaints about a variety durability issues. Several reviews of the best sleeping bags on Amazon report that the fabric and seams on the Wenzel Santa Fe rip and tear easily. The zippers on the Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather bag don't always work (one user says the bag arrived with a broken zipper) and others say it catches on the shell and the zipper seams fray; one user also complains on Amazon about fibers that come loose whenever the bag is unrolled. A few Everest Mummy users, according to sleeping bags reviews on Walmart, struggle with the zipper when they're already inside the bag.
Best Sleeping Bag Maintenance.Eventually, your cheap sleeping bag will need to be cleaned, especially if you use it in place of sheets and blankets. The best sleeping bags with synthetic fill can be washed in a commercial washing machine; some experts recommend using a milder-than- usual detergent and then putting the bag through a second wash cycle without soap to make sure it's thoroughly rinsed.
All three of the Coleman sleeping bags on our list are machine washable. As for the Everest Mummy, one sleeping bag review on Walmart advises against putting it in the washing machine. In any case, follow the directions that come with the sleeping bag.
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