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Sleeping Bag Weight, Compression Sack
Sleeping Bags Features (continued)
Sleeping Bag Weight.
The weight of budget sleeping bags varies significantly.
Sleeping Bags Temperature Rating.Sleeping bag manufacturers use temperature ratings to signal that a bag will provide warmth down to those temperatures. If you plan to use your budget sleeping bag for camping trips, pay attention to this number. Experts recommend summer-use sleeping bags should be rated at a minimum of 40 degrees and winter-use bags should be rated at zero degrees or lower. Some cheap rectangular Coleman sleeping bags have temperature ratings that range from 20 degrees to 60 degrees; the Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag is said to keep users warm down to 20 degrees and the Clear Lake Warm-Weather bag should be good down to 40 degrees. Mummy bags often boast lower temperature ratings, although the Kelty Cosmic mummy bag, which holds barely a pound of fill, is only rated at 50 degrees. Among the other discount mummy bags we researched, the Everest Mummy is the coldest-weather sleeping bag with a five-degree temperature rating, followed by the Coleman North Rim bag with its 10-30 degree rating and the Wenzel Santa Fe at 20 degrees. Note though, that some campers say these bags really aren't warm enough for such cold weather.
Indeed, the manufacturer's temperature rating is only an estimate, despite claims about independently certified ratings. Your own sleep preferences must be factored in. As our research found, users don't always agree with the stated temperature ratings of the cheapest sleeping bags.
Sleeping Bags Zipper.An efficient, no-snag zipper is an essential part of a sleeping bag. If possible, test the zipper before you buy to make sure it zips up and down with ease. This is one dimension in which cheap sleeping bags often fall short; many earn a fair share of user complaints for problems like breakage, misaligned feet and teeth, fabric snags, and generally middling performance. For users of the Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather bag, the zipper proved decisive in their reviews on Amazon, where they say the zipper gets stuck and caught in the nylon shell. The Wenzel Santa Fe bag comes with a self-repairing zipper, which is a stand-out feature in a discount sleeping bag.
Sleeping Bag Frills, Compression Sack.A compression sack, a.k.a. "stuff sack," is especially convenient if you hike with the bag or have limited storage space while on the go. The Everest Mummy comes with a compression sack, although some users say the sack is too small and rips when you try to stuff the discount mummy bag inside. The Coleman North Rim and Wenzel Santa Fe, also discount mummy bags, likewise come with a polyester stuff sack. Both the single and double rectangular Guide Gear Portage bags come with a carry sack. Rectangular Coleman models are usually rolled and secured; the two on our list feature the QuickCord, a proprietary no-tie system.
Think Twice Budget Sleeping Bags
Eureka Grasshopper Review
Kelty Cosmic 50-Degree Sleeping Bag Review
Cheap Kids' Sleeping Bags Review
Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag Review
Wenzel Santa Fe 20-degree Mummy Sleeping Bag Review
Coleman North Rim 0-Degree Mummy Bag Review
Guide Gear Portage 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review
Coleman Clear Lake Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag Review
Everest Mummy +5F/-15C Degree Review
Field & Stream MT 20 Degree Mummy Bag
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