If this is the first time you buy your sleeping bag, avoid deciding the first store. Visit several, compare models and prices. There are dozens of options.
- Seek help from those who know.Ask the sellers about insulating capacity, materials, special models for women and anything that might be of interest to you. If the answers are vague or do not inspire confidence, find another dealer or go to another store. And tell me why you’re going.
- there are dozens of materials that make the coating and filling of bags.Each with a particular feature.Some heat up more, others weigh more, other dry faster. And important to know what kind of weather you will face, how much weight you’re willing to take, it goes to dry and so on.
- Try.Don’t be shy to get on the sleeping bag in the same store. Use the zippers, in and out of the bag quickly, use the hood, turn aside, check the comfort and if you fits. Fold the bag and place it inside the bag to see how big it gets and how much effort is required. You can’t imagine what it’s like to put a bag for 20 degrees inside the carrying case, the 5,000 meters high.
- Note the feet.Check if there is a leftover space in feet, of at least 10 cm. This helps the isolation, because it allows some air stay in space. But watch out for this space is not greater than 18 cm, in order to have an extra, useless area to heat.
- Bring your backpack.If you’re going to carry the sleeping bag in his backpack, it is important to check if it fits. If necessary, buy the tapes, clamping the sleeping bag by reducing your size.
- Meet your way to sleep.You feel always cold? Well look for a bag to lower temperatures than those that you will find. Have claustrophobia? Look for a bag that has more interior space than usual.
- be realistic.Choose a sleeping bag that is in accordance with the average temperatures of the places where you usually go. Try renting a bag for lower temperatures to try, before toasting your money in expensive equipment you will use eventually. I did exactly that on Everest: I rented my bag, informing my height and weight.
- be realistic 2.Maybe you don’t need a sleeping bag for use outdoors, in extremely humid places or hung on a rock 3,000 meters high. It is preferable to buy something more realistic and then, if necessary, make any adjustments with accessories.
- Buy a system. If you already have a sleeping bag but want something lighter, warmer or colder, consider buying a jacket or a “liner”, an extremely thin sleeping bag, as I bought in Namche. The combination of these accessories will give you a lot of versatility and save time and money.