Choosing a sleeping bag for a hike

Mountain tents

While the choice of a sleeping bag for hiking is directly related to the weight of the bag, the choice of a sleeping bag for camping or hiking with a car is primarily tied to comfort.

So which sleeping bag is right for you? This article discusses the various functionalities and a set of must-have characteristics for sleeping bags designed for such trips.

Our store offers a wide range of sleeping bags of this particular category. At any time after reading this article, you can familiarize yourself with the assortment of our store.


Since a sleeping bag is primarily intended for use during rest, one of the main characteristics to look out for when choosing and buying a sleeping bag will be the comfort temperature during sleep.

This characteristic indicates the lowest temperature at which the bag is able to keep the heat of the human body for a long time (sleep).

If, for example, this characteristic is -6 degrees Celsius, this means that most tourists will feel comfortable, provided the outside temperature does not drop below -6. This characteristic is valid provided that long underwear and a camping mat are used.

Of course, metabolism (metabolic process) varies from person to person in the same way as the comfort temperature characteristics of different manufacturers of sleeping bags differ. Therefore, guided solely by this characteristic, you can make a mistake with the choice of a sleeping bag.

Usually sleeping bags are divided into:

2) Three-season: from -12 to +2.

Note: most sleeping bags for tourism are designed for use in a temperature range of -10 to +10 degrees Celsius.

When choosing a sleeping bag, keep in mind that the comfort temperature of the sleeping bag should be slightly lower than what you expect during the hike. If you go camping in freezing, then choose a bag with a comfort temperature of -7 instead of +2 degrees Celsius.

If the air temperature turns out to be higher than expected, you simply open the bag and thus normalize the temperature inside it. It is always easier to do this than to freeze and shiver from the cold later.

Choosing a sleeping bag for a hike

Today's ranking provides a description of the best sleeping bags from the standpoint of specialists based on their experiments, as well as on the basis of feedback from real consumers who have already experienced this phenomenon of the manufacturing industry.

th place: Deuter Orbit +

A cocoon-shaped sleeping bag from this manufacturer stands out for its comfort and fashionable appearance. This sleeping bag is designed for summer camping. There is a cape of an anatomical cut, pockets and a double fastener, which is equipped with anti-jamming protection, which guarantees greater comfort during use.

Polyester of the Deuter-Soft-Micro type was used as the outer and inner material, and synthetics played the role of the filler. The dimensions of the sleeping bag in the unfolded position are 205x75x48 cm, and in the practical (assembled) position - 36x15 cm.Weight no more than 900 g

  • Small size;
  • Light weight;
  • Quality cut;
  • Nice to the touch;
  • There is a compression model.

  • The temperature values ​​do not quite correspond to the characteristics declared by the manufacturer;
  • The fastener sticks;
  • The filler gradually becomes smaller after a while, if you use it often product.

th place: Deuter Astro

A very lightweight and at the same time frost-resistant model from Deuter, which has been recognized as the leader in the sleeping bag segment for summer. Compared with close rivals, this model stands out, first of all, by its focus on keeping warm at temperatures down to -10 degrees. And this is with a rather small coverage of comfortable marks.

This is helped by a scrupulous choice of materials, which was aimed at keeping the maximum heat inside the sleeping bag and, at the same time, at removing excess moisture. Real fluff was used as insulation, which is licensed according to the RDS standard. The dimensions of the bag are designed for people whose height ranges from 1.8 to 1.85 m with a maximum shoulder width of about 75 cm.

It is also interesting that with such an elegant performance of the heat preservation option, the weight of the model is less than others and is 820 g. This is a great value for a long expedition, which is associated with all sorts of difficulties of the route.

  • Lightweight ;
  • Keeps warm well;
  • High quality performance;
  • Acceptable dimensions.

Detailed article on the peculiarities of choosing a sleeping bag for a long hike.

Therm-a-Rest create not only the beloved karemats and inflatable and self-inflating travel rugs, but also sleeping bags. Cool sleeping bags! Each model, as expected, is first pored over in the laboratory, then tested in real conditions in order to get the equipment that can be entrusted with a sound and healthy sleep on a hike.

This year, AlpIndustria stores and the online store present Therm-a-Rest sleeping bags with different temperature conditions from the 2018 collection, designed for fans of the Fast & Light style.

Therm-a-Rest Space Cowboy F/C Sleeping Bag

Lightweight and compact synthetic sleeping bag for summer hiking.

Sleeping under the starry sky on a clear, warm summer night is a unique experience! It was they who inspired Therm-a-Rest to create the Space Cowboy sleeping bag with a temperature range of 11 ° C/7 ° C/-6 ° C.

The temperature range of Therm-a-Rest sleeping bags is determined in accordance with international standards EN 13537 and ISO 23537.

This is one of the lightest sleeping bags in its category: 550 grams in regular size and 600 grams in long size. Space Cowboy folds compactly and when folded takes up little space: 18 * 25 cm.

Warm. The Space Cowboy has a well thought out zonal insulation: there is more filler in those areas that are more prone to freezing. The outer material of the sleeping bag is also cleverly arranged: its seamy side reflects heat and literally returns it back to the sleeping bag, helping to preserve it (called ThermaCapture Lining).

Not afraid of moisture. The Space Cowboy uses eraLoft ™ waterproof synthetic insulation and has a water repellent treatment on the outer 20D ripstop polyester.

Convenient. The sleeping bag is equipped with elastic removable straps that are attached around the mat and will not allow the bag to slide off during the night (see photo). The hood can be pulled tightly around the head.

SizeRegularLongLength183cm198cmVolumes (shoulders/hips/leg area) 156/147/113 cm164/149/126 cmWeight550g600gFill weight250g270gVolume folded18 * 25cm18 * 25cmComfort temperature11 ° C11 ° C ° C 7 ° C Extreme temperature -6 ° C-6 ° C Lightning Left Left

Mountain tents are specially designed for harsh climatic conditions and extreme routes. Therefore, the design is fully adapted to strong gusts of wind, low temperatures and snowfalls. Mountain tents usually do not have additional elements, such as ventilation windows or shelves for storing things. Moreover, all models are lightweight and small in size. The streamlined shape provides high wind resistance.

Height does not exceed 120 cm. Usually a mountain tent is designed to accommodate one or two people. Heavy-duty lightweight materials are used in the manufacture. The frame consists of arcs, additional sections are used for reinforcement. The awning and the bottom are waterproof. The skirt not only provides protection from the wind, but also strengthens the structure, if, for example, sprinkle it with snow. A large number of storm guards allows you to securely fix the tent in mountainous areas. The breathable inner layer creates a comfortable microclimate even at high altitudes.

Choosing a tent for mountain tourism

When choosing a mountain tent, consider:

• availability of a windproof skirt;

• maximum number of seats;

For mountain tourism, tents in the form of a barrel or a structure with a gable roof are considered the least suitable, as they have poor wind resistance. A good option is a domed structure with a reinforced arch frame. Stretch marks are required.

Windproof skirt provides extra protection. The tent should have several layers. Moreover, the inner layer must be chosen from a breathable fabric, this minimizes the likelihood of condensation formation. Good ventilation is essential, as it is difficult to breathe at high altitudes. The outer awning must have a high water resistance (not less than 5000 mm). It is advisable to choose a model with two vestibules. One of them will act as an entrance, and in the other you can leave equipment and things. The seams must be sealed and glued. The bottom of the tent should also be made of waterproof fabric.

What should be included with a mountain tent

The basic set of mountain tent includes:

Trekking poles - what is it and where is it from?

What are they for and is it possible without them? Quite a bit of history.

Overview of basic designs, short analysis of advantages and disadvantages. Used materials of sticks, handles, tips. Lanyard. Anti-shock. Two or one?

What else do you need to know about? Use cases.

Features and criteria for choosing trekking poles

From afar. Since ancient times, people have traveled a lot. In addition, in the early days of the absence of Uber, low-cost and trams, you had to walk a lot. The classic image of a wanderer is a bearded man in a cloak and with a staff, wandering towards a goal known to him alone. That is, holding a club in your hand to facilitate the marching life is quite organic for homo sapiens, we can even call it a historical trend. Through a long evolution, walking to the ends of the earth has evolved (or degraded) to trekking, and the staff, in turn, to trekking sticks. Let's try to define such a popular type of equipment for the modern tourist-trekker-climber.

Definition. Currently, a trekking pole is understood as a folding (usually telescopic) stick similar to a ski one, capable of changing its length in most designs, with a sharp tip made of steel or hard alloy, a comfortable handle equipped with an adjustable lanyard and restraining rings of various diameters, often , with the possibility of replacement.

A bit of history. Back in the middle of the last century, trekking poles in their modern form were not invented. Climbers were mostly content with ice axes, replacing wooden sticks with metal attachments, and tourists with ordinary sticks made of wood or ski poles. With the popularization of hiking and mountaineering, it became clear that an ice ax in technically simple areas is inconvenient, just like ski and ordinary (made of wood) sticks for tourists. There was a demand for a stick that would provide a compact folded size for transportation, would have the ability to adjust the length, a reliable design and low weight.

Back in 1974, Leki launched the first model of trekking poles on the market. They consisted of three sections, internal screw locks and had a telescopic design, with the ability to adjust the length and folding. The design has become classic and is still being produced with some changes. Since then, the market for trekking poles has increased tenfold, they have become the "default" tourist equipment. The sight of people walking with such sticks, even without snow and skis, has long ceased to shock the locals. Let's see how justified the use of this equipment is. It is no secret that even now a significant number of tourists consider sticks to be an excess and do without them. For convenience, let's divide the application conditions into two groups.

  • Using sticks on plain terrain. This refers to simple trails, easy and not steep ascents and descents. This is the most controversial (contested) field of application of trekking poles. The main task of their use on simple terrain is to relieve the knees and hip joints, the spine, give additional stress to the muscles of the shoulder girdle and reduce the stress on the muscles of the legs. Arguments FOR: studies (primarily by American scientists) have shown a significant reduction in the stress on the knees and hip joints as a result of the use of trekking poles - in total when climbing up to 34, and on descent up to 29 tons per hour. Make it easy to carry a heavy backpack. Arguments AGAINST: unloading the knee and hip joints, sticks significantly increase the load on the wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints. Contribute to the deterioration of blood supply due to squeezing of the raised arms by the straps. with frequent hikes, the use of sticks can be considered the prevention of diseases of the knee and hip joints. At the same time, it is possible that there is some risk of diseases of the joints of the wrists and elbows, so far, scientifically unproven. The use of anti-shock sticks can reduce the risk to a minimum (more on that below). Hand wicking can be prevented by adjusting the length of the poles correctly and transferring most of the backpack's weight from the shoulder straps to the waist belt (backpack adjustment). Whether or not trekking poles are used on simple hikes is up to you.
  • Use of sticks on difficult terrain. I have repeatedly come across the fact that even zealous opponents of walking with sticks reconsidered their attitude towards them in difficult hikes, after overcoming areas with highly rugged terrain, fords, sharp ascents and descents, slippery surfaces. And the heavier the backpack of the tourist, the more importance the use of sticks on "heavy" terrain becomes. Arguments FOR: in addition to those listed on the first point - maintaining balance and insurance (not climbing, of course) in difficult conditions, prevention of falls, injuries. Arguments AGAINST: apart from those listed under the first point, there are practically no. But under the conditions described above, they clearly turn into secondary ones. It is sometimes said that the constant use of trekking poles impairs the tourist's sense of balance, balance, and without poles, he becomes completely helpless. Such a statement can be considered true only to a small extent, practice refutes such fears if you are about to hike on difficult terrain, serious mountains, fords, slippery surfaces - it is strongly recommended to complete your set of equipment with trekking poles, and this article will help you choose them. Keep in mind that they will often be a MANDATORY piece of equipment and without them the instructor/guide may refuse you to participate in the event. Climbing Elbrus and climbing Kazbek are examples of such trips.

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