Archive | Sleeping Bags/Pads

Extra width in shoulders and around knees is great for side sleepers

NEMO Nocturne 30 Sleeping Bag Review

As a side sleeper, I’ve struggled to sleep comfortably in mummy shaped sleeping bags for years. They’re usually too tight around the shoulders and legs for me to roll onto my side. So I was intrigued when I learned about NEMO’s new spoon-shaped sleeping bags which are wide in the shoulders and knees, making it easy to […]

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The LuxuryLite Ultralite Cot in Use

Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot Review

The Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot is designed for campers, backpackers, fisherman, or kayakers who need more back support than they can get from a foam or inflatable sleeping pad, prefer to sleep up off the ground, or want a cooler sleeping system for camping in hot weather. The UltraLite version of the LuxuryLite Cot reviewed here is significantly […]

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Klymit Static V Luxe Inflateable Sleeping Pad

Klymit Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad Review

Klymit’s new Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad is an interesting twist on a luxury inflatable sleeping pad, combining a decadent 30″ width, with a pad that is easy to inflate, and rolls up into a small bundle barely the size of many ultralight weight backpacking pads. It’s also incredibly inexpensive, only costing $89, which should terrify […]

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An innovation to traditional quilt design, the integrated hood helps insulate your head on a cold night. It naturally stays sealed and draft-free when not in use

Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 800F Review

There are three things you should take away from this review of the new 24 ounce Sierra Design’s Backcountry Quilt: Sierra Designs has improved on the original quilt concept with a built-in hood that will appeal to backpackers and campers who’ve used mummy bags in the past but want to lighten up their gear. It’s a […]

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Sleeping Naked in a Sleeping Bag

Is it Warmer to Sleep Naked in a Sleeping Bag?

No. It’s a myth that sleeping naked in a sleeping bag is warmer than wearing in long underwear. I’m not sure how this Internet meme started but it’s dead wrong. How Sleeping Bags Work Sleeping bags are designed to trap the heat your body produces and prevent it from escaping. When you wear long underwear […]

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EN13537 Temperature Rating Label

Winter Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings: Words of Warning

Cold and winter sleeping bag temperature ratings – those under 10 degrees fahrenheit  – are not assigned using the new EN13537 sleeping bag standards that many North American sleeping bag manufacturers now use. The new standard has proven unreliable for bags rated below 10 degrees, so most manufacturers rate their bags using the same techniques […]

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Puffy 3" Draft Collar

Therm-a-Rest Altair 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag Review

The Therm-a-Rest Altair 0 degree down sleeping bag is a very comfortable cold weather sleeping bag that is excellent for side-sleepers or winter backpackers looking to shave more weight off their winter gear list without breaking the bank. Often called a top bag in Europe, the Altair 0 places most of its down insulation on the […]

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