Backpacker Nirvana – The Best Bag for your Buck
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Let’s face it; there are few things worse than spending a cold, wet night on the ground. Whether you are deep in the woods or just kicking it with the kids in the backyard, your sleeping bag makes or breaks the adventure.
To help you have a great night’s sleep in the great outdoors we’ve completed research to compile the Best Sleeping Bags of 2013-2014. You have many choices, and we hope our article will help you make the right one.
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Sleeping Bags are the essential camping companion. They have to keep you warm, dry and comfortable for a long period of time. If you are hiking they need to be light, compress well and easy to care for when in the wilderness. For general, or car camping you still require comfort and warmth.
Made with either Goose down, or synthetic materials they are designed to trap air inside the sack so your body can maintain a comfortable temperature. Both down and synthetic has their advantages and disadvantages; however, our review is focused on the budget-conscious camper, and we are only reviewing synthetic versions.
These tend to be more durable, easier to clean, and water resistant than down options. Most synthetic options can be commercial machine washed, typically a much cheaper alternative than dry cleaning Goose down.
We also divided our review into two sections: backpacking and general camping to further help you chose the one that is right for you.
There are many factors to consider, including durability, fill, temperature rating, and season. We have reviewed all these factors to compile our Best Sleeping Bags of 2013-2014 for outdoor adventures.
TETON Sports TrailHead +20 Degree F Ultralight- Best Choice for Backpackers
Those of us who like to strap on a rucksack and head off into the wilderness face a conundrum. How can we port all our essential gear as lightly as possible and still make sure we have the right stuff for warmth and comfort? Which is why we put the TETON Sports TrailHead +20 Degree F Ultralight at the top of our list.
A relatively new player in the outdoor gear market Teton has quickly gained popularity by providing quality adventure products at affordable prices. Orange with grey accents, and a focus on comfort, durability and warmth make this stylish, technical product a great three-season option.
Warm and Durable
Designed with backpackers in mind Teton’s mummy style version is filled with PolarLite, an innovative 7-denier interwoven insulation that provides warmth without bulk, actually you will find its pretty svelte. You will also enjoy its breathable, soft, double-brushed P5 Poly Hi-Count liner that keeps you warm and cozy.
Reviewers noted its warmth and comfort level in the 40 degree range. But when winter comes along and pushes the mercury down you will discover it has a temperature rating of +20 degrees F. The product is light, thin and offers the 75D 2MM diamond Ripstop water and tear resistant shell that will keep you dry and wear well over many uses.
Larger campers will enjoy the extra shoulder and leg room with its 32 inch by 87inch (W x L) mass while the box foot area lets you lie with your toes up in comfort for a great nights sleep. I’m 6’1” and weigh over 205 lbs. and it was a nice fit.
If you are carrying a backpack, you will be concerned about weight. Long days on the trail can be hard, and even a few extra pounds can add to fatigue. But our top selection is a great choice as it weighs just under 3 pounds (2.9 lbs.); pack size is 14.5″ x 6.5″ x 6.5″, and compresses well. An excellent selection if you’re setting off on a long backcountry trek or mountain expedition. General campers will want to take a look at the TETON Sports Celsius XXL -18 Degree C / 0 Degree F Flannel Lined product.
You will find it comes with a lot of well thought out bells and whistles not found on other products we reviewed. Features include zipper pullers inside and outside, a mummy hood with shoulder baffle and drawstring, and a zippered inner pocket for valuables. I particularly like the zippered inner pocket, so I know exactly where my phone and keys are at all times. Also, the tapered, anti-snag zippers enhance the full-length zippered draft tube and make quick exits a breeze.
Perfect for backpackers and campers who need to consider weight and comfort the Teton Sports TrailHead +20 Degree F Ultralight is warm, lightweight and durable to provide satisfaction on the trail.