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Buying a Sleeping Bag? Part 1: Temperature Ratings Explained

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Sleeping bag montage, 3 kbIf you're in the market for a new sleeping bag it can be a baffling choice. From fill and fabrics to temperature ratings and test standards, scientist Matthew Fuller guides us through the minefield.

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 jezb1 13 Mar 2017
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I may have missed it, but I didn't see it explain why the different figures relate to men / women?
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I only skimmed through, looking for something which wasn't there (I had a different kind of article on sleeping bags in mind upon clicking), but it's because women generally feel the cold a little bit more than men.
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 Mr Fuller 13 Mar 2017
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Yes, as Timmd says, it's because women tend to feel the cold more than men. The second article addresses this a little bit more.
 Simon4 16 Mar 2017
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I got the impression that you were more concerned about the predominantly smaller size of women and the close or otherwise fit of the bag.
 stp 29 Mar 2017
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Good and useful article. A few years ago I got a cheap synthetic bag supposedly comfortable at minus 5. I thought this would be warm enough for Spain in March. But it was freezing. The temperature only went down to +3 at night but still the bag was not up to it.

My best bag was one I swapped with a mountaineer many years ago. It had 1400 grams of down and was a proper expedition bag. It was great. I remember sleeping at Hueco Tanks hut when the temp fell to -14C one night. Everyone else froze but I didn't even need to put my t-shirt on. That bag had so much loft even when it was empty it looked like someone was inside it.

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