Memorial Day Offer

Discover your mystery discount!

Sleeping bag

History of Sleeping Bags: – The Euklisia Rug, patented in 1876, may have been the first modern sleeping bag. – Pryce Pryce-Jones exported 60,000 rugs […]

« Back to Glossary Index

History of Sleeping Bags:
– The Euklisia Rug, patented in 1876, may have been the first modern sleeping bag.
– Pryce Pryce-Jones exported 60,000 rugs worldwide in the late 19th century.
– Civilian uses were seen among missionaries in Africa and pioneers in Australia.
– A three-person buffalo sleeping bag was used during Arctic exploration circa 1880.
– Records show sales to the Russian and British armies.

Design Types of Sleeping Bags:
– Basic sleeping bags are square blankets with zippers, suitable for most camping needs.
– Mummy bags taper from head to foot, improving heat retention and volume.
– Mummy bags often have a drawstring at the head end to prevent warm air from escaping.
– The bottom of sleeping bags typically does not provide significant insulation.
– Some campers use top quilts, essentially a sleeping bag without a back.

Types of Fill for Sleeping Bags:
– Insulating materials include synthetic quilt insulation for warm weather.
– Outdoor professionals prefer synthetic fill (e.g., PrimaLoft) or natural fill (e.g., down).
– Synthetic fill dries easily and insulates well under a person’s weight.
– Down fill weighs less, retains heat better, but costs more.
– Cotton and wool have also been used, with wool being heavier but repelling water.

Temperature Ratings and Usage of Sleeping Bags:
– In Europe, the EN 13537 standard normalizes sleeping bag temperature ratings.
– REI began requiring American manufacturers to follow the EN 13537 standard in 2010.
– ISO 23537-1 was introduced in October 2016 to standardize temperature ratings.
– Temperature ratings help users choose appropriate sleeping bags for different conditions.
– Proper storage of sleeping bags is crucial for maintaining their insulation properties.
– Sleeping bags are essential for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and climbing.
– They provide warmth, insulation, and protection against wind chill and light precipitation.
– Different models cater to various needs, from summer camping to cold weather expeditions.
– Mummy bags with insulated hoods are suitable for cold weather use.
– Bivy bags serve as waterproof covers for sleeping bags and emergency shelters.

Specialized Sleeping Bags:
– Indoor Sleeping Bags, also known as slumber bags, often used by children, made of natural fabrics, and feature colorful designs.
– Infant Sleeping Bags designed for indoor use, feature arm holes or sleeves, available for winter and summer, with some brands offering all-season options and adhering to safety standards.

Sleeping bag (Wikipedia)

A sleeping bag is an insulated covering for a person, essentially a lightweight quilt that can be closed with a zipper or similar means to form a tube, which functions as lightweight, portable bedding in situations where a person is sleeping outdoors (e.g. when camping, hiking, hill walking or climbing). It is also commonly used indoors for people who do not have beds or at sleepovers. Its primary purpose is to provide warmth and thermal insulation through its synthetic or down insulation. It also typically has a water-resistant or water-repellent cover that protects, to some extent, against wind chill and light precipitation, but a tent is usually used in addition to a sleeping bag, as it performs those functions better. The bottom surface also provides some cushioning, but a sleeping pad or camp cot is usually used in addition to that purpose. The bottom surface of a sleeping bag may be moderately water repellent, but a plastic tarp or groundsheet is often used to protect against moist ground.

A mummy bag, so named because it has an insulated hood which keeps the head warm. A foam sleeping pad can be seen underneath the sleeping bag.

There are a range of sleeping bag models designed for different purposes. Very lightly insulated sleeping bags are designed for summer camping use or indoor use by children during slumber parties. Well-insulated bags are designed for cold weather use. The most well-insulated and lightweight sleeping bags, which are designed for serious hikers and adventurers, are more expensive than lightly insulated sleeping bags. One subcategory of cold-weather sleeping bags, the mummy bag, is so named because it has an insulated hood for the head. A bivouac sack (bivy) is a waterproof cover for a sleeping bag that may be used in place of a tent by minimalist, experienced hikers. A bivy bag may also be carried by day hikers as a backup or emergency shelter, to be used if they cannot make it back to their starting point by nightfall due to inclement weather or getting lost.

« Back to Glossary Index
This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.