How to choose a winter sleeping bag
Filling Shell and inner lining Baffles and insulation chambers Zip (zipper) and draft tube Shape Length and width Hood and draft collar Season Temperature ratings Weight Pockets
Down sleeping bags
Synthetic sleeping bags
2. Shell and inner lining
Ideally you want a shell that's water-resistant and durable, and a lining that's durable but soft.
3. Baffles and insulation chambers
Different baffles and insulation chambers
Box baffles Continuous baffles Vertical baffles with long insulation channels Horizontal baffles which create lateral insulation channels A mix of baffles and insulation chambers
Note that while baffles are technically the inner walls creating insulation chambers, the chambers themselves are often referred to as baffles.
Most folks opt for horizontal baffles and lateral insulation chambers in mummy-shaped winter sleeping bags.
4. Zip and draft tube
A rectangle A semi-rectangle A mummy A peanut shell
The mummy-shaped sleeping bag is a good choice for folks who sleep on their back.
Women-specific mummy bags
A peanut shell
6. Length and width
Sleeping bag length
7. Hood and draft collar
For wintry conditions like those experienced in the Himalayas, a hood and draft collar are absolutely necessary components in a sleeping bag.
For a Kilimanjaro climb you need to use a season four or season five sleeping bag.
At Follow Alice we provide all of our clients with a season four sleeping bag to use during their Kilimanjaro climb at no extra charge.
9. Temperature ratings
EN and ISO temperature ratings
ISO temperature ratings make it possible to accurately compare the warmth of different brands of sleeping bags.
The different temperature groupings
Where do you find a sleeping bag's temperature ratings?
Temperature ratings are estimates
Down sleeping bags are lighter than synthetic sleeping bags.
Down fill power
If you want a very lightweight down sleeping bag, look for one with a down fill power of 800 or more.
Winter sleeping bag weight
Quilts vs sleeping bags
What are the best sleeping bag brands?
The 9 Best Cold Weather Sleeping Bags To Keep You Warm In The Dead Of Winter by Forbes Best Sleeping Bags by Clever Hiker The 6 Best Winter Down Sleeping Bags of 2023 by Gear Lab
Can I rent a sleeping bag for Kilimanjaro?
You can rent a sleeping bag for Kilimanjaro for around US$30 to $50.
You don't have to travel with a bulky sleeping bag in your luggage. You don't have to purchase a costly bag if you're not going to use it often. You can rent a lighter or warmer sleeping bag when trekking in different weather conditions. You can use the rental experience to try out a certain type of sleeping bag to see how you like it before buying your own one.
Follow Alice's complimentary sleeping bags
Are sleeping bag liners worth it?
Reduces how often you need to clean the sleeping bag Is more hygienic – you can wash a liner easily and therefore regularly Extends the life of the sleeping bag Can offer a few extra degrees of warmth if it's thermal
How do you wash a sleeping bag without ruining it?
How often should you wash your sleeping bag?
When is the best time to wash your sleeping bag?
How do you restore a down sleeping bag's loft?
What is loft in a sleeping bag?
A bag with high-quality loft is a very fluffy and therefore cosy bag!
How can you revive your down bag's loft?
Shake the bag and try to fluff it manually. Then lay it flat and leave it for a couple of hours. Wash the bag in cold water, without detergent, then place it in a drying machine with two tennis balls and put the machine on a no-heat cycle. Store the bag in a loose, breathable sack – compression sacks should only be used when transporting the bag.
How should you store a sleeping bag?
Always ensure that your sleeping bag is completely dry before stowing it!
Don't rely solely on your sleeping bag to keep warm
The tent Your sleeping mat (also called a sleeping pad) Your sleeping clothes
2. Sleeping mat
Be sure to choose a thick sleeping mat if you're a side sleeper.