I get asked a lot about how to choose backpacking sleeping bags. Most people are looking for a bag for warmer weather backpacking (i.e., not winter, also known as 3-season sleeping bags) and that is what this post is primarily about.
If you choose a bag that is good for backpacking, rest assured that it will also be good for car camping but the reverse is not true. However, if you are only car camping you don’t have to worry about weight and can buy a less expensive bag.
When choosing backpacking sleeping bags, don’t overlook the specifications (specs). Reading the specs becomes a habit, at least it does if you are a guide. If the sleeping bag specs do not list weight and stuff size, they probably won’t meet your requirements… or you might have to dig deeper to find more detailed specs. The following explains some of the specifications:Continue reading