A down sleeping bag is a must-have for camping, backpacking, and impromptu sleepovers.
It's inevitable: Every time we go camping, we find ourselves sitting by the campfire, having the same conversation about how it feels so good to be outside, how beautiful the sunset is, and how we should do this more often. And no matter where we are, that conversation always ends with: “This is my happy place.”
When we’re backpacking, though, that feeling literally doubles! And that's mostly because backpacking requires quite a bit of preparation, like planning a route, knowing where camping is permitted, shopping for trail-ready foods, and packing just the right gear for the trek.
Your bedtime gear — tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad — is arguably the most vital part of your backpacking setup. This trifecta is often the heaviest and most expensive, and consumes the most space, too. While some people will buy the lightest, most minimalist gear possible, we're firm believers that if you're going to skimp anywhere to save some weight or money, your sleeping setup is not the place to do it. Because if you’re going to truly enjoy all of nature’s beauty and get any sort of recovery sleep after a brutal hike (or four), you’ll need a tent, pad, and sleeping bag that are up for the challenge.
Sleeping bags, like all other outdoor gear, span an unbelievable range of price and quality. And their huge amount of tech specs can be gibberish to the untrained eye. Options range from one that a novice backpacker would use for both backcountry and car-camping, to ultra light bags for ounce-counters. But no matter what, the basics in build are roughly the same. This is a big investment, after all — so it’s best you understand what you’re looking at.
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