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Season, styles and sizes: Picking the right sleeping bag

Want to know how to find the perfect sleeping bag? Narrow in on style, size, season and quality
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January 21, 2018 07:02 PM

You’ve had a great day exploring trails and cooking over a campfire. You’re ready to do it all again the next day, but first you need some sleep. The difference between waking up well-rested or waking up feeling tired can depend on the sleeping bag you packed.

Size and style guide
If you’re a comfort camper, you’re probably going to want to stick to the rectangular style. You’ll have lots of room to turn from side to side, curl up for a while and let your feet move without getting tangled up. If you’re taller than 5’11” or you just like extra space, look for a style made especially for tall or big-and-tall campers, or even two sleeping bags that zip together.

Most Coleman® rectangular sleeping bags are designed to link two like bags together for double the space. Just remember, you warm the bag—not the other way around. So the more room you have inside the bag, the more your body is going to have to work to warm it up. If you’re going to buy a bigger bag than you need, think about picking up one designed for cooler temperatures.

Know your seasons
Finding a bag’s suggested season is rather easy. Most sleeping bags will show you the range of temperatures and conditions that each bag is generally designed to accommodate. But remember, it’s not a perfect science, and everybody is different. If you’re the kind of person who’s adding quilts to the bed in the summer, you may want to buy a bag rated a little colder than the actual temperature. If your spouse ends up lying in the bed with just a sheet in the dead of winter, a bag designed for warmer temperatures may end up working better for that side of the tent.

If you plan to camp for more than one season, but you don’t want to spend money each time you turn the calendar, buy for the warmest season you camp in and then add a fleece sleeping bag liner as it gets colder. The lightweight insert costs less and is more compact than a full-size sleeping bag.

Now you have more flexibility to your gear: an extra sleeping bag for your buddy in the summertime and an added 12° of warmth for you when it gets cooler. There’s also the Coleman® Adjustable Comfort Sleeping Bag. It’s rated for temperatures between 20°F and 70°F. When it’s hot, just use the lightweight sheet. As the mercury drops, swap it out for the traditional sleeping bag experience. When it gets really chilly, snuggle up with both covers.

Take comfort in good quality
Coleman® zippers are part of a patented system that plows fabric away from the zipper every time to avoid snags. Fiberlock™ quilting keeps insulation from shifting and causing cold spots. And each of our bags comes with its own system of Roll Control™ folding loops and the patented Quick Cord™ fastening system to make packing it up a cinch.

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