A sleeping bag is one of the most elemental pieces of gear needed for outdoor pursuits. If your adventure includes staying out overnight, chances are you’ll be using one. But how do you choose the right sleeping bag? Here are a few points to consider: Is synthetic a real choice? We’re going to concentrate on down … Continue reading How to choose the right sleeping bag
There’s a lot of confusion around the topic of down insulation. Here we attempt to offer some clarification. An average outdoor store will have a significant number of down products: sleeping bags, jackets and vests, even down booties for cold-weather hut trips. But – you can’t see any of it: the down itself is packed … Continue reading All about DOWN
We recently published a blog post with tips on how to choose and use a backcountry campsite. Once you’ve found where to camp, here’s how to get the best night’s sleep possible. Spoiler alert – we do mention Sea to Summit sleeping bags, sleeping mats and liners later in this post. However, important as the … Continue reading How to sleep in the backcountry
Or – how Australian Product Developers and Swiss Laboratory Technicians are likely to put you to sleep. A sleeping pad or sleeping mat has two primary functions: to provide a comfortable layer for you to sleep on, and to insulate you from the ground. In summer, the differential between your temperature and the ground temperature … Continue reading R-Value
There’s a lot more to choosing the right campsite – and using that site correctly – than meets the eye. We’re going to make a couple of assumptions here: You are looking for a campsite because you are on an overnight backpacking trip. The criteria for car camping (and other forms of non-wilderness campsite use) … Continue reading How to choose & use a good backcountry campsite
Yes, Sea to Summit truly does test its sleeping bags to provide a temperature rating… EN 13537 is the European Union protocol for testing sleeping bags to provide a performance rating. It has become the de facto standard in North America (even though there is no legal requirement that a sleeping bag be tested before a rating … Continue reading Are sleeping bags actually temperature tested?
Here’s a quiz for you… Which product keeps your gear dry, sorted by type and color-coded inside (and even outside) your backpack? What holds your muddy/snowy touring ski boots and prevents them distributing slush and grit all over the back of your station wagon? What squishes down into small or odd-shaped spaces in your sea … Continue reading The argument for good quality storage sacks is cut and dry