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How to Choose a Down Sleeping Bag

Down sleeping bags use duck or goose down, the fluffy feathers birds use for insulation. As of yet, no made-made fiber has matched the warmth-to-weight ratio of down. Compressible and lightweight, down is the choice for traveling small and light. Look for the EN, or European Norm, rating. This industry-wide standard gives you an idea of the lowest temperature at which a bag will keep you warm.

Down bags have a fill rating that indicates the amount of volume one ounce of down occupies. The higher the fill-rating, the loftier the down. It provides more warmth with less weight. Shop 30 to 55 Degree Down Sleeping Bags Shop 5 to 29 Degree Down Sleeping Bags Shop -40 to 4 Degree Down Sleeping Bags
Mummy-shaped bags taper towards your feet to reduce volume and hold warmth closer to your body. These bags can feel restrictive to some. A semi-rectangular bag can offer more room to move.
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Moisture Management
Down insulates less when wet. Some bags feature hydrophobic treatments on the outer fabric or on the down itself (like DriDown) to keep the down insulation dry.
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