Sleeping Bag Guide

. Even if it often lacks only an existence in the dark, he’s in camp – and especially when they go camping – simply indispensable, he cares but for quiet and cozy, warm nights: the sleeping bag a brief recounting of sleeping bags generally I already here published in the blog. That I’m doing probably not too much went into the depths, but shows me one way or another email to my readers. Well, we discuss the topic a little closer 🙂

The story of the sleeping bag

Travelers were at all times, even if tourist intentions were once rare. Travelling salesmen, who moved from one place to another and had to spend the night in or on their carts, already characterized the streets in the Middle Ages. Probably even earlier. At that time contented themselves with blankets or skins to protect themselves from the cold.In 1899 the first patent was on a sleeping bag logged according to this choosing guide. Ferdinand Jacob from Cologne invented officially the sleeping bag, which in its first version already anknüpfbarem headboard and – equipped with a gauze veil against insects – as an option. Also on weatherability and handy transport Jacob thought, because the sleeping bag already brought a waterproof coating, as well as a carrying bag, in which the sleeping bag was packed when he was “out of use”. Also, he weighed only about 3 kg – very light for its time -. And was the ideal companion as for hikes with overnight that the sleeping bags have since continued to develop and progresses textile technology becoming easier were, without losing their heat function, already shows a quick search at the German patent and trademark Office . Are you here as a search for “sleeping bag” a, you currently receive a list of 146 items, but also contain so-called utility model in addition to patents. However, but extends also to the views in the one or other outdoor specialty shop (online or offline). The number of sleeping overwhelmed a downright, and if one disregards the form or style, a coat of choosing the right sleeping bag not easy.

Choosing the right sleeping bag

Sleeping bag is not the same sleeping bag. Logical. Who starts an expedition to the Himalayas, has different needs than someone who spends a summer holiday on Spain’s beaches. Also logical. However, the range of sleeping bags for the layman is initially confusing. For a heavysleeping bag does not necessarily hold also warmer than a of lighter material.

HOW WARM IT BE?

Thanks to the introduced in 2005 EU standard EN 13537 are sleeping but equipped with a power rating that makes comparison possible. This standard even differentiated between the different temperature sensitivity of men and women and has separate values ​​for both of:

    • The comfort zone (TCom) refers to the so-called standard woman (60 kg, 25 years, 160 cm). Frankly, I find these dimensions but very – now let’s say -. Optimistic When I look around in the circle, very few women are less than 1.65 m … Well, according to the EU have indeed bananas least 14 cm be great – you do not understand everything halt 🙂
    • The lower limit range (tlim) refers to the standard man (25 years, 70 kg, 173 cm) and has from the lower temperature range in which this standard man can spend a night more comfortable.
  • The survival area (TExt) mean for the norm-woman already a hypothermia risk and describes the value at which survival is just barely possible. Therefore, should play a subordinate role in a purchase decision this value.

So if you toying with the purchase of a sleeping bag, you should keep especially the first value (TCom) in the eye. Unfortunately, one finds despite EU norm at many vendors here than no information, often only a slightly spongy statement (such as “temperature range of +21 to -23 ° C” ) and should definitely nachhaken in such a case.

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