Sleeping Bags and Comfort Ratings
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What are the "comfort ratings" for sleeping bags?
All sleeping bags used outdoors are rated by a "comfort rating" according to how warm they can keep you in low temperatures. Every bag for outdoor use should conform to these ratings, which is why cheap girl's sleeping bags meant for indoor use simply won't work outdoors.
Here are the comfort ratings you should look for:
- Summer weight will keep you warm in temperatures 35 degrees or higher.
- 3-season will keep you warm in temperatures of plus 10 degrees to 35 degrees.
- Cold weather will keep you warm in minus 10 degrees to plus 10 degrees.
- Winter/Extreme will keep you warm in minus 10 degrees and below.
Many campers choose a 3-season bag just to ensure they are ready for most situations. These ratings apply to all sleeping bags, from children to adults, so you can make sure the whole family is comfortable on the coldest of camping nights.