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Message posted by Sullivan200702/5/2012 at 12:38pm
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Well, the baby is now a toddler, and I had the horrible realisation that I'd better check that she fits her nitestar baby bag before we go camping this weekend...

Um, not quite!  Her biggest sister is also getting to the end of her convertable bag, so rather than buying the little one a new bag, I was thinking of putting her in her sister's, then buying either a larger junior bag, or an adult bag for the 6 year old.  Did a search, and found advice on a 2010 post saying go for an adult bag.

Question is, how good do we go?  Is it a case of the more we spend, the longer it will last, or is there a natural lifespan for all of them?



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Message posted by Graham02/5/2012 at 1:29pm
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We got our twin 4 year old Grankids both adult bags....Got em from Tesco (the bags not the twins    ) Blimey they only get used once or twice a year and its only the zips that seem to go on sleeping bags. (in my experience anyway)
At least with the adult bag you can fold it over so they have a double layer when its cold. Ours love em, in fact they are staying at ours tonight and guess what...they want to sleep in their bags so they can play at camping

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Message posted by saz517802/5/2012 at 2:31pm
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Mine all have adult bags fro Argos.. bought 9 years ago and still as goos as new!!!! Youngest being 4 has used one since 2!!

Message posted by clunty02/5/2012 at 2:52pm
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My husbands old down bag was around 35 yrs old when it finally departed in a puff of down!

Message posted by ekim02/5/2012 at 5:38pm
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we are still using sleeping bags we bought when we had our first frame tent 36 years ago. They are showing significant signs of wear but are still keeping us warm in our Countryman. Would have replaced them by now if we were still sleeping on the ground.

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Message posted by gulliver795202/5/2012 at 9:12pm
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Generally the more you spend the warmer the bag.
But different manufacturers have different cold weather ratings. Aim for a 2-3 season for summer use.
A cotton bag liner can make a bag warmer and help keep it clean.

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Message posted by JK9803/5/2012 at 1:11am
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If you wash them after every trip they won't last as long. Do as Steve says & use a liner in them which you can wash regularly. The kids may find a fleece liner more cosy & tangle-free than a cotton one.

If you buy an adult bag for your 6 year old & she feels a bit 'lost' in it, just use some strong cord or a belt to tie around it below her feet, so she'll feel snug.



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Message posted by robnchar03/5/2012 at 1:39am
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Depending on use and lining I'd be annoyed with anything less than ten years .

Message posted by Sullivan200703/5/2012 at 12:25pm
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Hadn't thought of a liner, thanks, will have to sort that out.

Have ordered 2 Sprayway Challenger 350 women's bags (thinking ahead for the 4 year old) in red and purple.  Of course, they'll both want the purple...  

Don't think I'll get delivery by tomorrow, so will have to look out our 'guest' sleeping bag for the big one!



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Message posted by raf4805/5/2012 at 10:35pm
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My two oldest bags are 25 years old. Both are still in good useable condition.

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Message posted by arsenaldes06/5/2012 at 12:47pm
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They will also last longer if you can store them open and not in the compression sack ie hanging in a wardrobe

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Message posted by subaqua06/5/2012 at 5:38pm
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our gelert ones finally gave up the ghost after 10 years use . it was the zips that failed so they are kept at home for sofa snugglers and occasionally used on the 3am departs from home to keep the kids warm in the back of the car ( kids stay in jim jams till we get to wherever we go then get changed)

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Message posted by Sullivan200708/5/2012 at 9:47am
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10 years would do nicely

We take sleeping bags out of their compression sacks and put them in large cotton bags to store.

Still waiting on my order to even leave the warehouse .  The company got in touch two days after we ordered, to say that they'd run out of the red .  Hopefully the two (purple) bags will turn up before our next camping trip!



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