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Message posted by mufc7 on 17/7/2017 at 5:58am
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Hi we want to replace our old sleeping bags. We have a budget of around 60/70 each. Not mummy bags though!!.
Our old ones were Argos and to be fair did keep us warm for a good few years. Any advice is welcome, thank you Lorraine 😁

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I guess the first thing is to decide where and when you are likely to go camping. For summer camping in England/Wales you can probably just go to a camping shop and pick ones that feel nice.

Otherwise, get a rough idea of temperatures, e.g.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keswick,_Cumbria#Geography

Then search for sleeping bags that give you some wiggle room on that. Maybe 5*C or so. You can always put more clothes on. Weed out bags based on comfort temperature only. Never consider limit or extreme temperatures. Develop a complete distrust of temperature ratings on all retailer websites, Amazon, eBay, etc.

For example, picking one at random, Amazon UK lists a Coleman Heaton Park as -12*C to +7*C comfort.

Coleman Heaton Comfort - Amazon UK

The Coleman website reveals that the comfort temperature is actually +7*C. So not actually suitable for spring/autumn camping in the UK.

Coleman Heaton Comfort

Decide whether you want a soft cotton interior or the standard polyester material. Left or right zip (usually left zip for right handers).

Pick the one with the colour that matches your tent/car/eyes/dog's hair*. Or the cheapest you trust. Zips on cheaper bags tend to be annoying but the rest is much of a muchness providing it has the required and genuine temperature rating.

Also remember that what you sleep on has a major impact on whether you are warm at night.

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Hello, just to add something different, I can recommend a Motion Sac (a sleeping bag in the shape of a onesie). I found it really warm and comfortable too, because I can move my arms and legs as much as I want. When it wears out it will probably be replaced with another one. Here's a link (I hope 😀)

https://www.planetcamping.co.uk/adult-summit-motion-sacs.html

Hope you find something that meets your needs - happy hunting!


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