After a strenuous day on tour, sleeping bag and mat offer the necessary recovery and protection from the cold. The State of the current development and what you should look for when buying, explains the GlobeTrotter expert Moritz Freudenstein from Stuttgart.
Moritz, what has been achieved in recent years in sleeping bags?
There was no radical new changes in detail, more. Still, goose down and synthetic fibre serve as a filling. Both materials have advantages and disadvantages. Simply put: synthetic fiber is cheap and moisture-resistant, for heavy and voluminous. Down is more expensive and sensitive to dampness, this lighter and much smaller to pack.
It has nothing changed?
Only at the beginning. For one, often impregnated down is processed. The down in a bath of impregnation is immersed and is then up to 30 percent more water resistant. On the other hand, there are hybrid designs. This endangered wet places such as foot, back and hood with synthetic fibres are filled, while otherwise down is processed.
And the changes in detail?
Even with sleeping bags, there is a trend to the lightweight Division. The down area is predestined for Yes. Companies like sea to Summit work here with the finest fabrics and again increasing with H-Chambers. They are easier and less expensive than the often used and slightly better insulating Chambers of the trapezoid.
Suffering from the trend toward lightweight not the robustness?
Very light models are not clear as robust, but the majority of our customers sleep in the tent, and protects the surface too. Robustness plays a larger role, if one thinks of the bivouac and stay in harsh environments. There are of course still appropriate models, such as for example the classic or glacier-series of mountain equipment.
Where we are down on the subject, as positioned himself as GlobeTrotter?
Our manufacturers must demonstrate where they get her down. Plucked we cannot tolerate, and producers stop also to waive down from Mauserrupf and animals from the plug liver production. Pioneer is mountain equipment. Whose down Codex is clear and is checked regularly. In the products you will find a code indicating where the filling of the sleeping bag just come.
The best sleeping bag uses nothing without good mat.Has something happened there?
The air-foam mats especially have become significantly lighter and smaller in the pack size of Therm-a-rest. Exped and therm-a-rest also shape some of their air mats anatomically adapted: wide at the shoulders, narrow at the foot end. This saves weight. And along with mats down as insulation, Exped has now also many cheaper variants with synthetic fibre filling in the program.
Do you notice the fillings in the pack size?
Yes, and they are of course also something heavier. The lightest mats come from Therm-a-rest NeoAir series. Air mats without insulating filling, instead they are coated inside with aluminum. Unfortunately, these mats rustle something. The new version has been improved but. And if you put lies with a thick sleeping bag and the wind at the tent jerky, then you also hardly hear the rustling.
On some mats, it was formerly almost seasick, is there a solution?
You mean swing feel, what sometimes happens with thicker mattresses. Sea to Summit has developed a new construction with independent Chambers, so-called air jump of cells. That your weight is distributed better, and you’re not this swing effect. Where the most weight rests, the Chambers are extra small, better distribution of the air.
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