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  1. Basic Festival Pack (tent + sleeping bag+ mallet + torch + accessory set) festbasic by Yellowstone Outdoor Camping
    Basic Festival Pack (tent + sleeping bag+ mallet + torch + accessory set)
    £34.99
  2. Campingaz Quickbed Airbed Single Grey 2000021958 by Campingaz
    Campingaz Quickbed Airbed Single Grey
    £14.99
  3. Campingaz Quickbed Double Airbed Grey 2000021960 by Campingaz
    Campingaz Quickbed Double Airbed Grey
    £22.99
  4. Campingaz Smart Quickbed Double Airbed 188 x 137 x 19cm 2000025188 by Campingaz
    Campingaz Smart Quickbed Double Airbed 188 x 137 x 19cm
    £26.99
  5. Campingaz Smart Quickbed Double Airbed 188 x 137 x 19cm 205487 by Campingaz
    Campingaz Smart Quickbed Double Airbed 188 x 137 x 19cm
    £30.99
  6. Campingaz Smart Quickbed Inflatable Camping Airbed Single Grey 2000025187CAMPGZ by Campingaz
    Campingaz Smart Quickbed Inflatable Camping Airbed Single Grey
    £18.99
  7. Coleman 4D QuickPump Battery Powered Airbed Pump Red 2000019881COL by Coleman
    Coleman 4D QuickPump Battery Powered Airbed Pump Red
    £12.99
  8. Coleman Comfort Compact Single Air Bed - Green 2000025181 by Coleman
    Coleman Comfort Compact Single Air Bed - Green
    £10.99
  9. Coleman Comfort Double Airbed - Green 2000025182 by Coleman
    Coleman Comfort Double Airbed - Green
    £29.99
  10. Coleman Comfort Single Airbed - Green 2000021962 by Coleman
    Coleman Comfort Single Airbed - Green
    £22.99
  11. Coleman Durarest Airbed Blue Single 2000031637 by Coleman
    Coleman Durarest Airbed Blue Single
    £44.99
  12. Coleman Extra Durable Raised Double Airbed - Blue 2000031639 by Coleman
    Coleman Extra Durable Raised Double Airbed - Blue
    £78.99
  13. liquidation Coleman Fision 100 Sleeping Bag Blue Single 2000028601 by Coleman
    Coleman Fision 100 Sleeping Bag Blue Single
    £33.99
  14. Coleman Hampton Double Sleeping Bag Brown 205140COL by Coleman
    Coleman Hampton Double Sleeping Bag Brown
    £59.99
  15. Coleman Hudson 450 Single 3 Season Sleeping Bag Blue/Red 202683COL by Coleman
    Coleman Hudson 450 Single 3 Season Sleeping Bag Blue/Red
    £35.99
  16. Coleman Hudson Double 2 Season Sleeping Bag Grey/Blue 202684COL by Coleman
    Coleman Hudson Double 2 Season Sleeping Bag Grey/Blue
    £56.99
  17. Coleman Maxi Comfort Bed Raised King Air Mattress Green 2000030167 by Coleman
    Coleman Maxi Comfort Bed Raised King Air Mattress Green
    £62.99
  18. Deluxe Double Airbed Blue 186 x 132 x 22cm SB019 by Yellowstone Outdoor Camping
    Deluxe Double Airbed Blue 186 x 132 x 22cm
    £17.99
  19. imnew KingCamp Deluxe Comfort Inflatable Camping Mat Black KM1904C by KingCamp
    KingCamp Deluxe Comfort Inflatable Camping Mat Black
    £39.99
  20. imnew KingCamp Deluxe Ultralight Camping Cot Black KC3988C by KingCamp
    KingCamp Deluxe Ultralight Camping Cot Black
    £99.99
  21. imnew KingCamp Dream L Memory Foam Camping Mattress Apricot KM3615C by KingCamp
    KingCamp Dream L Memory Foam Camping Mattress Apricot
    £79.99
  22. imnew KingCamp Premium Double Self Inflating Camping Mat Grey KM1901C by KingCamp
    KingCamp Premium Double Self Inflating Camping Mat Grey
    £179.99
  23. imnew KingCamp Ultralight Air Camping Cot Light Grey KC3990C by KingCamp
    KingCamp Ultralight Air Camping Cot Light Grey
    £129.99
  24. imnew KingCamp Ultralight Folding Camping Cot Black KC3986C by KingCamp
    KingCamp Ultralight Folding Camping Cot Black
    £79.99
  25. imnew Milestone Fleece Sleeping Bag Polyester Liner Black 220 x 85cm 26020BR by Milestone Camping
    Milestone Fleece Sleeping Bag Polyester Liner Black 220 x 85cm
    £10.99
  26. imnew Milestone Self Inflating Camping Pillow Orange 50 x 30 x 8cm 85850BR by Milestone Camping
    Milestone Self Inflating Camping Pillow Orange 50 x 30 x 8cm
    £5.99
  27. imnew Milestone Self Inflating Camping Sleeping Mat 3.5cm Charcoal Grey 27100BR by Milestone Camping
    Milestone Self Inflating Camping Sleeping Mat 3.5cm Charcoal Grey
    £19.99
  28. Outwell 2 Season Colibri Sleeping Bag Black 230220 by Outwell
    Outwell 2 Season Colibri Sleeping Bag Black
    £69.99
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Outdoor Sleeping Equipment

Early forms of the sleeping bag were fashioned in the early to mid-1800s. The design incorporated fabrics such as sheepskin and wool to create comfortable slumbering bags for military and exploration purposes.

It is thought that many of the earliest designs were troublesome. Whether it was the linen sacks filled with straw or Francis Fox Tuckett wool and rubber combination, there were clear design flaws.

Things improved with the introduction of the Euklisia Rug invented by Welsh entrepreneur Pryce Jones. He manufactured and exported thousands of the early sleeping bag creation to the Russian army. There are, however, records that pinpoint the wool blanket that fastens together in Australia and missionary posts in Congo.

Since, the military have developed the design even further. By 1939, mummy adult sleeping bags were popular amongst sportspeople and World War Two soldiers. This is because the lightweight design saved space and conserved heat efficiently using down feathers. This innovative model was branded the M-1942

The M-1942 was later replaced by the M-1949 which boasted a modular design that provided improved insulation and water protection. Because of the success of the M-1949, the modular sleeping system became the norm. Today, the various liners we use to regulate sleeping bag temperature form the legacy of the M-1949.

Outdoor equipment brands have taken these foundations and pushed them on introducing new sleeping bag styles and features. Whether you’re planning a lengthy expedition in cold weather, or hosting a sleepover for kids, there’s a sleeping bag for any event.

The anatomy of the sleeping bag

Shell

The shell contains the insulation keeping it snugly to the occupant’s body. Shells are made from breathable and waterproof materials that make them ideal for outdoor pursuits.

Zipper

The zipper secures the occupant into the sleeping bag. Sleeping bag zippers can be used to regulate the temperature inside the bag. The zip can be half, three-quarter or full length and located on either the left or the right of the sleeping bag.

Insulation

Insulation is either down (down feathers) or synthetic. Both have their pros and cons but their primary aim is to retain the warmth of the sleeping bag.

Baffles

Without these, the interior insulation would shift and become less effective. The baffles are sewn-in pockets that prevent insulation from clumping or shifting. Typically, the baffles cover toe to chest, though there are some modern sleeping bags have an additional neck baffle. The extra baffle retains heat whilst keeping the cold out.

Foot Box

This is simply the area at the base of the sleeping bag for your feet. The foot box has enough space to be used with footwear on or additional provisions in cold weather.

Lining

Soft, non-abrasive interior material that wicks moisture away. It’s the layer that separates the user from the insulation internally.

Hood

Not all adult sleeping bags possess this feature but it’s a bonus to have, in most cases. The hood is attached to the sleeping bag and covers the head insulating it from the cold environment.

Extras

Modern sleeping bags have a plethora of nifty extras that give them greater attraction in the market. Features such as side pockets, pillow pockets and pad loops enabling you to connect the sleeping bag to a sleeping pad elevate the product.

What are the types of sleeping bag?

Double Sleeping Bag

This is the ideal sleeping bag for couples or families who want to keep their children close. Double sleeping bags basically combine two sleeping bags in one. They allow more than one person to sleep within it comfortably as they don’t retain heat as well as single bags. Given their larger size, double sleeping bags are heavier to transport making them impractical for backpacking trips.

Rectangle Shape

As the name suggests, the rectangle sleeping bag refers to the rectangular shape of the product. This was the traditional style of the first models. The rectangular shape provides more space for fidgety sleepers. Though, the additional area makes it more difficult for this type of sleeping back to maintain its interior temperature.

Square Shape

Like the rectangle sleeping bag, the more equilaterally-shaped square sleeping bag has the most wriggle room of any bag shape. They are squared off from the shoulder downwards and easily connect to another square bag.

Mummy Shape

For its practicality, the mummy sleeping bag is often the choice for those searching for effective adult sleeping bags. Mummy sleeping bags are the snuggest fit, gradually tapering down to the foot bed. This allows them to preserve heat within the bag, so the mummy style is ideal for wintery climates.

Children’s size

Children’s sleeping bags are smaller versions of the grown-up version. Subsequently, all of the specifications on adult sleeping bags – like hoods, down insulation and zippers – are available here too. Sometimes, children’s sleeping bags even have growing room in preparation of growth spurts.

What to know when buying a sleeping bag

Season Ratings

One Season Sleeping Bags:

Sleeping bags that are constructed using lighter materials and are compactible. Characteristically, they are best for summer months as they provide low insulation and pragmatism.

Two Season Sleeping Bags

Suitable for temperatures down to 5 degrees, the two-season sleeping bag are perfect for milder temperatures. Sleeping bags with this rating are often bought for family camping outings.

Three Season Sleeping Bags

Bags with this rating can be used almost all year round. They are not quite suitable for harsh winters but they are capable of withstanding cold weather. If you’re looking for a comfortable sleeping bag in zero degrees, three season sleeping bags offer that.

Four Season Sleeping Bags

This is the high end of the spectrum, so, naturally, these are the sleeping bags that are primed the dead of winter. These thick bags can withstand the stiff winds and below freezing temperatures you get at altitude.

Temperature Ratings

Comfort Level

Tailored for the average person, the comfort level is the lowest temperature in which anybody can sleep comfortably in their sleeping bag. Though, the level differs for male and female occupants as females are biologically more predisposed to feeling coldness.

Extreme Level

An extreme rating is for extreme circumstances. A high extreme level provides the temperature limit at which a sleeping bag is unable to adequately assist in providing warmth. Anything below the level puts the user’s survival in jeopardy.

Insulation

Down

Formed from the plumage underneath the feathers of waterfowl, down works extremely well at providing weight-conscious insulation. It is, by some margin, better than any synthetic material at retaining warmth. Down is the more generally used insulation in adult sleeping bags. Not only because it affords good insulation, but it is also compressible for packing and resilient. Though expensive, a decent down bag can last for years with good maintenance.

Synthetic

Water resistance sets synthetic insulation apart from down. Whilst down becomes ineffective when damp, synthetic still offers insulation and dries quickly. The fabric used also makes it simple to clean and cheaper to buy than down. Fundamentally, synthetic does better in all the aspects down performs poorly, and vice versa.

Other considerations when buying a sleeping bag

The User

How tall is the user? Are they slim or larger in build? These are important things to consider that will help you find a valuable sleeping bag. Children’s sleeping bags only reach a certain length before they become ineligible for growing kids. But you don’t want to look at adult sleeping bags that will be too fitted or leave open spaces that affect performance. The best way to ensure that you find a sleeping bag to fit the user is to test the bag. Take the user shopping and let them get into the bag. If the user can enter the bag effortlessly, zip it up and enjoy room to manoeuvre, then it’s a catch. 

Where to get a sleeping bag?

If you’re looking for sleeping bags, then Outdoor Camping Direct is the right place. We have a wide range of sleeping bags to cater to every budget whether it’s cheap sleeping bags you are looking for. Sleeping bags are essential outdoor sleeping equipment and ensure that you get a good night’s sleep on your camping trip.