Tips for Choosing a Sleeping Bag

Which sleeping bag you should choose depends on what you want to use it and what properties you put value. If the sleeping bag can be used on a summer hike or trip and therefore be lightweight and pack-friendly or do you need a warm sleeping bag for the winter? Here is a checklist of features to which you should pay attention, so that you can find a sleeping bag that is tailored to your needs.
Johan Skullman our outdoor expert and product specialist gives his best tips on choosing a sleeping bag from


It is advisable to be prepared for the cold. Choose therefore a sleeping bag, which is suitable for lower than expected temperatures. You can always open the zipper and the sleeping bag aerate if you get too warm. For use in the summer in the mountains you need a sleeping bag, which is suitable to about -3 ° C. For camping and traveling in warm countries reaches a thinner sleeping bag suitable for temperatures up to +10 ° C. In spring and autumn you need a sleeping bag, which is designed for temperatures down to -10 ° C and a sleeping bag, which comes in the winter for use should be suitable for temperatures down to -20 ° C. However, these recommendations are only approximate because the perceived temperature is individually different.

total weight

How much weight you want to wear? If you paddling or your sleeping bag in a transportierst Skipulka, weight is perhaps not so important, but if you want to take a longer hike, the backpack is unnecessarily difficult by a heavier sleeping bag. Down sleeping bags are usually lighter than synthetic sleeping bags.

Pack volume

If the sleeping bag is light but bulky, you should look more models. The space is often limited, especially if you walk with backpack, and it may be that you need the space available for other things, such as catering. A down sleeping bag can often compress to half of the packing volume of a comparable synthetic sleeping bag.

Length and volume

Sleeping bags Fjällräven are available in two lengths: normal (regular) = 170 centimeters long (long) = 195 centimeters. You should choose a sleeping bag that is not too tight and not too far. If the sleeping bag too tight, the filling is compressed, thereby deteriorating the insulating performance. If it is too far, your body volume is insufficient to heat the air inside.

The insulation of the sleeping bag

Sleeping bags are available in two main versions: with Dauen- or- synthetic padding. Both materials have advantages and disadvantages.