“Comfortable" temperatures provided on the covers of Quechua sleeping bags are established based upon standard European tests. However, sensitivity to the cold varies greatly dependent on individuals and weather conditions. Discover our 5 tips to no longer feel cold when under your duvet and to be on top form when setting off to explore the mountains !
1/ Choose the correct sleeping bag size as well as a comfortable temperature suited to the usage. If your sleeping bag is too big, the cold air pockets created inside leave you feeling cold. On the contrary, if your sleeping bag is too small, you run the risk of being left inadequately covered or it being too tight inside and you will feel cold. If the warmth of the sleeping bag is not suited to the environment of use, you risk, consequently, feeling the cold.
2/ Correctly adjust the hood and top opening of the sleeping bag. In essence, a large amount of the heat lost is lost via the head (approximately 30%)! It is therefore important to tie up the hood strings exposing only your face.
3/ Use a mattress. Provides insulation from the camping ground which is often cold and damp.
4/ Cover up, but not too much! Merino wool base layers are perfect where fine, skin-tight and where they correctly expel sweat. Bonus: merino wool is an anti-odour component!
5/ Invest in a sleeping bag sheet made of silk you won't regret it! It provides a huge amount of added warmth and its great softness is sure to be appreciated after a day's hiking
A little extra trick!
If the sleeping bag usage temperature is higher than the outside temperature, you can gain a few more degrees of warmth by wearing gloves and a hat. Hand and feet warmers may also help (follow the usage instructions).