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How To Pick the Best Sleeping Bag

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A good night’s sleep is critical to success on any outdoor hunting experience. The match between your needs and the insulation that surrounds you makes a tremendous difference. Mummy bags are great for backpacking, yet have you ever slept in a straightjacket? Down is light and warm, yet get hit by an unexpected rain storm and you might as well sleep under a rock. Duncan Jenkins, an outdoor writer from Eugene, OR, offers a very thorough selection process boiled down to just five steps. Here’s the first one:

WY Elk 2011 006“Measure yourself. Your worst decision is to get a sleeping bag that is too short. If you are over 6 feet tall, you’ll need to get a “long” sleeping bag — no matter what brand or variety you choose. You’ll also need to spend a little more, but that’s the cost for being taller than the average American. Regardless of how nice a bag is, or how well a salesperson reviews a bag, do NOT buy a short or normal length bag if you’re over 6 feet.”

Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.