Sleeping bag choice
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 3, 2012 8:57 AM Last Post By: Icelandnaturelo...
Aug 2, 2012 12:49 AM
Sleeping bag choiceI'm cycling in Iceland (basically Landmannalaugar + F35) in the 2nd half of August.
I will bring my tent (a ''2 seconds" Decathlon tent, easy and very fast to mount in bad weather, but definetly not studied for low temperatures).
I need a suggestion about the sleeping bag. I can choose between one with comfort temperature at 7°C, and one with comfort temperature of 0°C. I will wear Craft thermal base layer for sleeping.Which sleeping bag should I bring? 7°C one is about half the size of the 0°C, but will it be warm enough?
Aug 2, 2012 2:24 AM
This is what the manufacturer says for comfort, but what about you? We are all different in these things. My wife takes an alpine mountaineer's sleeping bag to Iceland, but when I was younger I was happy with just a 2-season. To what minimum temperature are you OK in that sleeping bag, remembering that you are allowed to put on extra clothes on at night if you are feeling cold? And I find one of those very light (60g) metallised plastic "survival blankets" is a very cheap and light way to make yourself a lot warmer in a sleeping bag, I always carry one - they are reusable, and will fit back in their packet after you fold them up. In fact, I usually find if I have been shivering in my bag, it makes me so warm I have to take it off after 30 mins.
Aug 2, 2012 2:57 AM
2Thanks iviehoff. If the outside temperature falls in the range of 0°C, I think inside the tent it will be in any case at least 4-5°C warmer, so maybe the 7°C sleeping bag will be fine, with the option of some extra clothing and of the metallic/plastic sheet that I will definitely take with me.
I remember while climbing the Kilimankjaro 2 years ago that when outside temperature was close to -10°C, inside the tent it was 0°C (I had a -5°C sleeping bag, though).
Aug 3, 2012 8:57 AM
I agree with previous post. If you need more equipment, just to let you know, you can rent some in Iceland. It might be a cheaper option for you. There are several compagnies which are renting gears : www.backpackers.is and www-iceland-camping-equipment.com for exemple,
Have a great trip
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