A sleeping bag for two has a distinct advantage over a regular sleeping bag, and that is that you get to sleep next to your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend or whatever. On the other hand when considering the purchase of a sleeping bag for two there are several considerations you should be aware of. Let’s take a closer look at some of the features, both in material and design that you should be aware of when shopping for the best sleeping bag for two.
All sleeping bags, and this includes a sleeping bag for two, are rated by the lowest temperature that they can keep you comfortable in. Keep in mind though that this is a general rating and not a golden rule. If you like to sleep with the blankets piled on you then you should look for a sleeping bag that’s rated for about 10 degrees colder. On the other hand if you like a bit of cold, then one rated 10 degrees warmer is in order. With a sleeping bag for two, since you’ll have a person next to you and thus more body heat I’d recommend going for one rated 10 degrees colder.
You should consider the filling of the sleeping bag for two, since a two person sleeping bag is, obviously, twice as heavy as a one person sleeping bag the choice of filling can have a significant impact on the overall weight. This is, however, much less of a consideration if you’ll be car camping, packing the family up and driving to a camp site, if you’ll be hiking pay attention here since a 20 pound sleeping bag for two can be a significant weight to carry on the trail. There are two main types of fill available in today’s sleeping bags; down or synthetic. Let’s look at these in more detail.
Down filling is more expensive but will keep you warmer with less overall filling. In addition, it’s practically useless if it gets wet and the filling tends to bunch up when packed. Much like a down comforter you’ll have to fluff it up after you set it up to get the full warming effect.
Synthetic filling on the other hand is cheaper and it’ll keep you warm if it gets wet. It does tend to weigh than a down sleeping bag and bunches up much less.
So, if you’re backpacking I’d suggest a sleeping bag for two filled with down, unless wet weather is expected. For car camping go with synthetic fill.
When looking for a sleeping bag for two you’ll mostly find nearly perfect rectangle shaped ones. There are some available that are a bit thinner at the feet, and more room at the chest area. This is mostly a consideration for cold weather since the less interior space the easier it’ll be to keep warm, less air = more warmth.
Let’s talk about size. Just about every sleeping bag for two is about the size of a double bed, but, some models have the ability to be doubled up, making a king size sleeping bag for two. You’ll need to consider the additional weight you’ll be carrying as well as the floor space available in your tent.
There are of course other features to be aware of such as..
- Make sure the zippers are high quality
- Although I prefer separate pillows some will have built in ones
- Good baffles to hold the filling in the proper place
- Water and windproof shell
- Included carry bag
- Good warranty
Once you know the rating, fill and shape of the sleeping bag for two you need I suggest you read sleeping bag reviews from such sites as Consumer Search or Consumer Reports. They have unbiased outdoor sleeping bag reviews from users just like yourself and will really help you choose the right sleeping bag. You will of course find more helpful links right here on this page too.
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