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    What filling should I have for my sleeping bag?  
    Down is fine -- so long as your tent does not leak.

Andrew Black

Down is good. Some artificial fillers are better for certain conditions. I will depend on mail list membership to elaborate here. Mine is an artificial filler, which is supposed to dry quick. As far as I am concerned, none of them can dry quickly enough, unless they hang for hours in a hot sun. In any case, any sleeping bag that gets wet is a big problem on a campout. Protect your bag with everything you have. Plastic garbage bags with twist ties work wonders. As we have seen in other threads, plastic baggies are frequently used inside duffle bags. You simply cannot have too many plastic bags. Redundancy (bags-in-bags) is good.

Curt Coleman

Down is great. Take care to keep it dry. Expect a lot of morning dew that time off year, so don't take it out of your tent in the early AM. Consider getting a lightweight, synthetic fleece bag liner for warmer nights. Sleep in that and drape the open down bag over you.

Dana C. Ham

The following is straight out of the booklet we give parents of new Scouts and it covers the options pretty well. You will probably take better care of your bag than an eleven year old so down is not such a bad idea….

Sleeping Bags - These come in two main shapes. Mummy bags are shaped like a mummy. This means they hug his body and keep him very warm. Rectangular bags are shaped like a large rectangle. They are often colder than the mummy bags because they do not stay close against him as he sleeps. They also weigh a lot more because of all that extra material to make it rectangular. Mummy bags sometimes take a little getting used to, but most people adapt quickly. When your Scout eventually decides to buy a sleeping bag make sure he gets a good quality insulation so he gets more warmth for the weight and dollar. Look at the label and watch for: Polarguard, Hollofil II (not Hollofil 808), and Quallofil. Down is relatively worthless for kids in this area. As soon as it gets wet he will have a small pile of soggy feathers in a big sack. And it will get wet! Polarguard, Hollofil, and Quallofil will actually insulate even when wet. Many a Scout with a leaky tent has awakened in a lake of rainwater still perfectly warm.

Rox Heath

P.S. If you are not used to a mummy bag you may not want one since weight is not a problem and rectangular bags give you more room to stretch out your tired legs and move them around during the night. There are also bags available that are a combination of both styles.

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