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Sleeping Bags

Choose Your Sleeping Bag

It is vital to choose a sack which best suits your need. A few simple tips may help in your decision.

Intended Activity

Below listed set of end use categories help in selecting the basic pack.
  • Mountaineering
  • Technical Climbing
  • Trekking & Backpacking
  • Day Trips
  • Skiing
  • Traveling & Trekking.
Duration of Trek
Depending on the duration of your trek you may like to choose the most appropriate sack.
It is always advisable to have some extra capacity instead of overstuffing the sack
  • A sack less of less than 30 liters capacity is suitable for daytrips & overnights.
  • A 30 - 50 ltrs. sack is appropriate for a few days trek.
  • Larger sacks with capacity of more than 60 ltrs are used for expeditions and to carry heavy & bulky equipment for prolonged periods.
Trek Season & Location
  • The bulk and amount of clothes that a trekker carries would vary seasonally.
  • In Summer clothes are lighter and of course lesser.
  • In Winter there would be more woolies adding to the bulk, thus requiring a bigger sack.
  • In Sahyadris requirement of warm clothes and accessories is lesser than in the Himalayas.
Personal Belongings
  • Volume of the sack also depends on what you are carrying.
  • If you are carrying rations and consumables for the entire duration of your trek you may require a sack with a bigger volume.
  • If you are only carrying clothes a regular sack would suffice.
  • If you like to see yourself as an ultralight carrier who carries the bare minimum you can make do with a smaller sack.
Back System
  • Sacks with a built-in-frame are convenient for carrying heavy loads while trekking or mountaineering.
  • Soft back haversacks are light in weight, comfortable and suitable for carrying light to medium loads on day trips or short treks.
  • Choose a sack suitable to your torso length.
  • You should feel comfortable after wearing a loaded sack.
  • 70% of the load should come on the waist belt and rest on shoulder straps.
Packing a Haversack.
  • Balance the sack.
  • Heavy weight should be towards the back for maintaining centre of gravity and proper balance so sack does not pull you back.
  • Waist Belt should be properly fastened on the waist and not on stomach.
  • Shoulder Straps and waist belt should have good cushion that does not compress under load.

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