Sleeping bag comfort rating.

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Hi guys, I was given a Trailmaster High Trek 11 sleeping bag. The print on the bag and stuff sack is faded and i can't read the comfort rating. I've had no luck on the internet so i am hoping someone here may have one and let me know. Thanks Rob

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Reply By: GarryR - Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 14:59

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 14:59
Hi Rob, you could try ringing Trailmaster on 03 83903333 or send them an email to sales@mcneil.com.au. They should be able to help you out
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Follow Up By: Rob100366 - Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:41

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:41
Thanks Garry, I did speak to Trailmaster on Friday and they weren't much help, i have just sent them an email and hopefully will have more luck. Thanks mate Rob.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 15:15

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 15:15
Hi Rob

Like you, I can not find anything on the Internet.

If it was given to you, is it a cheaper style of bag?

Why I am saying that is too many people cheat themselves with cheap quality bags and then wonder why they get cold when sleeping out in cold / cool conditions.

I receive the Snowys camping newsletters and they had a very good blog recently about sleeping bags. One thing that they did say is that most women and children feel the cold more than men, and it is critical to get the right bag for the conditions that you could expect.

One important fact that they said, and to be honest I was not aware was the 10 below factor for choosing the right bag. The 10 below factor is what it sounds like, and that is work on 10 degrees below what your expected minimum temperatures are going to be.

So if you are going bush and it could be down to minus 5 for example, you should be looking at bags with a rating of minus 15 or more and if you were camping in milder climates and it only gets down to say 10 degrees at night, then you need to look at a zero rated bag.

We have been away with people that you could never tell them anything, and purchased cheap $60 K Mart sleeping bags and then wondered why they were so cold at night.

If you are not sure, give the bags to your dog to sleep on and buy yourself a good quality bag that will last you a lifetime with correct care.



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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:44

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:44
Quite right Stephen I agree, a quality bag is really appreciated at 2am and 0 or less degrees Spend nothing less that $200 and upward. 'One Planet' bags are good and what I use. Don't go to BCF or the like as they have rubbish bags. You need to go to a proper camping store and do your homework before you go.
The cheepies are OK above 10degrees but at Zero minus you need to spend the money.
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Follow Up By: Rob100366 - Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:54

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:54
Thanks Stephen, I don't think it would have been cheap but i would like to know before i use it in the swag and have to freeze for a couple of nights. Regards Rob.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:46

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:46
Rob
You probbaly already know this. There should be three temperatures values in the comfort rating, the highest value is the coldest "comfort" level for a female, the next a male and the lowest value is the temperature at which you should survive, but probably with a whole lot of shivering
I can't tell you how "comfort" is measured, but I've found it assumes the person has minimal clothes on, exposed to elements, not in tent or swag.
Look up Kathamdu or Macpac websites, they provide more details on this objective system which I assume is the standardised EU system.
Just saying summer or winter, or two / three season is too subjective and open to manufacturer exaggeration (depends whether you live in Darwin or Hobart).
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Follow Up By: Rob100366 - Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:50

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 16:50
Thanks Mark
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 23:32

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 23:32
Isn't the comfort level rating based on the number of dogs needed?? - i.e. - a 3 dog night?? LOL

Cheers, Ron.
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