“Comfortable” temperatures provided on the covers of Quechua sleeping bags are established based on standard European tests. However, sensitivity to the cold varies greatly dependent on individuals and weather conditions.
Here are 5 tips that can help you from feeling cold under your duvet and ensure you’re in top form when setting off to explore the Mountains.
If your sleeping bag is too big, the cold air pockets created inside leave you feeling cold. On the contrary, if your sleeping bag is too small, you run the risk of being left inadequately covered or it being too tight inside and you will feel cold. If the warmth of the sleeping bag is not suited to the environment of use, you risk, consequently, feeling cold.
2/ Correctly adjust the hood and top opening of the sleeping bag.
In essence, a large amount of the heat lost is lost via the head (approximately 30%)! It is therefore important to tie up the hood strings exposing only your face.
3/ Use a mattress.
It provides insulation from the camping ground which is often cold and damp.
Polyester and silk liners can add extra warmth to your sleeping bag.
5/ Invest in a sleeping bag sheet made of silk you won’t regret it!
It provides huge amount of added warmth and its great softness is sure to be appreciated after a day’s hiking
A little extra trick!
If the sleeping bag usage temperature is higher than the outside temperature, you can gain a few more degrees of warmth by wearing gloves and a hat. Hand and feet warmers may also help (follow the usage instructions).
Condensation in the tent
Condensation is perfectly natural. Humidity in the air simply condenses and settles on the inner surface of the inner tent when the fabric is colder than the air inside the tent.
Certain factors are conducive to the onset of condensation:
– When hot air accumulates in the tent during the day and remains even in the evening, even though the outside temperature has dropped.
Solution: ventilate the tent
– When it has rained all day and both air and ground are saturated.
– When you heat water in the tent, the heat and steam produced will exacerbate the phenomenon.
– Moisture produced when we breathe;
– Our body heat
– Direct exposure of the tent to a clear sky.
A few tips to limit condensation inside the tent
– When putting your tent up, make sure the flysheet and inner tent do not touch each other;
– Make sure the canvas is properly stretched. Neither too tight nor too loose. The aim is to avoid folds; condensation concentrates in them, leading to the formation of drops of water.
– Open up the air vents, even when it’s raining. And leave plenty of room between the ground and the fly sheet to create a draught from the bottom of the tent to the top.
– If possible leave the tent door open to ventilate it properly. And for when the temperatures drop in the evening;
– Put your tent up in a shady spot, so that it isn’t directly exposed to the sky (when the sky is clear, the outer surface radiates heat out to the sky and thus cools.)
Result: the flysheet is colder than air both outside and in the tent.
At any rate, condensation is not a sign that your tent is no longer waterproof.