Some useful tips on buying a sleeping bag

Backpacker magazine has some things to think about before buying a fancy sleeping bag:

- Think about a yoke-style collar, which has a free-hanging flap that falls over your shoulders like a bib. For heavy sleepers this works well, but be forewarned: the yoke won't stay in place for tossers and turners.

- Synthetic linings may improve wicking and comfort in below-freezing conditions, but in milder weather, they collect more sweat and smells.

- Down crams more warmth for its weight and bulk, but synthetics handle damp climates better.

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