Sleeping Bag Ratings – A New Idea

It seems that sleeping bag ratings have no consistency. Temperature ratings are still determined entirely by the manufacturers of the bags. My 3-pound Sierra Designs bag, for example, was rated to 20 degrees. Honestly, it never kept me as warm as my 17-ounce Western Mountaineering sleeping bag, which is only rated down to 40 degrees. Isn’t this a problem when you buy a bag? Maybe a 45-degree bag will keep you warmer than a 30-degree bag.<b>Consistent Sleeping Bag Ratings</b>No matter what temperature a bag is rated for, under any system of testing, it won’t necessarily keep you warm to that temperature. We can’t solve the problem of people having different metabolisms and bodies. A particular bag might be good for one person down to 20 degrees, while for another it is only good to 40 degrees. You generally can figure out if you are a cold or a warm sleeper, but that doesn’t help if you don’t know whether a bag is rated too high or too low.You need to know that if a bag says 30 degrees it will keep you warmer than one that says 40 degrees. With that, even if you add or subtract 10 or 20 degrees for your personal tastes, you can still figure out which bag is the warmer one. How do we get this consistency?Begin testing with any sleeping bag, by putting a bag of water in it that is human-sized, weighing perhaps 160 pounds. Have three standard sizes for small, regular and large sleeping bags. Always start with the water temperature at 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and measure how long before it drops to 90 degrees. External air temperature has to always be the same too, whther it is 60 degrees or 40.The numbers are not crucial. What’s important here is that once the standards are chosen, every bag is tested the same way, with the same conditions (even the temperature and material of the testing platform would have to be the same). This is what will give consistency to the sleeping bag ratings for warmth.Now, if a bag rated to 40 degrees keeps the water above 90 for two hours, a bag rated for 30 would obviously have to keep it above 90 degrees for a longer time. Pegging heat-retention times to specific temperature ratings would be a bit tricky at first. However, once done, each new bag on the market could be submitted to the testing and quickly given a consistent rating. We would know that a lower rating would always mean a warmer bag, degree-by-degree. We could even have old bags tested to see if it is time to replace them.<b>Manufacturer Acceptance?</b>Would manufacturers pay a private testing company to have their bags rated? Some, at first, because it would be a an advantage for those companies who are already conservative in their temperature ratings. They would have “proof” that the bags are even warmer than they were claiming. Then, eventually, all bag makers would feel some motivation to have their sleeping bags tested, because consumers would be wary about buying ones that weren’t tested.I hope someone will take this idea and run with it. An existing consumer rating company, like Consumer Reports, could do this on their own and report the results. Even if they listed the bags without temperature ratings, but in absolute order by which held the heat in the best, it would be very useful. One could look at the list and if their current bag kept them warm to 25 degrees, ythey would know that any bag higher on the list would be warmer. Isn’t it time for consistent sleeping bag ratings?

I bought this item for spending a week in the northern wilderness

I bought this item for the initial purpose of spending a week in June in the northern wilderness areas of Boundary Waters/Quetico. I’ve been making an annual trek for over 10 years and have been getting by using inexpensive rain jackets in the $30 range (Stearns, Sierra Designs). They worked OK, but were never great. I like quality gear, though I could never really justify the cost of high end brands such as Gore-Tex. Then I saw this jacket in a local store and, for the price, figured I couldn’t go wrong trying it. I knew this stores customer service would allow a return if it didn’t perform as advertised.After a straight week of battle testing it, I came away incredibly impressed. The timing couldn’t have been better since, for the first time in my own experience, it rained every day of my June trip and never got above 65 degrees. I literally never took this off. I also recommend clicking here if you are interested in more information then I provided about this jacket.In summary, I was 100%, unequivocally:**DRY** Despite pervasive rain, it never leaked or did anything but shed water the way it was supposed to. The hood design was excellent keeping rain off my face.**COMFORTABLE** I sweat a lot while portaging. The lightweight material breathes so well. A mesh lining prevents the clammy feeling that other jackets create.**WARM** The conditions were very windy and cool. Wearing this jacket, in combination with layers underneath, I couldn’t have been happier.**STYLISH** I don’t much care how I look in the wilderness. I’m pleased that this jacket would fit right in with my normal clothing back home.

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Taking The Rolex Submariner To The Beach

I always thought that I never would spend a lot of money on a watch, that is until I first saw the Rolex Submariner. Instantly this watch became a must have, especially after I got into ocean diving when I was in college. Once I graduated I ended up with a very good job which allowed me to afford a new Rolex watch. I saved up money and when I got this new Submariner Rolex the first thing I did was go swimming with it on! And yes it performed amazingly well in the water. What a great watch!

definitely keepers

I recently bought two pairs of these capris and am seriously considering buying another 2 or 3 pair because they are such a great value for the price. I have running and yoga capris from Nike, Adidas, and New Balance (all of which I paid at least $40, if not more) and none of them are as comfy as these $15 cotton capris! Unlike the yoga capris I purchased online from Victoria’s Secret, which are so thin they are one step above mesh material and started getting holes after two washings, the capris are made of good quality material. The material is thick enough that you can’t see your butt cheeks if you bend over, but not so thick that it becomes hot and uncomfortable.These capris also hold up really well through lots of sweating. I live in Florida and regularly go to a 90 minute hot yoga class where the classroom temperature is up in the mid to upper 90s, if not higher. I usually lose 1-2 pounds of sweat in that class, and these pants retain their shape REMARKABLY well given they are made of cotton! Naturally, they don’t retain their shape as well as synthetic blends, but I have worn them to class at least 10 times now and I have never had to pull them up because they were slipping off my waist.One reviewer mentioned that the capris she received were itchy along the seams. I noticed a teeny bit of itchiness with the charcoal pair I bought, but not the black pair. After washing the tights, I just put an extra Downy sheet in the dryer…no more itchiness. This may not work for everyone, but it solved the issue for me.To help out with sizing, I am 5’8″ and 130lbs with a 27″ waist and 37.5″ hips. I purchased the mediums because I was afraid the small would be just a bit too tight. Out of the bag, the mediums were just a hair too loose around the thighs and knees, but a very comfortable fit in the waist. I washed them in warm water, put them in the dryer on hot, and they shrank up to the perfect size. After my hot yoga class, they are back to being just a little loose around the thighs, but when I wear them just around the house or out to run errands they keep their shape. I’m glad I didn’t purchase the small because I like to wear my pants a few inches below my waist, and I think the small would have given me the dreaded muffin top!All in all…extraordinarily happy with this purchase and would highly recommend to anyone!

Best Invicta watch

Why should you buy this watch? Well, you could just like watches, or a diver.However, you don’t have to be a “pro-diver” to use one of these watches. I’ve worn these types of watches for more than 25 years and have done little more than dive on coral 15-20 feet down. These watches last.Invicta’s 8926OB (for Original Bezel) is almost a duplicate of a Rolex Sea Master. So much so, Rolex threatened legal action unless parts were changed. The Rolex timepiece will probably last longer, but at $3,000 it should. The Invicta is a working man’s (woman’s) watch. Mine keeps good time and I rarely adjust it. It’s an automatic movement watch — not a quartz watch.That means it is a self-winding watch. And that’s fine. I doubt anybody reading this needs a hyper-precise watch for everyday life. We all like to think of ourselves as underwater demo team members or 21st Century 007s, but that’s not the case.Probably one of the benefits of Invicta is its presentation. The watch comes in an attractive case, and it has a polishing cloth. It practically blinds you with its silver bracelet.There are drawbacks though. Every Invicta watch I’ve got has a delicate crown and stem. The crown also winds the watch, like normal, but when you move it out to the other settings then you REALLY have to be careful opening it. Delicately pop it out to the A or B setting. The first, or A, setting is for changing the date. The second, or B, setting is to move the hands.The crown screws down and is secure. So, you don’t have to worry about it snagging anything.Just a note on the Original Bezel versus the newer 8296 scalloped, or Omega type, bezel: It’s sort of a coin edge, and, to me, it is easier to turn. The scalloped type requires too much pressure and over a few weeks of use it starts to feel like it is wearing out.I use mine to measure elapsed time for exercise and other events. It’s not 100-percent precise like a chronograph, but gives me what I need.Just to recap, this would make a good, inexpensive, gift that definitely looks like it is more of an investment than it is.

Perfect “cart” that looks more like furniture!

I was looking for a cart/stand to place my microwave on but wanted it to look more like a piece of furniture. This was perfect and the price was even better! My husband and I put it together in about an hour. It arrived in perfect condition, no missing parts, no flaws, and the directions were easy to follow. We sort the small parts out in muffin tins before we begin. There are typically a few extras they supply but generally if you ‘ve put it together right there shouldn’t be more than 1-3 pieces of hardware left over. We had to do some tweaking to adjust the doors but that is to be expected. The directions were very clear. The only additional thing I had to do was run a black marker down the exposed edge of the back panel otherwise you could see the 1/8″ raw edge from the side.The drawer had extra support so it won’t bow if you put anything but light weight objects in it. Also there is an adjustable shelf behind the doors. Perfect for containers, cookbooks, baskets, etc.We have purchased many Sauder products before (TV stand, book shelves, computer desk, entertainment center) and have always been please with the quality for the price. If you’re expecting high quality this isn’t it. If you’re looking for function and durability at a reasonable price look for Sauder. I have some Sauder pieces that are more than 10 years old, still look great and function as intended.