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Do you like hiking and often spend the night in different huts and hostels? Then the purchase of a suitable hut sleeping bag is essential for you. A hut sleeping bag offers you good heat storage, hygienic protection and many other advantages. But are you unsure about the different types and which material is best for you?

With our hut sleeping bag test 2021 we want to help you make the best purchase decision. To help you, we have described important buying criteria such as size, weight and functionality in more detail. In addition, we have answered frequently asked questions and given helpful tips in our guide section.




Summary

  • Hut sleeping bags are essential for trekking and hiking. They are often used as bedding for overnight stays in huts and hostels for hygienic reasons.
  • When choosing a suitable hut sleeping bag, you can choose between hut sleeping bags made of cotton, merino wool, silk or microfibre.
  • Hut sleeping bags can be taken along on long hikes because of their practical shape and weight. They provide a clean bed of their own at all times.

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Hut sleeping bag: buying and evaluation criteria

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate hut sleeping bags. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular sleeping bag is suitable for you or not.

In the following sections we will explain the individual criteria.

Size

Most hut sleeping bags come in a standard size, which makes individual selection a little more difficult. Nevertheless, hut sleeping bag sizes can vary somewhat depending on the manufacturer and brand. The only thing that helps is to try them out. In some cases, you can find XL sleeping bags that are particularly suitable for tall people or people who need more space. For an average adult, a hut sleeping bag about 90 cm wide and 220 cm long should be sufficient. The size of the hut sleeping bag is directly related to the pack size. The larger a hut sleeping bag is, the more difficult it is to transport.

Weight

The weight of the sleeping bag plays a decisive role. Since most people take the hut sleeping bag with them on hikes and long journeys, they want it to be as light as possible.

Type Weight
Silk hut sleeping bags 150 g
Cotton hut sleeping bags 150 - 300 g
Microfibre hut sleeping bags From 300 g

The weight of the hut sleeping bag can vary depending on the material and size. Silk hut sleeping bags are the lightest of the hut sleeping bags. The cotton hut sleeping bags, on the other hand, have the highest weight. The microfibre sleeping bags belong to the medium weight segment with a weight between 150-300g.

Functionality

When choosing a hut sleeping bag, you should consider which type of entry fits you best. There are several types of entry. One is the normal side entry, where you enter the sleeping bag from the head opening. The advantage of this is that it promises the highest possible thermal efficiency, as no heat can escape. There is also a side entry with a Velcro fastener. With the help of the velcro fastener, you can easily open the hut sleeping bag, which ensures easy entry and exit. Another alternative is the hut sleeping bag with side entry with zip. This is especially functional for couples, as you can expand the hut sleeping bag into a couple's hut sleeping bag by simply coupling it with another hut sleeping bag with a zip.

Pack size

The pack size of the hut sleeping bag is also very important. Most people plan a full-day hike and the pack size of the hut sleeping bag would be a hindrance if it is too big. For such hikes, hut sleeping bags that are as light as possible are suitable. Such hut sleeping bags are these made of silk. The pack size is of course influenced by the size and material of the hut sleeping bag. The more thermally insulating the fabric, the larger the pack size.

The shape

The shape of hut sleeping bags is mainly of two types - rectangular and mummy-shaped. The most common hut sleeping bags with the most basic features are generally rectangular. They are larger than the mummy-shaped ones and can be fully opened like a blanket. For this reason they are suitable for couples. Rectangular sleeping bags are less efficient in terms of heat retention. Most of them are designed for indoor use or summer camping. They are not suitable for harsher conditions and lower temperatures. The mummy hut sleeping bag narrows at the feet. The narrower body shape requires less heat to warm the sleeping bag and therefore has better insulating properties. The mummy hut sleeping bags have a hood, which additionally helps not to lose heat through the head. Due to the selected shape, the mummy hut sleeping bags weigh less than a rectangular hut sleeping bag. Mummy sleeping bags are usually single, but if you buy two sleeping bags with left and right zips, there is the option to combine them.

Hut sleeping bag: Frequently asked questions and answers

To start with, we want to give you some basic information about the Hüttenschlafsack. We have selected the questions specifically for you and will answer them shortly. After reading the guide, you will be able to make a fully informed decision.

What is a hut sleeping bag?

A hut sleeping bag is a special sleeping bag that is often used as a bed cover in huts for hygienic reasons. This is where its name comes from. Such a bag is not necessarily suitable for cold nights or further expeditions. Basically, a hut sleeping bag is nothing more than a thinner and unlined sleeping bag variant. This means it does not weigh as much and is very compact and space-saving.

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With a light and warm hut sleeping bag you are ideally equipped for every trekking tour or hike. (Image source: unsplash / Felix M. Dorn)

A hut sleeping bag is also often used as a ticking. This means that the hut sleeping bag is used with a normal sleeping bag so that the sleeping bag can stay fresh for longer.

Who is a hut sleeping bag suitable for?

Hut sleeping bags are suitable for anyone who travels a lot and wants to stay in huts or campsites. A hut sleeping bag can also serve you well for frequent hostel stays, as this way you always have your own bedding with you.

A cabin sleeping bag protects you from direct contact with a foreign mattress that cannot be changed regularly in some cabins. This prevents the possibility of an allergic reaction.

The cabin sleeping bag is particularly suitable for people who, for various reasons, do not like to sleep on strange bedding. The hut sleeping bag ensures better hygiene and can prevent possible allergic reactions.

What material can a hut sleeping bag be made of?

Many different materials are used in the production of a hut sleeping bag. The outer part of the hut sleeping bag is usually made of strong rip-stop nylon or polyester covered with a water-repellent DWR layer. The inner part can be made of cotton, polyester, silk or other fabrics, depending on the design. Here it is important that the materials and zips are strong so that the hut sleeping bag retains its properties for a long time.

What types of hut sleeping bags are there?

If you are looking to purchase a cabin sleeping bag, there are a few alternatives to choose between. Cotton cabin sleeping bag, silk cabin sleeping bag, merino cabin sleeping bag and microfibre cabin sleeping bag are some of them. Below we have compiled the most important advantages and disadvantages of these types:
Type Advantages Disadvantages
Cotton hut sleeping bag Breathable, warming, comfortable on the skin Relatively heavy, takes up a lot of space, longer drying time
Silk hut sleeping bag Lightweight, breathable, durable expensive, special washing instructions, too thin for winter months
Hut sleeping bag made of merino wool Very warm and soft, pleasant on the skin Expensive, special washing instructions, relatively heavy
Hut sleeping bag made of microfibre Light, quick-drying, inexpensive Relatively thin, synthetic fabric, does not feel good on the skin

Cotton: The classic among hut sleeping bags is the cotton hut sleeping bag. Cotton hut sleeping bags are very popular because the material strikes a very good balance between a comfortable weight and a suitable level of warmth. Cotton is also very breathable and regulates moisture. Therefore, the hut sleeping bags are particularly suitable for allergy sufferers. The disadvantages are that cottage sleeping bags made of cotton are somewhat heavier than others. Furthermore, the drying time is quite long.

Silk: Silk is a particularly light, breathable, natural fabric. It is not only light, but also warm and very absorbent. Silk hut sleeping bags are best for summer travel as silk is quite thin. However, they can be used as a supplement to normal sleeping bags. Because of the lighter weight and the ability to fold up small, the silk hut sleeping bag can be taken anywhere. The weak points of silk hut sleeping bags are the high purchase price and demanding cleaning. This also includes avoiding sunlight.

Merino wool: Merino wool has been proven to have a positive effect on our sleep. According to many studies, people who wear things made of wool at night have a better quality of sleep. This high-quality natural fibre has thermoregulatory and moisture-absorbing properties that contribute to a pleasant and dry sleeping climate. In addition, merino wool has an antibacterial effect and feels soft on the skin. Unfortunately, merino wool is somewhat more difficult to clean, as the material reacts rather sensitively to temperature fluctuations. Another disadvantage is the high purchase cost. The weight of the merino wool hut sleeping bag could also be a disadvantage.

Microfibre: Hut sleeping bags made of microfibre are made of 100% polyester and are therefore ideal for allergy sufferers. The easy cleaning is also a real plus.

Microfibre sleeping bags are both space-saving and very light.

The material is also relatively light and breathable and offers a small pack size. Therefore, microfibre hut sleeping bags are perfect for travelling. Another plus point is the short drying time of the material. In contrast to natural fabrics, microfibre has a much thinner finish, which contributes to greater heat loss. In addition, hut sleeping bags made of microfibre have a less pleasant feeling on the skin and are therefore not suitable for everyone.

What does a hut sleeping bag cost?

The price of a hut sleeping bag depends mainly on the material and workmanship. Hut sleeping bags are available in all kinds of price categories - from very cheap basics to very high quality.
Type Price
Microfibre From 10 euros
Cotton 20 - 30 euros
Merino wool / silk 50 - 100 euros

The cheaper models made of microfibre can be had for as little as 10 euros. In the more expensive price category come the cottage sleeping bags made of cotton. These range in price from 20 to 30 euros. The hut sleeping bags made of natural materials are the most expensive. These include merino wool and natural silk. These range in price between 50 and 100 euros.

Is there a hut sleeping bag for 2 people?

Yes. Most mummy hut sleeping bags are available with a double zip that allows them to be opened at the bottom for ventilation and combined with a second hut sleeping bag. This allows 2 people to sleep in the same hut sleeping bag, which increases the comfort temperature.

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Hut sleeping bags can be combined into a pair sleeping bag with the help of a zip. It is important to note the zip side. (Image source: pexels / Tamás Mészáros)

In extreme conditions, even 3 people can sleep in a double hut sleeping bag. Be careful when choosing a hut sleeping bag with a zip for pairing, as it depends on which side it is on. A left zip is paired with a right one, otherwise one hood stays down and the other up.

What is the difference between a hut sleeping bag and normal sleeping bags?

A hut sleeping bag differs from normal sleeping bags in three ways:

  • They are lighter
  • They can be packed small
  • They can be combined

The main differences between a hut sleeping bag and a normal sleeping bag are the thickness and the weight. The hut sleeping bag is often thinner and lighter and is rarely used on its own. It is more likely to be used as bedding or as a supplement to a normal sleeping bag.

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On a summer hike, the hut sleeping bag can be used alone. Its insulating ability will be enough to keep you warm during the night. (Image source: unsplash / Steve Halama)

Unlike a normal sleeping bag, a hut sleeping bag offers more legroom and is particularly light and comfortable to carry. On the other hand, it offers less insulation, so it is not suitable for all seasons.

What are the alternatives to a hut sleeping bag?

The hut sleeping bag is an essential part of camping and trekking equipment. It is mainly used for its ability to maintain body temperature, i.e. to insulate from external conditions. If you are not comfortable with a hut sleeping bag, there are of course some alternatives.
Alternative Description
Normal sleeping bag Normal sleeping bags are basically lined and therefore much thicker than hut sleeping bags. They have a better insulating function and therefore provide better protection against the cold.
Hut sleeping bag with sleeves These are hut sleeping bags that have sleeves. These are extremely practical for people who need a lot of freedom of movement. The hut sleeping bag with sleeves ensures that you have the freedom of movement you need and at the same time ensures that you don't get out of the sleeping bag.

Each of the alternatives has certain advantages that are not to be sneezed at. Nevertheless, a hut sleeping bag is preferred. It has additional features that set it apart from other options and make it a favourite choice.

How do I clean the ticking of my hut sleeping bag properly?

Cleaning is an important point that you should not underestimate when choosing a hut sleeping bag. Depending on the material, there can be certain differences in cleaning. Synthetic fibre and cotton products are fairly easy to clean. They can usually be washed in the washing machine at a maximum of 30 degrees without any problems. Some hut sleeping bags are even suitable for tumble drying.

The washing instructions on the inside of your sleeping bag will tell you how often you can wash it.

For hut sleeping bags made of silk, we recommend hand washing or a gentle wool wash programme. A gentle detergent for silk products is also recommended. Never tumble dry silk sleeping bags. Special care should be taken with merino wool sleeping bags. Such sleeping bags can still be washed in the washing machine, but only at a maximum of 30 degrees and a low spin cycle. A wool programme is also preferable.

Conclusion

Hut sleeping bags are indispensable companions on longer trekking tours and hikes. They offer a thermally insulating place to sleep and a clean bed. Unlike other sleeping options for hiking, the hut sleeping bag is compact, so you can take it with you wherever you go. When buying a hut sleeping bag, you should pay particular attention to the size, weight, functionality and pack size of the hut sleeping bag.

Hut sleeping bags made from natural materials are breathable and therefore reduce the risk of allergic skin reactions. On the other hand, they are a little more difficult to clean. Weight is crucial if you are planning a long trekking tour. The lighter the hut sleeping bag, the longer the tour can be. Once you have decided to buy a hut sleeping bag, check our recommendations and enjoy an exciting hike.

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