Sleeping Bag EN 13537

Choose his sleeping bag remains a “challenge” for many of our customers. Synthetic or feather (we offer an article specifically on this subject:- How to choose between the feather and synthetic fiber?) , what temperature the most versatile, right or left, can it is combined, what size is it fairly compressible, what is its weight,… and as it will last between 10 to 20 years going to t he respond to all my travel plans , hiking, camping?

Sleeping Bag EN 13537

Of course, we do not address the budget criterion, which is often the first criterion.

We will tried to help you through this post you bring some elements of answer helping you to better understand the vocabulary used for sleeping bags.

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How to choose the comfort of his sleeping bag temperature

EN13537 standard
What is than the standard EN13537

It was in 2005 that the European standard EN 13537 saw the day. It is intended to assess the values of temperature for sleeping bags as well for a synthetic down or feather in: comfort temperature, limited comfort and extreme. It’s lab test where they place a dummy diffusing heat with sub clothing and thick mattresses. It is clear that brands having test their sleeping bag can only indicate values closer to reality. Attention do not follow these numbers to the degree closely because it is a dummy that is used to support the tests… it does not take into account differences in metabolism of each feeding, the wind (dry or wet), fatigue, moisture etc.

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Interest of the standard EN13537

The big advantage is that standard bags, even of different brands, can be compared with each other.

These tests costing relatively expensive, all manufacturers do not have the means to comply, they can be tested only a few bags in their range. He’ll have to pay attention to what the label mentions the standard, as well as the famous ‘EN ‘.If him ‘EN’ is not stated but that in addition it is well mentioned 13537, is that the bag has passed part of the tests…

Sleeping Bag En 135373

This standard applies to waterproof sleeping bags, as well on the synthetic sleeping bags on the down sleeping bags.

Recently the European standard is more comprehensive tests and calls itself now IN 12130. Moreover you will find written on some EN 13537 bags…

Other standards for sleeping bag

In addition, there are several standards. These standards change frequently and it is difficult on the net is much clearer. I found everything and its opposite, from different sources, suppliers to individuals…

Here’s what I found more clear and up-to-date:

“For the products which concern us, we often hear of three standards:

  • The international standard IDFB (Ref: IDFB Part 10-2010): she advocates the use of a cylinder 28.8 cm in diameter Lorch, a sample of 30g, and – since 2006-a conditioning of the fluff by injection of steam (steam conditioning)
  • The European standard (Ref: IN 12130 / NO 1003), which uses a cylinder 28.8 cm in diameter Lorch, a sample of 20g, and – since 2003 – a rotating drying packaging (tumble dry conditioning))
  • The old American Standard (Ref: FTC 148 a-1964), which was in force prior to 1999, was using a USA 24.8 cm diameter cylinder and a sample of down 28.35 g (an ounce). The packaging was not specified then, methods pré-citées does not exist yet. This US standard was officially abandoned in 1999, the standard USA-2000 stating that the IDFB standard became the reference for the measurement of the fill power. Yet, some manufacturers still refer to this old method of measurement, and say they test an ounce of down in a cylinder US (with, in general, steam conditioning treatment) ). »
Reminder to understand the standard EN 13537 of a sleeping bag

Comfort temperature: The person, bag closed entirely, sleep comfortably and in a casual way (the value is for a woman to about 1.60 m for 60 kg).

Temperature limit comfort: The sleeper in a closed position curled up, sleeping bag must just see hot (the value is for a man to about 1.70 to 70 kg. This threshold is low, a woman may already have cold at the same temperature).

Extreme temperature: At this stage the bag protects from death, but the risk of hypothermia is almost inevitable.

For the choice of your sleeping bag, refer you to the comfort, the temperature limit comfort temperature can also influence your choice but be careful anyway…

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