Like I mentioned earlier on most of the longdistance sleddog races part of the mandatory equipment is a thermo survival bag. But it´s also not a bad idea to take it with on longer training runs… you might need it 🙂 Life and nature is full of surprises!
But why using a survival bag instead of a winter sleeping bag?
Sleeping bags are really handy if you want to sleep in a tent or a cabin but during sleddog training you often sleep next to the sledge. In that case or in emergency situations it´s practical if you can go inside the survival bag without taking of your winter clothes. Once inside you can change socks, taking of the boots etc. meanwhile your body temperature starts to heat up the inside.
As Johanna is an educated dressmaker we decided to make our own survival bag.
What we used:
- Climashield Apex Insulation 200g / sqm
- Ripstop nylon , 40den , down proof , 55g / sqm
- Ripstop nylon , waterproof , inner tent 40den , 45g / sqm
- Zipper Cord end Aerowave with whistle
- YKK 5C Zipper
Here some pictures
The real big test for our survival bag was on the sleddog race Alta 2-dagars in January, a 220km long race without checkpoints.The survival bag worked really well, I used it during 2 breaks on the trail to sleep in, outside temperature was around –10. At colder temperatures I would use the survival bag in combination with a good winter sleeping bag (weight 2kg) to get a good sleep.
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