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Published on December 11th, 2012 | by Greg


Camping With Kids And The Deuter Starlight EXP

Sleeping bags for the younger ones might not seem like a great pair with winter in New York. After all, most local children are not planning camping trips during December, despite ample opportunity (we miss month-long holiday vacations). But whether you live in or are visiting a warmer climate during the holidays- or if you’re planning for the summer, looking forward to some future camping- then there is no time like the present to upgrade your child’s sleeping bag. Plus, it’ll be cozy for them should they decide to await Santa’s visit in the living room.

The Deuter Starlight EXP looks and feels like an adult sleeping bag- no kiddie touches here, just solid materials. The shell is Soft-nylon taffeta and the fill synthetic hollow fiber, with an nice smooth inner lining, making for warmth and light weight at only a bit over two pounds. Now, it’s not going to work outside in the dead of winter- this is a three-season bag, and ratings aren’t available for youth sleeping bags.

There’s a fun extra feature on this made-for-kids bag: an extendable section that “grows together with your little stargazers when they gain height overnight!” Basically, a zippered section at the bottom extends the bag by twelve inches, or when zipped up, offers additional insulation. The interior pocket is a nice touch, too. The loose-mummy construction offers a bit of extra warmth and less weight, but is a bit less roomy than some kids may want. The Starlight also has an adjustable hood with a drawstring to close it up a bit.

Also, the specs list it for those between 4’3″ to 5’6″, but we’d suggest it a better fit for those under five feet. It was reported to be “cozy”, and the orange-cranberry color a hue that’s gender-neutral and attractive enough that some adults on staff wanted one. At $80, it’s fairly expensive for a youth bag, but it’s from Deuter- we’ve had great luck with their gear’s durability, as in our previous reviews. Plus, the expandability means that it will grow, to some extent, with your child. Available now, online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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