Top Sleeping Bags Reviewed

When planning your overnight camping adventure, one of the most important pieces of gear you will pack is a camping sleeping bag.

It should go without saying that a sleeping bag can make or break your trip.

If you don’t find the right bag for you, getting a good night’s rest can be a frustrating experience.

A good camping sleeping bag can come in a number of different styles, shapes, weights, and temperature ratings.  You can find a bag that works great for both cooler and warmer weather, heavy or ultralight, along with different degrees of water resistance.

As great as sleeping bags are, there are also a number of reliable camping quilts to choose from.

For a deep dive into finding the best sleeping bags available today, be sure to check out 11 Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags.

We’ve also provided a list of our top rated sleeping bags below along with reviews and a buying guide with tips on how to find the best camping sleeping bag for your next adventure.

 

Top Sleeping Bags Rankings

  1. Sierra Designs DriDown Backcountry Bed 600-Fill Sleeping Bag

  2. Editors Rating:
    (5 / 5)

    Weight2.3 lbs
    Packed Dimensions7.5" x 15"
    Assembled Dimensions80"
    Insulation Material600 Fill Down
    Sack IncludedYes
    Temperature Rating27°
    Width Shoulders60"
    Width (Lower)61"
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current Pricefrom $199.96

    The Sierra Design Dridown Backcountry Bed is a nice 3 season lightweight sleeping bag that can almost be considered state of the art. This mummy bag comes in 2 sizes, regular and long, and is built to comfortably fit campers of all different shapes and sizes.

    Read our full review of the Sierra Designs DriDown Backcountry Bed 600-Fill Sleeping Bag


  3. Hyke & Byke 800 Fill Power Goose Down Sleeping Bag

  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.9 / 5)

    Best Value Option

    Weight2.75 lbs
    Packed Dimensions9" x 6.5"
    Assembled Dimensions78"
    Insulation Material800 fill 90/10b down
    Sack IncludedYes
    Temperature Rating
    Width Shoulders22°
    Width (Lower)28°
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current Pricefrom $139.97

    The Hyke & Byke 800 Fill Power Goose Down Sleeping Bag is a great 4 season sleeping bag that delivers a ton of value for the lightweight, cold weather backpacker. At just under 3 pounds this EN temperature rated 0-degree bag is giving you a ton of cold weather insulation thanks to the ultralight premium quality goose down filling.

    Read our full review of the Hyke & Byke 800 Fill Power Goose Down Sleeping Bag


  5. Hyke & Byke Quandary 15 Degree Down Sleeping Bag

  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Weight3.15 lbs
    Packed Dimensions10" x 7.5"
    Assembled Dimensions78"
    Insulation Material550 fill 90/10 down
    Sack IncludedYes
    Temperature Rating
    Width Shoulders22"
    Width (Lower)28"
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current Pricefrom $139.97

    The Hyke & Byke Quandary 15 Degree Down Sleeping Bag is a great cold weather sleeping bag that keeps you warm while taking up minimal space in your bag. The Quandry bag is well insulated with 90% duck down and 10% duck feather which keeps warm inside and when you’re done compresses down to 10″ long and 7.5″ in diameter to fit seamlessly into Hyke and Byke’s included compression sack made from 400T 20D ripstop nylon fabric.

    Read our full review of the Hyke & Byke Quandary 15 Degree Down Sleeping Bag


  7. Sierra Designs DriDown Backcountry Bed 800-Fill 3 Season Sleeping Bag

  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Weight4.2 lbs
    Packed Dimensions8" x 15"
    Assembled Dimensions80"
    Insulation Material800 Fill Down
    Sack IncludedNo
    Temperature Rating20°
    Width Shoulders61"
    Width (Lower)61"
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current PricePrice not available

    The Sierra Design Dridown Backcountry Bed 800-Fill 3 Season Sleeping Bag is a nice 3 season lightweight sleeping bag that can fit campers easily over 6 feet tall and can compress down to take up very little space in your pack.

    Read our full review of the Sierra Designs DriDown Backcountry Bed 800-Fill 3 Season Sleeping Bag


  9. Outdoor Vitals Summit 20°F Down Sleeping Bag

  10. Editors Rating:
    (4.7 / 5)

    Weight2.5 lbs
    Packed Dimensions10" x 8"
    Assembled Dimensions75"
    Insulation MaterialDown
    Sack IncludedYes
    Temperature Rating20°
    Width Shoulders31"
    Width (Lower)66"
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current Pricefrom $159.97

    The Outdoor Vitals Summit 20°F Down Sleeping Bag is an awesome 3 season mummy bag that will keep you warm in the cold but has the versatility to be used in warmer weather as well without getting too hot. The outer shell is made from made from 20D ripstop nylon making it super tough while still keeping it lightweight.

    Read our full review of the Outdoor Vitals Summit 20°F Down Sleeping Bag


  11. Snugpak Softie Elite 3 Sleeping Bag

  12. Editors Rating:
    (4.3 / 5)

    Weight3.5 lbs
    Packed Dimensions9" x 10"
    Assembled Dimensions86"
    Insulation MaterialSynthetic
    Sack IncludedYes
    Temperature Rating14°
    Width Shoulders25"
    Width (Lower)31"
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current Pricefrom $277.99

    The Snugpak Elite 3 sleeping bag is a great cold weather rated bag that keeps your pack super lightweight, especially for how warm it keeps you. The Snugpack Elite 3 is EN temperature rated 23°F to 14°F. Paired with a 4 season tent or bivy sack you can use this bag in frigid temps and feel fine.

    Read our full review of the Snugpak Softie Elite 3 Sleeping Bag


  13. Trekr Outdoor 32°F Lightweight Backpacking Sleeping Bag

  14. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)

    Weight3.6 lbs
    Packed Dimensions10" x 8"
    Assembled Dimensions86"
    Insulation Material400 Fill Down
    Sack IncludedYes
    Temperature Rating32°
    Width Shoulders19"
    Width (Lower)35"
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current Price$69.99

    The Trekr Outdoor 32°F Lightweight Backpacking Sleeping Bag gives a ton of value for a great price. First, off the bag itself has a nice, cozy interior. Its rated 32°F thanks to the duck down fill that absolutely keeps you warm without an extra liner or heavy clothes in cooler temps.

    Read our full review of the Trekr Outdoor 32°F Lightweight Backpacking Sleeping Bag


  15. Snugpak Softie Elite 1 Sleeping Bag

  16. Editors Rating:
    (4.1 / 5)

    Weight2.25 lbs
    Packed Dimensions6" x 9" x 1"
    Assembled Dimensions86"
    Insulation MaterialSynthetic
    Sack IncludedYes
    Temperature Rating36°
    Width Shoulders25"
    Width (Lower)31"
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current Price$95.74

    The Snugpak Softie Elite 1 Sleeping bag is a great 3-pound sleeping bag that can accommodate 3 seasons. Its temperature rated from a comfort rating of 45°F down to the lower limit of 36°F and will get you through those colder late fall early winter nights while having the flexibility to still also be used in the warmer months.

    Read our full review of the Snugpak Softie Elite 1 Sleeping Bag


  17. Outdoor Vitals – Down 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag

  18. Editors Rating:
    (3.9 / 5)

    Weight2.75 lbs
    Packed Dimensions11" x 8" x 8"
    Assembled Dimensions75"
    Insulation Material800+ fill power down
    Sack IncludedYes
    Temperature Rating
    Width (Lower)31
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current Pricefrom $224.97

    The Outdoor Vitals 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag is perfect for the 4 season backpacker who is looking to stay warm in frigid conditions. It has a 0°F EN temperature rating thanks to the premium 800 fill power down! The outer shell is built from 20D ripstop fabric which makes it able to handle the demanding backcountry trial.

    Read our full review of the Outdoor Vitals – Down 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag


  19. Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

  20. Editors Rating:
    (3.8 / 5)

    Weight2.8 lbs
    Packed Dimensions8" x 14"
    Assembled Dimensions72"
    Insulation Material600 Fill power DriDown
    Sack IncludedYes
    Temperature Rating20°
    Width Shoulders58"
    Width (Lower)62"
    Sleeping Bag StyleMummy Bag
    Current Price$116.95

    The Kelty Cosmic 40 Degree Sleeping Bag is a nice bag for its price. It will keep you warm, but maybe not the best for those frigid trips as it technically is only a 3 season bag.

    Read our full review of the Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag


Last update on 2019-03-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Sleeping Bags Buying Guide 2019

How to Pick

Some factors you want to keep in mind when looking for your ideal sleeping bag include:

  • Weight
  • Temperature Rating
  • Insulation
  • Mummy or Quilt
  • Bag Dimensions
  • Storage
  • Ventilation
  • Pockets
  • Hood
  • Draft Collar

1. Weight

Most lightweight backpacking sleeping bags weigh between 2 and 4 pounds.

The weight will not directly correlate to warmth, and many lighter bags may end up actually being warmer.

2. Temperature Rating

Most bags on the market are tested for temperature by the EN 13537 standard temperature scale.

This tests each bag for different temperature standards like upper limit, comfort, lower limit, and extreme temperature.

Pick a bag where the EN rating is slightly lower than the temperature you plan to sleep.

If the temperature stays on the warmer end you can always adjust the sleeping bag to allow more cool air inside.

Most ultralight backpacking sleeping bags offer ratings between +15°F and +50°F.

3. Insulation: Down or Synthetic

There are 2 main types of sleeping bag insulation: Down and Synthetic.

Down:  Down insulation is the more lightweight and durable fabric between the 2.

Although it can be resistant to light water exposure it can be an absolute nightmare to dry when soaked.

The best part about down is its ability to trap heat and easy to compress.

Synthetic: Synthetic bags are typically made from polyester and can be great under wetter conditions.

They dry much faster than down and can even continue to insulate if they do get wet.

The biggest downside of a synthetic bags is the lack of heat insulation and inability to compress like a down bag.

Some synthetic bags may have a stiffer feel too.

Down fill power is the measurement of the down’s ability to trap heat.

It measures how much many cubic inches of space 1 ounce of down can full when allowed to reach its max loft.

These numbers typically range from 600-800.

The higher the fill power the higher the quality and also the lighter the weight.

4. Style: Mummy Bags or Quilts

Mummy bags are typically the warmest and most packable choice and are more preferred by lightweight backpackers.

Quilts give more flexibility for comfort, can be lighter and less expensive than mummy bags.

However, they are not as reliable for trapping heat and have to be used with a sleeping pad.

They work great with hammocks.

5. Bag Width and Length

Knowing how you sleep will give you an idea of what dimensions you need in a sleeping bag.

Different bags will give you different dimensions in the shoulders and the feet.

The mummy bag will have more tapered feet.

This leaves less room to insulate with your body heat.

A bag with a rectangular cut will give your feet more room but might be a little tougher to stay warm in.

6. Storage

Some bags come with some sort of stuff sack.

If yours doesn’t consider adding either a compression or waterproof stuff sack to your cart

These will not only help protect your sleeping bag but pack it tighter so it occupies less space in your pack.

7. Zipper Length and Ventilation

Some bags use 1/2 length zippers while other bags use 3/4 length zippers.

Again it all really depends how you sleep.

For those who sleep on their backs, 1/2 zippers are fine.

But for those of you who side sleepers, a 3/4 zipper bag will accommodate better.

3/4 zippers are also great for cold sleepers and those who want to drape themselves in the warmth of the bag while sitting up to eat or drink a beer.

Full-length zippers give you the most options and can be easier to get into or out of.

They can also be mated with other bags if you need more space or want someone to snuggle up against.

Related Articles From Our Blog

The 11 Best Value Ultralight Backpacking Sleeping Bags

Your ultralight backpacking sleeping bag is one of the most important items you'll carry on the trail. This article reviews the best bags in 2018.
Read More

How To Choose A Reliable Ultralight Backpacking Quilt

A good ultralight backpacking quilt offers space, comfort, and flexibility compared to the constriction of a traditional backpacking sleeping bag without adding extra weight or hassle to your pack. No need to feel limited to a standard mummy bag. We've provided some tips on how to find your perfect backpacking quilt.
Read More

How To Find The Best Lightweight Backpacking Sleeping Bag

This guide offers tips on how to find the best backpacking sleeping bag.
Read More
Posted in

Nick P

Nick spent his mostly unsupervised youth raising hell in the woods and ponds of 16 Acres in Springfield, MA (AKA Hell's Acres). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves hitting the northeast trails when his schedule allows and camping on his roof deck when it doesn't.

Leave a Comment