About Sleeping Bags

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.

 

Best Sleeping Bags 2020

  1. Sierra DriDown Backcountry Bed 600
  2. Editors Rating:
    (5 / 5)
    Weight 2.3 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 7.5" x 15"
    Assembled Dimensions 80"
    Insulation Material 600 Fill Down
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating 27°
    Width Shoulders 60"
    Width (Lower) 61"
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • Unique zipperless design makes this one of the most versatile sleeping bags available
    • Flexible comforter built in makes it good for cold or warmer sleeping
    • Its lightweight at under 3 pounds
    Cons
    • Only 3 season and not the best in temps under 40 degrees

    Read our full review of the Sierra DriDown Backcountry Bed 600


    Weight 2.75 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 9" x 6.5"
    Assembled Dimensions 78"
    Insulation Material 800 fill 90/10b down
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating
    Width Shoulders 22°
    Width (Lower) 28°
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • 0 degree EN Temperature rating
    • Comes in 2 sizes (regular/long)
    • Vertical baffles
    • Premium goose down
    • Comfy mummy style
    Cons
    • Smells odd out of the packaging
    • Manufacturer doesn't recommend machine washing

    Read our full review of the Hyke & Byke Eolus 800 Fill


  3. Hyke & Byke Quandary 15°
  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)
    Weight 3.15 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 10" x 7.5"
    Assembled Dimensions 78"
    Insulation Material 550 fill 90/10 down
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating
    Width Shoulders 22"
    Width (Lower) 28"
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price Price not available

    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. After use, it 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.

    Pros
    • Temperature rated 14 degrees
    • Rip stop nylon for added toughness
    • Fits taller campers
    Cons
    • Zipper sometimes catches on the fabric
    • Strong odor when pulled from the packaging

    Read our full review of the Hyke & Byke Quandary 15°


  5. Sierra DriDown 800 Backcountry Bed
  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)
    Weight 4.2 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 8" x 15"
    Assembled Dimensions 80"
    Insulation Material 800 Fill Down
    Sack Included No
    Temperature Rating 20°
    Width Shoulders 61"
    Width (Lower) 61"
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price Price 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.

    Pros
    • State of the art removable comforter design
    • 800 Dridown fill to keep you warm and light in your pack
    • Hand and arm pockets
    Cons
    • No stuff sack included
    • Not warm enough to be considered 4 seasons

    Read our full review of the Sierra DriDown 800 Backcountry Bed


  7. Outdoor Vitals Summit 20°F Down
  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.7 / 5)
    Weight 2.5 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 10" x 8"
    Assembled Dimensions 75"
    Insulation Material Down
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating 20°
    Width Shoulders 31"
    Width (Lower) 66"
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price Price not available

    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 20D ripstop nylon making it super tough while still keeping it lightweight.

    Pros
    • Ultralight under 3 pounds
    • 800 fill duck down keeps you well insulated.
    • Packs down very easily
    Cons
    • The down isn't hydrophobic making it susceptible to soaking
    • The drawstrings can easily fray

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


    Weight 3.5 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 9" x 10"
    Assembled Dimensions 86"
    Insulation Material Synthetic
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating 14°
    Width Shoulders 25"
    Width (Lower) 31"
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price $124.95

    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 get a good night’s rest.

    Pros
    • Temperature rated 23°F to 14°F
    • Zip Baffle Panel System provides an adjustable width for more comfort
    • Lots of value for a bag under $100
    • Comes with a stuff sack
    Cons
    • Made in China so the integrity of materials can vary from bag to bag.

    Read our full review of the Snugpak Softie Elite 3


  9. Trekr Outdoor 32°F Lightweight
  10. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)
    Weight 3.6 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 10" x 8"
    Assembled Dimensions 86"
    Insulation Material 400 Fill Down
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating 32°
    Width Shoulders 19"
    Width (Lower) 35"
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • Fits anyone up to 6'5" comfortably
    • Filled with easily compressible duck down
    • 320T ripstop nylon shell for outer protection
    • The Ykk zipper
    Cons
    • Might not keep you warm in temps below 40°F
    • At 3.6 pounds it's not ideal for ultralight backpackers

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


  11. Snugpak Softie Elite 1
  12. Editors Rating:
    (4.1 / 5)
    Weight 2.25 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 6" x 9" x 1"
    Assembled Dimensions 86"
    Insulation Material Synthetic
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating 36°
    Width Shoulders 25"
    Width (Lower) 31"
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price $95.57

    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.

    Pros
    • Expander Panel System Zip Baffle for adjustable width and roomier inside
    • Temperature rated 45°F down to 36°F for cooler weather
    • Fits taller campers
    Cons
    • Zippers can be problematic
    • Materials can be cheaply made in China
    • Not as compressible as down

    Read our full review of the Snugpak Softie Elite 1


    Weight 2.8 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 8" x 14"
    Assembled Dimensions 72"
    Insulation Material 600 Fill power DriDown
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating 20°
    Width Shoulders 58"
    Width (Lower) 62"
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • Great moisture absorption thanks to the Dridown insulation keeps you drier and more comfortable inside
    • Lightweight at just under 3 pounds
    Cons
    • Despite the rugged fill and inside
    • the outside seems to be a bit cheaper design
    • questionable zipper integrity

    Read our full review of the Kelty Cosmic 40°F


  13. Outdoor Vitals – 0°F Down
  14. Editors Rating:
    (3.9 / 5)
    Weight 2.75 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 11" x 8" x 8"
    Assembled Dimensions 75"
    Insulation Material 800+ fill power down
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating
    Width (Lower) 31
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price Price not available

    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 trail.

    Pros
    • Ultralight at just under 3 lbs for the heaviest bag
    • Compression sack included
    • 20D ripstop DWR coated nylon for outer shell durability
    Cons
    • The stitching and material quality can be problematic on some bags
    • Zipper integrity not the best

    Read our full review of the Outdoor Vitals – 0°F Down


  15. Ledge Sports FeatherLite +20°F
  16. Editors Rating:
    (3.7 / 5)
    Weight 3.4 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 8" x 14"
    Assembled Dimensions 84"
    Insulation Material Synthetic Continuous Filament Fiber Fill
    Sack Included Yes
    Temperature Rating 20°
    Width Shoulders 20"
    Width (Lower) 32"
    Sleeping Bag Style Mummy Bag
    Current Price Price not available

    The Ledge Sports FeatherLite +20 F is an excellent sleeping bag for anyone looking for an inexpensive, dependable bag. It has good enough room for any campers up to around 6-6’2″ tall at the shoulders and the feet, especially for a mummy-style bag.

    Pros
    • You can fit average to taller campers
    • Good room in the shoulders and feet
    • Packs down to 3.5 pounds
    • Compression sack included
    • Lots of value for an inexpensive bag
    Cons
    • Cheaper zipper construction
    • Although it says its rated at 20 degrees it's hard to stay warm below 30 degrees

    Read our full review of the Ledge Sports FeatherLite +20°F


Sleeping Bags Buying Guide

Everything you need to know before purchasing Sleeping Bags

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.