The Best Sleeping Bags Reviewed
Nothing is worse than cheerfully jogging towards your campsite, woefully unprepared for the night ahead of you. Those of us who’ve experienced a generic sleeping bag know that they most certainly are not all the same. A quality sleeping bag means that you will be snoozing like a baby all night long feeling comfortable, warm, and satisfied with the day’s adventure. Whereas, a not-so-great bag will have you potentially cold, tossing and turning, and maybe even itching from the cheap fabric.
So when you hop into buyer mode, how can you possibly make a wise choice among all of the endless options out there? Rest assured, in this guide, we will break down the best sleeping bag choices for hiking and camping based on a wide variety of reviews, including firsthand accounts from our testers.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 15 hrs of research
High quality zipper
Responsibly sourced down
- Outdoor Vitals 20F Summit Down
- Marmot Trestles 15
- Kelty Tuck 22F
- Nemo Salsa 30
- The North Face Cat’s Meow
- Abco Tech All Seasons.
- Coleman Dunnock
- Slumberjack Country Squire
- Kelty Callisto 30
- Wenzel Grande
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top Ten Sleeping Bags
1. Outdoor Vitals 20F Summit Down
High quality zipper
Responsibly sourced down
Drawstrings may fray over time
For the ideal balance between being lightweight and being warm, the Outdoor Vitals Summit Down Sleeping Bag is a great choice. Featuring 800-fill responsibly sourced down, this sleeping bag still comes in at under three pounds!Read more
Durability: The outer material is made of a rip-stop synthetic fabric, while the inner down is both responsibly sourced and DWR treated to ensure water resistance. The drawstrings are not the greatest quality though and may start to fray over time.
Comfort and Warmth: The 800 fill down is resistant to moisture, which will keep the water out and the warmth in even if you aren't using a sleeping pad. The down material is rated for temperatures as low as 20F, with a grid baffle design to keep the down material in key places in the bag. Overall this is a very soft and comfortable sleeping bag that will keep you warm even below freezing.
Weight: At just under three pounds, this is a light sleeping bag, ideal for situations where you won't be near a car. This low weight also makes it easy to compress, so it won't take up too much room in your bag.
Bottom Line: The Outdoor Vitals Summit Down Sleeping Bag is a great choice for colder conditions, while still being lightweight and compressible enough to carry with you on longer outdoor trips.
2. Marmot Trestles 15
Anatomically shaped footbox for wiggle room
Dual-zipper for ventilation
Too thick for warmer weather
If you're looking for a no-frills sleeping back to bring with you car camping in the colder months, Marmot's Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag is just the thing you need without breaking the bank.Read more
Durability: While this sleeping bag is rated to be very warm, it is somewhat lacking in durability. The zippers have a tendency to jam, especially in the cold. The sleeping bag also isn't waterproof, so it may keep to safe from some errant drops but not much more.
Comfort and Warmth: Rated as low as 15F, the Marmot Trestles will be able to withstand even the coldest of weather with ease. The pull tabs glow in the dark for added visibility at night.
Weight: This sleeping bag weighs just under three and a half pounds, this sleeping bag is a little heavier than others, but that's to be expected for the 15F temperature rating. It isn't very compressible, however, so it may not be ideal for longer excursions.
Bottom Line: The Marmot Trestle is a great sleeping bag for car camping in colder conditions, while the weight and compressibility make it less than ideal for outdoor trips.
3. Kelty Tuck 22F
Shoulders are narrow
For those on a budget, the Kelty Tuck is a great sub-$100 option that doesn't skimp on quality. It's lightweight and offers all of the warmth and durability you've come to expect from Kelty.Read more
Durability: The synthetic outer material resisting tearing very well, and will easily withstand long-term use. The zipper, however, is not very smooth and could break if you try to force it too much.
Comfort and Warmth: Don't let its light weight fool you; the Kelty Tuck is a great 3-season sleeping bag, withstanding temperatures as low as 22F. The interior is comfortable and soft, and it includes a foot tuck so you can kick your feet out on those warmer nights. The full-length crossbody zipper allows it to be opened up like a quilt. It is a little narrow around the shoulders, however, so if you have broad shoulders this may not be the sleeping bag for you.
Weight: Coming in at 3lbs, this is definitely a light sleeping bag, making it ideal for long trips. It also compresses easily to save on storage and hassle.
Bottom Line: Coming in at under $100, the Kelty Tuck is a great option for the budget-conscious without compromising on warmth and durability. The crossbody zipper allows it to be opened up like a quilt.
4. Nemo Salsa 30
Could have better insulation
If you want a comfortable sleeping bag that’s easy to pack down and will let you sleep in any position, then you’ll love the Nemo Salsa 30. The Nemo Salsa 30 provides you with plenty of warmth and room as you sleep, and also packs down so it is easy to carry.Read more
Durability: You’ll get a lot of versatility and durability with this bag, since its lightweight but also spacious. It also features a zipper that helps you ventilate, and plenty of high-quality materials that make it long-lasting.
Comfort & Warmth: With this sleeping bag, you get protection down to temperatures of 30 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning you get a lot of warmth. Plus, this sleeping bag has 14 ounces of 650 fill power down that brings some nice insulation.
Weight: Weighing in at two pounds and one ounce, this sleeping bag is standard in weight for its size. However, unlike bags that have a similar size, this sleeping bag packs down very well, making it easy to carry.
Bottom Line: For the price, which is quite affordable, you’ll get a lot of use from the Nemo Salsa 30. This sleeping bag is a great value, and provides you with durability, comfort, and warmth.
5. The North Face Cat’s Meow
Packs larger than some other options
This is one of The North Face’s most classic products, having been around since 1977 and remaining popular as a great all-around sleeping bag. The North Face Cat’s Meow is very warm and works well even during adverse weather, so you’ll love how comfortable you feel each time you use it.Read more
Durability: Designed with a lot of high-quality materials, The North Face built this sleeping bag to last and take a lot of abuse. You’ll get a lot of use from this sleeping bag.
Comfort & Warmth: The North Face’s Cat’s Meow is a 20-degre bag filled with synthetic Heatseeker Pro insulation, which works well to thermally regulate your body temperature even when the weather gets very cold. This sleeping bag does a good job of keeping you warm even when the temperatures drop outside.
Weight: The North Face’s Cat’s Meow is a synthetic insulated sleeping bag, so it isn’t as lightweight as some other options, but considering its insulation it is still pretty light. This sleeping bag weighs about two pounds eleven ounces, and compresses well.
Bottom Line: Designed as an affordable and good all-around option in sleeping bags, you don’t get a lot of bells and whistles with this sleeping bag, but you will wind up with a great all-around bag.
6. Abco Tech All Seasons.
Good for all seasons
You must pay a little more for the good features of this sleeping bag
Freezing temperatures, warm summer nights or any weather in the middle.
This bag offers all you want, good for all four seasonal kinds of weather, light to carry and compresses to fit into a small carry sack, waterproof and designed with extra features to ensure a comfortable outdoor sleeping experience.
Made from durable long lasting high-quality polyester which gives a combination of comfort and protection.
This product is selling well because it is very good and the online reviews are very favorable.Read more
The bag will roll up without losing integrity due to the use of durable materials for making this product and can easily slip into a compression bag when this is done the whole bag is carriable at measurements of only 16 by 9 inches, durability for the material construction is consistent for all four weather seasons. Made from tough but gentle polyester this product gives long durability.
This product for top performing sleeping weighs in at three pounds. More features include a design which is waterproof, wider foot room and double-fill tech which will give more overall protection for the body. The lining is soft polyester and feels gentle against the skin while sleeping, the polyester fill will dry out very quickly if sweat/body moisture is created inside the bag and the product can be opened with a side zipper for warmer weather, also includes a drawstring closure if you want to close up on cold nights to stay warmer.
A little higher than standard costs for a sleeping bag but this has a broader performance.
7. Coleman Dunnock
Large enough to move around in
Zipper snags a bit too often
The Coleman Dunnock is a sleeping bag that has a number of unique features that make it standout, but nothing quite as killer as some of the others in this guide. For example, a small media pocket is included near the chest area, which is something that testers found to be handy, but not invaluable. Even if not groundbreaking, it certainly is unique.Read more
Durability: The zipper is tape-backed, but testers unfortunately still reported some snagging during repeated use. Another annoying omission is that there are no loops sewn into the foot area for hanging. Many of our readers and staff alike love to hang sleeping bags out in the sun during extended camping trips, in order to keep the bags dry and fresh. While not including this isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker, it would have been great to see it included.
Comfort & Warmth: The Dunnock is best suited for moderate weather situations where the temperature isn’t likely to dip below the mid 30’s. We found that the insulation on the Dunnock was sewn to both the shell and the lining fabric, preventing the material from holding heat in during freezing conditions.
In addition, the zipper is not sealed, but a foldable, two-part draft flap is included to seal it off. Testers found that this tended to fail during the night due to wind, however, letting cold air in through the zipper teeth. In the comfort end of things, this sleeping bag is on the larger and more spacious end of the spectrum, coming in at 81” by 39”. Only the Lumberjack Country Squire 0 was larger in this guide.
The lining is cotton flannel, which is indeed quite comfortable, but we found that it tends to shed after repeated usage. Pet lovers might not find this to be that big of an issue, but for the rest of us, it became pretty annoying pretty quickly.
Weight: This is a rather hefty bag, coming in right at 7 pounds, 8 ounces. That isn’t as heavy as some others in this guide, but we found that for the weight, we were hoping for more in the warmth department. Rolling and packing this bag proved to be frustrating for testers, but the inclusion of a handle was a welcome feature.
Bottom Line: The Wenzel Grande is both warmer and heavier than the Dunnock, and for many, it will be the better value overall. Still, if you are looking for a larger bag for warmer weather camping, the Dunnock is comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate you.
8. Slumberjack Country Squire
The most comfortable sleeping bag on this list
The warmest sleeping back in this guide
Extremely durable hardware
Too heavy for anything but close camping
The Slumberjack Country Squire 0 is one of the more fully featured bags we’ve ever reviewed. Far and away the most unique feature, though, is the removable cotton sheet. For those of you who want a bit more to wrap yourselves up in, this is the killer app of killer apps for sleeping bags. The main zipper, along with all the rest of the hardware, is extremely durable and has the looks to match. All of the zippers are two-way, allowing you to vent the bottom as needed, or grab socks without having to venture into the depths from the top, which was a small but welcome feature.Read more
Durability: The heavy duty storage duffle that comes with the main bag is very high quality as well, and even though this thing is super thick, we didn’t find that there was any trouble getting everything packed up when it was time to go. In fact, we found that the oversized bag that comes with the Country Squire 0 was large enough to fit loads of other supplies in, which, depending on your setup, might be the coolest feature about this bag for camping. Imagine being able to load all of your clothes, odds and ends, tools, survival supplies, and even a small tent into a single bag that also holds your sleeping bag. Talk about a one-stop-shop!
Comfort & Warmth: The Slumberjack Country Squire 0 turned out to be the single most comfortable, warmest bag in this entire guide. We found that laying in this bag felt essentially like laying in a comfortable bed at home, which is a statement we don’t take lightly. The inner sheet was an excellent addition, but in all reality, the more space you have to move around, the likelier you are to feel comfortable in a sleeping bag. Coming in at 84” by 42”, this bag has the largest surface area of any in this guide, giving you plenty of room to move around, no matter how big and tall you might be. For many, this feature alone might make this bag the right choice for you, and found that it was so great, that it almost took the top spot in this guide, despite the much higher price.
This is the only bag that we feel confident in saying is up to just about anything you can throw at it, reasonably speaking. Virtually wind and cold proof, the insulating liner is robust enough to ward off even the harshest conditions, and the insulated draft tube really shines here, illustrating the main edge this bag has over the Wenzel Grande above in terms of keeping you warm. Cold air getting in through the zipper is one of the most common flaws found in many bags, so the fact that this was accounted for on the Country Squire 0 really shows the level of detail Slumberjack put into creating it. You’d be hard pressed to find another bag that competes with this thing.
Weight: Predictably, this is the burliest, heaviest bag in this guide, weighing in at 14 pounds. Like our top pick, the Country Squire 0 definitely isn’t suitable for long outdoor excursions. As mentioned above, the oversized bag is incredibly handy, but it’s also insanely large. For times when you aren’t packing heavy, the bag can compress down quite a bit, so there’s no need to get too worried if space is at a premium in your car.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for the most durable, most comfortable sleeping bag out there for the money, this is it. The Slumberjack Country Squire 0 is so warm, it’s almost cheating, and we feel this should almost have a “glamping” tag next to it on our site; it’s that luxurious. If you’re looking for something similar for a bit less, our top pick, the Wenzel Grande, is another fantastic option that will keep your warm in cold conditions. Not even the Grande, however, can compete toe-to-toe with this bad boy in terms of warmth.
9. Kelty Callisto 30
Quality hardware throughout
Lightweight for a rectangular bag
Can be linked together for two people
Not as warm as it could have been
The Kelty Callisto 30 is one of the more feature-rich bags in this guide. We found that far and away the most notable one was the adjustable top opening; something that many bags do not include, especially rectangular ones.Read more
Durability: There are two large hoops at the foot of the bag for hanging, as well as two smaller hoops on either side of the edges. The zipper included on the Callisto is probably the highest quality out of all of the bags we’ve included in this guide. We found that its operation was as smooth as butter, and the tape-backed zipper itself never snagged or got caught even once. One other potentially great feature for couples who camp together is the fact that two of these bags can be zipped together at the bottom to create one, larger sleeping bag. Coupled with a Synmat Hyperlite Duo, this is our favorite way to camp with our significant others.
Comfort & Warmth: The Callisto proved to be a very warm and comfortable bag during extensive tests in colder weather. The bag is roomy enough, at 81” by 31”, to provide ample room for an average sized person to move around comfortably in, and the synthetic polyester taffeta materials used felt great on the skin.
Two-way zippers allow for easy ventilation if things get a bit too warm, and failing that, they allow you to fully fold the bag out into a blanket for when temps get up into the 40’s and 50’s. The insulation itself is nearly as thick as the Wenzel Grande, but we found that it couldn’t compete directly with the Grande in terms of warmth. It comes very close, though, largely thanks to an excellent draft tube that runs the entire length of the zipper. We found that this tube did a fantastic job alongside the insulation to lock in the heat and keep testers comfortable all through the night.
Weight: At 5 pounds exactly, this is the lightest rectangular sleeping bag in this guide. This is definitely still heavier than what you’d typically backpack with, but we felt comfortable carrying this thing around packed, and it never became too much of a burden, even when walking a few miles to the campsite. The included stuff sack is nice enough, but other reviewers have noted that you can cut down the volume even more by using a better compression-style stuff sack instead.
Bottom Line: The Kelty Callisto is a fantastic sleeping bag for those who are looking for a couple-friendly bag, or those simply looking for great warmth in a lightweight package.
10. Wenzel Grande
Great value bag for the price
Extremely warm insulation
Durable and comfortable design
The Wenzel Grande combines a lot of value with a low sticker price, giving it an edge over almost all the other products listed in this guide. The Grande keeps things simpler than many sleeping bags, but its heavy design is sure to please those looking for something serious on a budget.Read more
Durability: The rough, outer shell fabric is extremely durable, and the inner flannel lining is soft and comfortable. That setup is ideal to spread out as a blanket when needed, and the exposed velcro folds over to avoid any chance of getting scratched. There aren’t many other extras, so if you’re looking for bells and whistles, the Slumberjack Country Squire below might be a better pick for you.
Comfort & Warmth: The heavy duty materials in use on the Wenzel Grande aren’t just for looks; this is a serious sleeping bag that will keep you warm and comfortable in a variety of different situations, from car camping to general use. We found that the Grande was the 2nd warmest of all of the sleeping bags we tested, losing out only to the Slumberjack Country Squire. Wenzel has stated that the bag is rated to 0 Degrees Fahrenheit, but we’ve discovered that it really starts to test the limits of its capabilities around 20 degrees or so. The only thing missing that could have improved the warmth of this sleeping bag is a draft tube, but this is a feature usually reserved for bags that cost much more than this one does, so that can be forgiven. Overall, if you’re looking for warmth and versatility on a budget, you really can’t do better than this.
Weight: Coming in at around 11 pounds, this is, without question, a heavy bag. At that weight, this really isn’t an ideal sleeping back to take on long jaunts. If you’re going further than a mile or so from your car, you’ll probably be better off with a lighter option, such as the Kelty Callisto 20 below. The bag includes compression straps and carrying handles that are sewn directly into the fabric, which can be a plus for hauling the thing out, but they actually get a bit annoying whenever you are using the bag as a blanket.
Bottom Line: The Wenzel Grande is a fantastic sleeping back for campers looking for cold weather gear on a tight budget. The warm fabrics, heavy duty build, and simplistic design make it ideal for camping in a variety of conditions, but the heavy, bulky material means that it isn’t ideal for longer outdoor trips.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
A sleeping bag’s durability depends a lot on the materials that are used in the sleeping bag. There are a few stereotypes you’ll have to get past as well as far as durability of sleeping bags is concerned. First, you might think that if a sleeping bag is more lightweight, it probably isn’t as durable, but this isn’t always true. Some lightweight sleeping bags are designed with great external shell materials that make them very long-lasting.
When you’re looking for a sleeping bag with decent durability, make sure you check out user reviews and ratings. You can usually tell a lot about how long a sleeping bag will last by looking at what other people have said about the project.
Since you’ll want a warm sleeping bag, especially if you plan to use it when the weather gets cold, you’ll want to know how to measure your sleeping bag’s warmth. Warmth is affected by how much loft, or insulation, can be found in a bag, and insulation is usually measured by its thickness. Typically, the more insulation is packed into your sleeping bag, the more warmth you’ll experience when sleeping outdoors during cold winter nights.
Also, to make sure your bag is comfortable and warm, you’ll want to make sure it fits you correctly. If your sleeping bag feels too snug or isn’t long enough, you’re going to feel a lot colder than what you’ll want to experience. On the other hand, if you wind up with a bag that is too large for you, you’ll wind up wasting insulated areas and have open areas more prone to coldness.
Remember as well that warmth has a lot to do with conductive heat loss to the ground. So, you also want to make sure you get a good sleeping pad, especially if you know you’ll be outdoors when the temperature is quite cold, or there is snow on the ground. So don’t forget that you’ll also need to get a warm, comfortable sleeping bag to give you that extra layer of protection in comfort when you purchase your sleeping bag.
Comfort can really be a relative experience and is a matter of personal preference, but there are a few things that can affect how comfortable you feel in your sleeping bag. These things include sleeping style, fit, and the fabric on the interior of your sleeping bag. Having some room to move around as you sleep is also a nice thing, especially if you tend to toss and turn, or you don’t like sleeping on your back. However, remember, you won’t want too much extra space on the interior of your bag or your sleeping bag won’t insulate well and can allow in cold drafts. So, make sure you give yourself some space for comfort, but not too much space so you are sacrificing warmth.
The weight of your sleeping bag depends on the type of insulation that’s found inside the bag, the shell material used to cover the bag, and the number of features you’ll find on a bag. Sleeping bags that are on the heavier end usually use synthetic insulation that’s got a lower fill power down inside it. Sleeping bags that perform better usually have about 800 to 850 fill power down in them and are made to be lightweight with durable shell fabrics. Also, how a sleeping bag is cut can influence the weight of your sleeping bag. How many features your sleeping bag has can also affect weight, since the more weight your sleeping bag has, the more features it probably has as well.
Another thing you’ll want to take a look at before purchasing your sleeping bag is the compressibility of the sleeping bag since that will affect how easy it is for you to pack down and carry it with you. Certain insulation found inside of sleeping bags will pack down better than others. Natural goose and duck feather down do a great job of compressing down without getting damaged by the packing. Most high-end down bags are very compressible because they feature excellent down insulation and also are made to be lightweight and easy to pack. On the other hand, if you buy a sleeping bag with synthetic insulation, it will be much more difficult to compress and pack. Other than insulation, the fabric of the bag, its temperature rating, and its overall design can also influence how well the sleeping bag packs down into your backpack when you want to carry it.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
When looking to lay down your tent always check to make sure that the ground underneath your tent or sleeping bag is flat and comfortable as you do not want to settle in for a sleep after a long day and realise that there is a tree stump or rocks that are disrupting you from getting a great sleep. Always check the ground and make sure its as flat as possible.
Other Factors to Consider
When we reviewed the bottom line of each product on our list, we took a look at the value of the sleeping bag, meaning its overall price and how much it had to offer based on the price range it was in. So, bottom line measures the value you’ll get out of the sleeping bag, as well as the key benefits you’ll enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
he main two kinds of filling you will find in most sleeping bags is down or synthetic. Down bags tend to be more pricey than synthetic sleeping bags. However, there is a reason for this. Down tends to be warmer when it comes to warmth-to-weight ratio, and the nice thing about down is that it is highly compressible. Two pros that synthetic bags have over down bags are that they are less expensive, and they tend to hold warmth better when wet. In general, though, down is a higher quality option that will last you longer.
The fill weight if a sleeping bag measures how much insulation is placed in the interior of the sleeping bag. Most sleeping bags use either down or synthetic insulation materials. To figure out how warm the sleeping bag, remember to check out the fill weight, and the higher the fill weight, the stronger the insulation. For instance, if you are buying a bag with 800 fill down, it will be warmer than a bag with 650 fill down.
An EN Comfort Rating measures the temperature at which the normal female can sleep through. Interestingly, women can sleep at colder temperature rates than men.
The EN Lower Limit measures the temperature at which the normal male can sleep through. This is typically a higher temperature than what most females sleep at.
A three-season bag offers a lot of versatility and can keep you ventilated and happy during your summer camping trips while still adjusting well to the weather in spring, fall, and even during alpine expeditions where you might hit below freezing temperatures.
Stash pockets on sleeping bags are extra pockets you can use to hide some of your items in to help keep you organized as you sleep. It’s nice to have stash pockets if you need to keep electronics or other items warm, but you do need to check out where on the sleeping bag you find those stash pockets. You don’t want to roll over on your phone or other items as you sleep, as this can be very uncomfortable for you.
Remember that you don’t need a lot of features on a sleeping bag to get a great sleeping bag. The more features, the less performance, and functionality you may actually get out of your bag. Plus, extra features add more weight to your bag while also making the price cost more. Some features you might really want in your sleeping bags, which is fine, but just don’t overdo it and think you need every feature a sleeping bag has to offer.