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18 Best Sleeping Bags in 2021

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Crawling into a snug sleeping bag in your tent after a long day out hiking and exploring is amazing.

A Good night’s sleep is worth its weight in gold.

Finding the best sleeping bag for you will be dependent on a number of factors. Just like harsh weather conditions with heavy snowfall requires a warm sleeping bag, breezy summer nights call for a lightweight and ‘almost-there’ type of a sleeping bag.

Our reviewers at DIVEIN took it upon themselves to create a user-friendly guide with tried and tested sleeping bags for every imaginable circumstance and budget. Our top picks offer an excellent balance of practicality, warmth and comfort.

Top 10 Best Sleeping Bags In 2021

See our quick top 10, or go further down and read our in-depth reviews.

Still unsure as to what sleeping bags to choose? We have answered the most popular questions about them in the last section of the guide.

Wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket in the middle of the forest has never been as dreamy as it is with Marmot’s 3-season Phase 20F Degree Down sleeping bag. Built from the durable Ripstop Nylon of 10 deniers, this model has been appreciated by backpackers and campers alike. Cold and damp weather isn’t an obstacle to avoid – rather, it is the fact to accept thanks to the water-resistant construction of the down.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: Pertex 10-denier Ripstop Nylon
  • Fill: Goose down
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 18.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 7.5 x 16 inches
  • Weight: 1 lb. 7.3 oz. (Regular)
What we like:
  • The sleeping bag is extremely lightweight
  • The YKK 2-way zipper that goes across the entire bag is supported by the insulated draft tube, which makes it heavy duty
  • The goose down keeps the sleeping bag warm for long hours
What we don’t like:
  • Zipper feels less than premium

Not only will you feel warm and snug in the anatomical foot box that provides your feet with the desired comfort, but you will also have sweet dreams due to the sleeping bag’s mellow and feathery goose filling. The manufacturer ensured the no heat is ever lost by incorporating curved baffles across the bag and the hood into the bag.

If feeling lonely, you can always take your phone and headphones with you in the sleeping bag – once you are ready to fall asleep, stuff them in the internal stash pocket and you are good to go (read: sleep).

From short to regular and long, The Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Down sleeping bag has got you covered down to 9°F. Including short, regular and long sizes this budget-friendly model is a reliable choice.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: 20-denier Nylon Taffeta, 50-denier Polyester Taffeta lining
  • Fill: 600-fill-power DriDown
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 19 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 8 x 15.5 inches (Regular)
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 6.6 oz. (Regular)
What we like:
  • The Nylon shell along with the PFC-free water-resistant down don’t permit the rain to soak through
  • The durable shell and lining materials ensure the long-lastingness of the sleeping bag
  • One of the less expensive sleeping bags among the well-known outdoor equipment brands
What we don’t like:
  • Although the manufacturer states that the sleeping bag is able to withstand temperature as low as 19 degrees Fahrenheit, the actual limit is in the low 30s

Insulated with 600-fill DriDown and equipped with the best insulation possible, this sleeping bag is a catch. It has got a Polyester Taffeta lining that is soft on the touch and warm enough to provide you with the non-chilly 8-hour night sleep. Features like the draft collar and a warm jacket-like hood ensure the absence of cold, while the dual-sliding zipper of 60 inches guarantees the worry-less night.

Make use of the electronic pocket located on the outer part of the sleeping bag and the stuff sack that comes with the sleeping bag.

A dependable sleeping bag has a special place in the heart of anyone who spends more than a handful of nights outside each year. Sea to Summit’s Ascent series sleeping bags are versatile and feature-rich 3-4 season options for those of us keeping it below treeline in the winter.

The series has 3 bags, each rated for different temperatures: Ac1 (25℉), Ac2 (15℉) and Ac3 (0℉).

I had the chance to try out their 25ºF Ac1 with the Thermolite Retractor liner and feel the system is an excellent all-condition option that I’d be happy to call home on most any adventure.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Season Rating: 2.5 Seasons
  • Comfort Temperature: 25℉ (35℉ for women)
  • Bag weight: 1.89lb (Ac1 Reg), 2lbs (Ac1 Long)
  • Compressed Vol.: 4.9L (Ac1 Reg), 6.4L (Ac1 Long)
  • Compression Sack: S - 10L to 3.3L
  • Max Height fit: 6ft (Reg), 6ft6in (Long)
  • Internal Pocket: 1
What we like:
  • An objectively "well rounded" sleeping bag
  • 2.5 season option that can be stretched into 4 with use of a liner
  • Packed full of unique features and an adaptable zip system
  • Draft protection liners along the zippers and collar
  • Zip Coupling for combining bags into a double
What we don’t like:
  • The relaxed mummy fit isn't as warm as a tighter bag
  • More zippers mean more opportunities for issues with your zippers

Mild winter, spring and fall can all be survived with the Coleman Green Valley Cool Weather sleeping bag. It is able to accommodate temperatures from 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and fit most heights up to 5’11 inches. Unlike other sleeping bags, this model is not a cocoon-like container that is reminiscent of an insulated tube.

Instead, it looks like a single bed mattress that is made from plush material that keeps you warm all through the night. Its fiber-lock construction doesn’t allow the insulation to shift, which means that you will be using this bag for years with no reduction in its functionality. The practicality of the sleeping bag is uncanny – its zipper has a no-snag feature that makes it quick and easy to fasten and unfasten the bag with no fabric coming in the way.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: Brushed Polyester
  • Fill: 100% Cotton
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 30 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Dimensions: 33 x 75 inches
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs.
What we like:
  • The comfort cuff feature contours your face nicely so that you will feel warm through the night
  • The roll control design helps to fold the sleeping bag in an instant
  • One of the most affordable sleeping bags on the market
What we don’t like:
  • There is no carrying sack to transport the sleeping bag
  • The sleeping bag is not compact

Moreover, the Thermolock system integrated into the sleeping bag helps to reduce the loss of the heat through zippers. What this means for you is the long night sleep with no freezing whatsoever.

The spoon-shaped sleeping bag from Nemo can make a great companion for weekend camping as well as a week-long backpacking trip. Recognized as a ‘mummy’ bag, it involves more room for knees and elbows that we all need for comfortable sleep. This medium-price-range camping equipment is made with the PVC-free down that is water-resistant.

The waterproof panel located on top of the toe area provides additional protection against wet weather conditions which are so often met in the woods. As the heat tends to come from the limbs, this feature is particularly handy for keeping your feet warm at all times.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: 30-denier Ripstop Nylon
  • Fill: 650-fill down with Nikwax
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 15-30 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 18 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 11 oz. (Regular)
What we like:
  • The blanket fold design allows you to tuck yourself in just as you would back home
  • The vertical baffling doesn’t permit cold spots to appear
  • The pillow pocket provides you with space to stuff your jacket or other clothes into the sleeves when on the go
What we don’t like:
  • Feels heavier than some of the other sleeping bags

There are two zippered ThermoGrills on both sides of the bag that ventilate the body well enough without allowing the cold air to flow in. You can either unzip the vents down to cool off or zip them up for the warm night of insulation. The practice proves that it is indeed nice to have options.

The Vango Nitestar 350 sleeping bag is the adventure-friendly piece of outdoor equipment that won’t break the bank. It is built from the sturdy Polyester and has warm double-layer insulation to keep you cozy all night long. This ‘mommy’ bag looks like a guitar case, but instead of a box shape that keeps the guitar in, the sleeping bag uses its tube-shaped material to trap the warm air in and not allow the cold to come through.

The bag is constructed in a way to eliminate the cold spots from the stitch lines to provide you with the utmost comfort. The zip baffle together with the main two-way lock zip seals the heat even more. You can easily hang your Vango sleeping bag to dry thanks to the loops attached to it.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: 100% Hexagon Ripstop 210T Polyester
  • Fill: Singe hole siliconized hollow fiber
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 29-65 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 11.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Weight: 4 lbs. 9 oz. (Regular)
What we like:
  • The off-set double layer construction along with shoulder baffle provides additional insulation for your warmth
  • The 3D hood has drawcord closures so that you could tuck your face in the bag and feel cozy
  • One of the most affordable sleeping bags on the market
What we don’t like:
  • The sleeping bag is heavy
  • Doesn’t have premium features of a high-end sleeping bag

The manufacturer took it a step further and added grabbing loops for you to be able to transport the bag from A to B without getting easily exhausted.

This lightweight mummy bag called ‘Furnace’ is designed by The North Face – the company that has established itself as a reputable outdoor recreation brand. Only high-quality clothing and accessories can, therefore, be expected from it, and this sleeping bag is not an exception.

The 600-fill ProDown bag is equipped with the hydrophobic treatment that allows you to bring it with you to the humid and moist weather conditions. Your summer adventures are bound to be turned into lasting memories with this draft collared sleeping bag that can be easily packed in the stuff sack.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: Polyester
  • Fill: 600-fill-power ProDown
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 27 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 8 x 14 inches
  • Weight: 2 lbs. (Regular)
What we like:
  • The mummy shape makes the sleeping bag cozier than most of its competitors
  • The drafted collar aids in keeping the warm air in and providing you with the ultimate level of comfort
  • The anti-compression layer helps to eliminate the cold spots
What we don’t like:
  • The shell’s material doesn’t have any unique features

It has got an anti-compression layer made from the eco-friendly Heatseeker insulation to keep you warm and a vaulted foot box to foster the free movement during the night. Make use of the fitted hood when the weather gets chilly and cozy yourself up in the water-resistant bag that promises to never fail you.

The Western Mountaineering HighLite sleeping bag is the definition of class and comfort that come at a steeper price. At the mere 1 pound, this sleeping bag is one of the most lightweight bags on the market. This California-based brand has been producing high-end sleeping bags for years now and didn’t disappoint with this model either.

The 850-fill down insulation is there, and so is the water-resistant coating designed to protect you from the unforeseen weather fluctuations. The sleeping bag takes pride in its ultra-breathable ExtremeLite shell that has a high thread count and a good rate of warmth.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: ExtremeLite, DWR coating
  • Fill: 850+ fill down
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 35 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 6 x 12 inches (Regular)
  • Weight: 1 lb (Regular)
What we like:
  • One of the lightest sleeping bags on the market hands down
  • The HighLite construction makes it an excellent option for late spring and summer hikes
  • The fill has a high thread count, which means that you will be warm at all times
What we don’t like:
  • The price tag is high

There is no way the warm air will escape the sleeping bag – the horizontal seams are well-sewn into the fabric, while the waist and shoulder girth remove the pockets of dead air for your comfort.

If a snug mummy bag is not your cup of tea, a roomy rectangular sleeping bag like the one from TETON Sports will certainly meet your requirements. The Celcius is a steal from every perspective – it is warm due to the brushed poly-flannel liner, has a mummy-style hood and can be tucked into a stuff sack with heavy-duty compression straps.

It is indeed great to come back after a long day of hiking and fall asleep in a roomy sleeping bag that can be unzipped from either side. The anti-snag zippers can be smoothly rolled up and down when you are getting up, while the interior pocket is in charge of keeping your valuables safe during the entire night.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: Taffetta
  • Fill: Hollow fiber
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Size: 80 x 22 inches
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
What we like:
  • The sleeping bag is able to withstand extremely low temperatures that reach 0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • The lining feels soft to the touch while also providing you with enough warmth to not be wearing more than one base layer of clothing
  • One of the cheapest sleeping bags on the market
What we don’t like:
  • The build quality is cheap

The manufacturer took care of the smallest details and added draft tubes around the shoulders to keep the drafts out along with the double-layer offset stitching and a hollow fiber for that warmth.

If sleeping in a cloud sounds exciting to you, the Sierra Designs Cloud 20 sleeping bag is right up your alley. This no-zip gear is a game-changer for those of you who cannot bother zipping up or down your sleeping bag while still wanting to remain warm.

The 800 DriDown fill combined with the 15-Denier Nylon Ripstop provides you with the coziest hiking tool that will keep you warm even when the temperature reaches 15 degrees Fahrenheit. The Cloud has a self-sealing foot vent that allows you to kick your feet out if some fresh breeze is needed.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: 15-Denier Ripstop Nylon
  • Fill: 800FP PFC-Free DriDown
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 15 degrees Fahrenheitc
  • Stuff Sack Size: 15 x 7.5 inches (Regular)
  • Weight: 1.98 lbs. (Regular)
What we like:
  • The zipperless design removes movement restriction thus allowing you to sleep in comfort
  • The sleeping bag’s down is PVC-free, which means that the insulation stays dry longer
  • The manufacturer provides a limited lifetime warranty when purchased from an authorized seller
What we don’t like:
  • The middle of the sleeping bag can seem too narrow

Furthermore, whenever you get too hot, you can twist the sleeping bag in a way that enables you to bring your arms out. With the sleeping pad integrated into the bag, you are bound to sleep like a baby through the night.

The Nemo Forte sleeping bag is created specifically for those who sleep on their side and turn around all night long. Thanks to the spoon-like design, this item has enough space at the elbows and the knees for you to change your sleeping positions during the night.

As if the side sleepers-friendly shape wasn’t sufficient, the manufacturer introduced a BlanketFold – a feature that allows you to tuck yourself in like you would if you were sleeping back at home. The PrimaLoft RISe insulation contributes to the warm night of sleep, while the Nylon shell protects the sleeping bag from getting wet when the weather turns its back on you.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: Nylon
  • Fill: 650-fill-power down
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 18 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 12 x 8.5 inches (Regular)
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 12 oz. (Regular)
What we like:
  • The 650-fill down means that you can bring the sleeping bag with you regardless if it’s spring, summer or fall
  • The spoon-like shape of the sleeping bag allows you to comfortably sleep on your sides
  • The zippered stash pocket enables you to keep your electronics close to you
What we don’t like:
  • Synthetic insulation might not be as warm as the goose down

If worried about getting too hot, there is a ThermoGrill attribute that is able to extend the temperature range of your gear on milder nights – simply unzip the bag and let the hot air out without getting cold.

You can’t expect anything less than a high-quality sleeping bag like the Trestles from a respectable brand Marmot. Camping, backpacking, hiking – you name it, this sleeping bag has got you covered. The beloved mummy-style gear has it all – from the 30-degree temperature rating and full-length YKK two-way zipper to the DWR coating.

Featuring the proven-to-deliver SpiraFil insulation, the sleeping bag retains the warmth of a goose down bag without being one. The wave design of the bag provides you with the maximum warmth from top to bottom – you will sleep in comfort all night long.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: Polyester
  • Fill: SpiraFil LT Polyester Fibers
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 30 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Size: 72.05 x 15.75 x 7.48 inches
  • Weight: 1.31 lbs.
What we like:
  • The 3D construction hood keeps your head warm while the SpiraFil insulation keeps your body warm
  • The fold-down second zipper equips you with the additional ventilation when needed
  • An affordable model of a sleeping bag that won’t break the bank
What we don’t like:
  • Although it’s stated that the sleeping bag withstands 30-degrees Fahrenheit temperature, in reality, it can resist about 40-45 degrees

You are given 2 hang loops to work with when storing your sleeping bag in your closet and a compression stuff sack to leave the bag in until the next hiking trip.

This sleeping system has been called by customers ‘fabulous’ and we couldn’t agree more. The Big Agnes Buffalo Park sleeping bag is a semi-rectangular camping gear you didn’t know you needed for more than a good night of sleep. It is wide enough to give you sufficient space for moving around at night while also keeping you warm and cozy due to the Thermolite polyester fill.

The full pad sleeve works well in accommodating pads of all thicknesses, whereas the pillow barn helps to keep your pillow in place all through the night. Your new backcountry bed is built from the sturdy Nylon Taffetta that ensures the longevity of the gear.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: Nylon Taffetta
  • Fill: Thermolite Polyester Fibers
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 40 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 17.5 x 8 inches
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 15 oz.
What we like:
  • The quilted construction of the sleeping bag along with its semi-rectangular shape gives you the home-like vibes that enable the good night’s sleep
  • The interior fabric loops don’t allow the liner to twist and bunch
  • The double zippers allow you to use the bag as a comforter when unzipped
What we don’t like:
  • Not suitable for camping or backpacking in low temperatures even with a couple of base layers

It also contributes to the double zippers not sticking to the shell when zipping up and down. Utilize the top corner of the sleeping bag to wrap it around your shoulders and you are good to go (read=sleep).

This feature-rich rectangular sleeping bag by Kelty is named Galactic for a reason – you will stay warm enough to be able to see the dimmest stars in the sky with it in use. Whether you choose a faraway hiking trail or a 30-minute away from the city camping site, you will be safe and sound with this water-resistant down designed to provide you with the warmest insulation ever.

Unlike somewhat restricting mummy bags, this model doesn’t make you feel constrained when sleeping. It has got anti-snag zippers that allow you to quickly enter and exit your sleeping bag as well as bring your feet or arms out when it gets too hot. You can even zip this sleeping bag together with the second bag to create a cozy bed for 2 people. P.S.:

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: 50-denier high-filament polyester taffeta
  • Fill: 550-fill-power down
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 30 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 15 x 7.5 inches
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 10 oz.
What we like:
  • The anti-snag zipper makes it easy to get in and out of the sleeping bag
  • The cinch cord located at the top of the bag doesn’t allow the warm air to escape
  • Costs under $100 without any compromises in quality
What we don’t like:
  • Not the most versatile sleeping bag on the market

Although the bag has a natural down fill, it is RDS-certified, meaning no animal cruelty was involved in its creation. It’s good to know you’re not contributing to the already saturated market of products made from materials implicating animal abuse.

The LEEF mummy-style sleeping bag released by TETON Sports is the optimum hiking solution for every outdoor enthusiast out there. It has got the qualities of a high-end sleeping bag and the price of an affordable gear that will last you many years. No matter if you choose the 20-degree temperature limit or the 0-degree one, you will stay warm and dry throughout the entire night.

The 40-denier water-resistant Ripstop Nylon along with the brushed PolyFlannel and the PolarLite insulation provides you with warmth like no other. There is the mummy hood for you to cinch down before falling asleep and the taped anti-snag zippers for you to self-ventilate when desired.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: 40D Water-Resistant Ripstop
  • Fill: Synthetic
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 0-20 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Size: 87 x 34 x 22 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs.
What we like:
  • The 3-piece hood can pull in tightly around your face which makes it comfortable to sleep in
  • The compression sack that comes with the sleeping bag can significantly reduce the size of the gear
  • The price-quality ratio is high
What we don’t like:
  • Too bulky and heavy for backpacking

No strangers or wild animals will steal your valuables – you can store them in the internal sleeping bag pocket that will keep them safe.

The Nemo Jazz 20-degree sleeping bag is the crystal clear explanation of the phrase ‘sharing is caring’. We mean, can it get any more selfless than this? Probably not. Just like the comforter, this sleeping bag has two zippers on both sides to make it easy for you and your partner to enter and exit the gear in an instant. Although it is designed for two people, you can easily fit kids under 6 with you and have a snuggle party before going to sleep.

The Stratofiber insulation backed by the water-resistant Ripstop Nylon shell equips you with the warmth of a real bed and the comfort of a blanket. The integrated bed sheet can be removed when it’s warm outside, while the pillow-top quilt protects your head from getting cold during the night. The tapered design allows your legs and arms to stay warm and safe by removing the excess airspace.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: Water-resistant Ripstop Nylon
  • Fill: Synthetic
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 20 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 14.2 x 31.1 inches
  • Weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz.
What we like:
  • The grab-and-ago construction of the sleeping bag allows you to quickly pull it out when needed and stuff it back in the sack just as efficiently
  • The BlanketFold regulates the temperature well and provides you with the tucked-in comfort
  • The shell and the lining are water-resistant, which means that your sleeping bag won’t get wet at any point during the night
What we don’t like:
  • The stitching quality is not the best

Bring it to your next family recreational adventure in the woods and you will appreciate the premium features of the sleeping bag yourself.

This Amazon bestseller has quickly caught your attention for a variety of reasons. Starting with its envelope/mummy shapes that are just the right size to comfortable sleep in and finishing with the risk-free satisfaction guarantee from the manufacturer, the sleeping bag by VERZEY is a gem.

Coming at roughly $38, it is built from the highest quality Dacron that makes the gear’s affordability laughable. Covered with a waterproof coating, there is nothing this sleeping bag won’t be able to withstand. Be it rain or thick fog, you can cozy up in your new hiking essential and sleep all through the night.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: 300T Dacron
  • Fill: Synthetic
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 20 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Size: 33.5 x 86.6 inches (Mummy)
  • Weight: 4 lbs.
What we like:
  • The double zipper runs smoothly through the sleeping bag and is further protected by the velcro tab
  • It can be used as a quilt when more warmth is required
  • One of the most affordable sleeping bags on the market
What we don’t like:
  • The build quality is cheap
  • It is heavy

The half-moon hood has a drawstring that can be adjusted to fit your face well and the velcro tab keeps the zipper from opening. There is even a small inside pocket for storing your smartphone along with earbuds.

If you are wondering what will be the cherry on top of your camping adventure, the answer is – the Slumberjack Country Squire sleeping bag. You might think that the high price is unreasonable, but you will rethink this statement once you hear the features this piece of gear possesses.

You have got synthetic insulation that will keep you warm even if the temperature outside reaches the alarming 20 degrees and a comfortable fold that acts as a blanket.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: Poly-canvas
  • Fill: Synthetic
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 20 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 16 x 40 inches
  • Weight: 10 lbs. 9 oz.
What we like:
  • One of the most comfortable sleeping bags in the budget-friendly category
  • Can withstand harsh weather conditions when the temperature decreases down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Can be attached to another sleeping bag
What we don’t like:
  • Expensive for a budgetary model of a sleeping bag
  • The heaviest and the bulkiest sleeping bag available on the market

The buffalo plaid flannel liner adds to the softness of the sleeping bag, while the updated and improved foot box secures your feet in a safe spot. You can zip the bag up with a second bag and thus create a double bed, which is always better than one.

The Sierra Designs Frontcountry sleeping bag is the zipperless camping essential you wouldn’t be able to live without when you get a hold of one. Its synthetic fill is so soft it will remind you of your bed at home. The bag is oversized, which provides you with enough room to wiggle your feet and hands when stuck in it.

This is particularly handy for those of you who tend to be claustrophobic when placed in tight spaces. The insulated arm pockets aid in sealing out the cold air and welcoming the warm air that accumulates over time.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Material: 50-denier Polyester
  • Fill: Synthetic
  • Tested Lower Temperature Limit: 27 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Stuff Sack Size: 20 x 11 inches
  • Weight: 3.41 lbs.
What we like:
  • The insulated arm pocket traps the heat in and contributes to the overall warmth of the body
  • You can choose either a regular-sized, long or a double sleeping bag
  • The zipperless design provides you with the ultimate comfort
What we don’t like:
  • Has an odor upon receipt that has to be aired out before use

There is also a patented self-sealing foot venting system that enables your legs to feel fresh at all times. The sleeping pad located under the bag adds even more comfort and makes your hiking trip just that much better.

Guide to the Best Sleeping Bag

Nowadays you will find both lightweight goose downs perfect for travels and chunky synthetic sleeping bags widely available for you to purchase.

To know which model meets your requirements the best, you must do your homework and weigh every pro and con before investing in one.

What types of sleeping bags are there?

Sleeping bags types are divided by 1)shape, 2)temperature rating, and 3)insulation.

There are rectangular, barrel, mummy, double, quilt and elephant’s foot shapes, while there is down or synthetic insulation. 

One of the first things to do is to know how to stuff your sleeping bag into its stuff sack. Basically you just need to get all the air out before doing this, everybody ends always ends up with thier own technique.

Check this method out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD6_NUkNIz0

What is the purpose of a sleeping bag?

A sleeping bag is not a luxury item to own when camping, backpacking or hiking. Rather, it’s an essential tool that should be your top priority when thinking about venturing out for a few days of outdoor adventures.

A sleeping bag can be understood as a somewhat lightweight zippered quilt that serves as bedding that can be easily transported to your outdoor destination. It helps to keep you warm due to its insulated synthetic or down construction.

Besides making you feel like you are sleeping at your bed at home, a sleeping bag is designed to protect you from rainy and windy weather. It typically has a water-resistant and windproof fabric along with the bottom cushioning for you to be safe and sound when out in the wild.

The manufacturers have managed to come up with a wide variety of sleeping bags over the years of the never-stopping demand. Consequently, the most insulated sleeping bags have become the go-to for those embarking on long hikes and backpacking trips, whereas the least insulated sleeping bags have been the preferred choice of those mainly partaking in summer camping adventures or kids’ indoors slumber parties.

The other type of sleeping bag that is most often used by outdoor enthusiasts undertaking camping in freezing temperatures is known as ‘a mummy bag’. In comparison with the regular sleeping bags, the ‘mummy bag’ has an insulated hood that keeps your head warm along with the rest of your body.

How do I choose a sleeping bag?

If you want to feel well-rested in the morning, you need a good night of sleep. This is only possible if you have the right gear that facilitates efficient sleep. For this reason, our first tip would be to go for a warmer sleeping bag that can withstand low temperatures. Since you can always unzip your bag if it gets too hot, it makes sense to invest in a warmer sleeping bag that wouldn’t require you to put on several layers of thermal clothes. A sleeping bag that is rated about 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the temperature you are expecting to experience is the right choice.

You are given the option to choose either a ‘mummy bag’, a rectangular bag, or a double bag. If sharing a bag with your kid or your significant other doesn’t sound appealing to you, your choice is narrowed down to a ‘mummy bag’ and a rectangular one. The reason why a big number of people tend to gravitate towards the ‘mummy bag’ as of lately is its ability to better retain the heat. The fact that the basic rectangular sleeping bag has more room is both a blessing and a curse as it allows you to put on more layers of clothes yet doesn’t retain heat as well. Also, the sleeping bags with outside or inside pockets for your electronics is always a nice bonus to have.

The right or wrong filling of your sleeping bag can either make or break your backpacking adventure. Keep in mind that down tends to have the best warmth-to-weight ratio when it comes to keeping you cozy and not occupying too much space in your backpack. That said, a synthetic filling has a better water-resistance rating and is often of a fraction of the price of its down counterpart. If the weather promises to be rainy and gloomy, a synthetic-filled sleeping bag is a way to go.

Although lightweight sleeping bags that have a warm filling sound good in theory, they can cost you a fortune. This is why unless you are willing to splurge on your hiking gear, you should opt for a mid-range sleeping bag under $250 that will serve you just well. When you add a sleeping pad/liner, you are bound to have a bumpy-less night of sleep that won’t differ a lot from the sleep you have at home.

Are sleeping bag liners necessary?

Think of a sleeping bag liner as if it was a bed sheet – you can certainly sleep without it, but it wouldn’t be as comfortable as it would with that finishing touch. Besides, we can all agree that a good night’s sleep calls for something more than just a warm bed – it also calls for comfortable layers that will keep you cozy and snug. Sleeping bag liners are designed specifically for that – to make your night out in the wild as comfortable and trouble-free as possible.

If you are camping or backpacking in the winter, a sleeping bag liner is a no brainer. With that being said, if you are an amateur hiker who mostly hikes during the summertime when the weather is warm, a sleeping bag liner is not essential. It can, however, serve as an alternative to a sleeping bag that becomes too warm for summer nights and use the sleeping bag mainly for lying down during the day.

What should you wear in a sleeping bag?

The answer to this question can significantly vary depending on how your body tolerates heat and cold. However, read further to find out the rule of thumb that anyone can follow and expect to remain warm throughout the entire night. Wearing dry base layers like lightweight pants, a top, a pair of socks and a beanie is perhaps the best thing to do.

Contrary to popular belief, your sleeping bag outfit shouldn’t be fitting snug so that your body can continue to circulate blood and remain warm.

It is best to avoid wearing damp clothes to sleep just as it is not advisable to wear insulated clothes no matter how appealing that might sound. This is crucial due to the fact that you should still be able to freely move in your bag and not push the hot air out of the bag.

In case you are prone to sweating in the night, you can always unzip it to cool off and zip it back up when you feel like you need to warm up. Not to say that a full meal before going to bed will surely keep you warm in the cold woods.

How do you store a sleeping bag?

It might be tempting to simply throw your sleeping back stuffed in its sack in your closet and forget about it until the next time you decide to go backpacking or hiking. This, however, reduces the life span of your sleeping bag and makes it less efficient.

To avoid washing your money down the drain, extract your sleeping from its pack as soon as you reach your home. Once you do, let it air dry for at the very least 24 hours before storing it away. This allows your sleeping bag to regain its initial shape before the next use.

After leaving your sleeping bag out for 24 hours, shake it thoroughly and store it either by itself or in a large breathable cotton/mesh sack in a cool and dry place. You can also spread it out underneath your bed or hang in the closet where it wouldn’t be touching your clothes.

Regardless of whether your sleeping bag has synthetic or down insulation, these steps will help you prolong its life and thus save on having to purchase another one in a year.

Should you wash sleeping bags?

Just like your bedsheets, a sleeping bag has to be washed from time to time to remain fresh and clean. As opposed to the frequent wash of bedsheets, however, your sleeping bag shouldn’t be washed as often – a few times per year is more than enough. You can either handwash your sleeping bach or throw it in the washing machine – the choice is yours.

If you decide to handwash it, the steps are the following:

  • Add mild fabric soap to the bath filled with cold water and lay flat your sleeping bag in the concoction
  • Walk up and down the sleeping bag with your bare and clean feet a few times until the sleeping bag is completely submerged into the water
  • Refill the bath with cold water, walk up and down the sleeping bag again until it is free of soap and you can finally drain it (without twisting or wringing) and let it air dry

If you decide to wash your sleeping bag in the washing machine, choose the delicate settings on your machine and follow these steps:

  • Unzip your sleeping bag before putting it inside the washing machine
  • Then, choose the delicate setting, wash it in cold water, and use only mild laundry detergent. Do NOT use fabric softener!
  • Once your sleeping bag is out of the washing machine, either hang it to air dry or throw it in the tumble dryer on low heat settings—for your peace of mind, add a few tennis balls to the dryer so that there are no clumps when your sleeping bag is dry
  • Once again, remember NOT to twist or wring your sleeping bag

If you already have a Sleeping Bags or you just bought one, leave a comment in the comment section below and share your experience with it.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about sleeping bags

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    What are the best sleeping bags?

    The answer to this question will depend primarily on the time of the year along with the climate of the place you’re going camping. It’s never easy to pick one specific best sleeping bag and that is why we’ve created this extensive guide for the best sleeping bags.

    However, at this very moment, these are our own favorites:

    Read full reviews of each on DIVEIN.com – click the links above.

     

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    How do you wash a sleeping bag?

    A sleeping bag needs to be washed from time to time so it remains fresh and clean—a few times per year is more than enough.

    You can either hand-wash your sleeping bag, throw it in the washing machine, or have it professionally cleaned. In case you decide to wash it at home or at a laundromat, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions written on its tag.

    Having said that, here are few tips on how to wash a sleeping bag:

    Hand-Washing Your Sleeping Bag

    • Fill a bathtub with cold water and then add mild fabric soap to it
    • Once the soap has fully dissolved, lay flat your sleeping bag in the concoction
    • Walk up and down the sleeping bag with your bare and clean feet until the bag is completely submerged into the water
    • Empty the bathtub and then refill it with cold water
    • Repeat the process of walking up and down the sleeping bag until it is completely free of soap
    • Remember NOT to twist or wring your sleeping bag—instead, roll it up to squeeze as much water as possible
    • Finally, let it air dry

    Machine Washing Your Sleeping Bag

    If you decide to wash your sleeping bag in the washing machine, make sure you have a large capacity one without an agitator—as your sleeping bag might get twisted around it and eventually rip it.

    Once you’ve checked that, these are the steps to follow:

    • Unzip your sleeping bag before putting it inside the washing machine
    • Choose the delicate setting, wash it in cold water, and use only mild laundry detergent. Do NOT use fabric softener!
    • Once the cycle is done, hang it to air dry or throw it in the tumble dryer on low heat settings—add a few tennis balls to the dryer so that your sleeping bag stays clump-free

    Speaking of washing, check out our guide on the best portable showers for camping.

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    How do you roll a sleeping bag?

    Almost all sleeping bags come with a stuff sack that you can stuff your bag into. What’s key is that you get all the air out to make the actual stuffing easier. Depending on the thickness of your bag, the process will be pretty easy.

    Read more about it in a guide to sleeping bags.

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    What are the different types of sleeping bags?

    Sleeping bags can be divided according to their:

    • Shape: rectangular, semi-rectangular, double bag, and mummy
    • Insulation: down (most efficient type of insulation, lightweight, and ideal for colder and drier climates) and synthetic (suitable for wet conditions, less expensive than down)
    • Temperature rating: summer (+30°F and higher), three-season (from +15°F to +30°F), and winter (+15°F and lower)
      Since you’re here, you might also want to check out our thorough guide on the best hiking backpacks.

    Since you’re here, you might also want to check out our thorough guide on the best hiking backpacks.

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    How do you store a sleeping bag?

    Properly storing your sleeping bag after a camping trip is essential to maintain its function and extend its lifespan.

    Only a few simple steps are required:

    • Remove your sleeping bag from its pack as soon as you get home
    • Let it air dry for at the very least 24 hours before putting it away, so that it regains its initial shape
    • After that, shake your sleeping bag thoroughly and store it in a cool and dry place
    • You can either spread it out underneath your bed, hang in a closet, or keep it in a large breathable cotton/mesh sack
      Read about caring for your sleeping bag in our guide to the best.

    Read about caring for your sleeping bag in our guide to the best.

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