The 10 Best Sleeping Bags

Updated August 01, 2017 by Melissa Harr

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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Keep yourself warm and dry on your next adventure with one of these sleeping bags. From mummy to classic flannel to envelope, the styles we've selected offer you a range of protection options. Whether you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail or glamping with your family in a yurt, there’s sure to be a model that suits your needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best sleeping bag on Amazon.

10. Coleman North Rim Extreme

With a quilted construction that helps get rid of cold spots, the Coleman North Rim Extreme can keep everyone toasty, even those over 6 feet tall. On balmy evenings, the bottom can be unzipped for ventilation, and it's safe for the washing machine when you're done camping.
  • affordable entry-level pricing
  • box-shaped foot
  • zipper tends to be weak
Brand Coleman
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

9. Alps Mountaineering Twin Peak

The Alps Mountaineering Twin Peak accommodates two people with no trouble, then unzips to become two individual bags when a double sleeper isn’t needed. It also has high-quality zippers and a microfiber liner to keep you cozy down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • includes compression straps
  • two-layer construction
  • a little too bulky for backpacking
Brand ALPS Mountaineering
Model 4119826
Weight 14.1 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Best Choice Products Mummy

The Best Choice Products Mummy is made from waterproof nylon, which is helpful if you’ll be snoozing in areas with a lot of condensation. It's rated for temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit and has a side zip for effortless entry.
  • good for extreme campers on a budget
  • stylish orange and gray
  • difficult to put back in its sack
Brand Best Choice Products
Model SKY1465
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Aektiv Outdoors 35 Degree

The Aektiv Outdoors 35 Degree comes in both vibrant green and blue, resists strong winds well, and features a hanging hook for easy drying. It's also designed to fold up in a few simple steps, so it can fit in a backpack with little trouble.
  • widens around arms
  • includes a stuff sack
  • zipper tends to snag
Brand Aektiv Outdoors
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Teton Sports Mammoth

For a family trip, try the Teton Sports Mammoth, which is big enough for two adults and a child or pet. If this sizing isn’t sufficient, you can also use the side zippers for connecting extra bags. The flannel lining should keep everyone snug.
  • comes with nylon stuff sack
  • two temperature rating options
  • multiple colors available
Brand Teton Sports
Model 110
Weight 17.8 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Slumberjack Big Scout

Your child will be warm in the Slumberjack Big Scout thanks to a draft tube along the zipper, which is designed to curb heat loss. It’s comfortable, too, with a pocket for keeping a pillow firmly in place and a flip-over hood that can be used either flat or contoured.
  • use outdoors or for sleepovers
  • polyester taffeta shell
  • works well for shorter adults too
Brand Slumberjack
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Browning Camping McKinley

If a mummy bag isn’t for you, give the Browning Camping McKinley a try. This hooded rectangular model gives you plenty of room to move, keeping your sleeping temperature pleasant by way of the company’s Techloft Insulation. The roll-up straps will help you pack easily.
  • fine choice for hunters
  • abrasion-resistant outer fabric
  • not for warm weather
Brand Browning Camping
Model 4853417
Weight 11.7 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Klymit KSB 20

Weighing in at just under 3 pounds, the Klymit KSB 20 is made to be lightweight and compact. You won’t sacrifice heat, though, since it has flexible stretch baffles that stop unwanted air flow around the body, as well as an adjustable neck collar.
  • created to be hardwearing
  • limited lifetime warranty
  • serious and simple styling
Brand Klymit
Model Klymit
Weight 3.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Black Pine Sports Grizzly 2-Person

The Black Pine Sports Grizzly 2-Person features a classic, flannel style that’s available in polyester and cotton duck canvas models. Plus, it has wind-stop walls along the zippers, which are on both sides, and thick chest baffles.
  • machine washable on gentle cycle
  • enormous built-in hood
  • trusted name in outdoor products
Brand Grizzly by Black Pine
Model 40008-P
Weight 14.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Kelty Cosmic 20

For wet, cold weather, the Kelty Cosmic 20 is a solid choice. The 600-fill hydrophobic down offers outstanding warmth and fast drying times, making this model satisfactory for fall, winter, and spring outings. The top draft collar ensures that no chilly air gets in.
  • handy draw cords
  • durable ripstop shell
  • colorful modern design
Brand Kelty
Model 35413716LR
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Sleep On It, Then In It: Choosing A Great Sleeping Bag

Choosing the right sleeping bag involves the consideration of many factors, but the two primary concerns are simple. They can be referred to in terms of temperature and weight. That is to say how cold are the temperatures from which the bag must protect you, and how much can your bag weigh before it becomes a burden instead of a boon.

If you are choosing a sleeping bag for basement sleepovers or for friends crashing on the couch, these factors are in fact not very important. Go ahead and choose a big, comfortable sleeping bag that will act as much like a comforter or quilt as a carefully designed piece of gear. But if you're a climber, hiker, camper, or a prepper looking to outfit a survival pack, temperature and weight are critical concerns. Indeed, they far outweigh comfort in terms of importance.

So, first look at a bag's degree rating. For example, sleeping bags rated at 30 degrees Fahrenheit should be able to keep a person warm enough for safety (if not comfort) at temperatures just below freezing. But make sure you factor in issues like windchill when considering what degree rating is suitable for your purposes. If you regularly camp out on glaciers or cliffs, then you might need a bag rated well below the freezing mark. (Indeed, some superlative sleeping bags are rated at sixty degrees below zero!)

A sleeping bag that is too heavy or bulky to easily fit in with the rest of your camping gear isn't a savvy choice no matter how warm it is. If you are a hiker or climber, you have to select a sleeping bag that can be compressed enough to fit in your pack and to not add too much extra weight. Every ounce counts, so be ready to spend the extra cash for a bag made with advanced materials that allow for reduced weight. For example, you might spend only forty dollars on a bag that weighs almost six pounds or as much as two hundred dollars on a sleeping bag that weighs less than three pounds; when all your gear -- including food and water -- already weighs forty pounds or more, you'll feel why that extra cash was worth it.

For cabin or RV camping, backyard hangouts, or for having a sleeping bag on hand for guests, comfort outweighs other concerns. Your thermostat or the fireplace in your cabin will provide plenty of warmth, and you won't be carrying your gear far, so your bag can be large and heavy. You also don't have to worry about factors like water repellence or slender design for these scenarios, so feel free to choose a cloth bag that's big enough for two sleepers to share.

Ideal Accessories For Your Sleeping Bag

A great sleeping bag alone can't assure you of a great night's sleep. Ask any camper who has tried to rest on a patch or roots or rocks without the addition of a good air mat or foam pad under their sleeping bag and they will attest to that. And if you have a sleeping bag not rated for the type of weather you face -- be it an especially cold night or an unexpected leak in that tent in the rain -- then your sleeping bag might need a little help to keep you warm.

The aforementioned sleeping pad is a must for the camper who will be sleeping in the woods (or on a mountain or riverbank). But if you want to make sure you stay warm all night long, take the same approach you do with your clothing and use layering to stay warm. Long underwear and a good pair of thick socks can do wonders to keep you warm inside your sleeping bag all night long.

And choosing a good, warm hat is of paramount importance to staying safely warmed in cold climates, especially as, in many cases, your head will be the only part of your body sticking out of your sleeping bag. A great winter hat paired with a great sleeping bag can help keep you feeling comfortable as long as you stay dry.

Indeed, staying dry is one of the most important aspects of staying comfortable and safe when you are camped out in the elements. While keeping the rain from falling atop you is important, most decent tents can easily accommodate this need. Often overlooked is the need to stay off of sodden ground. Make sure to spread a good tarp under your sleeping bag or tent, or else elevate yourself off the ground using a camping hammock.

A Brief History of The Sleeping Bag

Creating a warm, safe place to sleep while away from home has been a problem humans have faced for untold thousands of years. Most ancient sleeping accommodations used when on the move were little more than blankets or animal skins carried in a roll and then laid out on the ground or in a tent.

The materials used to create these basic sleeping accoutrements depended on the location of their use. In the arctic, blankets made from bearskins helped keep Inuit natives warm whether out on a hunt or within their homes. In much of the region that would come to be known as Europe, archeologists have recovered mats and coverings hand-woven from both grasses and wool. By the middle ages, fabrics would usually have been woven using looms, but the basics of the accommodations had little changed: soldiers and common travelers alike would simply sleep on the ground wrapped in blankets.

The classic cowboy bedroll usually consisted of a fabric mat wrapped in heavy canvas (which resists tears and punctures and can even repel water) with a blanket laid atop it. The blanket, mat, and canvas covering could be easily rolled in to a tube during travel and then laid out wherever the rider was ready to sleep. The same bedroll arrangement served many soldier in armies of the 19th century. The forerunner to the modern sleeping bag, the Euklisia Rug, would not be seen until the mid 1870s.



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Last updated on August 01, 2017 by Melissa Harr

Melissa is a writer, editor, and EFL educator from the U.S. She's worked in the field since earning her B.A. in 2012, during which time she's judged fiction contests, taught English in Asia, and authored e-courses about arts and crafts. In her free time, she likes to make stuff out of sticks and string.


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