Do you need a sleeping bag but you don’t know which one is the best?
In this guide, I will help you to find the best sleeping bag for you.
Because that’s the point. To get the right sleeping bag for your needs.
You will see some sleeping bags for different needs. Choose the best one for you.
Main Sleeping Bags Shapes
This one is the most thermally efficient shape. Its design helps you to keep your body heat. They also have a hood. It’s a must, because most of our heat leaves through our head.
If you are going to sleep in cold-weather, choose this type.
Another advantage of this type is that they’re smaller, which means they’re lighter and easier to pack.
This type is perfect for people who want a bed shape. You will have more space to move inside the sleeping bag. However, this type is not optimal for cold weather.
It’s more like a bed type. If you don’t sleep in cold weather and you are not used to sleeping bags this will be the most comfortable for you.
Sleeping Bags For Different Types of Weather
Summer Sleeping Bags
As the name says it’s made for warm weather. It’s suitable for temperatures of about 30°F/ -1°C.
Traveling wise is about carrying what you need. Not more, not less.
They are lightweight and pack down tiny. You can always wear some extra clothes if some nights are colder than expected.
Doing so you will be able to pack lighter instead of carrying a warmer but heavier Sleeping Bag.
Three-Season Sleeping Bags
Theses kind give you more versatility. They allow you to sleep at 20°F/ -6°C. You will have some features such as hoods to keep you extra warm when it’s cold.
And when it gets warm you just need to unzip the sleeping bag.
There are also winter sleeping bags. However, I don’t have experience with any of them. I basically hate the cold.
So I prefer not to write about it.
How to pack your sleeping bag?
Put it inside a waterproof container. That will keep it dry and clean.
How to take care of the sleeping bag?
Between uses shake out your sleeping bag and try to hang it up under the sun as often as possible. Even if it’s just for five minutes. It makes a difference.
How do sleeping bags work?
A sleeping bag simply keeps the heat your body creates. Sleeping bags with a lot of interior space are less efficient because you have to warm up more air.
What does temperature rating mean?
Sleeping bags come with temperature ratings. Nevertheless, like many other ratings, they are not accurate. You need to add a few degrees if you want to make sure you will not be cold at night. Especially if you are known to need an extra blanket in winter.
Can sleeping bags be washed?
They can, but pay attention to the washing instructions. Depending on the materials you will have to wash it one way or another.
How long do sleeping bags last?
It depends on three things. The quality, how much you use it and the care you take.
The sleeping bags I recommend here can last several years. But keep that as a general idea only.
How can I store my sleeping bag?
First of all, wash it. Let it dry completely and keep it in a dry location like a normal blanket.
Don’t keep it inside the compressed bag because can damage the insulation of your sleeping bag over time.
Are there different sizes?
Normally there is one size per model. However, some brands offer three different sizes. Check it out to make sure you can fit inside.
Is a sleeping bag heavy?
There are a variety of weights. The average would be from around 2.8 lbs/1,2kg to 6 lbs/2.7kg. There are also lighter and heavier ones, though.
An important question is:
Will you travel by car, by bicycle or on foot? When you carry your sleeping bag on your back every gram/ounce counts.
About materials, down is lighter than synthetic.
This is a perfect choice for car backpacking and hiking short distances on foot.
Because it’s a bit heavy and bulky.
Coleman has made a good quality-price sleeping bag.
Points to Consider
The zipper is easy to use. As it’s a double zipper, you can zip from inside or outside.
You don’t feel the zipper once you are inside because it’s covered. Which makes it comfortable and prevents the wind from getting in.
It has a box-shape foot for extra space. You can also have an adjustable hood to cover your head on cold nights.
If it’s really cold I recommend wearing a skullcap anyway.
It’s great for backpacking by car and short distance on foot.
Comfort temperature 25°F / -3°C
Weight 5.2 lbs / 2.3kg
Max height 6.2 feet / 1.87m
5 years limited warranty
Price around 60 dollars / 54 euros
Kelty Cosmic gives you the comfort that you need after a whole day hiking.
It’s a high-quality sleeping bag filled with treated down to keep it dry.
Also, it has a draft tube that works very well to keep cold air from coming through the zipper.
You can use a small zipper pocket inside the sleeping bag to keep your mobile or some small items.
Like all the sleeping bags the temperature limit advertise is not the comfort temperature at which you can sleep.
Which it would be 30°F / -1°C. Even then you will probably need to wear some warm clothes to sleep well.
In my case, warm socks and a skullcap among other things.
It’s not cheap but it’s made from strong materials to make it a good investment.
The best sleeping bag you can get for this price.
20D nylon taffeta shell
It comes with 3 sizes.
5 ft 6 in / 1.67 m
2 lb 3.9 oz / 1.019 kg
Fill weight: 16.26 oz. / 0.461 kg
6 ft / 1.83 m
2 lb 6.6 oz. / 1.093 kg
Fill weight: 18.2 oz. / 0.516 kg
6 ft 6 in / 1.98 m
2 lb 10.7 oz / 0.461 kg
Fill weight: 20.88 oz. / 1.211 kg
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Kelty Cosmic 40. Less warm and cheaper.
This is a massive three-season sleeping bag. It has a specific purpose.
Car backpacking for someone big who doesn’t like mummy style.
If this is not your case fo you, takes a look at the next one.
The mummy hood is too big. If it’s really cold you will need a skullcap. Nevertheless, it’s a good extra.
When you check out the bag it’s clear that it was built to last. It also has many extras. Take a look at the specifications.
Points to consider
It’s heavy. It’s also extremely comfortable, almost like a bed.
Here you have a nice video from Teton
Dimensions 90″ x 39″ / 2.29 x 1 m
Pack Size 17″ x 12.5″ x 12.5″ / 43 x 32 x 32 cm
Weight 7 pounds / 3.2kg
Temperature Rating 0°F / -18°C
Durable taffeta shell
Internal storage pocket for small items
Draft collar to keep your heat body
The upper part can close up mummy style
There is also a Regular size – 80″ x 33″ / 203 x 84 cm
and XL size – 90” x 36″ / 229 x 92 cm
Price around 80 dollars
Summer Sleeping Bags
Even in summer, it’s recommended to wear a few clothes when you use a sleeping bag, such as a t-shirt, shorts, and socks.
Basically to keep your sleeping bag as clean as possible. After several days of use, it can smell like hell.
Ultralight Sleeping Bag
It’s mummy-style, however, it feels roomy.
I personally don’t like mummy-style sleeping bags because I feel like an actual mummy. But it doesn’t happen with this model.
Needless to say, it depends on how big you are.
Points to consider
It’s a little bit bulky. You can pack it easily inside the stuff sack but it would be a little bulky.
You can compress the sleeping bag much more than that. In fact, to half of the size of the stuff sack.
Aleutian has a vaulted footbox to keep your feet warm which I personally appreciate. I have cold feet and hands too.
Also, it has a draft collar for comfort and to prevent heat loss.
Temperature Rating: 55° F / 13° C
This is a reliable temperature rating. It’s not always the case.
Total Weight: Regular: 1 Lb 10 Oz (737 G) / Long: 1 Lb 13 Oz (822 G)
Stuffed Volume: 8″ X 14″ / 20 cm x 36 cm
Compressed Volume: 578 In³ / 9.5 L
Stuff Sack: 8″ x 14″ / 20cm x 36cm
Full Draft Tube Along the Zipper and Draft Collar reduces heat loss
Lifetime guarantee against defects in materials or workmanship
Regular size: fits users up to 6 ft / 1.82 m
Long size: fits users up to 6 ft 6 in / 2.01 m
If you appreciate feeling warm and cozy while you’re sleeping outdoors, this model can make for a reasonable option for you.
It will provide you with a nice warmth and softness.
There’s also a comfort cuff consisting of plush material on the edge of the bag, so even your face will feel comfy.
It comes with a ZipPlow system that plows away the fabric so as to prevent snagging
The ComfortCuff technology ensures your face is kept soft at all times.
Two sleeping bags can zip together.
Temperatures between 40 and 60°F. (4 to 15°C)
The bag fits heights up to 5 ft. 11 in. (1.8 meters)
Thermolock draft tube reduces heat loss through the zipper
Weight 4.3 lbs / 1.9kg
If you need a similar sleeping bag but bigger you have: Coleman Biscayne Big and Tall
Here you have the best budget sleeping bags.
What do you think? Would you recommend others?
Write about them in the comments.