Our Review of the Best Sleeping Bags for Camping / Hiking
The quality of a camping or backpacking experience is dependent to a large extent on the quality of your equipment. Wear the wrong shoes and you could wind up with a twisted ankle or wet feet, forget your sunglasses and you could wind up with snow blindness and bring the wrong sleeping bag and you’ll spend the night tossing and turning and perhaps freezing as well. Because there are so many different sleeping bags on the market today finding just the right one for your camping or hiking excursion can seem like a daunting task. That’s why we’re here. We have sifted through the hundreds of different sleeping bags out there, considered everything from fills to zippers and come up with our definitive list of the best sleeping bags for camping or hiking.
The Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag
for Backpacking is a high-quality oversized bag that comfortably fits you and your honey and keeps both of you warm down to 32° Fahrenheit. The 210 thread count fabric is ultra-durable yet soft and comfortable enough to promote deeper, more satisfying sleep. The outer shell is fabricated from a combination of tetron and cotton and isn’t easily damaged the way some bags are.
- 87 x 59 inches, sleeps 2 adults.
- Rated down to 32°.
- Includes 2 travel pillows.
- 210 thread count fabric.
- Soft tetron and cotton combo.
The Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag is quickly and easily converted from a double bag to two single bags or a pair of singles to one large, luxurious double. Add the extra body heat generated by the second person and the interior of the bag becomes even toastier than with a single guest. If you are the kind of couple that share a love of the outdoors the Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag should be on your wish list. Comes with a durable stuff sack (with handle) and a pair of travel pillows so your head won’t be lying against the forest floor all night.
If you love 3-season camping, sleeping well after a long night on the trail and outdoor adventures with your special someone you’re going to love the King Cove 30°F Premium Double Sleeping Bag
from Wildhorn. The company pulls out all the stops in the design and fabrication of this bag from the Softex™ breathable fabric of the inner liner to the 70D X220T ripstop poly of the outer shell. That Softex™ moisture wicking inner liner also zips out in a jiffy so it can be machine washed. If you’re looking for an extremely comfortable, durable oversized sleeping bag to take on your next wilderness adventure the King Cove fits the bill.
- A spacious 86 x 72 inches.
- Removable liner for easy cleaning.
- Exterior shell 70D X220T ripstop poly.
- Large comfortable hood with cinch.
- Rated to 30°F.
At 86 x 72 inches this is one of the biggest double sleeping bags on the market. But whereas a larger bag sometimes means diminished heat retention the King Cove, by way of its high-quality materials and TruTemp insulation experiences no loss in warmth when converting from 2 singles to double size. And on top of all its other assets the King Cove looks great as well.
The Grizzly by Black Pine 2 Person Sleeping Bag
features a durable cotton duck outer shell whose robust windstop zippers keep you snug regardless of conditions. The Grizzly is easily one of the most comfortable double bags on the market and with its oversized chest baffles and draft tubes it prevents cold air leaking in or warm air escaping through the top. The Grizzly also zips down both sides so no one has to be awakened if the other person needs to get up in the middle of the night. The Grizzly is also one of the longest double bags on the market.Features:
- Rated to 0° Fahrenheit.
- Dual offset outer construction in the shell.
- Ultra-warm flannel lining.
- Fully machine washable.
- 90 x 65 inches.
When you purchase a double sleeping bag you want a bag that’s warm and comfortable with a lining that won’t stick to or irritate your skin. You want to be sure cold air won’t be seeping in all around you during the night and you want the material to be durable and the insulation to be dependable and robust. In other words you want something like the Grizzly.
Camping by the roadside in the fall is one thing, sleeping out in the dead of winter miles from anywhere is something else altogether. For that you need a serious bag and Hyke & Byke answer the call. Their Goose Down Sleeping Bag
is rated to 0° Fahrenheit yet is light enough to bring deep into the woods without it becoming a burden. The shell is fabricated from durable, waterproof, ripstop 290T polyester while inside is 800 fill genuine goose down that is both soft and incredibly warm. The is one of the lightest of the brand name sleeping bags, tipping the scales at a paltry 3 lbs.
- Ultra-warm 800 fill goose down with superior loft.
- True 4 season capability.
- Incredibly light at slightly less than 3 lbs.
- Rated to 0° Fahrenheit.
- Anti-snag sliders with large YKK zips.
No one who has ever done any winter camping would dare enter the woods without an outstanding 4 season bag. The Hyke & Byke Goose Down bag is one of the best around at keeping you both warm and dry in extreme conditions.
The Outstar Lightweight Waterproof Mummy Bag
is effective at keeping you warm on those spring and fall nights when the mercury unexpectedly dips below freezing on the mountain or in the campground. This is a bag that is remarkably well-built considering the affordable price point. There are high quality oversized zippers, a durable shell fabricated from 290T polyester pongee that’s both ripstop and waterproof. And we can’t forget the double stitching throughout that ensures the bag retains its structural integrity even after years of use. The fill is 400 GSM Hollow Cotton and the interior is hypoallergenic and won’t irritate your skin.
- Filled with 100% GSM hollow cotton.
- Durable pongee polyester shell.
- 30 day unconditional money back guarantee.
- Strategically place Velcro clasps keep the cold air out.
- Rated to 20° Fahrenheit.
The Outstar Waterproof Mummy Bag is a 4 season bag for places that don’t necessarily experience extreme winter weather. If the temperature is expected to drop below 20° Fahrenheit you will need something a bit more robust. But anything above 20 and you’ll be on cloud nine. The Outstar Waterproof Mummy Bag comes with durable stuff sack and the bag itself can be machine washed.
The Browning Camping McKinley -30 Degree Bag
is the most serious bag on our list. This one is aimed right at those fans of subzero temperatures and is designed to keep those cold-air aficionados toasty warm even when they’re sleeping out in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington in mid-January. The bag is deceptively warm in fact. When unrolled it looks a lot like a standard 3 season bag. And then you get inside it and you realize this is not a bag to be taken lightly. What’s creating all that warmth is 7 denier TechLoft Silver Insulation, some of the best in the business, and that is enveloped by tough but light 210T ripstop polyester.
- 7 denier TechLoft Silver Insulation shell rated to -30.
- Insulated baffles in the chest and zipper.
- Durable 210T ripstop nylon shell.
- Brushed polyester lining.
- Weighs 12 pounds.
At 12 pounds the Browning McKinley -30 Degree Sleeping Bag is not the lightest on our list. But if you’re heading into the wild for a weekend of ice climbing it’s the bag you’re going to want to have with you. Reasonably priced to boot.
The final bag on our list is the Sierra Designs DriDown Backcountry Sleeping Bag
. While this looks like some sort of nextgen extreme bag it’s actually rated to a modest 32° Fahrenheit which makes it ideal for 3 season camping. Another thing that really ramps up the 3-season suitability of the bag is the “eye” which not only serves as your entry and exit point but also allows you slip the internal “comforter” down when you need to in order to vent excess heat. It’s likely that the fixed opening of the DriDown is what prevents it from being an extreme bag however.Features:
- Revolutionary zipper and Velcro-free design.
- 600 fill DriDown won’t fail if it gets wet.
- Built in comforter for easy temperature regulation.
- Insulated arm and hand pockets inside.
- Lofty, built-in sleeping pad “bed” sleeve.
If you’re looking for a bag to enhance your 3-season outdoor experience the Sierra Designs DriDown bag is as good as they get. Warm, versatile, durable with no zippers to worry about breaking and a built-in backcountry bed feature that lifts you off the ground. To top it all off it weighs in at a svelte 2 pounds 7 ounces.
Without a good sleeping bag nights spent outdoors can be uncomfortable and in some cases, downright dangerous affairs. The sleeping bag is tasked with retaining body heat as you cool and if it’s not up to the job you’re going to spend a sleepless night grasping at sweaters or anything you can find to warm yourself up. If you are into extreme outdoor activities you’ll not only need a bag that will retain your heat effectively but is also lightweight and waterproof too so you can carry it for miles and so that it will stay nice and dry if you have to lay it directly on the snow. The above profiled bags run the gauntlet from outsized 3-season jobs to some of the most extreme winter bags on the market so there’s one for everyone, regardless of what type of outdoor adventure floats your boat.
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