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Looking to enjoy the great outdoors by setting up camp? If you’ve already found the perfect new tent, you’re going to need a sleeping bag as well for your adventure. Not sure which one to buy? Luckily, we have the lowdown on the best backpacking sleeping bags for you to catch some Zs in, from cold weather specialists, to ultralight quilts, to backyard bags.
Best for Camping: Kelty Tumbler 30 / 50
This sleeping bag is the simple solution to three-season camping – and even four season camping when you use products in Kelty’s Tumbler line. On nights dipping into the 30s°F, sleep with the thick side up for a warming layer of Cloudsofts insulation. When temps are closer to 50°F, flip it over for less loft. Summer temps are mitigated via draft tube design with dual easy-vent zips. You can actually snuggle up in the winter, too, when you add a Kelty Tumbler rectangular bag as a warmth layering system. The key to this sleeping bag’s versatility is the soft cotton-blend liner that keeps it comfy no matter the loft above you. Considering its size and versatility, this sleeping bag packs down into a pretty small package and weighs just 3 pounds, 13 ounces.
Best Budget: Big Agnes BootJack 25
If you’re looking to pick up a lightweight three-season backpacker for under two bills, stick with Big Agnes’s BootJack 25. The traditional mummy bag design is maximized for a temp rating of 25°F on the strength of Downtek water repellent down wrapped in a highly breathable, treated rip-stop nylon. A contoured hood features a draw cord with a lock for easy adjustment, and the no-draft zipper and nylon taffeta lining seal in warmth. With all that insulation in a traditional mummy bag design, the BootJack doesn’t pack down as small as some backpacking bags, but despite the girth, it weighs just 2 pounds, 6 ounces.
Best Ultralight: Therm-A-Rest Corus HD Quilt
Looking to keep your pack super light while hiking? Check out the new Therm-A-Rest Corus HD Quilt for super-light, water-repellent warmth in temperatures as low as 35°F. Like the brand’s acclaimed Antares HD sleeping bag, the Corus is made with high loft, super-packable Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, so you don’t have to fear a few drops or misty mornings. The Corus’s ThermaCapture Seams reduce radiant and convective heat loss, and an elasticized, insulated foot box helps keep feet warm and the quilt in place. This mountain quilt weighs just 1-pound, six ounces, so it's really the ultimate ultralight sleeping system.
Best for Hunting Camp: Coleman Big Game
When the whitetail deer rut is as late as mid-November, you need a sleeping bag that can keep you warm at temps dipping as low as 0°F. Coleman’s Big Game keeps you warm into late fall and winter beneath a full cotton canvas cover and Fiberlock construction that eliminates insulation bunching. The brand’s Thermolock System virtually eliminates heat loss through the no-snag zipper, and the flannel liner keeps you toasty. The big-and-tall crowd will appreciate that it fits sleepers as tall as 6 feet, 5 inches. It comes with a matching flannel pillow, and the whole package, pillow, to cover, to insulation, to lining, is cotton, meaning this sleeping bag is machine washable. When it’s time to break camp, the Wrap ‘N’ Roll integrated packing system keeps the bag as small as possible, though with a pack weight exceeding 6 pounds, you don’t want to carry this too far.
Best for Kids: Coleman Illumi-Bug Youth Sleeping Bag
Make sure your child’s backyard sleepovers are a success by setting them up with Coleman’s Illumi-Bug Youth Sleeping Bag. This sleeping bag is made with all the same durable fabrics and synthetics featured in Coleman’s adult gear, with some fun features for kids. Your youth will sleep tight in temps as low as 45 degrees, thanks to ThermoTech insulation and Comfort Cuff design. Your kid will love the shell’s glow-in-the-dark detailing and there's an interior pocket for a flashlight or a stuffed animal.
Best for Bad Weather: Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Flame
When it comes to backpacking in wet weather, synthetic-fill sleeping bags are the best option because they generally retain loft and insulating properties when wet better than down down-fill bags. Mountain Hardwear’s HyperLamina Flame is the culmination of years of backcountry engineering with an innovative construction that maximizes the synthetic fill’s insulation qualities to keep you dry when the weather gets cold, wet and windy. The laminated construction eliminates seams and holes so wind and water can’t get in. Meanwhile, Mountain Hardwear welds Thermal.Q insulation to the shell and lining, mapping its thickness to concentrate warmth around your core and feet so that its temp rating drops to 20°F. Thermal efficiency is magnified by the center zip design, and the face gasket and tailored hood keep drafts out and seal in warmth. The mummy-cut bag packs down to a small package and weighs 2 pounds, 7 ounces.
Best Sleeping Bag for Cuddling: Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag
Going camping with your SO? The Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag is a great option, and you and yours can cuddle up even when temps dip into the 30s F. The polyester shell wraps plenty of cotton insulation and an innovative four-zipper design allows you to customize the configuration. Two included camp pillows complete the package, and come morning the sleeping bag stuffs into the included sack.
Best Summer Sleeping Bag: Coleman Sun Ridge Sleeping Bag
Summer nights call for a sleeping bag that will keep you warm — but not too warm — after dark. The Coleman Sun Ridge warm weather sleeping bag is designed to work when summer temps dip into the 40s, with a machine washable brushed polyester cover and polyester tricot lining. A patented zipper system plows the fabric out of the path of the zip to avoid snags, and Coleman’s Thermolock system reduces heat loss through the zipper. Breaking camp is simple with Roll Control loop fasteners and the Quick Cord closure system.