The 8 Best Sleeping Bags of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Marmot Trestles 0 at Backcountry

"A feature rich all-purpose option that comes at an affordable price."

Best Budget: REVALCAMP Sleeping Bag at Amazon

"A functional sleeping bag at a budget price point for standard conditions."

Best Down: Therm-a-Rest Questar 20F Down at Amazon

"The Nikwax Hydrophobic down lining absorbs 90 percent less water and dries three times faster."

Best Zipperless: Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed 35 at Amazon

"Reduces the risk of snagging and has insulated pockets for hands and arms to keep cold air out."

Best for Two People: Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag at Amazon

"Use it as one large queen-size sleeping bag, or zip separately as two individual bags."

Best Lightweight: Therm-a-Rest Vesper Down Quilt 20 at Sunny Sports

"This sleeping bag weighs just 1 pound 3 ounces, so it packs tiny."

Best for Cold Weather: Feathered Friends Snowbunting EX 0 at Feathered Friends

"This bag is rated to 0 degrees, but has continuous baffles to easily transition into summer climates."

Best Warmth-to-Weight Ratio: REI Co-op Magma 15 at REI

"Weighs just 1 pound 12 ounces, but has a lower-limit rating of 16 degrees."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Marmot Trestles 0

Trestles 0° Sleeping Bag

Courtesy of Backcountry

Marmot Trestles 0 mummy-shaped sleeping bag is a high-performing, multi-function option made from synthetic filling. Insulation is both soft and warm, as well as lightweight and packable. The regular-sized bag weighs well under 5 pounds, so it's not the lightest bag featured on this list, but it's a much-loved all-purpose option at an affordable price compared to other bags with the same rich features.

The bag’s wave construction is made to maximize loft and warmth, and a blanket construction on the bottom helps you stay comfortable throughout the night. A hood insulates your head, and two drawcords to tighten it are easy to see in the dark. A 3-D footbox provides plenty of room to move around in. It also features an outside pocket so you can keep your essentials nearby. This bag is available in two different lengths and comes with a compression stuff sack.

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Best Budget: REVALCAMP Sleeping Bag

Not everybody is a sophisticated trekker, counting gear to fractions of ounces and requiring extra performance in severe weather conditions. If you just need a functional sleeping bag at a budget price point for standard conditions, this is a great pick. This is a lightweight, packable option that can be stuffed into the carrying bag it comes with—no folding or rolling required—and the whole package weighs two pounds. At 30 x 71 inches, the REVALCAMP sleeping bag is roomy enough for adults up to 6 foot 1 inches. This highly-reviewed bag comes in 23 colors and designs. Zip two together to create a two-person bag if you wish.

03 of 08

Best Down: Therm-a-Rest Questar 20F Down

Therm-a-Rest's Questar sleeping bag is an excellent down option, packed with features and rated to 20 degrees for three-season adventuring. Its 650-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down—certified by the Responsible Down Standard—is meant to absorb 90 percent less water and dry three times faster. Connectors integrate the bag with your sleeping pad so you stay comfortable and warm, and zoned insulation keeps the lining where it’s most needed for warmth. The fit allows for multiple sleep positions without sacrificing any thermal efficiency. There’s also a foot-warmer pocket, draft collar to lock in heat, cinchable hood, and outside zip pocket. This bag comes in three sizes, to fit both men and women, and includes a compression sack and storage sack.

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Best Zipperless: Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed 35

Meant to mimic the coziness of your bed at home, the Sierra Designs' zipperless bag option reduces the risk of snagging and includes an oversized integrated comforter. It has insulated pockets for hands and arms to help keep cold air out, and a self-sealing foot vent that quickly gives you more airflow when you need it. A sleeve keeps the sleeping pad in place under you to keep you as comfortable as possible. This option contains synthetic insulation and an outer shell of ripstop polyester. Rated for 37 degrees, it’s best for spring and summer months and weighs 4 pounds 6 ounces.

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Best for Two People: Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag

Sleepingo’s double sleeping bag is as budget-friendly as it is warm and cozy. It’s huge, at 87 x 59 inches, fitting two adults comfortably. The outer shell is made of waterproof, camping-grade polyester meant to last. And the inner lining is made of a textile combination of polyester and cotton for a cozy feel. This option is sturdy for various conditions and rated for climates as cold as 32 degrees. Use it as one large queen-size sleeping bag, or zip separately as two individual bags. Reviewers loved that this bag has high-quality zippers on the left and right sides so they could leave the bag without waking their partner in the middle of the night. It also comes with two travel pillows—making the value even better—so you’re good to go for a couples adventure without breaking the bank.

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Best Lightweight: Therm-a-Rest Vesper Down Quilt 20

herm-a-Rest Vesper Down Quilt 20

Courtesy of Sunny Sports

The Therm-a-Rest Vesper Down Quilt 20 is an ultralight option that weighs just 1 pound 3 ounces and comes with a compression stuff sack and storage sack, so it packs tiny and won't add too much extra weight to your backpack. The box baffled construction with mesh walls are meant to keep this silky-feeling bag thermally efficient and minimize cold areas. Plus, an insulated footbox and snap-neck closure help keep you warm and draft free. Reviewers noted that while this bag encloses your body for warmth, it also allows for plenty of movement.

Rated down to -20 degrees, the Term-a-Rest Vesper can withstand variable conditions. The ripstop nylon shell is treated with a durable water repellent to resist outside dirt and moisture. Its lining is made of 900-fill-power Nikwax Hydrophobic Down material that's meant to stay dry and maintain loft much longer than untreated down. And the down is responsibly certified by the Responsible Down Standard, so you can feel confident it is made from humanely treated animals.

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Best for Cold Weather: Feathered Friends Snowbunting EX 0

FEATHERED FRIENDS Snowbunting EX 0 Sleeping Bag

Courtesy of Feathered Friends

The Snowbunting sleeping bag from Feathered Friends is a perennial favorite for its lightweight quality and minimal pack size. This bag is rated to 0 degrees but it has continuous baffles so it can transition into summer climates, too. It's available in regular or long versions, weighs under three pounds, and features a mummy shape made from 900-plus goose down. A 3-D contoured hood keeps your head insulated, and a permanent collar prevents breath condensation from entering the bag in cold weather. Although this bag comes at a luxury price point, reviewers say it's the warmest bag they've ever used and is one of the best sleeping bags they've owned.

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Best Warmth-to-Weight Ratio: REI Co-op Magma 15

REI Co-op Magma 15 Sleeping Bag

Courtesy of REI 

REI’s Co-op Magma 15 delivers the outlet’s best warmth-to-weight ratio: its tested lower-limit rating is 16 degrees, and the regular-sized version weighs just over 1 pound 12 ounces. (There is also a long version, which weighs slightly more.) With a silhouette made to maximize that warmth-to-weight ratio, this bag offers generous space for knees and feet to move around inside, and a trapezoidal footbox to keep feet comfortable. The contoured hood keeps warmth inside, but still leaves room for a small pillow, and an insulated yoke fills any gaps in the neck and shoulder area to keep heat in.

This bag is compressible and made from water-resistant 850-fill-power goose down (certified to Responsible Down Standard). It features a zipper cover and an internal strip meant to reduce snagging. This bag also includes a stuff sack for packing and a breathable mesh sack for storage.

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