Top 10 Sleeping Bags

With so many sleeping bags to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Obviously the answer depends on several factors, such as your height, the type of adventure you intend to take, and the anticipated conditions. To help you along in the process of choosing the perfect sleeping bag, Campmor, has come up with a list that we feel represents the best of the best. Let us know what you think, and don’t hesitate to add any insightful comments.

Winter Sleeping Bag

Though designed for colder temperatures, the Marmot Plasma has all the features everyone looks for in a sleeping bag – light weight, small pack size, and of course superior warmth. With 900 fill goose down insulation, the highest fill power available, and Marmot’s trademark DWR (Durable Water Repellency), the company has designed the ultimate winter bag.

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Three-Season Sleeping Bag

Versatility defines three-season sleeping bags, and the one best suited to lead this category is the Trestles 15°F by Marmot. Spacious in the shoulder box for those who don’t want to feel too snug, and plenty of length to work with, the synthetic-filled Trestles will definitely not disappoint.

Marmot Trestles 15 Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag

Ultra-Light Sleeping Bag

If you’re striving for a lightweight backpacking experience, then the Mountain Hardwear Ultra-Lamina sleeping bag must be on any hiker’s list. Rated at 32°F, the Ultra-Lamina is reliable in wet and humid conditions, durable, and packs down really small, saving critical space in your Mountain Hardwear UltraLamina 32 Degree Sleeping Bag

Double Sleeping Bag

The ideal bag for those mid-summer nights high up in the mountains is the Callisto by Kelty. Rectangular shaped and offered in a 15°F and 35°F rating, the Callisto is plenty big, soft and cozy for snuggling. It can also be fully unzipped on both sides for use as a blanket, when the temperatures are relatively warm.

Kelty Callisto 35 Degree Double Sleeping Bag

Children’s Sleeping Bag

When selecting a sleeping bag for your kids, the biggest concern, of course, is size, so you can avoid having to make multiple purchases as they grow. Well, Slumberjack has come up with the perfect solution for your little adventurer; the Go-N-Grow for both girls and boys. Rated at 30°F, it’s perfect for late spring and summer. Simply unzip the bottom and the bag extends, adding several more inches in length to accommodate growth.

Slumberjack Go-n-Grow Boys and Girls 30 Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag

Down-Insulated Sleeping Bag

The sleeping bag with the best warmth-to-weight ratio on the market is undoubtedly the Marmot Lithium. Best suited for mountaineers and backpackers that expect temperatures in the teens and below, the Lithium is insulated with the highest quality down; 900 fill power. Nearly defying physics, the Lithium’s feather-like weight and infinitesimally small pack size, make it hard to believe such a bag exists. But once you’re in it, you are bound to be a believer. The down is so resilient that it will quickly rebound to form, if stuffed for too long.

Marmot Lithium 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag Regular

Synthetic-Insulated Sleeping Bag

Even after more than 20 years on the market, the best synthetic-insulated sleeping bag, still on the market, is The North Face’s staple bag, the Cat’s Meow. It’s probably the one synthetic that comes closest to down, in terms of weight and compression, especially in the three-season category. The Cat’s Meow was, at one time, the most popular bag on the Appalachian Trail. More than price-competitive compared to goose-down, this bag is a must for those who want a quality bag at a great price – and who doesn’t?

The North Face Cat's Meow 20 Degree Sleeping Bag Regular

Women’s Sleeping Bags

Why does a sleeping bag need to be gender specific? The simple answer is that bags designed for women tend to be shorter in length and a bit wider in the hip area. Women’s bags often feature additional insulation in the hip and foot box area, than comparable unisex bags. If you’re heading to the Rockies or Sierra Nevada Mountains in the spring, summer or fall, then one must consider the 15°F-rated Angel Fire by Marmot. Featuring a high warmth-to-weight ratio, the Angel Fire will certainly keep you warm with its five-baffle hood, and draft collar and tube. Also, two-way zipper sliders let air circulate in case of overheating.

Marmot Women's Angel Fire 25 Degree Down Mummy Sleeping Bag

Summer Sleeping Bag

Any bag rated at 40°F and above is considered well suited for summer use, but no bag will perform like The North Face Aleutian. Synthetic-filled with The North Face’s own Heatseeker™ insulation, the Aleutian will easily take you from late spring right into the heart of summer, and will be a campground favorite.

The North Face Aleutian 2S 40 Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag

Best sleeping bag under $150

While it is not always advisable to cut corners when purchasing gear, sometimes there are exceptions to the rule. The Pinole by Mountain Hardwear is one such exception. It is all-around a great synthetic-insulated bag rated at 20°F, and will reliably perform and keep you warm on any of your three-season adventures. This is a deal that cannot be easily overlooked.
Mountain Hardwear Pinole 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

Please note that most of the bags listed above are offered in both regular and long sizes. Most regular length bags fit anyone six feet tall and under. Please make sure to check the specifications tab on the website. Also, some of the bags, like the Trestles, are offered in a women’s version, as well. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call the knowledgeable staff at Campmor. Happy Camping!

  • art hirschel

    I have been a hiker/hunter/camper all my life. I have went through a lot of different bags. I am an outfitter/guide in Ak and been in the hunting business for 12 years. I bought a Wiggys sleeping bag about 10 years ago. I used it on a sheep hunt in the mountains. Wet, sweaty, cold with drizzling 40 degree weather and 10 tough wilderness miles behind me. I crawled in the bag, warmed up, slept good and woke up with clothes almost dry. The Wiggy bags have a proprietary additive that wicks moisture like nothing else and a construction without any seams. Since that trip, I have bought maybe 30 or 40 Wiggy bags, mostly for clients and friends. I use Wiggy bags in my hunting camps and for my clients to use.
    I won’t even consider any other bag. Not the lightest or fanciest or stylish looking, but definitely the best bag in my experience.
    I don’t work for or get any freebies from Wiggys. But, I buy products from Campmor and decided to put my opinion in on bags.

    • craig curtis

      Thanks Art , well put !!!

      • Ben

        I’ve seen Wiggy’s bags deceptively marketed by shills all over the internet. Please delete these sorts of posts – Wiggy’s bags are heavy, ancient tech and no better than a $50 bag at walmart.

        • Stro

          I was a very active Boy Scout leader for 10 years as I helped bring my two sons (four years apart) to the rank of Eagle Scout. At the beginning of my adult Scouting experience, I researched sleeping bags and decided to purchase a Wiggy’s for several reasons – it was comparable in weight to other 20 degree synthetic bags, it offered a mummy bag in an extra wide option (which allows me to easily turn over) and it offered the option of zipping my bag into an “overbag” rated 35 degrees to use as a system for much colder weather (the overbag alone is a good summer bag). So now I have great temperature flexibility for year around camping & hiking which was a necessity for the Troop we were in. On one camp out in February, I went to bed on a 28 degree night in my sweat suit in the zipped together “system” bag. Within 10 minutes I had to strip down to my tee shirt and boxers because I got too hot. I cannot speak to how current Wiggy’s are in manufacturing technology because I do not possess that knowledge. I do know that I was happy with my purchase during those 10 years of active use (on the order of 100 camp outs). The wide mummy body and bag/overbag system options were great to have.

  • craig curtis

    This question goes to Campmor and all here . too.I am an outdoor enthusiast from all angles .I have tried many different types and manuf. sleeping bags ,And they all have one thing in common !they just do not give enough width for comfort . I use mummy style but i have and use regular bags as well and even those are somewhat too narrow ????? wont someone design a bag that alows me to move when zipped in ?? PLEASE Oh and its not my size i am of regular stature 5-11,,,200 something pounds

    • Campmor

      Craig,

      Have you taken a look at any of these three sleeping bags? http://bit.ly/ZE8MQE

    • http://villageoutdoor.com Village Outdoor

      Take a look at Montbell super spiral bags.

    • RJ Lewis

      Check out Western Mountaineering for bags for larger size guys. I have the same issue with my Scandanavian built, 6-3 hubby. A 6 foot bag may not be a large enough bag for you either. I’m 5-6 and a bag that size means my feet hit the bottom. U can often gain some girth size by going to a bag thats made to 6-6. They are pricey bags, but well worth every penny!!

  • Michael Dover

    I have to agree with Art. I’ve used Wiggy bags since 1985. I still have my first one which I don’t use very often anymore since its on the narrow side (good comment Craig). My wife and I bought wide versions of the same bag (mummy style) about sixteen years ago and we still use them. We wash them every year per their instructions and their loft is still what it was when new (loft and zippers are guaranteed for life as I recall). As Art says, they’re not the prettiest nor do they compress like a down bag (they will compress pretty tightly though) but the price is right, they work when wet, and they last.

  • mike boone

    I do like Marmot bags and I also am very happy with my Big Agnes Poner Hoit 0 deg 775 fill down.

  • Ghostrider

    Can anyone tell me how much it will cost to send at least one and possibly two XL sleeping bag liners to Sysney Australia 2560. I’m looking at the Cocoon XL Egyption Cotton Liner and or maybe the Grand Trunk Silk Liner. Thanks, Dennis Goodworth