Kelty Ignite DriDown 20 (20º F) from Best Sleeping Bags 2013

Best Sleeping Bags 2013

Kelty

Kelty Ignite DriDown 20 (20º F)

Best Use: Car Camping

Goose down is treated with hydrophobic DriDown™ insulation in a 600 fill power bag. Treated DriDown™ remains dry 10 times longer and dries 33 percent faster than untreated down. At 2lbs 12oz, this mummy bag can compress for easy car camping or weekend expeditions far from the trailhead.

$200; kelty.com

The North Face

The North Face Dolomite 2S Down (40º F)

Best Use: Car Camping

The Dolomite 2S is a super cozy, rectangular down offering from TNF with a soft ripstop nylon shell and roll-top stuff sack. With a solitary internal watch pocket, the 2lb 10oz Dolomite is a stripped-down sleeper that offers plenty of room for a comfy night under the stars.

$179; thenorthface.com

MEC

MEC Oasis (32º F)

Best Use: Car Camping

This no-brainer bag is the car camping archetype. Built with a modest mummy tapering, the dual-temperature sleeping bag features a soft-on-your-skin lining that makes it extra cozy. To get the best night’s sleep, keep the thinner side up when temps are warm (down to 50º), thicker when cold (down to 32º).

$99; mec.ca

Slumberjack

Slumberjack Country Squire 20 (20º F)

Best Use: Car Camping

This durable 12-ounce cotton duck shell has a remarkably comfy poly-cotton liner that stands up to repeated washings—making it ideal for car and, more importantly, family camping. Proprietary Slumberloft™ insulation keeps users toasty while providing an outdoor extravagance surpassed by no one. Sold in three temperature ratings; upgrade to the 0º bag for an extra $25, or the -20º version for $250.

$200; slumberjack.com

Big Agnes

Big Agnes Buffalo Park (40º F)

Best Use: Car Camping

The Buffalo Park is a car camping champion—durable, affordable and roomy for restless sleepers who don't appreciate the mummy design. Wide and long, the synthetic Buffalo Park has an integrated sleeping pad sleeve, so you can toss and turn all night and never roll off.

$130; bigagnes.com

Sea to Summit

Sea to Summit Spark Sp1 (46º F)

Best Use: Backpacking

At less than a pound (12.3oz), the ultra compressible Spark is a speed packer’s best friend. Insulated with Ultra-Dry Down™, the Spark is an 850 fill bag made with Pertex® Quantum™ nylon that’s super light and highly tear-resistant.

$269; seatosummit.com



Mountain Hardwear

Mountain Hardwear UltraLamina 32 (32º F)

Best Use: Backpacking

Not everybody wants a down sleeping bag for backcountry camping. The UltraLamina 32 maximizes synthetic thermal efficiency in a mummy design that’s snug and trim, reducing weight and unnecessary bulk for a capable backcountry shelter. At less than two pounds (1lb 13oz), the UltraLamina is very light for a 32-degree bag, making it an ideal three-season traveler.  

$240; mountainhardwear.com



Sierra Designs

Sierra Designs Cal 13 (15º F)

Best Use: Backpacking

Stuffed with DriDown™ insulation, SD’s 800 fill mummy bag can handle cold and damp weather up to ten times longer than a bag with untreated down. It’ll also dry out considerably faster, if you’re served with a deluge. With prodigious shoulder girth, the Cal 13 is a roomy mummy design that's also ultralight (1lb 12oz), durable and compressible for pack-savvy travelers.

$500; sierradesigns.com

Marmot

Marmot Helium (15º F)

Best Use: Cold-Weather Camping

Simple and elegant, Marmot’s Helium is a no-nonsense, three-season bag for the active backcountry traveler. The 850 goose down stalwart uses large, horizontal baffles to maximize heat retention. A Pertex® Microlight™ shell sheds moisture and light drizzles, and keeps wind at bay.

$399; marmot.com

Brooks Range

Brooks Range Alpini 15 (15º F)

Best Use: Cold-Weather Camping

Boasting a robust 850 fill power, the two-pound Alpini 15 is a super light, compressible mummy bag that cradles the body on cool nights. The ultralight shell reduces weight and is highly wind-resistant. Because luxury can still exist in the outdoors, a snug halo collar traps heat around your core as you take in the starry night.

$369; brooks-range.com

MontBell

MontBell UL Super Spiral Hugger (0º F)

Best Use: Cold-Weather Camping

This 800 fill down, four-season bag (2lbs 15oz) uses a unique spiral stitch design that offers a natural elasticity for superior comfort when the temps plummet. The angled baffle pattern allows for better positioning throughout the night without sacrificing heat retention. A shoulder collar and tunnel hood keep drafts out for additional protection from the elements.

$499; montbell.us

Western Mountaineering

Western Mountaineering Versalite (10º F)

Best Use: Cold-Weather Camping

Western Mountaineering bags are renowned for their craftsmanship, and the Versalite offers ample proof of why. This made-in-the-USA bag is a 850 fill goose down bastion of warmth and luxury. At two pounds, the three-season Versalite has a roomy, 62-inch shoulder for extra comfort, claims a whopping six inches of loft, and boasts a stout full collar that seals in heat.

$484; westernmountaineering.com



Best Sleeping Bags 2013