Three best sleeping bags

BestReviews Staff

Keeping a sleeping bag tightly packed in a stuffed sack for extended periods can damage the fill. When not in use, always place your sleeping bag in its designated storage sack.

Few things are more pleasant than camping under the stars ... if you have a good sleeping bag, that is. If it's not just right, you might be too cold, too hot, or twisted up inside. This seemingly simple "blanket burrito" actually varies quite a bit from model to model.

First, there are two main styles: mummy-style or rectangular. While both can provide excellent warmth, provided they have good insulation, mummy-style sleeping bags offer a snug fit for improved heat retention, and tend to have more efficient hoods as well.

The liner is also an important consideration. Not only will a liner provide added warmth and comfort, but using one will also help extend your sleeping bag's life by protecting its interior. While liners may not be a necessity, they help with improved comfort and better hygiene.

For hiking and backpacking, a lightweight sleeping bag is essential. Down sleeping bags with a high fill power of 800 or more are infinitely lighter and more compressible than synthetic varieties, making them better suited for use on the move.

In the market to buy a sleeping bag? Here are our top three recommendations:

Outdoor Vitals 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag

Comfortable, roomy, and deliciously toasty even in lower temperatures, this sleeping bag covers all the bases. Its rugged shell effectively repels water and resists tears, while the generous duck down fill adds luxurious loft and superior insulation. It is spacious enough to accommodate taller individuals and side sleepers, while being ultra compact and lightweight when packed for improved portability and a handy compression bag is included. The bag is baffle stitched to provide even down distribution and prevent shifting. However, a handful of users have reported finding one or two squares with marginally less fill.

Coleman North Rim Extreme Weather 

This is an entry-level sleeping bag that nevertheless manages to deliver excellent warmth and comfort - affordable quality from a trusted manufacturer. It's specifically designed to keep campers warm with a quilted construction, drawstring hood, and a full-length draft tube to keep heat from escaping through the zipper. The tough and durable reinforced polyester exterior is rip-resistant and fully machine washable. The bag's synthetic construction provides a hypoallergenic alternative to down, but also adds considerable weight and bulk.

Teton Sports Celsius XXL Sleeping Bag

This versatile sleeping bag doesn't skimp on comfort or space, and has high-end features at a surprisingly affordable price. Its larger-than-average dimensions are perfect for those who prefer a bit more room, and couples can conveniently attach a second bag for co-sleeping. This bag is well insulated with a plush flannel lining for extra warmth and comfort. A combination of a drawstring hood and zipper draft tubes work to further prevent heat loss. It's a great option for camping, but due to its size and weight, this sleeping bag probably isn't suitable for backpacking.

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