Best Camping Sleeping Bags of 2018
While sleeping outdoors, comfort plays a significant role. Lying all warm and cozy in your sleeping bag at the end of the day, can make your camping trip a success. Whether you are at your national park, backdoor woods, recreational campsite or just the front porch, a good sleeping bag matters. Since weight is not a factor, comfort and luxury increase. Camping sleeping bags tend to be more of a rectangular shape or a roomier mummy style. A good sleeping bag is critical as it provides warmth, safety, insulation and mostly importantly it will determine the quality of rest your body gets. When looking for for a Sleeping bag make sure to consider warmth, weight, comfort and functionality.
Temperature rating: 30°F.
Category: Mummy / Budget.
Fill: 600 fill DriDown.
Weight: 2lb 13oz.
Pros: Great first sleeping bag for beginner campers.
Cons: A bit tight if you’re looking for comfort.
The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 is ideal for beginners and budget campers, if weight and bulk are of no concern that is. Some models are 550 fill while the more updated model has a 600 dridown fill. The insulation is 100% water-resistant DriDown, stays drier, lofts better and dries faster. Zipper works well (have to zip carefully to keep it moving but it never got all jammed up). The Kelty Cosmic Down 20° performs well in hot weathers but if you are sensitive to colder weathers you should probably invest in a pricer sleeping bag.
Might be a bit tight if you are a big adult and prefer the comfort dial cranked upwards.
Temperature rating: 15F.
Category: Spoon shape
Fill: Fluorocarbon-free Nikwax Hydrophobic Down in 650-Fill-Power.
Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz.
Pros: The spoon shape offers a more comfortable sleeping position.
Cons: Less heat efficient.
The NEMO Disco 15 offers a very unique spoon shape that allows for more comfort. Those of you that don’t like sleeping on your back but rather on your side, will find this one extra comfy. The Disco has more elbow and knee room which enables the user to sleep on their preferred position. Thermogills, which are basically zippered vents, make it possible to control temperature by letting air breath in or out. The fill does its job by keeping warm temperatures even in snowing weather.
As long as you are camping you should OK warmth wise. The main issue is that the Disco is roomy, thus making it harder to warm. Body heat has to make up for the extra space.
Temperature rating: 15F.
Fill: Cloudloft Insulation.
Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz.
Cons: Heavier than other sleeping bags.
Even though the Kelty Revival is a new take on an old classic, it feels very familiar. The Cloudloft insulation does the job and the the pillow pocket is a very nice feature. You can stuff your clothes in the pillow pocket and feel like home. The built in torso blanket is a nice added touch, but not sure it would hold in extreme cold. It would have been nicer if the sleeping bag was a bit longer, as 6 ft and higher adults would have their feet sticking out.
Heavier than most camping sleeping bags but as long as you are out car camping that shouldn’t matter too much.
Temperature rating: 15°F.
Weight: 3 lbs. 6 oz.
Pros: Pretty much a winner in the mummy camping sleeping bags category.
Cons: Pricier than others.
Featuring SpiraFil high-loft insulation, the Trestles mummy-style sleeping bag retains the exceptional warmth, softness, and compress-ability of a natural down bag, with the added moisture resistance that comes with synthetic insulation. The Marmot Trestles is pretty much the winner on this list as it has it all: the temperature rating is a 3 season one, The finish on this sleeping bag will keep you dry (as long as you stay outside in the pouring rain) and last but not least the bag has a quality feel to it. The zippers, ease of entry and exit, compressibility impressed us. The toe box is a bit narrow but it helps keeps the warmth better.
It is a bit expensive that’s true but well worth the spend.
Temperature rating: 5°F.
Weight: 4 lbs. 1.6 oz.
Pros: Great value for money.
Cons: Zipper can be quirky.
On the whole, the TETON Sports Tracker is a great value for your money. While showing off some pretty decent features, the price is more than reasonable. The TETON provides a compression stuff sack and an interior zippered pocket. The shell is made out of ripstop that provides a very good insulation in cold weather. Another layer of insulation has been strategically placed in the feet area for extra protection. The mummy shape has its drawbacks, mainly that it is a bit tight although it is roomier than other camping sleeping bags.
The zipper can be quirky and seems to not want to go up and down without some precise guiding with both hand. Not a big issue considering the many positive traits the TETON Sports Tracker has to offer.
Temperature rating: 30°F.
Weight: 4 lbs. 2 oz.
Pros: Superb comfort plus very roomy.
Cons: Far from a budget sleeping bag.
The great design done by Nemo offers an awesome feel of comfort. Albeit expensive, those who need the sense of comfort will find the Nemo Mezzo Loft a smart purchase. The supreme design provides a good night’s sleep for those who struggle with sleeping outdoors. Zippers on each side provide a swift and easy entry and exit and offer a more loose fit. The built-in hood covers for the draftiness that can be caused by the usual rectangular shaped sleeping bags. Microfiber insulation does a good job of keeping you warm in cold weather.
A shy north of $200 this is an expensive sleeping bag. If you are a constant camper the added comfort is well worth the expense.
Temperature rating: 20°F.
Weight: 10 lbs. 9 oz.
Pros: Comfort at its best.
Cons: Heavy and expensive.
By far the most comfortable camping sleeping bag on this list. With that being said, its huge, heavy and intended purely for luxury camping conditions. You wont find any pretentious lightweight materials here, as its a 10 lbs bulk of comfort. Strong cotton and zippers will make sure this is a one time purchase. While the comfort here is unquestionable the temperature rating is. If you are going to camp in lower temperatures, seek lower rating as comfort does warm you at cold nights. The Country Squire offers quality construction, easy and clean. Plenty of room to put your camping sleeping pad and pillow in there.
It’s big and heavy. Consider trunk space while bringing this one along.
Temperature rating: 0°F.
Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz.
Pros: Incredible value for money.
Cons: Zipper is prone to breaking.
One of the best features of the North Rim is the incredible warmth it provides. Coleman are renown for their great deals and the this one is not different. For around $40 you’ll get a polyester rip-stop cover and polyester lining that would keep you warm at 0°F to 10°F. The North Rim is a comfortable four-season, mummy-style sleeping bag that might make you feel hot at cold nights. Even though its mummy styled there is ample room. The carrying bag is a bit small but nothing to complain about.
The biggest problem with this camping sleeping bag is its zipper. Not high quality and prone to breaking.
Temperature rating: 25°F.
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Pros: Retains heat and is very comfortable .
Cons: Large and not compact.
The Wenzel Blue Jay camping sleeping bag is good looking for sure and will keep you warm at night with its flannel interior. The flannel inside is super soft and comfortable and is very breathable and will hold up nicely after several machine washings. You could also zip 2 sleeping bags together for extra space or you could unzip the Blue Jay entirely to use as a blanket. If you don’t like mummy style sleeping bags and prefer them hot and cozy than this one is for you.
Because of its size and bulk this bag is purely for the car camper. Not small to say the least it will also not pack easily but will roll up nicely into your trunk.
Temperature rating: 30°F.
Weight: 4 lbs. 12 oz.
Pros: Good for budget campers.
Cons: Doesn’t come with a stuff sack.
The Coleman Green Valley is relatively good for its price. Basic and simple but to the point. Some may find it useful to purchase 2 of these and zip them together, making it cheaper than buying a queen sized sleeping bag. This bag will offer reasonable comfort and warmth, which is surprising due to its low price. Don’t expect it to warm you without any extra clothing on you but you will get what you paid for. Nice durable zippers.
Doesn’t come with a stuff sack, which is OK as you can just tie it with the provided strings and throw it in your camper.
After you have done your due diligence and chose from our list of the best campaign sleeping bags, make sure check out our complete guide for the best camping sleeping mattresses.
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