Posted on: 05. Sep, 2013

The right sleeping bag is arguably the most important piece of camping equipment you can invest in. Make the wrong choice and you can expect to have a rough nights sleep whether you’re too hot or too cold.

We have a list of sleeping bag reviews here that are among the most popular models available today and cover a range of uses so that you can be sure to make the right choice. Take a look at the list below if you want to dive straight into the reviews, or scroll a little further down for a brief guide on how to choose the best sleeping bag.

List Of Sleeping Bag Reviews

Adult Sleeping Bags

51++aqdXPiL Coleman Green Valley Cool-Weather Sleeping Bag
51g03bSEGoL Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Scoop Sleeping Bag
41Y2HUOHBiL Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag
41Y3CijWdML Coleman Palmetto Cool-Weather Sleeping Bag
41zVWW-YBZL._SL160_ Coleman Trinidad Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag
41f8XmtD0BL._SL160_ Wenzel Santa Fe 20-Degree Sleeping Bag (Cobalt/Orange)
41GmX6UbA-L._SL160_ Coleman Nimbus Large Warm-Weather Scoop Sleeping Bag
41irdDrqedL._SL160_ Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag
41IE0aakm8L Coleman Dunnock Large Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag
 slumberjack latitude  Slumberjack Latitude 20 Degree Synthetic Sleeping Bag
eureka  Eureka Sandstone +30-Degree – Rectangular Sleeping Bag
kelty callisto  Kelty Callisto 15 Degree Sleeping Bag, Double
teton mammoth double sleeping bag  TETON Sports Mammoth Sleeping Bag
Review Coming Soon  Slumberjack Bonnie and Clyde 30/40 Double Wide Synthetic Sleeping Bag
Review Coming Soon  ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood Minus 10 Degree Rectangle Sleeping Bag

Kids Sleeping Bags 

Review Coming Soon Kelty Boys’ Woobie 30 Degree Sleeping Bag
Review Coming Soon Kelty Boys’ Little Dipper 40 Degree Sleeping Bag
Review Coming Soon Kelty Boys’ Big Dipper 30 Degree Sleeping Bag

 

How To Choose The Best Sleeping Bag

Down Or Synthetic

Sleeping bags generally come in two types of material – down and synthetic. Synthetic literally just means man-made, so can include a number of actual materials but they are all typically classified in this one group. Down sleeping bags however are simply filled with down (i.e. the feathers of waterbirds, most commonly duck or goose.

A down sleeping bag is lighter than a synthetic bag that has the same warmth rating, but it will get soggy and very heavy if it becomes wet. Some types of synthetic bags are excellent at maintaining “puffiness” and keeping you warm even if they do get wet. This is the first trade-off you will need to make in your buying decision.

Heat Rating

Your next decision will be made based on when and where you will be using the sleeping bag, i.e. how cold or warm the weather will be!

Sleeping bags are rated for warmth based on the temperature you can use them in and is literally measured in degrees. A good all-rounder might have a rating of say 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit whereas a winter sleeping bag will need to be rated much lower, below zero in most cases.

The shape of the bag will also affect how warm it can keep you and is based around keeping your body heat as close to you as possible. For a warm snug and cosy night you can get a bag with a padded hood and drawstring so that as little heat escapes as possible. Bags that are tapered towards the bottom (i.e. giving you less legroom) will help to keep your heat close to your body too. A standard-looking rectangle that flaps open at the top and has plenty of leg room is the shape best used for keeping you cool and letting a little heat escape when you want it to.

Other Notes

Some other features that you might want to look out for include:

If you want to double-up with a partner and join sleeping bags, be sure to buy the same brand and check that they have compatible zippers. Look out for left-sided and right-sided bags too if they are not symmetrical.

If you’re in for some seriously cold nights, think about getting a bag with an extra 12 inches of legroom at the bottom so you can store things that you don’t want to freeze, such as cameras, drink bottles etc.

Check to see if the zipper has a “draft tube”, which ensures that the zipper is sealed and cold air is kept at bay.

A “differential cut” is the term used to describe when the inside of the sleeping bag is sewn smaller than the outside. This help to increase the loft of the insulation and gives you a warmer nights’ sleep.