You can purchase sleeping bags in basically any supermarket with a sports division. And with all the marketing and the attractive cheap prices, are you really sure that’s what you are looking for?
Because you can’t afford messing up your so long planned vacation when you notice your sleeping bag is rather a sponge than an insulator, or the zipper leaves all the cold air inside. Or you just don’t get any protection for your head.
To avoid all these extremely unpleasant situations, we had put up a list of the most popular, best value and highest advantages sleeping bags available.
Best Sleeping Bags For 3 Seasons
Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15 is a sleeping bag you can carry on with you for any kind of camping.
The feeling you get with it is that of sleeping in a warm cloud: a 800 fill power down, covered in a 15 denier nylon shell, making it light as a feather and breathable, while perfectly resistant to moisture and wet weather.
A draft adjustable collar prevents the air immersion if you are a tossing sleeper.
This is a mummy shaped sleeping bag, which means it follows the lines of the body so that there aren’t any air bags left, your body will be kept as warm as possible.
It can be purchased for about $350 but a cheaper version for about $200 is available with the difference that the inside filling is synthetic: less breathable through, but improved moisture resistance and drying in case you get it wet.
Best Sleeping Bags For Any Available Budget
If you are on a low budget, Polar Pad 20 is your choice that won’t fail your needs.
One of the users who were extremely happy with it was a woman who spent some freezing nights in Moab.
The price range varies depending on the store and the bag’s variant, from $50 to $80, which is still affordable for any pockets size.
The cool features that make this bag valuable are a good zipper that never snags, the big enough mummy shaped tube, protective suitable hood, a pillow pocket and another internal pocket for whatever you want to keep close and safe.
The fill is synthetic, polyester, so it is very moisture resistant along with the shell made of ripstop nylon.
The only notable disadvantage would be its weight and the fact it’s a tad bit hard to compress.
But as an alternative to it, you can purchase The North Face Cat’s Meow for about $150, having similar features, except it is 2lbs. 10oz., lighter than the Polar Pad’s 3lbs. 8oz.
Best Sleeping Bags For Extremely Cold Nights
Expert Arctic Goose WB is a -15F rated bag, for the coldest and wettest nights out.
The secret of this quite expensive sleeping bag, about $550, is a Pertex Endurance shell that protects the down within from absorbing humidity even if you’re sleeping over some snow.
A very good feature added to this bag is an additional Pertex layer in the interior of the hood, so that your breathing will not cause the down to moist.
The fill power is 750 and the downside might e its weight, 4lbs. 10oz.
An external flap covers the zipper to protect from random air immersion and the inside Is spacious enough to fit any additional clothing or boots if you need to.
A lighter option would be Golite Adrenaline 0, with 2lbs. 12oz.
More on Cold Weather Sleeping Bags
Waterproof Sleeping Bags
The issue with waterproof sleeping bags is that they provide poor breathing feature.
Big Agnes Nugget 45 seems to have it all.
Tested even in hurricane conditions, water never managed to get through it and the secret seems to be the taped seams and the ripstop nylon shell.
The cinch able hood protects your face as you could adjust it to only breathing whole.
The bag comes in with a pad that doesn’t insulate but makes sleeping comfortable. With a 2lbs. 3oz it is perfect weighted for any trip, but rated for higher 45F degrees.
Sierra Designs Trade Wind 15 would be pricier but it’s rated as a 3 season sleeping bag.
Best Sleeping Bags For the Summer
MontBell Ultalight Apine downhugger is perfect for the nights camping in the mountain, as the temperature can drop surprisingly low even during summer.
The secret of this sleeping bag is the internal elastic seaming system which eliminates the cold spots completely without compressing your body parts to the point of being uncomfortable and without squeezing the down fill.
The zipper doesn’t snag, but the denier nylon shell snags on terrain debris quite easily.
A warmer variant would be the Western Mountaineering’s SummerLite with an 850 down fill power.
Best Sleeping Bags For Eco Lifestyle
The problem with recycled interior bags is they hardly do their job, as the synthetic ones.
The Marmot EcoPro however does the trick on a 15F weather. What is the fill made of? Recycled soda bottles, as you would never have guessed.
And for 160 dollars, it’s quite a bargain too.
The polyester shell is water proof and is made as well of recycled materials.
The only downfall is the zipper that tends to snag, bbut at least it is double so you have a good ventilation.
The Big Agnes Skinnyfish is even greener, made totally from green materials, except the zipper.