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Sleeping Bags



Hike Smarter: 7 Ways to Fix and Maintain Gear

How to fix zippers, wash a sleeping bag correctly, waterproofing and make boots last.

Readers' Choice Award: Big Agnes King Solomon Sleeping Bag

A luxurious two-person sleeping bag.

Fall Gear Guide 2013: Sleeping Bags

Hit snooze no matter what.

Backpacking Gear Maintenance Tips

Extend the life of your pack, sleeping bag, and tent with these tips.

Editors' Choice 2013

From a bomber ultralight tent to the best GPS watch we've seen, here are the 15 products that passed the ultimate field test.

Editors' Choice 2013: NEMO Nocturne 15 and 30 Spoon Sleeping Bags

This bag's revolutionary shape delivers maximum roll-around comfort with minimum weight.

Gear Guide 2013: Sleeping Pads

A good sleeping pad completes your sleeping bag - here are five great ones.

Gear Guide 2013: Sleeping Bags

Our team spent 516 field nights picking the best bags for all seasons -- so you'll never risk a sleepless night.

Gear Guide 2013: Summer Sleeping Bags

Find your perfect backcountry bed for when the temps are balmy.

Gear Review: More Tester Picks Sleeping Bags

Find the bag that fits you best with this plethora of reviews.

Gear Review: Kelty Ignite Down DriDown 0 Sleeping Bag

Keep warm and dry at a bargain with the Kelty Ignite DriDown 0.

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Cal 13 Sleeping Bag

Water-repellent down keeps this ultralight Sierra Designs bag drier and loftier than the competition.

Gear Review: Marmot Xenon 15 Sleeping Bag

Sorry men, this lofty and warm Marmot Xenon 15 is only available for women.

Gear Review: NEMO Strato Loft 25 Sleeping Bag

Perfect for car camping and shorter hikes, the NEMO Strato Loft 25 provides the best in roomy backcountry comfort.

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Antares Sleeping Bag

Sleeping bag and pad are combined in this ultralight model from Therm-a-Rest.

Gear Review: Exped UltraLite 500 Sleeping Bag

Whatever tough adventures you dream up, the Exped UltaLite 500 is up to the challenge.

Gear Review: GoLite Z10 Sleeping Bag

Pack small without sacrificing warmth with the GoLite Z10.

Gear Review: Millet Dreamer Composite Sleeping Bag

Waterproof and warm, this hybrid Millet is an excellent bargain.

Gear Review: Eastern Mountain Sports Mountain Light 15 Sleeping Bag

This all-around bag from Eastern Mountain Sports boasts an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio.

Gear Review: Big Agnes Shoestring SL 22 Sleeping Bag

This synthetic bag from Big Agnes is as breathable and lofty as down.

Gear Review: The North Face Hightail 2S Sleeping Bag

The North Face Hightail 2S offers unparalleled loft in a roomy, waterproof bag.

Gear Review: REI Flash Sleeping Bag

This hybrid bag from REI provides the best in comfort and waterproofing.

Gear Review: LaFuma Lightway 45 Sleeping Bag

Save money without sacrificing quality with the LaFuma Lightway 45.

Gear Review: Brooks-Range Cloak 30 Sleeping Bag

Think outside the bag with this minimalist blanket from Brooks-Range.

Gear Guide 2013 Table of Contents

412 trail-tested products

Gear Guide 2013: Charts

Hundreds of pieces of outdoor gear from all the major outdoor retailers - now in an easy-to-print digital format.

How to Read EN Ratings 



Gear Review: First Ascent Igniter 15 Sleeping Bag

A packable synthetic sleeping bag with an extremely durable DWR shell

Gear Review: REI Polar Pod +10 Sleeping Bag

A budget-friendly shoulder-season bag

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm

A sleeping pad that's light enough for summer yet warm enough for winter.

Gear Review: Slumberjack Lone Pine 20

A $90 starter sleeping bag.

Gear Review: Western Mountaineering Alder 25

A lofty, hoodless, semi-rectangular down bag.

Gear Review: L.L.Bean Katahdin PrimaLoft Synergy 20

A synthetic sleeping bag with warm, generous cut.

Gear Review: Columbia Reactor 25

A synthetic bag with a Omni-Heat liner.

Gear Review: Feathered Friends Osprey 30

A pricey, but super light, sleeping bag

Gear Review: First Ascent Karakoram 20



Field Test: Three-Season Sleeping Bags

Upgrade your bed: No matter what your budget or performance preferences, our testers found the perfect bag for all your spring-through-fall trips

2012 Father's Day Gift Guide

Skip the new wrench sets and the flowery ties. Give the man on your list something that he’ll really be stoked about. We’ve got a slew of great dad-tested gift ideas starting at $20

Gear Guide 2012: Sleeping Pads

Sleep comfortably on your next adventure with one of these great sleeping pads.

Gear Guide 2012: Summer Sleeping Bags

These bags are ideal for summer backpacking trips, each offering lightweight comfort for warmer temps.

Gear Guide 2012: Three-Season Sleeping Bags

7 new bags perfect for your spring-time adventures.

Gear Guide 2012: Winter Sleeping Bags

Ready to endure all the elements, these bags offering warmth and protection for winter camping.

Gear Guide 2012: Rip & Equips

Don't go shopping until you've read these comprehensive guides to buying and fitting the right pack, boots, bag, and tent.

Editors' Choice 2012

From a smart-and-light pack to a groundbreaking backcountry communicator, here are the 12 products that passed the ultimate gear challenge.

Gear Guide 2012: Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads

Find the perfect sack for any budget or adventure.

Gear Guide 2012: Kids' Gear

Our littlest testers give a thumbs-up to these field-proven products.

Gear Guide 2012: Therm-a-Rest Women's NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

If you're 5'5" and under (or sleep curled up) this sleeping pad is a welcome, warm addition to the Therm-a-Rest line

Gear Guide 2012: Feathered Friends Egret Sleeping Bag

Even cold female testers found this bag a warm 20°s

Editors' Choice 2012: Feathered Friends Spoonbill

Couples camping just got a whole lot better–and lighter–with this down bag built for two.

Gear Guide 2012: Charts

All the great gear specs you're used to seeing in the Gear Guide - now in an easy-to-print digital format.

Gear Guide 2012: More Tester Picks - Winter Sleeping Bags

Ready to endure all the elements, these bags offering warmth and protection for winter camping.

Gear Guide 2012: More Tester Picks - Three-Season Sleeping Bags

These 3-season sleeping bags offer packability, reliability and durability for wherever your adventure takes you.

Gear Guide 2012: More Tester Picks - Summer Sleeping Bags

These bags are ideal for summer backpacking trips, each offering lightweight comfort for warmer temps.

Gear Guide 20120: Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad

Get the comfort you deserve with horizontal and vertical tubes that add both support and cushion.

Gear Guide 2012: NEMO Cosmo Air XL Sleeping Pad

For big-and-tall types, this pad will offer you a comfortable and good night of sleep.

Gear Guide 2012: Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad

This pad offers a thermal reflective barrier for extra warmth at an affordable price.

Gear Guide 2012: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

High-performance and ultralight, this pad offers comfort and great packability.

Gear Guide 2012: Exped Downmat UL7 Sleeping Pad

This down mat offers comfort and cushion in some of the roughest camp grounds.

Gear Guide 2012: REI Habanera Sleeping Bag

Stay warm in this down-filled bag that offers a relaxed cut for extra room and insulation at a bargain price.

Gear Guide 2012: Valandre Shocking Blue Sleeping Bag

This roomy bag allows you to lock in your body heat with its cocoon-like structure.

Gear Guide 2012: Eastern Mountain Sports Mountain Light 15 Sleeping Bag

Sleep comfortably and warm in negative temps with this packable bag.

Gear Guide 2012: Sea to Summit Trek TkIII Sleeping Bag

A big-guy favorite that packs small despite the extra internal dimensions.

Gear Guide 2012: Marmot Cloudbreak 20 Sleeping Bag

A synthetic-fill bag with ample loft that offers warmth and comfort.

Gear Guide 2012: Columbia Moonstone 15 Sleeping Bag

Feel the heat instantly with this bag as tiny dots in the liner reflect your body heat.

Gear Guide 2012: REI Igneo/Joule Sleeping Bag

An affordable, high-performance sleeping bag that keeps you warm and dry in the harshest of elements.

Gear Guide 2012: Sierra Designs Cloud 15 Sleeping Bag

Packability is what you will get with this bag. Durable, yet lightweight, Sierra Designs has created a insulated sleeping bag that is made for comfort.

Gear Guide 2012: Rab Genesis 3 Sleeping Bag

This eco-friendly, synthetic sack offers comfort and sustainability.

Gear Guide 2012: Selk bag 4G Lite Sleeping Bag

Wearable warmth allows you to stay warm in and outside your tent. The union-suit design gives you the capability to move around camp easily as well as sleep comfortably at night.

Gear Guide 2012: Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30 Sleeping Bag

Lightweight and warm, this sleeping bag has a roomy cut and core insulation.

Gear Guide 2012: Lafuma Extreme 600 Sleeping Bag

Affordable and ultralight synthetic, the Lafuma Extreme 600 performs to keep you comfortable in warm and cool temperatures.

Gear Guide 2012: Marmot Plasma 40 Sleeping Bag

Featherweight comfort and superior design allows for all-around warmth in the coldest of places.

Gear Guide 2012: Mountain Hardwear Mountain Speed 32 Sleeping Bag

A minimalist sleeping bag that weighs under sixteen ounces.

Editors' Picks with Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Dorn

BACKPACKER's Editor-in-Chief weighs in on his favorite products of 2011.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Pads

Sleep comfortably from -20° to 15°

Readers Choice 2012 Online Exclusive Gear Reviews

We didn't have room to print these readers in our January 2012 Readers Choice Issue--but they still tested some great gear.

Gear Review: Sea to Summit Alpine ApII Sleeping Bag

This mummy is stuffed with 850+ fill down and protected by Sea to Summit’s 3D NanoShell.

Gear Review: Mountainsmith El Diente 5 Degree Sleeping Bag

If you’re built more like a linebacker than a cyclist, consider the El Diente.

Gear Review: Brooks-Range Alpini 15 Sleeping Bag

It packs down as small as a summer bag and weighs just two pounds

Gear Review: Mammut Ajungilak Alpine Winter Sleeping Bag

A synthetic mummy that's virtually waterproof

Gear Review: Eureka! Kaycee 0°F Sleeping Bag



Gear Review: Big Agnes Hahns Peak SL Sleeping Bag

A -20°F bag that's both light and roomy.

Gear Test: Bargain Three-Season Bags

Three synthetic sleepers for less than $110.

Gear Review: Marmot Mavericks 20

This hoodless, semi-rectangular bag was the roomiest in our test.

Gear Review: Eureka! Casper 15

This bag packs down to the size of a volleyball.

Gear Review: Eureka Dualis Sleeping Pad

Do you toss and turn endlessly in your tent at night? Keep reading.

Gear School: Synthetic Sleeping Bags

The best new sacks are tough on cold and packed with technology.

Gear Guide 2011: Winter Sleeping Bags

Camp through the coldest months with these hearty sleeping bags.

Gear Guide 2011: Three-Season Sleeping Bags

This year's roundup of three-season bags features three killer deals and an Editors' Choice Award winner.

Gear Guide 2011: Summer Sleeping Bags

Six summer bags that cover summer's mood swings.

Gear Guide 2011: Sleeping Bags & Pads

Enjoy sweet dreams in nasty conditions with these sacks and pads.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2011

Whether you're shopping for your wife, mom, girlfriend, or BFF we've done the heavy lifting for you with 40 picks that are sure to make her Mother's Day.

Editors' Choice 2011

From a bargain ultralight tent to perfect-fit boots, here are 14 products that passed the ultimate field test.

Gear Review: Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow

A compact pillow that inflates to 12x15".

Gear Review: ENO ProNest Hammock

Set up camp anywhere with this easy-to-use hammock.

Gear Review: High Peak Chameleon 20/0

A budget-conscious convertible bag that changes to match its environment.

Almost Editors' Choice

5 near-perfect pieces of gear in our 2011 Editors' Choice testing

Editors' Choice 2011: Marmot Plasma 15 and 30 Sleeping Bags

In the quest for maximum warmth at minimum weight, we have a new standard setter.

Gear Review: Feathered Friends Peregrine eVent Sleeping Bag

Packed with 850-plus-fill down, this bag lofts up a full nine inches, yet remains remarkably packable.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear ExtraLamina 0 Sleeping Bag

Three inches of extra space in the shoulder area make this a primo bag for the broad shouldered.

Gear Review: REI Radiant 0 Sleeping Bag

Winter camping becomes budget friendly with this 0° bag.

Gear Guide 2011 Table of Contents



Editors' Choice 2011: Video Gear Reviews

This year's Editors' Choice testing trip took place in Utah's Capitol Reef National Park -- a perfect testing ground for our favorite gear of the year.

Boot TLC: Tips on Cleaning, Buying, and Mending Your Hiking Boots

Your boots will last longer, fit better, and hike farther if you give them a little TLC.

Tent TLC: Tips on Cleaning, Buying, and Mending Your Tent

Keep your favorite shelter in tip-top shape with this advice.

Sleeping Bags TLC: Tips on Cleaning, Fitting, and Mending Your Sleeping Bag

Your sleeping bag is critical to backcountry enjoyment - keep it happy.

Backpack TLC: Tips on Cleaning, Fitting, and Mending Your Pack

Proper fit and care will keep your backpack comfortable and functioning.

Gear Guide 2011: Extra Online Chart Reviews

Read all the full-text reviews of the gear we didn't have room to dish about in the 2011 Gear Guide charts.

Gear Guide 2011: Online Sleeping Bag Reviews



Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

In this guide, gear editor Kristin Hostetter shows you how to pick the right sleeping bag for any outing.

Couples Camping 101: Gear and Skills

Gear and skills to keep you and your outdoor-loving honey happy in the backcountry.

Readers' Choice Issue: Reader-Rated Gear

Our official test team logged more than 2,337 miles and 263 nights in the backcountry to find the best gear for every type of hiker.

Gear Review: Jacks 'R Better High Sierra Sniveller Sleeping Bag

An ultralight sleeping bag with 3.5 inches of loft and an extra-wide torso area

Gear Review: L.L. Bean Katahdin 35°F Sleeping Bag

Light, roomy, compressible, and perfect for weekends

Tent Buying Guide

Shopping for a tent is like shopping for a home: there are dozens of styles, designs, sizes, and features to consider. In this guide, gear editor Kristin Hostetter shows you how to pick the right one for any outing.

Best of BACKPACKER: Time-Tested Gear

Over the years we've tested a lot of gear, and learned a lot of lessons.

Gear Review: Cocoon Travel Pillow - Aircore Ultralight

Just because you're sleeping on the dirt doesn't mean you have to be uncomfortable.

Time-Tested Gear: Sleeping Bags and Pads

Many starry nights–and a handful of miserable ones–revealed the best bags and pads over the years.

Time-Tested Gear: Tents

A-frames, domes, party tents–we've tested them all.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Kelty Cosmic Down 20° Sleeping Bag

Want to fly business class on a coach fare? Gift the Cosmic.

Holiday Gift Guide

Want to find the ideal gift for every hiker on your list? No matter what your budget, we've got you covered.

Argon Update: Klymit Inertia X-Frame Sleeping Pad

Klymit creates revolutionary sleeping pad filled with argon gas.

Sleep Better When Camping

Got the gear but still can't get any rest? These 10 tips will improve your snooze.

Ultimate Backcountry Beds

For five months, we tested 50 bags, pads, and other snooze-related gear to find perfect sleep systems for every season.

Ultralight Bargain: Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads

For warm summer nights, this two-pound system delivers sweet dreams for just $138.

Basecamp Luxury: Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Pad, and Camp Pillows

Get all the comforts of home with this four-star setup.

Winter Warmth: Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads for Cold-weather Camping, Plus Tips for Easy Sleeping While Camping

Stay toasty in the deepest freeze with an overstuffed bag and cold-weather pad.

Three-Season Backcountry Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Pads

Get big comfort, low weight from a premium down bag and a super-cush pad.

Gear Review: Exped SIM Lite 2.5 Short Sleeping Pad

A shortie summer pad that offers surprising comfort for its size and weight.

Gear Review: Deuter Dream Lite 500 & Sea to Summit's Reactor Thermolite Sleeping Bag

A 40° mummy that disappears inside a pack.

Gear Review: NEMO Fillo Camping Pillow

An inflatable pillow that feels like the real thing.

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest DreamTime Sleeping Pad

A sleeping pad made for luxurious car camping.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Pinole 20° & Big Agnes Cabin Creek Sleeping Bag

An affordable mummy bag that's super soft inside.

Gear Review: Big Agnes Dual Core Sleeping Pad & Klean Kanteen Classic Water Bottle

A winter warm sleeping pad that's also easily packable.

Gear Review: Sierra Designs BTU -20 Sleeping Bag and Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0&Deg;

An Arctic-worthy 800-fill down mummy.

Gear Review: NEMO Cosmo Air & Pacific Outdoor's Equipment's Peak Oyl Mtn Women's Petite Sleeping Pads

An extra wide and extra long sleeping pad with three inches of cushion.

Gear Review: Rab Neutrino 400 & Eureka! Riner 40°F Sleeping Bag

A premium down bag that masters three seasons.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Pads

Sleep better all year long with these warm sleeping bags & pads.

Gear Review: Kelty Alpine Sleeping Pad

A closed cell/open cell foam system that provides maximum comfort.

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Solar Sleeping Pad

An indestructible sleeping pad with an aluminized surface layer that reflects body heat.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear ExtraLamina 20 Sleeping Bag

A roomy and comfortable bag built for big guys (or gals).

Gear Review: Western Mountaineering Lynx Sleeping Bag

An 850-fill bag that packs down to the size of a basketball.

Gear Review: Marmot Never Summer MemBrain Sleeping Bag

A warm and weatherproof bag at a sweet price.

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Euphoria Sleeping Bag

A women's bag that stays warm even when wet.

Gear Review: MontBell U.L. Super Spiral Down Hugger #1 Sleeping Bag

A sleeping bag you won't want to get out of.

Gear Review: Brooks-Range Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag

Pair this bag with a puffy jacket for an ultralight, ultratoasty setup.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010

255 gear reviews and cold-weather tips!

Gear Review: Exped Waterbloc 1000 Sleeping Bag

A sleeping bag that doesn't require a tent.

Gear Review: Byer of Maine Easy Traveller Hammock

Backcountry hammocks–the easiest way to bring tropical comfort to your wilderness paradise.

Gear Review: Eastern Mountain Sports Mountain Light 20 Sleeping Bag

A three-season sleeping bag that's warm, efficient, and tough.

Gear Review: MontBell Ultra Light Spiral Down Hugger Thermal Sheet

MontBell's lightest sleeping bag at 13.8 ounces.

Gear Guide 2010: Summer Sleeping Bags

Our testers put a ton of summer bags through the ringer to bring you these five favorites.

Gear Guide 2010: Three-Season Sleeping Bags

Want a bag that you can use most of the year? Take a look at these picks from our intense testing sessions.

Gear Guide 2010: Winter Sleeping Bags

From the best all-around bag to the one that's easiest on your wallet, these sleeping bags will help you battle cold winter weather.

Editors' Choice Awards 2010

After 15-hour trail days with 50 pound packs on 100-miles of Switzerland's Via Alpina, we're proud to present the best gear of the year.

Gear Review: ZRK Outdoor Zipper Rescue Kit

Fix a zipper on the fly with this repair kit.

Gear Review: ALITE Sexy Hotness Sleeping Bag

The Sexy Hotness has more than just a catchy name. This 20°F mate-able sleeper has features that leave other bags blushing.

Gear Guide 2010: Sleeping Bags & Pads

Sleep tight in any season with these summer, three-season, and winter sleeping bags.

Toughest Gear: Western Mountaineering Antelope Sleeping Bag

High-lofting warmth–without fail.

BACKPACKER Editors' Toughest Gear

Thirty indestructible gear picks from two decades of hardcore field-testing.

Almost Editors' Choice 2010

These five finalists were close to the tops for our editors–for you they may be perfect.

Editors' Choice Green Award 2010: GoLite Tier 1 Recycled Fabric

An entire line of packs and bags goes eco-friendly.

Gear Review: Exped Air Pillow

Get some real sleep on your next trip with this packable pillow.

Gear Review: Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock

A super-comfy hang-able camp "chair"

Gear Review: Nikwax Down Proof

Boost the performance of your down gear

How to Buy the Right Sleeping Bag

Buy the right bag for your sleeping style and destinations, and it will keep you warm for years.

Gear Review: REI Expedition -20 Winter Sleeping Bag

A puffy, waterproof sleeping bag that really seals in heat

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Solar Flare Winter Sleeping Bag

A seriously warm women's sleeping bag

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear ExtraLamina 0 Winter Sleeping Bag

A bargain cold-weather bag with plenty of roll-around room

Gear Review: GoLite Adventure 4s Winter Sleeping Bag

A toasty, big and tall bag with a recycled nylon shell

Gear Review: The North Face Hotlum 3-Season Sleeping Bag

This rugged down bag won't break the bank.

Gear Review: Big Agnes Tumble Mountain 3-Season Sleeping Bag

An innovative down bag with no cold spots

Gear Review: Lafuma Warm'n Light 950 Pro 3-Season Sleeping Bag

A trim-fitting bag that packs light and small

Gear Review: Kelty Cosmic 3-Season Sleeping Bag

A super warm down bag at a super good price

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Vapor 3-Season Sleeping Bag

The lightest 15-degree bag on the market

Gear Review: GoLite RS 1 Summer Sleeping Bag + Season Quilt

A summertime quilt for steamy nights

Gear Review: Eastern Mountain Sports Velocity Summer Sleeping Bag

An affordable synthetic bag with down-like performance

Gear Review: The North Face Mercurial Sleeping Bag Liner

Crank up your bag's temperature rating by 10 degrees with this liner.

Gear Review: Eureka! Kotey Summer Sleeping Bag

A slim-fitting, summer bag for under 100 bucks

Gear Review: Vaude Ice Peak 150 Summer Sleeping Bag

A down bag that packs tiny and heats up fast

Editors' Choice Awards 2010/Gear Guide 2010 Table of Contents



Gear School: Insulation

Stay toasty with the right fill for your bag and puffy jacket.

Gear Guide Gear Sweepstakes List of Winners



2014 Gear Guide Gear Sweepstakes Official Rules



Win Free Gear!

Every week we go into our gear closet and pull out a sweet prize.

Editors' Choice 2008 Gold Award: Marmot Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags

Sleep-anywhere evidence that luxury and lightweight can go hand in hand.

4 Ultralight Sleeping Bags

4 featherweight sleepers for all types of ounce-counters, spring through fall.

Gear Review: Nunatak Arc Specialist Sleeping Bag

Stuffed with 800-plus-fill down, the Arc Specialist is a hoodless, mummy-shaped bag that's warm right down to its 32 F degree rating.

Gear Review: Jacks 'R' Better Stealth Sleeping Bag



Gear Review: Feathered Friends Merlin Sleeping Bag



Gear Lab: Sleeping Bags Run Over By a Truck

When you lose loft, you lose warmth. Ergo, the most durable bag is the one that bounces back best from 3,989 pounds of compression.

Gear Lab

We took durability testing to the extremes, so you would know which gear lasts–and why.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 09: Sleeping Bags, Pads, & Pillows

Five sleeping bags, two sleeping pads, and the cushiest pillow anywhere.

The Ratings Game: Standardizing Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings

Coming soon: sleeping bags that are as warm as their hangtags claim.

Gear Review: Valandre Bloody Mary Sleeping Bag

Great for summer or winter trips, this bag is good for all seasons.

Gear Review: The North Face Nebula 15 Sleeping Bag

Keeps drips, frost and condensation out, not to mention the 800-fill down keeps you warm and cozy even in super cold conditions.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Ghost SL-40 Sleeping Bag

The 800-fill down of this versatile bag keeps you warm in the coldest of conditions.

Gear Review: Kelty Light Year XP 20 Sleeping Bag

This bargain of a bag will not snag, packs down tight, and stays warm down to 20°F.

Gear Review: Big Agnes Lost Ranger/Roxy Ann Sleeping Bag

This roomy bag is great for XL frames and restless sleepers; stay warm down to 15°F.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2009 Table of Contents



Outfit Your Kids: Fall '09 Kids' Gear Reviews

Want to enjoy more time on the trail? It's simple: Bring the whole family, but make sure the kids stay comfortable with gear built for them.

Gear Review: The North Face Blue Ridge BX Kids' Sleeping Bag

Affordable starter mummy bag for kids 2-10 compresses down to soccer ball size.

Warm Weather Sleeping Bags

Lighten your load with a warm-weather bag that packs small bug goes big on comfort.

Gear Review: REI Aura Sleeping Bag

Even during a damp, tentless night our tester stayed dry.

Sleep Better Now: Improve Your Backcountry ZZZ's

Our restless guinea pig snooze-tested the latest science and gear to bring you a simple plan that's guaranteed to improve your backcountry ZZZ's.

Gear Review: MSR E-Bivy

thanks to a durable, polyurethane-coated nylon ground layer and more, this balanced bivy has all the right elements.

Gear Guide 2009: Sleeping Pads

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Gear Guide 2009: Winter Sleeping Bags

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Gear Guide 2009: Three-Season Sleeping Bags

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Gear Guide 2009: Summer Sleeping Bags

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Zero Impact Challenge: The North Face Green Kazoo 15

How do you replace a legend? Cut its footprint without cutting warmth.

Zero Impact Challenge: Sierra Designs Verde 20

No bag in this challenge incorporated more recycled components.

Zero Impact Challenge: GoLite Starlite 20

Recycled materials and fewer trucking miles trim carbon weight.

Zero Impact Challenge: Big Agnes Tumble Down 20

Less bag where many hikers don't need it makes a big difference.

Sleeping Bags: Zero Impact Challenge

5 manufacturers answer our call for eco-friendly sacks.

Gear School 2009

Tent leak like a sieve? Boots stink like a compost pile? Don't worry. Class is now in session. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, this in your one-stop, do-it-all user's guide.

Gear Guide 2009: Sleeping Bags

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Gear School 2009: Sleeping Bags

Save your down, seal up tears, and get ready for wet weather with the all-inclusive guide.

Gear Guide 2009: REI Halo 25 Sleeping Bag Review

Great bag all around that also costs less than most competitors.

Gear Guide 2009: Cocoon by Design Salt MummyLiner Silk Review

Add this sleeve for added comfort.

Gear Guide 2009: Big Agnes Pitchpine SL 40 Sleeping Bag Review

This lightweight summer bag is great for big guys or active sleepers.

Gear Guide 2009: Pacific Outdoor Peak Oyl Aero Mtn Sleeping Pad Review

This pad features Aspen Aero Gel for warmth and recycled PET nylon for green-ness.

Gear Guide 2009: The North Face Nova Sleeping Bag Review

A high-performance winter bag for the thrifty shopper.

Gear Guide 2009: Mountain Hardwear Banshee SL 0 Sleeping Bag Review

This storm-proof bag will keep you warm, dry and cozy.

Gear Guide 2009: MontBell Super Stretch Burrow #0 Sleeping Bag Review

This synthetic bag is a killer deal and offers a "tucked in" fit.

Gear Guide 2009: Marmot Lithium Sleeping Bag Review

Last year's Editors' Choice Gold Award winner stands out again with its minimalist design and excellent fit.

Gear Guide 2009: Western Mountaineering Ultralite Sleeping Bag Review

This fitted bag packs small and weighs just over a pound.

Gear Guide 2009: Wenger Rhone Sleeping Bag Review

Attention cold sleepers: This bag is so warm we almost put it in the winter section.

Gear Guide 2009: The North Face Chrysalis Sleeping Bag Review

Want a great bag at a great price? Look no further than the Chrysalis.

Gear Guide 2009: Sierra Designs Trade Wind 15 Sleeping Bag Review

Staying warm well below its rating, this bag is perfect for when the clouds roll in.

Gear Guide 2009: Sierra Designs Cochise 15 Sleeping Bag Review

A warm bag at a great price, simple as that.

Gear Guide 2009: Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15 Sleeping Bag Review

This ultralight bag will stuff-to-fit anywhere you've got room.

Gear Guide 2009: Marmot Pinnacle Sleeping Bag Review

Grabbing our best fit award, this three-season bag is perfect for any cold sleeper.

Gear Guide 2009: Mammut Shield 3-Season Sleeping Bag Review

This pricey three-season bag has a waterproof shell and can function as a wet bivy.

Gear Guide 2009: GoLite Adrenaline 20 Sleeping Bag Review

Last year's Editors' Choice bag features the same functional zipper design and low weight.

Gear Guide 2009: Feathered Friends Lark Sleeping Bag Review

This 10°F bag is ruthlessly pared down for low weight and high performance–and it works.

Gear Guide 2009: Eastern Mountain Sports Boreal 20 Sleeping Bag Review

A super-light, three-season bag that stuffs smaller than you'd think.

Gear Guide 2009: Big Agnes Mystic SL 15 Sleeping Bag Review

A three-season bag that is roomy and light, but not for side sleepers.

Gear Guide 2009: Valandre Mirage 3/4 Sleeping Bag Review

This high-end fitted bag may just be worth the extra bucks.

Gear Guide 2009: The North Face Elephant's Foot Review

This retro-inspired bag is tough and simple.

Gear Guide 2009: Sierra Designs Nitro 30 Sleeping Bag Review

This full-featured bag is light, warm and comfy. It gets our best all-around summer bag tag.

Gear Guide 2009: Marmot EcoPro 30 Sleeping Bag Review

Warm below its rating, and made of eco-products, this bag should have even the biggest green-thumbs sticking straight up.

Gear Guide 2009: Kelty Coromell Sleeping Bag Review

This summer bag had one tester wondering if it really was a summer bag– it was just that warm.

Gear Guide 2009: GoLite Ultra 20 Sleeping Bag Review

This down bag is super warm and great for saving weight.

Gear Guide 2009: Lafuma Warm 'n Light 1000g DN Sleeping Bag Review

This full-featured bag has it all, except a high price tag.

Gear Guide 2009: Exped Swift 250g Sleeping Bag Review

This easy-packing summer bag is lightweight and perfect for the budget-shopper.

Editors' Choice 2009: MontBell UL Spiral Down Hugger #1 Sleeping Bag

Ultralight meets ultra-comfortable in this roomy sleeping bag.

April 2009 Table of Contents - GEAR GUIDE



Video Tutorials: Gear Shopping Secrets

Want a personal shopping assistant? Gear editor Kristin Hostetter has you covered. In these video guides, she'll show you how to pick the backpack and sleeping bag that's right for you.

Women's Fall Gear 2008

Our female testers pick their favorite gear for fall hikes.

The Denali Test: Gear for America's Highest, Coldest Peak

Our tester spent 18 days climbing, camping, and evaluating gear on America's highest, coldest peak. If his picks made it there, they can make it anywhere.

Little Big Houses: Three-Season, Double-Occupancy Shelters

At right around two pounds per person, these three-season, double-occupancy shelters do everything but weigh you down.

Trip Doctor: Rent Gear for Newbies?

I'm organizing my first group trip. Can I rent gear for newbies who may not be ready to buy?

6 Sweet Sleeping Bags

From ultra-warm to ultralight, here are the year's best-performing bags in every category.

The BACKPACKER Sleeping Bag Water Torture Test

We go above and beyond the regular gear testing rigamarole. We'll simulate a thunderstorm, go for full submersion, and then, a cold–weather test...in a beer fridge.

3 Ways To Save: Ultralight Dayhiking

Save weight, your feet, and money with these three pieces of ultralight gear

Field Notes: North Face Propel Sleeping Bag, Asolo Power Matic Boot, Lanterns, and Vargo Titanium Sierra Pot

The latest word from our testers

March 2008 Table of Contents



Backpacker Editors' Choice 2008

The year's best packs, boots, tents, jackets, and sleeping bags. Period. Plus, a never-die headlamp, a life-saving beacon, a back-saving ultralight chair, and more innovative, trail-tested gear.

March 2008 Perfect System: East



March 2008 Perfect System: Southwest



March 2008 Perfect System: Rocky Mountains



March 2008 Perfect System: Northwest



Backpacker 2008 Gear Guide: Perfect System

The best gear in the world can be worthless in the wrong conditions. That's where Backpacker's Perfect System comes in.

March 2008 Sleeping Bag Review: Start Smart Sleeping Bag Tips



March 2008 Sleeping Bag Review: Winter Sleeping Bags



2008 Three-Season Sleeping Bag Reviews



2008 Sleeping Bag Review: Summer Sleeping Bags



Backpacker Skills Videos

Not quite sure how to fit a pack, measure your torso, calculate your V02 max, patch a sleeping pad, or clean a funkified hydration unit? Watch and learn.

Backpacker Gear Guide: Sleeping Bags

The secret to a great day outdoors? Start with a great night. Sleep well in all conditions with one of these snooze-tested bags.

Boot Shopping Guide



Backpack Shopping Guide



Gear: Clothing

Clothing is gear that's just as important as a tent or sleeping bag. We'll help you choose wisely.

Make Your Sleeping Bag Warmer

8 easy ways to fortify your sleeping bag

How to Store and Clean a Sleeping Bag

Keep your sleeping bag up to fluff with proper care and handling, including storing, washing/drying, and special considertations.

Become a Savvy Sleeping Bag Shopper

Five questions to ask yourself before you buy a sleeping bag

Gear Checklists and Shopping Guides

Make sure you don't forget a thing with our comprehensive gear checklists for pretty much any trip occasion. Plus, learn how to pick the perfect piece of gear.

Make Your Gear Last Forever

Backpacker's Ultimate Fix-It Guide

Backpacker Tests 3-Person Tents

These lightweight tents can house three campers in comfort or two in splendor.

How to Repair a Jacket Zipper

Salvage a few more years out of your favorite jacket with these zipper fixes.

How to Clean and Store Your Gear

By keeping your gear (relatively) free of dirt and grime and storing it properly you can make your gear last forever.

Make Your Sleeping Bag Warmer

8 easy ways to fortify your sleeping bag

Summer Sleeping Bags Review

How the warm-weather down mummy bags Marmot Atom, Montbell Super Stretch Down Hugger #3, Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32, and Feathered Friends Osprey stack up.

Sleeping Bag Review: EMS Mountain Light 0

An economically-priced sleeping bag that's one sweet deal.

Sleeping Bag Review: Moonstone Lucid

An overstuffed down sleeping bag that will keep you warm on frigid nights.

Sleeping Bag Review: Feathered Friends Swallow

A sleeping bag with all the fixings.

Sleeping Bag Review: Sierra Designs Cool Cat 20-degree

Rated a best buy, this cozy bag will keep your little camper warm and comfy all night long.

Sleeping Bag Review: Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15

A sleeping bag that's ideal for small women.

Cold-Weather Gear Review: 5 Winter Fixes

How to make your cold months warmer: boots, bags, jackets, backpacks, and booties for frosty weather

Sleeping Bag Review: Sierra Designs Wild Bill/Rosa

Pinch me: Our favorite bag is also the least expensive.

Sleeping Bag Review: Mountain Hardwear Trekker

This furnace comes in a small package, but substitute your own stuff sack.

Sleeping Bag Review: 4 Down Bags

Sleep warm, carry less with these 20-degree sacks.

Sleeping Bag Review: Mountain Hardwear Lamina 32

This sack earns high marks as an affordable, versatile summer bag.

Three Ways To Save: Budget 3-Season Bags

Three field-tested bags and how they'll save money, space, and your feet

Sleeping Bag Review: The North Face Momentum 900

Way warm for the weight

Sleeping Bag Review: Lafuma Warm n' Lite One Kilo

You'll find this bag to be the most comfortable for mild weather.

Sleeping Bag Review: The North Face Squall 3D

Great fit, but lacking loft

Sleeping Bag Review: Montbell Ultralight Super Stretch Alpine Downhugger #2

Don't tell us money can't buy happiness.

Sleeping Bag Review: Moonstone 3D Minima

Call this sack a rebel--a synthetic bag that weighs less and stuffs small.

Sleeping Bag Review: GoLite Feather

Easy to pack and easy to vent

Jacket Review: MontBell Thermawrap

This is one of the lightest three-season sleep systems we've seen

Sleeping Bag Review: EMS Mt. Light 20

This bargain bag could turn car campers into ultralight zealots.

Sleeping Bag Review: Kelty Light Year 25

The comfortably roomy cut pleased all testers.

Sleeping Bag Review: REI Sub Kilo +20

This compact bag might leave you dodging cold spots during cold nights.

Stinky Bag No More

Make your sleeping bag smell laundry fresh.

Ultralighter's Pad

Here's the best way to make a lightweight and inexpensive camping mattress.

Sleep Comfort In Camp

Trouble sleeping in camp? Try our tips for a good night's rest.

Guide To Sound Sleeping

On your next outing, be sure to heed these 10 tips for sleeping like a log.

10 Simple Ways To Get To Sleep In Camp

Getting a good night's sleep on the trail is easier said than done. Our experts show you how to get your 20 winks.

How To Dry Your Sleeping Bag

Add some ribbons to your sleeper to speed drying.

Buying A Better Sleeping Pad

Half of your "good sleep" equation is a comfy pad (the other half is your bag). Look for these 10 essentials when you buy.

Sleeping Bag Care: A Lofty Goal

Keep your sleeping bag up to fluff with proper care and handling.

Gear Rx: Sleeping Bags

Has your sleeping bag lost its loft? Zipper off its track? Check to see if your bag is worth repairing or if it's time to buy a new one.

Fixing An Inflatable Sleeping Pad

A few simple precautions will prevent punctures and preserve the foam in your self-inflating pad.

Sizing A Sleeping Pad

Thickness, length, width, and weight options make choosing the right pad more involved than you might think.

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