The 13 Best Sleeping Bags and Pads of 2016

Your bag is your bed in the backcountry. Pick one of the best sleeping bags of the year, and you'll stay comfy in whatever nature throws at you.
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Your bag is your bed in the backcountry. Pick one of the best sleeping bags of the year, and you'll stay comfy in whatever nature throws at you.

The right sleep system can make the difference between the trip of a lifetime and a freezing, miserable slog. Just ask our sleeping bag testers: Over the past year, they spent more than 500 nights outside, trying out every bit of backcountry bedding we sent their way. They slept through storms and went without tents, all to bring you this: The best sleeping bags and pads of the year.

Sleeping Bag Test Stats

Testers: 31
Nights out: 554
Miles hiked: 5,952
Longest hike: 600+ miles (Colorado Trail)
Longest day: 42 miles (Continental Divide Trail near Monarch Pass, CO)
Hottest temp: 112°F (St. George, UT)
Coldest temp: -4°F (Ely, MN)
Wettest weather: 40°F (Nonstop sideways rain with multiple river crossings. And lightning. And a little hail, for good measure.)
Highest trip: 22,841 ft. (Aconcagua)
Most remote trip: Macchu Picchu to Ecuador

Editors' Choice: Synmat Hyperlite Duo

A couple's sleeping mat that's light enough to bring backpacking? It sounds too good to be true, but believe us: The Synmat Hyperlite Duo is the real thing.

Best Sleeping Bags

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Best Sleeping Pads

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