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No one likes shivering through the early morning hours, so a reliable sleeping bag is a must for any trip. But bundling up for a night in the backcountry doesn’t have to break the bank: These affordable bags provide a comfortable slumber in a variety of conditions.
Best Value : Mountain Hardwear Bozeman 15°F
At just over $100 for a true three-season bag, the Bozeman is a steal. But the price doesn’t mean it skimps on performance. “I want my sarcophagus to be the exact size and shape of this bag,” one imaginative tester says. “I could spend eternity with that kind of comfort.” Buy Mountain Hardwear Bozeman 15°F Now / Read the Full Review
Greenest: The North Face EcoTrail Synthetic 0°F
Investing in a winter-weight bag often means emptying your wallet, but not so with the EcoTrail Synthetic. Cost savings come in the form of tradeoffs: It’s heavy, so you won’t want to lug it on high-mileage treks, and it’s not very packable (rolled up, it’s slightly larger than a 5-gallon bucket). But the EcoTrail is very warm. Buy The North Face EcoTrail Synthetic 0°F Now / Read the Full Review
Most Versatile: ALPS Mountaineering Fusion 40°F
For restless campers in warm climates, the Fusion might be the missing piece to the sleep puzzle. This zipperless bag has a 600-fill down top that’s unattached on three sides, allowing for prime temperature regulation. Buy ALPS Mountaineering Fusion 40°F Now / Read the Full Review
Roomiest: L.L. Bean Classic Camp Sleeping Bag 40°F
If car camping is your main jam, but you want a reliable frontcountry sidekick that can handle the occasional short hike into camp, the Mountain Classic can do double-duty. Its spacious rectangular cut allows for free range of motion while keeping sleepers warm, even when summer nights turn chilly. Buy L.L. Bean Classic Camp Sleeping Bag 40°F Now / Read the Full Review
Best All-Around: NEMO Tempo 35°F
The Tempo’s warmth, durability, and packability make it an easy pick for budget-friendly backcountry adventures in mild climates. Its quick-drying and highly compressible polyester fill—the most packable in the test—kept one tester warm in South Carolina’s Hunting Island State Park when temps dipped to freezing. Buy NEMO Tempo 35°F Now / Read the Full Review