7 Tough Sleeping Bags - Backpacker

7 Tough Sleeping Bags

Three-season bags that are warm, comfortable, and ready for abuse.


Girth (inches) 1


Boxing sleeping bag image by ben fullerton

Made to take a punch: The Mountain Equipment Glacier 500 didn't flinch during 49 straight nights of tentless testing.Dave Gaudette, Owner of Front Range Boxing Academy in Boulder, CO (Photo by Ben Fullerton)

It’s autumn—that special time between skeeters and snowfall, ideal conditions for cowboy camping. But not all bags are up to the extra wear and tear that comes with sleeping tentless. So we went looking for super-rugged, three-season bags that are warm, comfortable, and ready for abuse. Our testers ranged from AT thru-hikers to Grand Canyon rangers to wilderness therapy professionals, but they all have one thing in common: They typically spend as many nights per year in their sleeping bags as they do in their beds at home. So rest assured, whether you live all season under the stars or are simply hard on your gear, these bags can take it.

Criteria: Three-season (rated from 15°F to 25°F); less than 4 lbs.; minimum 30-denier shell; less than $400

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