Whether you bed down in a tent, a tarp, or under the open skies, a great sleeping bag is an essential ingredient in getting good rest on a backpacking trip. This year's lineup of sleeping bags is lighter, warmer, and more versatile than ever. After months of testing around the globe, these nine are our favorites.
Sleeping Bag Buying Tips
Looking to buy a sleeping bag? Consider the following:
- Will it be wet where you're planning to hike? Waterproof down and synthetic fill deals better with moisture than non-waterproofed feathers.
- How cold will the weather be? Make sure you have a sleeping bag with a temp rating low enough to keep you comfortable, but don't overdo it, or you might be lugging around extra weight in your pack for no reason.
- Does your bag fit? Extra room in the foot of your bag can make it difficult to warm up. Buy too short, on the other hand, and your feet will compress the fill at the foot of the bag, negatively impacting its insulation properties.