Whether you're heading out for a night or a month, sleep matters: How you spend your night determines how you'll be able to spend your day. We took this year's most promising sleeping bags out into the field to find the lightest, warmest, and most flexible models available. After months of testing, these were the ones we picked.
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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.