Best Sleeping Bags For Overnight Adventures In 2022
Heading into the great outdoors? Whether it’s for a leisurely weekend with the family or to trek through the Presidential Range in New Hampshire in mid-winter, you’ll need a sleeping bag that’s appropriate for the conditions you’ll be facing.
The weather you’ll be camping in dictates a lot when it comes to choosing a bag and you’ll want to pair it with the right sleeping pad. A lot goes into the design of sleeping bags and in order to find the bag that’s right for you, you’ll need the right information. And that’s exactly what we hope we can provide with our guide to the best sleeping bags.
From materials to filling to zipper quality to weight, temperature ratings, packability, size, and more, we cover all the pertinent details so that you can pick the right bag for your next outdoor adventure. All the sleeping bags listed here make great companions for car camping and many are rated down to 30, 20, or even 0 degrees but keep in mind if you’re snow camping in negative temperatures, backpacking, or plan to be using your sleeping bag every day, you might want to opt for a bag more purpose-designed for your activities.
- Best Wearable Sleeping Bag: SITKA Kelvin Aerolite 30 Sleeping Bag
- Best System Bag: Big Agnes Roxy Ann 3N1 30 Degree
- Best Double Bag: Stoic Groundwork Double Sleeping Bag
- Best Cross Over Bag: Nemo Forte Synthetic Bag
- Best Hooded Bag: REI Co-Op Siesta 25 Hooded Sleeping Bag
- Budget Buy: REVALCAMP Sleeping Bag
- Big, Tall & Roomy: TETON Sports Celsius XXL Sleeping Bag
- Best Affordable For Freezing Temps: Coleman North Rim Extreme Weather Mummy Sleeping Bag
- Most Durable & Budget-Friendly: Coleman Big Basin 15 Big And Tall Adult Sleeping Bag
- Great For Those Over 6′: Coleman Biscayne Sleeping Bag
The Best Sleeping Bag
The SITKA Kelvin Aerolite Sleeping Bag topped our list for its versatility, fill and warmth. While this bag is rated to 30 degrees, it is possible to use it in colder temps, but some extra layers may be warranted. The classic mummy shape locks in heat and the down keeps you toasty. I love that this bag is wearable. You can sit by the campfire with friends, hop in the tent and wake up to brew your coffee the next morning without ever leaving your bag and I love that. When you wear it, there’s a hidden hook to shorten the bag while walking that attaches to the middle of the bag and easily unhooks to turn back into sleep mode.
This synthetic bag is designed for hunters and would make an excellent companion on your next hunting trip. I used this bag for car, van and tent camping and it’s one of my new favorite sleeping bags. I have worn it around my house while working when I got cold too. A true premium sleeping bag, it features an adjustable hood for when the wind is truly whipping, a shaped foot box and a 20D denier polyester backer. Every zipper is functional in the interior and exterior of this lightweight sleeping bag and the main zipper is a two-way zipper. In short, this synthetic bag is everything I could wish for and is also one of the lightest sleeping bags on our list.
Front two-way zipper
Lightweight and wearable
Rated to 30 Degrees
Form-hugging mummy shape
- ModelKelvin Aerolite 30
- Weight38 Oz
Many of us have adapted to having multiple sleeping bags with an array of temperature ratings so that we have an option no matter the weather. The Big Agnes Roxy Ann 3N1 30 Degree is a modular bag system that removes the need for multiple sleeping bags and provides you with one quality sleeping bag system for any adventure. In this set, there is an inner bag and outer bag which can be combined for the cold weather. Both bags easily attach to a sleeping pad as well so you won’t roll off your pad. I move a lot in my sleep and regularly roll right off my pad, but not this time! When combined, the entire bag has a temperature rating of 0 degrees, while the inner bag boasts a temperature rating of 20 degrees and the outer 45 degrees.
Both down bags feature 650 fill power DownTek, are bluesign certified and water-resistant making them wonderful adventure buddies. The inner layer is a mummy bag shape and the outer is a classic rectangular sleeping bag. The inner bag mimics the sidewinder shape, perfect for side sleepers. The Roxy Ann is the women’s sleeping bag version of this system, and possibly the best women’s sleeping bag in general, but it is also available in long models and in a men’s version too!
Three in one system
Inner and outer bags with different temperature ratings
650 fill down
Attachement system for a sleeping pad
Great for sidesleepers
- BrandBig Agnes
- ModelRoxy Ann 3N1 30
- Weight17 Ounces
Do you love cuddles? Me too. The Stoic Groundwork Double Sleeping Bag is an excellent bag with room for two and a perfect excuse to get my partner to snuggle me more, or for a good night’s sleep with your loved one. This ends up being a heavy bag, weighing in at over four pounds but it features a decent warmth to weight ratio for a double bag and a 20-degree temperature rating. The water-resistant coating on the polyester shell helps keep out any potential moisture with surprise thunderstorms and synthetic insulation can still offer warmth when wet.
I love the internal stash pocket on either side. My partner is 5’10” and I’m 5’8″ and this bag fits both of us well and has enough space for folks up to 6′ tall. And if you decided one night into your camping trip you’d rather sleep apart from your partner, you can split this bag into two separate bags for a good night’s sleep, separately.
20-degree temperature rating
Synthetic water-repellent shell
Can unzip into two bags
2 stash pockets
- ModelGroundwork Double
- Weight1.6 Ounces
The Nemo Forte Synthetic Sleeping Bag is one of the top mummy bags and features a temperature rating of 20 degrees. This model ditched down insulation for Primaloft, a more animal-friendly alternative to down. Although this sleeping bag’s temperature rating is 20 dgerees, on warm nights there are zippered side vents to cool you down if you get too hot. But on those cold nights, the draft collar, mummy shape and Primaloft really shine.
Other features we love on this bag are the pillow pocket so you don’t lose your camping pillow in the middle of the night, the limited lifetime warranty, polyester ripstop shell and 80% recycled materials in the insulation. We’re also big fans of the price.
Temperature rating of 20 degrees
Primaloft Synthetic Insulation
Unzips into two bags
Zippered side vents
- Weight13 Ounces
When it comes to bang for your buck, the REI Co-op Siesta 25 Hooded Sleeping Bag really shines. This option is one of our favorite unisex bags. This versatile sleeping bag is a great mid range option with a rectangular shape and 25-degree temperature rating. The bag also features a water-resistant recycled polyester shell and insulation making it an eco-friendly way to stay warm.
This is one of the best sleeping bags for camping but we don’t recommend it as a backpacking bag because it is rather heavy, weighing in at over four pounds. The warmth to weight ratio could be better but is still workable for such a budget-friendly bag.
BlueSign approved shell and fill
Two-way main zip
Available in regular and long
- BrandREI Co-Op
- ModelSiesta 25
- Weight6 Ounces
The REVALCAMP Indoor and Outdoor Sleeping Bag offers a great way to relax, sleep and feel very comfortable within a wide range of varying temperature conditions, whether inside or outside. Measuring 30×71 inches, it is spacious enough to accommodate both children and adults and is also very easy to enter and exit. There is enough room to turn around and adjust yourself to the most comfortable position when sleeping inside if you wiggle a lot like I do. The lightweight polyester is durable enough for tent and car camping but we wouldn’t recommend this bag on the rough ground. While it provides a decent amount of warmth, this synthetic bag is best suited for summer camping on a budget or kids sleepovers.
Another great aspect of this adult and kids sleeping bag is its compact form- if you pack it for safekeeping, outing or travel, there is no need to fold or roll it. You simply need to push into its tough but flexible carrying bag and pull the cord. In a twinkle of an eye, your sleeping bag packs into a neat, cute, and light package that will easily sit inside your backpack. Easy to pack and easy to carry around, this bag is ideal for travel, camping, picnics, and other outdoor activities. It is definitely a must-have piece of gear for the family with kids and comes in a variety of designs and vibrant colors to suit the needs of every member of the family. What’s more; two bags can be zipped together to form a single double bag that will be ideal for mom and dad to snug in.
Synthetic fill and outer
Tough zipping mechanism to secure closure
Included compression stuff sack
Neatly packs into its carry sack
Variety of designs and bright, vibrant colors
- Weight1.85 Pounds
Coming all the way from Utah, TETON Sports is an outdoor gear manufacturer that offers good-quality kits that you can trust to deliver maximum comfort, safety and performance at the most affordable price. Their strategy has always been to keep overhead costs down by utilizing only a handful of highly efficient labor forces within the retail sector. Within their product range is the TETON Sports Celsius XXL Sleeping Bag, an oversized, heavy-duty, warm bag with plenty of room to suit the most active sleeper. It features a poly flannel lining with a hollow fiberfill for good insulation. There’s also a Super Loft Elite four-channel hollow fiber present to shield you from the cold. Mind you, since is not a down sleeping bag, so we definitely don’t recommend it for winter camping, but for chilly nights out in the great outdoors? Absolutely.
The two bags can also zip together to make room for couples, and there is also a durable shell that guarantees a lifetime use no matter how consistently or repeatedly you use it. What’s more, the zipper lining and shoulder openings are specially padded to keep drafts out while the seams have a staggered design that allows for even distribution of fill to eliminate any chill points. The zipper is constructed from tough metal making it virtually unbreakable. It is also self-repairing and snag-free and opens in top or bottom directions for easy access and maximum ventilation. The internal pockets are in-built to store smaller valuables such as keys, wallets, watches, and jewelry. Overall, a great-quality mid-range sleeping bag that’s perfect for larger folks.
Padded zipper lining and shoulder opening
Staggered seam design
Brushed poly flannel lining with a hollow fiberfill
Twin-bag joint locking system es
Interior pocket for valuables
- Weight7.05 Pounds
With the North Rim Extreme Weather Mummy Sleeping Bag Coleman plants its flag firmly in the land of high-performance outdoor winter gear. This mummy bag is rated to 0° Fahrenheit and delivers the kind of warmth and comfort you’d expect from a bag two or even three times the price. On top of that, it’s designed to accommodate people up to 6’ 2” tall and sports Thermalock technology that prevents heat loss through the zipper; a major issue with less well-made bags. It’s also got a classic mummy bag profile that we find appealing. Whether you’re a hunter or hard-core mountaineer, you’re going to find a lot to like in the North Rim Extreme. If you are a mountaineer, this is a better basecamp bag as you won’t want to carry all 6.5 pounds of this bag to the summit.
The Coleman North Rim Extreme Weather is engineered to make the most of the heat your body generates. As with the very best extreme weather bags, everything here is designed to prevent your body heat from escaping and prevent drafts and cold air seepage. Through quilting, the insulation remains properly distributed which in and of itself goes a long way toward creating a warmer environment inside the bag. Add to that the Thermolock draft tube applied to the zipper which eliminates heat loss and the drawstring around the form-fitting hood that eliminates drafts, and you’ve got a bag that’s intent on keeping the cold at bay. The shell is composed of durable ripstop polyester and there’s enough room inside to allow you to effectively trap heat while giving you the freedom of movement you need to have a truly relaxing night’s sleep. Put an inflatable roll-up mattress under and you’ll wake up feeling like you slept on your memory foam mattress. The 5-year warranty is just icing on the cake.
100% synthetic sleeping bag
Rated to 10 degrees
Classic mummy sleeping bag
Thermolock draft tube
- ModelNorth Rim Extreme Weather
- Weight6.5 Pounds
The Coleman Big Basin is another one of the company’s durable cold-weather sleepers. Rated to 0° Fahrenheit but recommended to 15°, the Big Basin is made for big guys and girls and features plenty of quilted insulation that warms up quickly and retains the heat all night long. The 75D diamond ripstop polyester shell is tough and wind-resistant and there’s a ton of space at the lower end of the bag to store sweaters or anything else you want to be nice and toasty warm come morning. It’s a solid addition to Coleman’s winter repertoire and one you should consider having along on your next overland trek or winter sojourn in the Rockies.
With its recent cold weather sleepers, Coleman has proven they belong in the discussion when it comes to quality outdoor winter gear. Their Big Basin is just one more example of that. From the Thermolock technology that prevents warm air seepage to the zipper to the quilted construction that prevents fill from collecting in bunches and creating cold spots, this bag is built to keep heat where it’s needed. The ripstop polyester shell is also important to have when your campsite options are limited and you may be forced to lay out your bag on the ground. The two-way zipper on this synthetic bag also allows you to vent from the top or bottom to release excess heat, and the whole thing stores neatly away in the accompanying stuff sack. An outstanding winter bag for the price, but it’s heavy at 8.2 pounds so it’s best for car camping and campsites that don’t require a hike.
100% polyester construction
Coletherm hollow polyester insulation
Rated to 0 degrees Fahrenheit
Includes compression stuff sack
Accommodates people up to 6’6″ tall
- ModelBig Basin Extreme
- Weight8.2 Pounds
As the name suggests, this is a bag intended for warm weather use although it will also keep you plenty warm on those nights when the temperature takes an unexpected dive. Rated down to 40°, it’s as well constructed as you’d expect a Coleman product to be. This comfortable sleeping bag is made with larger guys in mind and is cut to accommodate folks up to 6’ 4” tall. Whether you’re camping in the Smoky Mountains or spending the weekend at the beach at Biscayne Bay, the Biscayne is the ideal lightweight, durable bag to bring along.
This is a large sleeping bag intended for large guys, so there may be too much space for smaller folks closer to 5′, and they will end up much colder because of this. This bag exhibits all the qualities you want to see in a three-season bag including durability, comfort, and the ability to retain warmth effectively if need be, but we don’t recommend trying this bag out in freezing temperatures. The zipper utilizes Coleman’s proprietary zipping system that moves fabric out of the way in order to prevent snags, and the quilted, Fiberlock construction method prevents the insulation from bunching and creating cold spots. There’s also the company’s QuickCord no-tie closure system for added convenience. Like other sleeping bags designed for three seasons, the Biscayne Big and Tall is fully machine washable although keep in mind this is a large bag and will need to be cleaned in a full-sized washer. Weighing in at five pounds, it might not be the ideal bag to take on a long spring trek or for really any other purpose other than car camping. For those driving to the campsite though, it’s a great, durable, affordable bag to have along. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best large camping tents.
Rated to 40 degrees
100% polyester construction
Brushed polyester cover and tricot fiber blend
No snag zipper
Great for people over 6′
- ModelBig and Tall Biscayne Sleeping Bag
- Weight5 Pounds
Why Trust Us
As an avid outdoorswoman, I spend many days a year sleeping outdoors in preparation for skiing, climbing, hiking and backpacking. Not having the appropriate sleeping bag for the temperature and weather can make you miserable, but the right one can give you the perfect night's sleep for an alpine mission. I've experienced both terrible and exceptional nights in sleeping bags and want to keep you from experiencing the former whether you're backpacking, car camping, or headed to a hike-in site.
Who This Is For
This guide is for anyone who needs a sleeping bag. Most of these bags are great for three seasons but some are best only for warmer days. If you need a bag for ice fishing or the dead of winter, you may need to look elsewhere. Otherwise, we have a strong selection that serves a range of budgets, sizes, features, activities and more!
How We Picked
Selecting the best sleeping bags started with the tried and true favorites of our testing team. From there, we looked at bestsellers on Amazon and outdoor-focused retailers. Once we had a solid batch to work from, we identified missing features for different user groups and different budgets and ensured we found products to meet all of those needs.
How We Tested
All of our tested products for this guide were tested camping in a camper van, a car, and in a tent. The SITKA wearable sleeping bag even got worn indoors while writing this guide for extra testing on a cold day. My partner and I shared the double sleeping bag model, and we both tested the SITKA bag in a car and tent. I tried out the Big Agnes bag in the van and in a tent. These bags were tested in temperatures from 60 degrees to 27 degrees in multiple locations around Washington and Oregon.
Features To Look For In Sleeping Bags
Shape - There are a couple of different sleeping bag shapes available. We have the traditional rectangular bag, mummy bags, and some new shapes are emerging for side sleepers in ultralight bags. Each shape has its advantages but the traditional mummy bag is becoming more and more popular, particularly in the ultralight bag realm. A mummy sleeping bag may be eery with its sarcophagus shape but this is purposeful. Mummy bags contour to your body better, helping the bag retain heat and minimize the chance for cold spots.
Size - Most sleeping bags come in one size, however, humans aren't all one size. Many mid-range and high-end sleeping bags now come in multiple sizes to accommodate taller humans and not leave so much dead space for air to escape for smaller folks. Be sure to check the fit guide and tech specs for your favorite sleeping bags and pay extra close attention if you are under 5' 4" or over 6'.
Material - We cover insulation materials below, but what about the exterior? The exterior of most bags whether it's a down bag or synthetic sleeping bag is often going to be ripstop nylon or polyester for durability. Ideally, look for a bag with water-repellent, or better yet, water-resistant properties.
Insulation type - There are two main types of insulation in sleeping bags these days, synthetic insulation and down insulation. Materials in synthetic bags may vary but are often PrimaLoft, which has gained popularity in recent years, or polyester fill. For backpacking and ounce counters, high warmth to weight ratio is a must. Synthetic bags have a higher warmth-to-weight ratio, meaning these bags are heavier and don't pack down as well. To give a more concrete example of warmth to weight ratio, if you have a down bag and a bag with synthetic insulation both rated to 32 degrees, the down bag will pack down smaller and weigh less, making down often the better choice for backpacking and ultralight sleeping bags. A down bag will have a fill power rating, which describes the quality of the down. The higher this number is, the higher quality of the down. Look for a fill power of 600-800 for the highest quality bags. Keep in mind that usually, the best backpacking sleeping bags are mummy bags.
Temperature rating - The temperature rating listed for a quality sleeping bag shows you what temperature you will be comfortable in while cozied up in your chosen bag if you are a cold sleeper. If you are a warm sleeper, you may see another lower rating with you in mind. Temperature rating is a guideline, because everyone's body and gear differ, but don't stray too far from it. A 40-degree bag will likely be uncomfortable in 15-degree weather.
Accessories - There usually aren't too many accessories that come with a sleeping bag but a must-have is a stuff sack or compression sack. Some bags may have a pillow pocket or stuffable pillow case or even attachment systems for a sleeping pad.
Sleeping Bag FAQ
Q: What is the best camping sleeping bag?
A: The best camping sleeping bag is going to depend on a few things: your size, the weather, your sleeping pad, your personal needs, and your most common sleeping position. There are so many variables and that's why there are so many bag options on the market. The best bags for summer camping will look different than the best backpacking bags and the best mummy bags. At the same time, we have to say that any of the bags we reviewed above would make a welcome addition to your outdoor kit.
Q: What is the top two person sleeping bag?
A: The Stoic Groundwork Double takes the cake in this department as far as we’re concerned. It’s large enough to comfortably accommodate two adults, and well-built enough to keep you and your significant other toasty warm under all but the most extreme conditions. My partner and I loved this option in my camper van and in a tent. While doubling up isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (or coffee), for those who enjoy such activity, this double down bag takes the prize. As a bonus, it has plenty of room for cuddles.
Q: Why do some sleeping bags have a “mummy” shape?
A: Most folks who’ve never spent much time in a sleeping bag don’t understand why some are shaped like rectangles and some have the distinctive “mummy” shape. The fact is, it all comes down to warmth. The colder it gets outside, the closer you’re going to want the insulation to your body; within reason. The goal of the bag is to prevent your body heat from dissipating or escaping. So with a thick pile of insulation held close in toward the body – as it is in a mummy bag – heat is also retained close in where it can do its magic.
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