No matter where your journeys take you, from national forests to backwoods to back patios, an outdoor camping sleeping bag stays a reliable buddy. Given that area and weight are not at a premium when you can drive to your location, the convenience dial can get turned method up. There’s no requirement to suffer through the night in a restricting mummy bag, so choices in this classification tend to lean more towards a standard rectangle-shaped shape or a roomier mummy. A variety of light-weight choices likewise do a great task pulling double responsibility for simple backpacking journeys. Listed below we rank our leading choices for 2019, and if you require some background info our comparison table and buying advice dive into subjects like fill type and temperature level score. To finish your outdoor camping package, we have actually likewise evaluated and blogged about camping mattresses and camping tents.
When you’re trying to find a sleeping bag or quilt, you’ll rapidly discover that there are a great deal of choices out there. We have actually produced this guide to share our leading trail-tested suggestions which provide an excellent balance of heat, weight, convenience, expense, and performance.
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Want to know more about which temperature rating to choose, down fill power, quilts vs. sleeping bags, synthetic fill, and a whole lot more? Scroll to the bottom of this post for our Critical Considerations section where we cover everything you need to know.
Camping Sleeping Bag Comparison Table
|REI Co-op Trail Pod 29||$90||Mummy||29°F||Synthetic||2 lbs. 15 oz.||10 x 12 in.|
|The North Face Dolomite 20||$100||Rectangular||20°F||Synthetic||4 lbs. 14 oz.||11 x 20 in.|
|Teton Sports Celsius||$55||Rectangular||0°F||Synthetic||5 lbs.||10 x 15 in.|
|Kelty Cosmic Down 20||$170||Mummy||19°F||600-fill down||2 lbs. 6.6 oz.||8 x 15.5 in.|
|Kelty Galactic 30||$120||Rectangular||30°F||600-fill down||2 lbs. 10 oz.||8 x 15 in.|
|Exped MegaSleep Duo 25||$219||Rectangular||25°F||Synthetic||4 lbs.||12 x 28 in.|
|Marmot Trestles 15||$109||Mummy||15°F||Synthetic||3 lbs. 6 oz.||9.5 x 19 in.|
|The North Face One Bag||$289||Mummy||5°-40°F||Synthetic/|
|3 lbs. 12 oz.||Unavail.|
|Nemo Jazz Double||$300||Rectangular||20°F||Synthetic||7 lbs. 9 oz.||14 x 31 in.|
|Teton Sports Tracker||$67||Mummy||5°F||Synthetic||4 lbs. 1.6 oz.||9 x 15 in.|
|Coleman North Rim||$40||Mummy||0°F||Synthetic||5 lbs. 4 oz.||12 x 17 in.|
|Slumberjack Country Squire||$140||Rectangular||20°F||Synthetic||10 lbs. 9 oz.||16 x 40 in.|
|Big Agnes Encampment 15||$180||Mummy||15°F||Synthetic||3 lbs. 4 oz.||9 x 20 in.|
|The North Face Campforter Double||$399||Mummy||20°F||700-fill down||4 lbs. 12 oz.||11 x 20 in.|
|REI Co-op Siesta 30||$90||Rectangular||35°F||Synthetic||3 lbs. 9 oz.||10 x 13 in.|
|Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed||$150||Rectangular||27°F||Synthetic||4 lbs. 6 oz.||11 x 20 in.|
|Coleman Green Valley||$35||Rectangular||30°F||Synthetic||4 lbs. 12 oz.||12 x 18 in.|
Best Overall Camping Sleeping Bag
1. REI Co-op Trail Pod 30 ($90)
Temperature rating: 29°F
Weight: 2 lbs. 15 oz.
What we like: Roomy, comfy, and priced right.
What we don’t: Can’t be unzipped completely and opened up as a blanket.
A spacious fit, quality materials, and 3-season warmth at a sub-$100 price all add up to our favorite camping sleeping bag for 2019. The Trail Pod’s mummy design breaks from traditional rectangular camping bags, but is still roomy enough to roll around, while providing better warmth retention than the open top designs. We also like that the Trail Pod fits in a stuff sack and is a candidate for the occasional short-distance backpacking trip. Weight isn’t excessive, and a 29-degree temperature rating is plenty for most 3-season camping and light backcountry use.
Our one gripe with the Trail Pod is we’d prefer if the zipper continued all the way around the bottom of the footbox to allow the bag to be opened up as a blanket. Look to the Dolomite below for that option. Beyond that, the Trail Pod strikes us as the ideal base camping bag to cozy up in before a day of adventuring. For a warmer alternative with the same basic design, check out the REI Co-op Trail Pod 15.
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A Close Second
2. The North Face Dolomite 20 ($100)
Temperature rating: 20°F
Weight: 4 lbs. 14 oz.
What we like: Great warmth and build quality.
What we don’t: You can go cheaper for a rectangular bag.
Mummy bags are popular for both camping and backpacking, but rectangular bags can offer a sleeping experience that hits a little closer to home. This is a competitive category and we have a number of rectangular options on this list, but our top pick is the Dolomite 20 from The North Face. For $100 you get a high quality bag with a very useful 20-degree temperature rating, perfect for 3-season car camping in a variety of conditions.
If you give the listed rating a 10-degree buffer or so, you’re looking at comfortable sleeping down to about freezing. The bag also has a premium feel and build along with nifty details like a full-length zipper that opens it up for use as a blanket.
Keep in mind that a rectangular bag is heavier than a mummy for the warmth and doesn’t pack away nearly as small, so the Dolomite 20 won’t fit in a pack or travel far from your car. But we appreciate the option for a comforter-like system, which gives you plenty of room and flexibility depending on the temperature. For 2019, The North Face has expanded the Dolomite line with the One, which includes a multi-layer system that allows you switch between 15°F, 30°F, and 50°F insulation ratings.
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Best Budget Camping Sleeping Bag
3. Teton Sports Celsius ($55)
Temperature rating: 0°F
Weight: 5 lbs.
What we like: Mummy hood increases warmth in cold temperatures.
What we don’t: Cheap build quality.
Teton Sports is a value-oriented brand, and their camping-ready Celsius offers a lot of bang for your buck. For just $55, you get a 0-degree temperature rating and a unique construction that attaches a mummy bag’s hood to a rectangular bag. And while the temperature rating is very generous—depending on how warm or cold you run, it may not even be comfortable around freezing—the Celsius does an admirable job sealing out the cold with insulation around your head and a drawcord at the top.
As expected at this price point, the Teton Sports Celsius falls short of more expensive bags in build quality and overall comfort. To start, the shell fabric feels cheap and the zipper can be finicky to use. Further, the polyester fill does not compress well and it can be a real pain trying to stuff it back into the included storage bag. But it delivers on warmth, which is why it’s a top seller year after year. Just be aware that the Celsius runs consistently short, so you may need to go up a length to get a proper fit.
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Best Crossover Camping/Backpacking Bag
4. Kelty Cosmic Down 20 ($170)
Temperature rating: 19°F
Fill: 600-fill DriDown
Weight: 2 lbs. 6.6 oz.
What we like: Great crossover bag; down insulation at a value price.
What we don’t: Too snug for comfort seekers.
Our favorite crossover sleeping bag, the Kelty Cosmic 20 has cemented a spot on both our backpacking and camping bag lists. This year, the Cosmic got an update with a new 20-denier shell fabric that helps cut its weight to a very impressive 2 pounds 6.6 ounces in a regular size. Along with its mid-range 600-fill down, the bag offers cozy warmth and good compressibility. And considering the typical price of a down bag, the Cosmic Down’s $170 MSRP really stands out.
For improved performance in wet conditions, the Kelty’s down has a hydrophobic treatment, which is a big helper should some water makes its way the tent or if you sleep too close to the wet tent walls. It still won’t insulate as well as a synthetic insulation when moisture enters, and as always, it’s important to keep the bag as dry as possible, but the extra degree of protection and 20-degree rating makes it a great choice for almost any 3-season trip. Compared with the Trail Pod above, the pricier Cosmic is the better buy if you’ll be backpacking more than 1-2 times a year or want to travel light.
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Best of the Rest
5. Kelty Galactic 30 ($120)
Temperature rating: 30°F
Fill: 600-fill DriDown
Weight: 2 lbs. 10 oz.
What we like: Cozy down insulation and a roomy rectangular shape.
What we don’t: Less versatile than the Cosmic Down above.
Boulder-based Kelty has been in the camping business for a long time, and we like what they’ve come up with in the Galactic 30. What makes this bag unique is its combination of quality 600-fill power down with a rectangular shape. Most traditional camping bags stick to synthetic fill for cost savings, but lofty down clusters offer a premium feel and warmth that polyester just can’t match. And as we’ve come to expect from Kelty, the Galactic is solidly built and priced right at $120.
What are the downsides in choosing the Galactic 30? First off, even though the down clusters have a hydrophobic treatment, the Galactic will not perform as well as the synthetic Dolomite above in the wet. Further, the rectangular shape and 30-degree temperature rating mean that it isn’t viable for most backpacking trips, which is one of the main reasons to go with a packable and lightweight down bag. As a result, the mummy-shaped Kelty Cosmic Down above is a more versatile crossover camping/backpacking option, but we still love the recipe of cozy down warmth in a roomy design. For a budget-oriented option from Kelty with a rectangular shape and synthetic insulation, check out their $65 Discovery 30.
6. Exped MegaSleep Duo 25 ($219)
Temperature rating: 25° and 40°F
Weight: 4 lbs.
What we like: A double bag that can transform into two singles.
What we don’t: Not that warm.
There aren’t a ton of innovative ideas cropping up in the camping bag market, but we like what Exped has come up with in the MegaSleep Duo 25. The big deal with this design that it addresses our main complaint about double bags: versatility when you need to sleep solo. Exped accomplishes this by including what amounts to two separate sleeping bags (one with a 40°F rating and the other with a 25°F rating). And for trips when you want the double bag functionality, it’s easy to connect the Duo’s two pieces for a cozy and very comfortable set-up.
Where does the MegaSleep Duo fall short? As with most rectangular models, the Exped doesn’t pack down small (even if you’re using just one of the single bags), so if you’re looking for a dual camping and backpacking option, a bag like the Kelty Cosmic 20 above is a much better choice. The MegaSleep Duo also lacks other features of a mummy bag like tapered cut and a cinched hood that seal out cold much more effectively. In other words, the 25-degree rating should suffice for most summer camping trips, but not much beyond that. But with the ability to sleep with a partner or on your own, the MegaSleep Duo gets a spot on our list for 2019.
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7. Marmot Trestles 15 ($109)
Temperature rating: 15°F
Weight: 3 lbs. 6 oz.
What we like: Everything you need in a mummy bag from a respected brand.
What we don’t: Pricier than the Trail Pod above and many people don’t need the extra warmth.
If you’re in the market for a mummy bag for camping, it’s hard to knock the Marmot Trestles. This synthetic sleeping bag pretty much has it all: a 15-degree temperature rating for true 3-season warmth, a DWR-finish to help keep you dry, and a quality feel and build that Marmot is known for. And at just over $100, that’s a whole lot of mummy bag for your car camping adventures.
We have the Marmot Trestles below the REI Trail Pod for a few reasons. The first is cost: $20 is a notable difference in this price-sensitive category. Second, many people don’t need the extra warmth and the 29-degree rating of the Trail Pod should be enough for most summer camping trips. Third, the Trail Pod weighs less than the Trestles and packs down smaller. Both are excellent bags, and if you sleep cold or need the extra warmth, go with the Trestles. The popular Trestles line also includes the Elite Eco 20 model, which earned a spot on our backpacking sleeping bags article due to its competitive 2-pound 7-ounce weight.
8. The North Face One Bag ($28https://amzn.to/36w0bcx9)
Temperature rating: 5°, 20°, and 40°F
Fill: Synthetic; 800-fill down
Weight: 3 lbs. 12 oz.
What we like: Three sleeping bags in one.
What we don’t: Expensive.
Released last year, The North Face One features a unique layering system that allows you to swap between three different temperature ratings. During summer months or warm nights, you can use the basic synthetic-insulated bag with its 40-degree limit. Then, as the temperature drops, zip on the 800-fill goose down midlayer (to 20°F) or add the third section on top for winter camping (5°F rating). At less than 4 pounds with all layers connected, The North Face design is streamlined, lightweight, and reasonably packable.
What are the drawbacks of this all-in-one system? For starters, at almost $300, The North Face One is very expensive for camping use. Further, the zippers can be finicky and difficult to use—in other words, switching between layers isn’t an entirely seamless process. And although relatively lightweight, the One Bag is on the heavy end for backpacking (it will do the trick for short trips, however). All things considered, The North Face One is a well-executed and highly versatile option for year-round adventuring.
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9. Nemo Jazz Double ($300)
Temperature rating: 20°F
Weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz.
What we like: Very comfortable inside; dual zippers on the front comforter.
What we don’t: Expensive for occasional campers.
We get that spending more than $300 on a camping bag is hard to swallow, but the Nemo Jazz Double deserves a spot on our list for its supremely comfortable design. With a 20-degree temperature rating, adaptive comforter, and very roomy interior, it’s a great option for couples that struggle to get a good night’s sleep outdoors. It’s also made with the kinds of premium materials that we have actually come to expect from the New Hampshire-based company.
The comforter on the Jazz is similar in concept to the Frontcountry Bed below, but Nemo includes zippers on either side for a smoother entry and even less restrictive fit. Its rectangular shape is very spacious like a traditional sleeping bag, but isn’t drafty thanks to a built-in hood. The Jazz Double (also referred to as the “Duo”) accommodates two 25-inch wide pads into its sleeve, and for single bag options, there are the standard Jazz (for one 25-inch pad) and Jazz Luxury (one 30-inch pad).
10. Teton Sports Tracker +5F ($67)
Temperature rating: 5°F
Weight: 4 lbs. 1.6 oz.
What we like: Awesome price for the specs.
What we don’t: Zipper can be finicky.
Like the Celsius above, the Teton Sports Tracker is a solid value option. On paper, the bag pretty much has it all: 5-degree temperature level score, 4-pound total weight, and a soft touch, brushed lining. Tack on a compression stuff sack and interior zippered pocket at a cost that consistently hovers around $70, and you have an excellent budget outdoor camping and backpacking sleeping bag.
To keep you comfortable, the Tracker has a generous amount of polyester insulation that performs admirably in cold weather. Further, Teton added an extra layer of insulation around the footbox, which is an area prone to getting cold. It’s true that the mummy shape is a little snug for comfort-focused campers (however roomier than a standard mummy bag), and the main zipper can be a little stubborn, however you’ll be hard pressed to find a bag that puts together this impressive of a stat line, and the convenience to back it up, for well under $100.