We at Outdoor Gear Guru have prepared the ultimate resource for a sleeping bag. So if are a complete beginner going on your first trip or if you are an experienced hiker who loves the trail, this will be your one-stop shop for everything related to sleeping bags.

In this article, you find a detailed buying guide which talks about comfort, shape and what features you need to look for when choosing the best sleeping bag.

But first, we have the top ten best sleeping bags recommendations for 2018. These are the best sleeping bags you can buy right now, and we have carefully categorized them for different (or specific) needs. Here are our top 3 recommendations. Feel free to scroll down to see the full top 10 list.

1Hyke & Byke Snowmass 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag – Best Overall


Down filling, lightweight and comfortable, Snowmass is the ultimate sleeping bag from Hyke & Byke.

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2Coleman North Rim Adult Mummy Sleeping Bag – Best Budget Pick


Need something on a budget but don’t want to compromise on warmth and comfort? The North Rim is our top budget pick for 2018.

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3TETON Sports Mammoth Double Sleeping Bag – Best two person sleeping Bag


With draft tubes, you don’t have to worry about cold spots, and overall you get a warm, cozy sleeping environment.

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And here’s a more detailed overview of each sleeping bag:

Hyke & Byke Snowmass 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag

The reason why the Snowmass is our top pick is that it will keep you warm even in zero degrees Fahrenheit due it’s fill powder rating of 550 (you can comfortably sleep in this up to a temperature of 40 degrees).

Also at just 4.08 lbs., it is easy to carry around and thanks to premium down filling, it can be stuffed in your hiking bag. The nylon liner of the Snowmass manages to offer some resilience against water (it also adds to overall durability of the bag).

The one biggest disappointment of this sleeping bag is the zipper which needs added care to prevent the material from getting stuck.

What we liked

  • Fill powder rating of 550 – keeping you warm even in 0°F
  • Lightweight – just 4.08 lbs.
  • Nylon liner – resilience against water and durability

What we disliked

  • The zipper – material getting stuck

Technical Information

  • Size – Regular and Long
  • Regular – 78” long, 28” wide and 22” at the hips (Weight 4.08 lbs.)
  • Long – 87” long, 32” wide and 26” at the hips (Weight 4.30 lbs.)
  • Compressed size – 11×8 inches

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a sleeping bag that will keep you warm while camping this winter, then you can’t go wrong with the Snowmass sleeping bag. Thanks to the down filling, the insulation remains the same, and with a bit of care, this bag will last for years.

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Coleman North Rim Adult Mummy Sleeping Bag

Need something on a budget but don’t want to compromise on warmth and comfort? The North Rim is our top budget pick for 2018.

It keeps you warm (and comfortable) in the temperature range of 0 to 10 degrees – the bottom can be unzipped on warm nights. Despite what the size of this bad boy would suggest, it’s quite roomy and gives you enough space to sleep comfortably (box shaped toe design adds to the comfort). It also features a draft tube along the zipper which locks in the heat, adding to the comfort (you can adjust the hood with the drawstring).

But there are also some downsides to this sleeping bag like it’s weight of over 4.5 lbs. which makes carrying it on long hikes tiring. Due to a synthetic filling, it ranks low on durability and the time it takes folding this back into the storage sack.

What we liked

  • Keeps you warm even in 0°F
  • Enough space to sleep comfortably
  • Draft tube along the zipper

What we disliked

  • Weights over 4.5 lbs.
  • Synthetic filling

Technical Information

  • Dimensions – 82” long and 32” wide
  • Weight – 4.6 lbs.
  • Compressed size – 17×11 inches

Bottom Line

The North Rim has a lot of things going for it. It keeps you warm in the coldest of nights, the zipper is super easy to use, and the overall construction is quite roomy. On the flipside, it is quite bulky, and we won’t recommend this for long hikes. However, for camping outside it is hands down the best sleeping bag at this price.

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TETON Sports Mammoth Double Sleeping Bag

Usually, couples prefer to connect two sleeping bags. But that leads to multiple cold spots and uncomfortable nights of sleep. You don’t want that right? Teton’s Mammoth sleeping bag, with its dimensions of 94×62 inches, proves to be the ideal alternative that has enough room for the couple (the flannel lining at the bottom adds to the comfort).

The zippers come with draft tubes which prevent the cold air from getting inside the bag. You can also choose from two temperature ratings – 20 degrees and 0 degrees Fahrenheit and with offset cushioning and taffeta shell, it ranks high on durability.

On the downside when you try folding it back, it takes a lot of time (both of you would have to wrestle with it to get back into the bag). Also the heavy weight doesn’t make it ideal hiking sleeping bag.

What we liked

  • Enough room for the couple
  • The zippers come with draft tubes
  • Two temperature ratings to choose from
  • Durability

What we disliked

  • Folding back takes a lot of time
  • Weight of 16.5 lbs.

Technical Information

  • Dimensions – 94” long and 62” wide
  • Weight – 16.5 lbs.
  • Compressed size – 28×16 inches

Bottom Line

TETON Mammoth attempts to reduce the discomfort associated with sleeping outdoors. The soft fiber filling coupled with flannel lining mimics a bed like sleeping experience. With draft tubes, you don’t have to worry about cold spots, and overall you get a warm, cozy sleeping environment. On the downside, it is extremely bulky. Folding this takes time and we suggest you to watch the video below. You won’t be able to hike with this and this is only recommended for campers.

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Hyke & Byke Quandary Sleeping Bag

Packing light for a long hiking trip is essential. Sleeping bags are usually the heaviest component of your kit. This is why the Quandary from Hyke & Byke proves to be a game changer.

At just 3 lbs. It is the lightest sleeping bag on our list (It also compresses well and can easily be stuffed in your hiking bag). This lighter weight doesn’t come at the cost of comfort. There is enough room in the bag, and the combination of nylon lining with down filling makes it quite soft. It comes in two sizes (long and regular), and with a temperature rating of 20 to 40 °F, it is ideal for a summer hike.

Finally, with a durable and water repellent outer shell, this will last for multiple hikes. The only disappointment is the toe box, which is a bit narrow, and your feet can feel cold on a colder night.

What we liked

  • Ideal for summer hikes
  • Surprisingly comfortable
  • Lightweight – just 3 lbs.
  • Durability

What we disliked

  • Narrow toe box

Technical Information

  • Size – Regular and Long
  • Regular – 78” long, 28” wide and 22” at the hips (Weight 3.15 lbs.)
  • Long – 87” long, 32” wide and 26” at the hips (Weight 3.32 lbs.)
  • Compressed size – 11×8 inches

Bottom Line

When it comes to summer hiking trips, the Quandary is our go-to sleeping bag. Thanks to the down filling we get a bag that can compress multiple times and keeps us warm on an average summer night. The fabric is also soft, and overall you can quickly stuff this into your backpack. The only complaint we have is with the narrow toe box (plus you do feel some cold spots especially on a cold night). We recommend carrying a small blanket as it can come in handy during colder weather conditions.

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Kelty Tuck 22 Degree Sleeping Bag

I love to hike in summers, but I don’t spend over 100 bucks on a sleeping bag. If you fall into that category, the Kelty Tuck would be our recommendation.

It keeps you nice and warm even at the lowest temperature of 22°F – you can unzip at the feet if it’s getting a little too warm. With the weight at just 3.5 lbs. you won’t mind hiking with this. However, due to synthetic filling it is a bit bulky and might take up too much space in your backpack. It has plenty of room and has a dedicated compartment to store your phone or headphones while you sleep.

You can choose from two sizes – long and regular. The inside is not that soft plus you have to get a sleeping pad for better cushioning. Also the zippers seems to be made of some cheap material which doesn’t look good for it’s durability.

What we liked

  • Keeps warm at temperatures as low as 22°F
  • Lightweight – just 3.5 lbs.
  • Plenty of room and a dedicated compartment for your phone

What we disliked

  • The inside not that soft
  • Quality of zippers

Technical Information

  • Size – Regular and Long
  • Regular – 62” long, 40” wide (Weight 3.25 lbs.)
  • Long – 64” long, 42” wide (Weight 3.5 lbs.)
  • Compressed size – 8×13 inches

Bottom Line

At the temperature rating of 22 degrees, the Tuck is a true bang for your buck. It will keep you cozy on a windy night and just when it starts to get warm; you can unzip and set your feet free. Its weight is also impressive and at 3.5 lbs. you can easily go for long hiking trips with this. But the synthetic filling has a few drawbacks. Compressibility is average, and even when the bag is all folded up, it is quite bulky. The durability is also mediocre, and we don’t expect this (especially the zippers) to last that long.

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The next set of of our recommendations excel in one particular area. So if you are looking for something specific, then just go through the next five:

Teton Sports Celsius Regular 0°F Sleeping Bag – extra cushioning

The TETON sports excels at two things – keeps you warm at sub-zero temperature and does that with cushiony soft comfort.

The entire fabric of this sleeping bag is incredibly soft, and if you are gunning for bed like comfort while you camp outdoors, this is the closest you can get. It is designed for cold weather and keeps your warm and cozy even at zero degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, with zero snag zippers, adjustable hood, and interior storage pocket, it ranks high on convenience.

With a weight of 5 pounds, it is heavy and not recommend for hiking. Two TETON bags can be zipped together making them suitable for couples. (However, it won’t be able to keep you warm because of multiple cold spots.

What we liked

  • Incredibly soft and comfortable
  • Designed for cold weather
  • Zero snag zippers, adjustable hood, and interior storage pocket

What we disliked

  • Heavy and not recommend for hiking
  • Multiple cold spots when zipping 2 together

Technical Information

  • Dimensions – 80” long and 33” wide
  • Weight – 5 lbs.
  • Compressed size – 15×10 inches

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Winner Outfitters Mummy Sleeping Bag – summer hikes

Looking for an affordable, lightweight, water-resistant sleeping bag for your next hike? This bag from Winner Outfitters might just be what you are looking for.

It gives you a nice comfortable sleep at over 40°F. but with an additional blanket it’s suitable even for those colder nights. With a weight of just 2.8 lbs. carrying it around would be easy. The Polyester coating gives the bag reasonable resistance against water.

It isn’t that comfortable and if you require ‘extra room’, then this one is not for you. The zipper construction is average, and you experience snags frequently.

What we liked

  • Comfortable sleep at over 40°F
  • Lightweight – just 2.8 lbs.
  • Polyester coating – water resistance

What we disliked

  • Not very comfortable
  • Zipper snags frequently and of poor quality

Technical Information

  • Dimensions – 87” long and 32” wide
  • Weight – 2.8 lbs.
  • Compressed size – 14×8 inches

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Coleman Comfort-Cloud 40 Degree Sleeping Bag –  comfortable summer camping

If you are camping this summer and comfort is of paramount importance, then you can’t go wrong with the Coleman.

It features a removable memory foam bottom, which provides bed-like comfort and adds to the insulation. With a temperature rating of 40°F, it will keep you cozy in the cold nights, however, opening the zippers is recommended for warmer nights. Thanks to the rectangular design, you have plenty of room.

On the other side it is quite bulky, which restricts this for camping and the fleece at the top can cause mild discomfort for some.

What we liked

  • Removable memory foam bottom
  • Temperature rating of 40°F
  • Plenty of room

What we disliked

  • Quite bulky
  • Fleece at the top can cause mild discomfort

Technical Information

  • Dimensions – 75” long and 32” wide
  • Weight – 7.8 lbs.

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Gideon Extreme Double Sleeping Bag – affordable two person sleeping bag

If you are on a budget and looking for a two-person sleeping bag, then Gideon’s bag would be our recommendations.

With its dimensions of 87” x 59,” it has enough room for two people. The comfort is also satisfactory, and the flannel fabric surely adds to that. This bag also comes with two small pillows. It compresses quite well and weighs 6 lbs, which again is pretty impressive. The outer lining offers a reasonable degree of water resistance.

The Extreme is basically two bags joined together (and can be separated) which leads to cold spots, and we won’t recommend this for winter camping. The bottom fabric is a little slippery, and it will take some time to get used to this.

What we liked

  • Enough room for two
  • Comfortable
  • Compresses well
  • (Some) water resitant

What we disliked

  • Cold spots
  • Bottom fabric is a little slippery

Technical Information

  • Dimensions – 87” long and 59” wide
  • Weight – 5.7 lbs.
  • Compressed size – 18×12 inches

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Coleman Plum Fun 45 Degree Youth Sleeping Bag – kids

Looking for a sleeping bag for your kids? The Coleman Plum combines comfort and style to make it our top recommendation for kids.

Like other Coleman sleeping bags, it uses ThermoTech Insulation which will keep your child warm and cozy (lowest Temperature Rating – 45°F). It is also roomy, and the dimensions of 65×25 inches would be more than enough for your kid. It weighs in at 2.8 lbs. and overall is an excellent choice for a small camping trip.

The only complaint we had was the poor quality of the zippers and strings to tie them.

What we liked

  • Comfortable sleep at over 45°F
  • Lightweight – just 2.8 lbs.

What we disliked

  • Zipper of poor quality

Technical Information

  • Dimensions – 65” long and 25” wide
  • Weight – 2.8 lbs.

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How to choose the Best Sleeping Bags – Buying Guide

Now that we have covered the recommendations let’s talk about the factors that you need to look into before buying a sleeping bag. The main thing you need to consider is the insulating material. Two types of fillings are used for insulation in sleeping bags – down (duck or goose feathers) or synthetic feeling.

Down Filling

Just next to the duck’s (or goose) skin we have a layer of feathers. A collection of these feathers are used for insulation in a sleeping bag. The quality of these feathers (measured by fill powder) also varies. A higher rating signifies more warmth and lightweight. (The price also increases with the rating)

Here are the few benefits of getting a bag with down filling:

Durable

A down sleeping bag is capable of lasting for years. The feathers are extremely resilient and can be stuffed hundreds of times. You will usually fold and pack your sleeping bag multiple times. The down feathers won’t lose their warmth (loft) with that.

Compressible

You want your sleeping bag to be small and portable, right? You will have to carry it around when going to hikes or camping.

A down sleeping bag ranks high on compressibility, and you can easily store even a high rated sleeping bag in a regular backpack.

The compressibility of down sleeping bag is several times higher than that of a synthetic sleeping bag.

A down sleeping bag will also be lighter than a synthetic sleeping bag (of the same temperature rating)

But everything is not that great with a down sleeping bag. Here are the major drawbacks of getting a down sleeping bag –

Water – You cannot take a down sleeping bag to wet conditions. They lose their insulation properties as soon as they come in contact with water. (Some brands now have a hydrophobic coating on the feathers to reduce this effect)

Price – High rating down sleeping bags are crazy expensive (over hundreds of dollars), and unless you go on multiple camping trips, we won’t recommend getting them. (Also mistreatment of animals is associated with this, and many buyers distance themselves from such products)

Synthetic Filling

Synthetic filling differs in quality and durability. Different manufacturers rely on different types of fibers. We recommend looking for bags which have long continuous filaments as they offer better insulation and compressibility. Here are the main benefits of a synthetic sleeping bag –

Price

Synthetic sleeping bags are extremely affordable, and that is the main reason behind their popularity. The cost a fraction compared to down bags and are usually recommended for occasional campers.

Handles Water

Synthetic bags don’t lose their insulation when exposed to water. Again you need to ensure that your sleeping bag is dry, but if you are camping outside and it starts to rain, then a synthetic sleeping bag will be able to keep you warm.

On the flip-side, the most significant downside with synthetic filling is the lack of compressibility and weight. They are also less durable compared to their down counterparts.

A lot of manufacturers are now focusing on hybrid fillings (a mix of down and synthetic fibers). They rank high on compressibility, warmth and are also resilient to water.

Overall, if you are a frequent hiker and go on multiple trips, getting a down sleeping bag is recommended (they will be able to stand the test of time and will keep you warm even in extreme conditions).

Other metrics

Now lets’ talk about the specific metrics you need to look for in your sleeping bag. Apart from the insulation, your decision will boil down these three things –

Temperature Rating

Most sleeping bags have two different types of temperature ratings – comfort rating and lower-limit rating. The comfort rating refers to the temperature at which a ‘cold sleeper’ will feel comfortable.

Lower limit rating refers to the lowest temperature at which a ‘warm sleeper’ will feel comfortable.

You also need to factor in the insulation of the tent in which you are sleeping. Finally, if you are camping where the temperature is around 5 degrees Celsius, we recommend getting a bag with a temperature rating of zero degree Celsius.

Shape and Weight

Sleeping bags usually have the same design, and they can be categorized into three major shapes –

  • Mummy Sleeping Bags (the most prevalent and recommended)
  • Rectangular Sleeping Bags (comfortable)
  • Peanut Sleeping Bags

Mummy sleeping bags can be compressed and stored easily. They are lighter and are comparatively warmer.

Rectangular sleeping bags are roomier, but with that comes added weight and size.

Other Features

Apart from the main metrics, some sleeping bags have specific additional features. Some sleeping bags have compatible zippers which help to connect two sleeping bags. Couples usually prefer this. However, the insulation in such a case is drastically reduced.

We recommend two person sleeping bags which offer much better insulation and comfort.

Apart from that, we recommend getting a bag which has a hood. This ensures that the heat is trapped. Also, some hoods come with a pocket which can be stuffed with clothes and can be used as a pillow.

Also, you should consider the length of the sleeping bag. Most bags come in regular or long size. However, some manufacturers offer small or extra large sleeping bags. You should check the length of the bag before buying.

Finally, it is recommended to get a sleeping pad (with your sleeping bag) as this gives you greater insulation and prevents the heat from dissipating from the floor.

Conclusion

This brings us to the end of this roundup. Through our buying guide, we help you in choosing your first sleeping bag and answer some burning questions. We talk about material choices, shape, comfort and other features that you need to look for.

Using the guide as a reference, we have also narrowed down to the top recommendations. We have made recommendations according to budget, convenience, and comfort.

So if you are looking for the ultimate bag, then the Snowmass by Hyke and Byke is our top recommendation, but if you are on a budget, then Coleman North Rim proves to be a great buy. For summer hikes, the Kelty Tuck steals the show, and for couples, TETON Sports Mammoth is the clear winner.

If you have any questions regarding the recommendations or want to know more about sleeping bags, just drop in a comment below. We are here to get you all packed up for your next hiking trip.

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