Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

Take the time to pick the right features for your intended activity so that you sleep soundly with gear that cushions and supports you during all those upcoming camping trips.

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I want a bag that is roomy, warm and comfortable; weight is not a consideration.

I need a bag that will keep me warm in extreme cold.

I need a compact, lightweight bag that will keep me warm.

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Car Camping

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Backpacking

I need a compact, lightweight bag that will keep me warm.

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Mountaineering and Winter

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Temperature Rating

All sleeping bags have temperature ratings, which indicate the minimum temperature that the bag is designed to handle. Temperature ratings should be taken with a grain of salt, however, because there is no universal method for …

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Shape

Sleeping bags come in several different cuts – mummy, rectangular, semi-rectangular, and double-wide -- each designed to appeal to a different type of camper.

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Weight

Generally speaking, down bags weigh less than synthetic bags, and summer bags weigh less than cold-weather bags. If you’re heading for the backcountry and are concerned about weight, look for a bag that meets your temperature …

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Insulation Type

Sleeping bags come with either down or synthetic insulation. Down is the lightest, most efficient and most compressible—a big plus for backpackers. Down also retains its insulating power longer. Synthetic insulation is a …

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