One of the most important pieces of equipment you can take on a camping trip is a well-constructed sleeping bag. An attractive bag is a plus, but warmth, comfort, portability and durability are some of the crucial factors to consider when you’re planning an overnight excursion outdoors. Especially if you’re camping in colder temperatures, you want to make sure that your bag is well insulated. Zippers and strings that provide easy opening and closing are another attractive feature. Below are some of the best sleeping bags of 2014, well-tested and valued by campers and hikers for those features and more.
1. Coleman Trinidad Warm Weather Sleeping Bag
Staying warm even in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit is easy with the Coleman Trinidad Warm Weather Sleeping Bag. Made from 100% polyester with polyester fill, the 33”x 77” inch bag works well for sleepers up to almost six feet tall. It’s also a durable bag, with construction that helps the fill not to shift and a zipper made to withstand snagging. The zipper’s Thermolock seal help keep warmth in and cold out. It also comes with a five year warranty.
2.Coleman North Rim 0 Degree Sleeping Bag
The sarcophagus shape of the Coleman North Rim 0 Degree Sleeping Bag may make you feel like a mummy, but at least you’ll be a warm one. The 60 ounces of insulation, polyester lining and fill will help keep you snug even if the temperature plummets to 15 degrees. The bag’s 32”x82” dimensions fits sleepers up to 6’2”. Its bulk may make it a close fit for backpacks on long hikes, but it’s a great choice for shorter trips.
3. Suisse Sport Adventurer Ultra Compactable Sleeping Bag
Another excellent “mummy” shaped bag is the Suisse Sport Adventurer Ultra Compactable Sleeping Bag. The bag has a lightweight construction that makes it highly portable, and it’s a good fit for adult hikers on the smaller side. The double layered and quilted material will help keep you snug down to 30 degrees outdoors. The drawstring hood is an added bonus.
4. Coleman Green Valley Sleeping Bag
Coleman is known for its “smart” technology, and much of it is on display in the attractive Coleman Green Valley Sleeping Bag. Best for outdoors temperatures of 30 to 50 degrees, the tailored zipper glide helps the zipper not to snag, even on corners. It also has a patented Roll Control system, which makes it easier to roll and pack up when it’s time to head home from your outdoor adventure.
5. Coleman’s Youth Rectangular 45 Degree Sleeping Bag
Coleman’s Youth Rectangular 45 Degree Sleeping Bag is a well-made bag sized especially for children, making it a popular choice for families. At only three pounds (two pounds of that weight is fill), it comes with its own storage sack. It also comes in cool colors and designs that kids will enjoy while they stay warm in temperatures as low as 45 degrees.
6. The Coleman Brazos Cold Weather Sleeping Bag
The Coleman Brazos Cold Weather Sleeping Bag has many of their patented features and a little extra warmth to boot. A tricot liner and four pounds of insulation will keep you warm in temperatures as low as 20 degrees. The 33”x75” inch dimensions make the bag a good fit for sleepers up to 5’11” in height. The bag is also machine washable, and comes with a QuickCord system to make it easier to pack.
7. Ledge Sports Featherlite Ultra Light Design, Ultra Compact Bag
When you want a warm sleeping bag that’s easy to pack and carry, the Ledge Sports Featherlite Ultra Light Design, Ultra Compact Bag delivers. As a regular, not oversized bag with a pack weight a little over three pounds and a fill weight of one and a half pounds, it’s easily portable. Its premium synthetic fiber fill will help keep you warm outdoors even down to 20 degrees. A full length zipper, soft liner and drawstring closure all add to your comfort.
8.Coleman Big Game Zero Degree Big and Tall Sleeping Bag
Large campers need king-sized sleeping bags, and they’ll find a good one in the Coleman Big Game Zero Degree Big and Tall Sleeping Bag. Made from 100% cotton, including the fill, it fits sleepers up to six and half feet. And it’s not just super large, but super warm, with six pounds of fill that keep you warm even if the temperature plunges to five below zero. Made with Coleman’s excellent technology, the bag also comes with a cotton flannel pillow.
9. Naturehike’s Outdoor Sleeping Bag
Simple, lightweight, and compact are all good words to describe Naturehike’s Outdoor Sleeping Bag. The waterproof bag is easy to pack and to carry and especially good for warmer weather, with a recommendation that it be used for temperatures down to 48 degrees. An economical choice for a warm weather bag, especially for adults of a slightly smaller size.
10. Wenzel Backyard Bag
The quilted look and mummy style of the Wenzel Backyard Bag makes it a stylish and attractive sleeping bag, but its lightweight warmth make it an excellent practical choice too. The bag weighs in at a mere two pounds and 12 ounces, but two pounds of that weight is insulated thermal fill. Its temperature rating states you can use the bag down to 30 degrees outdoors. The drawstring hood gives it a little extra boost of warmth for a chilly night.