The Best Sleeping Bag

The Best Sleeping Bag

Our pick

REI Co-op Siesta 30 Sleeping Bag

REI Co-op Siesta 30 Sleeping Bag

The best sleeping bag

The reasonably priced, poly-fill Siesta 30 is great if you need a bag that you’ll use primarily for car camping—it’s warm, comfortable, moisture resistant, easy to clean, and easy to stuff away.

Buying Options

$90* from REI

*At the time of publishing, the price was $85.

The REI Co-op Siesta 30 Sleeping Bag is as much sleeping bag as anyone could want for basic car camping, and it costs almost a third the price of more specialized backpacking options. It is light, comfortable, and adjustable, and comes in three size options too. The Siesta 30, which has synthetic insulation, is plenty warm for three-season camping (it’s rated to 30 °F—that is, below freezing) but still packs into a cylindrical stuff sack, about 13 by 11 inches, that won’t take up much room in the trunk of your car—a pertinent detail for large families. Additionally, the polyester exterior is water resistant, and REI’s return policy is generous.

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Montbell Down Hugger 650 #1

Montbell Down Hugger 650 #1

If you plan on doing some backpacking

Affordable for a down-filled bag, the Montbell has diagonal baffles that make it feel roomier than most mummy-style options, plus it comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s best for people with broad shoulders and narrower hips.

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$280 from Montbell
Marmot Women’s Teton

Marmot Women’s Teton

If you plan on doing some backpacking

Better for more narrow-bodied people who sleep cold, the Teton is a warm bag (it’s rated to 15 °F) that’s made with silky-soft fabric and filled with well-lofted, water-resistant down. Marmot offers a lifetime warranty.

Buying Options

$301* from Backcountry

*At the time of publishing, the price was $280.

If you already know you want to work a lot of backpacking into your camping habits, you’ll need a lighter, more stuffable bag than the REI Co-op Siesta 30, and we think the unisex Montbell Down Hugger is the best choice for people with broad shoulders and narrower hips who tend to get hot at night, as well as for people who move a lot in their sleep. It’s rare to find a comfortable down bag that costs less than $300, yet the Down Hugger was softer and had more loft than some bags that cost $100 more. The bag’s shape and diagonal baffles made it feel far roomier and more accommodating than most of the traditional mummy bags we tested. We didn’t notice any fraying during our testing period, either—but should you experience any manufacturing defect, the bag is backed by Montbell’s lifetime warranty.

And though it’s billed as a women’s bag, the Marmot Women’s Teton is a good fit for any narrow-bodied person who gets cold at night. It’s warmer and slimmer than the Montbell Down Hugger, but it’s also among the softest, warmest bags we tested: The fluffy insulation feels plush and almost overstuffed; it swaddles you while you sleep. The Teton also has thoughtful features, like a pocket within the bag to store electronics. It is EN rated to 15 °F—and after many cold nights of sleeping under the stars, our testers found that number to be accurate. It’s worth noting, however, that this is a much warmer bag than many of the others we tested; at times it was too warm. A lifetime warranty covers manufacturer’s defects but not normal wear and tear.

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Feathered Friends Swallow YF 30 Sleeping Bag

Feathered Friends Swallow YF 30 Sleeping Bag

For serious backpackers

Cut wider for backpackers who sleep hot, this pricey bag is stuffed with lightweight down insulation, made in America, and backed by a solid warranty.

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Buy from Feathered Friends

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $390.

Feathered Friends Egret YF 20 Women's Sleeping Bag

Feathered Friends Egret YF 20 Women’s Sleeping Bag

For serious backpackers

The Egret 20 has all the advantages of the Swallow 30—lightweight down fill, a solid warranty, and it’s US-made—but with a narrower cut and more insulation for people who get cold at night.

Buying Options

Buy from Feathered Friends

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $410.

The lightweight Swallow YF 30 Sleeping Bag is a solid choice for people who bring a sleeping bag with them often while hiking or traveling. This bag is simple and unadorned yet filled with top-quality down. It is rated to 30 °F and offers a looser fit for wide bodies, making it a good buy for larger people. It’s not an ultralight bag, but its 900-plus fill-power down (more about fill power later, but in short, this means the bag is very lofty and therefore both lightweight and warm) is a rare find for below $400 and makes it light enough to carry easily on long-distance trips. All Feathered Friends products come with a lifetime guarantee and are made with certified RDS down.

Like the Swallow, the Feathered Friends Egret YF 20 is a high-end bag that is, nonetheless, a rare find for its price. Thoughtfully constructed, the Egret is made with top-quality materials resulting in a simple, proven design that works in all conditions. It is billed as a women’s bag, but we think the bag’s extra insulation makes it a good fit for anyone who sleeps cold. As with the Swallow, the Egret is backed by Feathered Friends’s lifetime warranty.

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Big Agnes Dream Island

Big Agnes Dream Island

The best double sleeping bag

The Big Agnes Dream Island is the most comfortable double bag for car-camping couples.

Buying Options

$270 from Backcountry
$270 from Amazon

The Big Agnes Dream Island is spacious, warm, and comfortable, with a built-in sleeping-pad sleeve that solves a problem it had never occurred to us to try to solve: the annoyance of bag and pad getting misaligned in the middle of the night. The pad, bought separately, replaces the synthetic polyester insulation on the bottom half of the bag, making the Big Agnes, which is rated to 15 °F, extra warm relative to its packed size. Since there is no insulation on the bottom of the Dream Island, it really needs to be paired with the sleeping pad to work. The sleeve fits one of Big Agnes’s 50-by-78-inch double air mattresses (such as the Hinman) or two standard 25-by-78-inch pads, like the Air Core Ultra. Many companies make car-camping pads with these larger-than-average dimensions, and any of them will fit the Dream Island just fine.

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Our pick

REI Co-op Siesta 30 Sleeping Bag

REI Co-op Siesta 30 Sleeping Bag

The best sleeping bag

The reasonably priced, poly-fill Siesta 30 is great if you need a bag that you’ll use primarily for car camping—it’s warm, comfortable, moisture resistant, easy to clean, and easy to stuff away.

Buying Options

$90* from REI

*At the time of publishing, the price was $85.

Upgrade pick

Montbell Down Hugger 650 #1

Montbell Down Hugger 650 #1

If you plan on doing some backpacking

Affordable for a down-filled bag, the Montbell has diagonal baffles that make it feel roomier than most mummy-style options, plus it comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s best for people with broad shoulders and narrower hips.

Buying Options

$280 from Montbell
Marmot Women’s Teton

Marmot Women’s Teton

If you plan on doing some backpacking

Better for more narrow-bodied people who sleep cold, the Teton is a warm bag (it’s rated to 15 °F) that’s made with silky-soft fabric and filled with well-lofted, water-resistant down. Marmot offers a lifetime warranty.

Buying Options

$301* from Backcountry

*At the time of publishing, the price was $280.

Also great

Feathered Friends Swallow YF 30 Sleeping Bag

Feathered Friends Swallow YF 30 Sleeping Bag

For serious backpackers

Cut wider for backpackers who sleep hot, this pricey bag is stuffed with lightweight down insulation, made in America, and backed by a solid warranty.

Buying Options

Buy from Feathered Friends

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $390.

Feathered Friends Egret YF 20 Women's Sleeping Bag

Feathered Friends Egret YF 20 Women’s Sleeping Bag

For serious backpackers

The Egret 20 has all the advantages of the Swallow 30—lightweight down fill, a solid warranty, and it’s US-made—but with a narrower cut and more insulation for people who get cold at night.

Buying Options

Buy from Feathered Friends

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $410.

Also great

Big Agnes Dream Island

Big Agnes Dream Island

The best double sleeping bag

The Big Agnes Dream Island is the most comfortable double bag for car-camping couples.

Buying Options

$270 from Backcountry
$270 from Amazon

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