How to Choose Sleeping Bags for Backpacking

Backpackers can be forgiven if they’re a little obsessive about the warmth-to-weight ratio of a sleeping bag. You can’t sleep well if you’re cold, and even an ultra-efficient ultralight bag will still be one of the heavier, bulkier items in your pack. So, time spent evaluating your backcountry sleep system is time well spent.

2-Pack Emergency Sleeping Bag Thermal Waterproof Survival Blanket for Outdoor Camping Hiking

When deciding on a sleeping bag for backpacking, consider these key factors:

  • Temperature rating: Choose a sleeping bag rated a little bit lower than the typical low temperatures you anticipate on your backpacking trips.
  • Sleep system: Being comfortable at a particular temperature depends on many other variables, especially the R-value of your sleeping pad, the other key component of your sleep system.
  • Type of insulation: The big choice is down vs. synthetic. Each has its pros and cons, explained below.
  • Weight: The quality of your insulation and the cut of your bag are the big factors. When you compare weights, compare bags with the same temperature rating.
  • Features: Consider the extras that make your bag work best for you, including types of adjustment features, stash pockets, pad compatibility and more.
2019 New Naturehike Goose Down Mummy Sleeping Bag Winter 20D 400T Nylon Waterproof Warm Sleeping Bag Portable Camping Travel
$284.00 – $515.00

What’s the Difference Between a Backpacking and a Camping Sleeping Bag? In general, backpacking bags differ from camping bags in three ways:

Camping Sleeping Bag Compression Stuff Sack Leisure Hammock Storage Packs Lightweight package For Travel Camping Hiking
$23.55 – $23.71

The distinction between backpacking and camping bags is not a hard-and-fast one. So, If you’ll be doing both activities, go with a backpacking bag because every ounce counts when you carry it in a pack rather than in a car.

2020 New Sleeping Bag Comfortable Humanoid Sleeping bag outdoor camping lazy bag winter backpacking Travel Hiking Equipment
$82.17 – $90.09
3f ul gear Tyvek sleeping bag cover liner waterproof Bivy bag
$48.27 – $58.17
4 Seasons Waterproof Sleeping Bag Single Person Camping Hiking Case Envelope Zip Sleeping Bag For Outdoor Traveling Hiking
$29.41 – $41.46
75/110cm x 210cm Ultralight Design Outdoor Sleeping Bag Camping Hiking Bag Liner Portable Folding Travel Bags
$36.04 – $46.75
Athenaegis ultralight comfortable waterproof 1200g white goose down filling can be spliced winter sleeping bag
$116.18 $95.88


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