7 Best Sleeping Bags Review 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

Cheers, ready for the new camping season? It’s time to check your backpack. Whether you are a veteran camper or a new bee, a quality and comfortable sleeping bag must be on your list with a camping tent (Check the best 10 camping tent review 2017).

So, if you are looking for a new sleeping bag that suits both your camping tent and budget, this review gives you answers from buying questions to a carefully shortlisted best sleeping bag list 2017. We are pretty sure that you will make a good purchase after going through this review.

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Sleeping Bag Purchasing Guide

How to Choose Admittedly at first sight, most sleeping bags on market look alike. Besides their price tags, why does one sleeping bag outscore the other? Please check with the following factors in mind.

  • Warmth / Seasonality

The first thing and reason to choose a sleeping bag, perhaps. Similar to camping tents which can be classified by 3-season and 4-season, sleeping bags come with different temperature ratings. Sleeping bags rated between 15F to 35F are considered to be good 3-season sleeping bags. And those rated below 15F are considered to be 4-season bags. Remember you can always get warmer by adding layers (e.g. a down jacket and a base layer will definitely do the trick).

  • Weight

For a backpacker, the load is a major concern. As one of the heaviest in your backpack, you need to balance carefully between the weight and warmth. A cold sleeper may take an advantage in this case.

  • Filling Material

Something that relates with both the weight and warmth. Some sleeping bags have synthetic filling material, while others have down filling material. Like a winter coat, down filling sleeping bags are more expensive, lighter, warmer and last longer with good care. On the other hand, synthetic sleeping bags are cheaper, heavier, warmer in wet condition, and requires less care. We suggest choose by your sleeping type, camping season and budget.

  • Functionality

Some sleeping bags come with thoughtful features. A full-length sturdy zipper will be more flexible and convenient in use. An extra waterproof layer will keep you warm in rainy or humid days. A hood will create a complete heat insulation system to better retain the heat inside.

7 Best Sleeping Bag List Review 2017

Item TempWeightFillBudget
NEMO Salsa Sleeping Bag15F-30F3lbsDown Check Price
Big Agnes Lost Ranger Bag15F1lbsDown Check Price
Outdoor Vitals
(Our Choice)
15F2lbsDown Check Price
TETON Sports Mammoth
0F-20F16.5lbsDown Check Price
Shavano 32F Ultralight 32F2.09lbsDown Check Price
Kelty Tuck 22F Sleeping Bag
(Our Choice)
22F3lbsSynthetic Check Price
MountainHardwear Lamina Z22F4.7lbsSynthetic Check Price

If you are in a hurry, just check our Editor’s choices

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1.NEMO Salsa Sleeping BagNEMO Salsa Sleeping Bag

NEMO Salsa Sleeping Bag tops our list for its unrivalled user experience. First, this sleeping bag is very roomy, with stretch stitching and considerate spoon shape design for knees and elbows. The shell is made of 30D Nylon Micro Taffeta, which is silky smooth against skin. Filled by 650FP DownTek, which is water repellent, super light and keeps you warm at 15F. With the full length side zipper, getting over heated isn’t a problem either.

 

  • Roomy
  • Premium Shell Material
  • High Quality Down Insulation
  • Neat Storage
  • Price

2.Big Agnes Lost Ranger Sleeping BagBig Agnes Lost Ranger Sleeping Bag

If you are looking for a good sleeping bag, the Big Agnes Lost Ranger Sleeping Bag won’t be a disappointment. It offers ample room in there to move around, , which means ample room to lose overheat. The bag is a solid made, good construction, and well-designed sleeping system. Take the zipper as an example, it unzips all the way to the bottom, and stays in the same place instead of ending up twisted around underneath you and nowhere to be retrieved.

The Big Agnes Lost Ranger Sleeping Bag comes with a nice storage sack and can be easily fit into your backpack. As for the temperature experience, it might be a bit inaccurate. Yet sleeping comfort is such a personal thing, and this one can get really hot if you used a sleeping pad and combine both together. A great built product.

In addition, we really appreciate its additional features: adjustable contoured hood, pillow pocket, zippered watch pocket, and DWR treated down-proof nylon ripstop shell. With a nice storage bag, NEMO Salsa Sleeping Bag packs away very neatly and fit up in the hood. A great bag.

  • Roomy
  • Side-Sleeper Friendly
  • High Quality Down Insulation
  • Neat Storage
  • InaccurateTemp Rating
  • Inside temp rises more slowly

3.Outdoor VitalsOutdoor Vitals Sleeping Bag

If you are a cold sleeper or looking for a budget quality 4-season sleeping bag, this is what we recommend first. The Outdoor Vitals features the highest quality down fill (800FP) which we have ever seen. We just feel so warm and nice in a 10F-15F night. With such high quality down fill, this sleeping bag is ultra light. The exclusive VitalDry DWR coating repels water off of the shell of the sleeping bag, keeping you dry and comfortable in wet days.

We all expect the Outdoor Vitals to last a couple of decades. Heavy duty YKK zippers are of the highest standard zippers you can get. It is of awesome value and your reliable partner in cold wet days.

  • High Quality Down Fill 800FS
  • Lightweight
  • Premium Zipper
  • Easy Package
  • InaccurateTemp Rating
  • Not waterproof down.

4.TETON Sports Mammoth Queen Size Sleeping BagTETON Sports Sleeping Bag

TETON Sports Mammoth Queen Size is a truly HUGE family camping bag, the Mammoth easily fits couples and even a child or pet. It’s nearly as big as a queen size bed, with zippers on both sides to get in and out without waking up your partner and controlling the temperature on each side. A third zipper on bottom means you can separate the bag into two quilted blankets. The outer layer is sturdy and soft, and the inner lining is very soft and cozy.

The Mammoth Queen Size comes with 0ºF and +20ºF Temperature rating options. It’s a great sleeping bag and so warm for cooler nights. Everything’s perfect except for its bulky size, we highly recommend it for car camping.

  • Huge Queen Size
  • Three Zippers Design
  • Ultra Warm
  • Premium Shell Material
  • Heavy and Bulky
  • Tough work to fold and unfold

5.Shavano 32F UltralightMummy Down Sleeping BagHyke & Byke Sleeping Bag

Looking for a light bag to reduce your pack load during a spring hiking? We recommend the Shavano 32F Ultralight Mummy Down Sleeping Bag. This bag features silky inner layer, ultra light 32F duck down design. Weighing less than 2lbs, it is perfect for thru-hiking, backpacking, and camping. If dressed and treated properly, this bag boasts superior weight-to-warmth ratio. It suffices to be your ultimate sleeping bag for saving space and weight.

At less than $100, the Shavano 32F Ultralight bag is everything you wanted for a handy mummy bag. We are impressed by how small the bag can compress. If you take proper care of it, it will serve you very well out in the field.

  • Price
  • Ultra Light
  • Easy Compress and Store
  • Keep you warm at 32F+
  • Cold sleepers not recommended
  • Cheap Zipper

6.Kelty Tuck 22Degree Sleeping BagKelty Tuck 22 Degree Sleeping Bag

Most campers would prefer a down bag, but this Kelty Tuck 22 Degree Sleeping Bag is a true winner among synthetic fill sleeping bags. We are absolutely amazed at its price-performance. It delivers outstanding warmth, weight, and price balance thanks to the exclusive ThermaPro™ insulation tech.

We feel comfortable in it at 30F and is fine with warm wrap at 20F. The interior is soft and comfortable and it compresses really well.

Another unique feature of Kelty Tuck 22F Sleeping Bag is the comfort tuck for the feet, to put your feet out on a warmer night. We also love its little pocket on the inside to put my earplugs and other accessories in the night. A steal of a value.

  • Price
  • Warmth
  • Light
  • Nice feet tuck design
  • Should area is a bit narrow.
  • Zipper is not very smooth.

7.Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Flame 22 Sleeping BagMountain Hardwear Sleeping Bag

The Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Flame 22F is a very nice synthetic bag. Its synthetic fill delivers outstanding compressibility and maintains excellent loft, and will be a plus when/if it gets wet. In addition, the bag packs really small without much effort. We love its comfort footbox design which follows natural foot position for maximum warmth and comfort.

The Lamina Z Flame 22 sleeping bag features Lamina construction enhances loft and eliminates cold spots. At 35F we are warm with basic long john and we are confident it will do just as well at 22F-30F. It won’t be a disappointment for the price.

  • Warmth
  • Easy Compress
  • Foot box design
  • Small size when compressed
  • Weight
  • Not recommended for 6ft+ campers

 

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