No matter where your travels take you, from national parks to backwoods to back porches, a camping sleeping bag remains a trusty companion. Since space and weight are not at a premium when you can drive to your destination, the comfort dial can get turned way up. There’s no need to suffer through the night in a constricting mummy bag, so options in this category tend to lean more towards a traditional rectangular shape or a roomier mummy. Below we rank our top picks for 2024, and if you need some background information, our comparison table and buying advice dive into topics like fill type and temperature rating. To complete your camping kit, we've also tested and written about camping mattresses and camping tents.
 


Our Team's Camping Sleeping Bag Picks



Best Overall Camping Sleeping Bag

1. REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 20 ($139)

REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 20 sleeping bagShape: Rectangular
Temperature rating: 20°F
Fill: Synthetic
Weight: 3 lb. 10.7 oz.
What we like: Solid comfort, warmth, features, and build quality at a good price.
What we don’t: Heavier and less compressible than mummy bags (although it’s a nice improvement from the past model).

Mummy bags are popular for both camping and backpacking, but rectangular bags are roomier and can offer an even better sleeping experience. Our top pick in this category is REI Co-op’s Siesta Hooded 20, which replaced the Siesta 25 for 2023. For a reasonable $139, you get a high-quality bag with a useful 20-degree temperature rating, which is great for three-season car camping in a variety of conditions. Unlike many other rectangular bags, the Siesta also comes with a hood to boost warmth and secure your pillow, and the interior stash pocket is helpful for stowing items like a cell phone or headlamp that you might want to keep close at night. Finally, we love the handy zipper system that includes a full zip on one side and partial zipper on the other for airing things or transforming the bag into a quilt in warm weather (you can also now connect two single bags to form a double, which you couldn’t do with the prior version). Added up, the Siesta is comfy, well appointed, and a fantastic value.

Keep in mind that a rectangular bag is heavier than a mummy for the warmth and doesn’t pack away nearly as small, so the Siesta isn’t intended for traveling far from your car or stuffing down into a pack. To be fair, the 3-pound-10.7-ounce build—a significant 11.3 ounces lighter than its predecessor—stacks up well to the competition and undercuts alternatives like the Teton Sports Celsius (5 lb.) and The North Face Wawona Bed 20 (4 lb. 8 oz.) below, the latter of which omits a hood. Many will also appreciate the thoughtful warmth-trapping extras, including a draft collar and tube to seal out cold around the neck and drawstring cinches to snug things down. Again, it’s not the lightest or most compressible, but the Siesta checks all the boxes we look for in a quality camping sleeping bag at an affordable price point. For an even cheaper option from REI, their Trailmade 20 costs just $100 and is viable for short backpacking trips with its tighter mummy shape—at the sacrifice of some comfort—and smaller pack size.
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Best Double Sleeping Bag for Camping

2. Nemo Jazz 30 Double ($350)

Nemo Jazz 30 Double camping sleeping bagShape: Rectangular (double)
Temperature rating: 30°F
Fill: Synthetic
Weight: 8 lb. 15 oz.
What we like: A super comfortable and fully featured option for two campers; temperature rating feels generous.
What we don’t: Expensive, heavy, and bulky to stuff down; can't be separated into two single bags.

Car camping can be all about luxury, and for two people who don’t mind getting cozy, a double sleeping bag makes a whole lot of sense. Our favorite here is Nemo's Jazz 30 Double, which combines premium fabrics with generous dimensions and a functional feature set for two. The built-in bedsheet is one highlight: It’s exceptionally soft and comfortable, easy to remove with snaps at the sides, and machine-washable. In addition, the massive pillow pocket can fit two standard-sized pillows, the opening is wide with smooth-operating zippers, the integrated pad sleeve keeps things in place during the night, and the Blanket Fold draft collar effectively traps warmth. Finally, unlike many sleeping bags we’ve tested, the Jazz’s 30-degree rating actually feels pretty conservative–most couples should find it comfortable down to freezing or a little below (the large hood helps).

What are the shortcomings of the Nemo Jazz 30 Double? The most glaring is the steep $350 price tag, although the luxurious build does come with a lot of tangible benefits (especially when paired with a high-end camping mat like Nemo's Roamer Double). Like most two-person bags, the Jazz is also bulky and heavy at nearly 9 pounds, which is more than double many single rectangular bags. And unfortunately, you can’t separate the Jazz into two single bags like you can with Exped’s MegaSleep Duo below, although the top can be zipped fully down for airing out quickly on balmy nights. Another popular alternative to consider is Kelty’s Tru.Comfort Doublewide 20, which offers a modest step up in warmth for a considerable $140 less but is heavier, narrower, and less refined than the Jazz. In the end, it’s hard to beat the Nemo’s combination of comfort, build quality, and overall performance.
See the Nemo Jazz 30 Double

 

Best Budget Camping Sleeping Bag

3. Coleman Brazos 20 ($53)

Coleman Brazos 20Shape: Rectangular
Temperature rating: 20°F
Fill: Synthetic
Weight: 6 lb. 15.2 oz.
What we like: A great price for a relatively warm and comfortable bag.
What we don’t: Hefty, bulky, and materials are on the cheaper end.

At the budget end of the spectrum, Coleman makes a nice lineup of basic three-season sleeping bags for camping. Our current favorite is their Brazos 20, which checks most of the boxes for casual campers at a very palatable price point. Comfort-wise, it’s relatively cozy with a soft, flannel-like tricot lining and draft tube along the zipper to seal in warmth. You also get a thick outer shell that should stand up well to long-term use. As long as you set reasonable expectations, the Brazos should get the job done on cool to moderate summer and shoulder-season nights.

Cost and quality usually go hand in hand, and the Coleman Brazos’ build quality and materials are a step down from many of the other picks on our list. In terms of insulation, the bag is rated to keep you warm in 20- to 40-degree temperatures, but you’ll probably need some long underwear (and maybe an extra liner) at the lower end of that range. The Brazos is also noticeably hefty and bulky at just under 7 pounds and takes a good deal of effort to compress back into its stuff sack, and the zipper has been plagued by reports of stickiness and catching on the fabric. But we keep coming back to value: The Brazos outperforms its price tag and is all most recreational campers need (and nothing they don’t). 
See the Coleman Brazos 20

 

Best Crossover Camping and Backpacking Bag

4. Nemo Disco Endless Promise 15 ($320)

Nemo Disco 15 Endless PromiseShape: Semi-rectangular
Temperature rating: 16°F
Fill: 650-fill down
Weight: 2 lb. 11 oz.
What we like: Nice mix of comfort, weight, and packability with lots of premium features.
What we don’t: Expensive and a bit of a tweener: overkill for camping and a little heavy for backpacking. 

For campers looking for a sleeping bag that can pull double duty on the occasional backpacking trip, we like Nemo’s Disco. With a 16-degree temperature rating, sub-3-pound weight, and decently packable build (it even includes a compression stuff sack), the Disco is fully serviceable for short forays into the backcountry. Just as importantly, it’s supremely comfortable for camping thanks to its unique “spoon” shape, which resembles a mummy bag but with a noticeable boost in space around the knees and elbows. This makes it less restrictive inside, particularly for side sleepers and those prone to tossing and turning. And with a recent update, the Disco is now part of the brand’s Endless Promise collection, meaning it can be repaired, resold, or recycled at the end of its life to reduce waste (you can read more about Nemo’s process here). You pay a steep premium at $320, but the top-end build quality and versatility do help justify the cost—after all, there's no need to purchase (or store) a separate bag for backpacking.

In addition to its spoon shape, Nemo included a number of creative features on the Disco. One of our favorites is the two zippered “gills” along the top of the bag that can be opened on warm nights to keep you from overheating. Further, there’s a small blanket built into the collar that can be folded out or tucked in and around your neck depending on nighttime temperatures. It’s true that the Disco isn’t a perfect all-in-one answer—it’s overkill for car camping in hot weather (there is a Disco Endless Promise 30 available), and dedicated backpackers may want something even lighter and more compressible—but we love the balanced and adaptable design. For a cheaper option from Nemo that shares similar features but is lacking in backcountry appeal, check out their Forte Endless Promise 20 below. 
See the Men's Disco Endless Promise 15  See the Women's Disco Endless Promise 15

 

Best Camping Sleeping Bag for Cold Weather

5. REI Co-op Frostbreak 5 ($139)

REI Co-op Frostbreak 5 camping sleeping bagShape: Mummy
Temperature rating: 5°F
Fill: Synthetic
Weight: 5 lb. 1 oz.
What we like: Excellent price for the level of warmth.
What we don’t: We don’t advise pushing the temperature limit; heavy and bulky.

Most of the picks on our list are geared toward three-season use, but for campers who like to get out year-round, a cold-weather bag is essential. In this category, REI Co-op’s Frostbreak 5 stands out for its excellent warmth at a very reasonable price. In contrast to the rectangular Siesta above, the Frostbreak has a narrower “relaxed mummy” shape that trims away material at the shoulders, hips, and feet to minimize cold spots while still providing enough room to comfortably roll around during the night. Other functional additions include a well-insulated hood, draft tube, and differentiated drawcords (one round and one flat) that make it easy to adjust the aperture in the dark. Added up, the Frostbreak is an excellent value for casual winter adventurers.

That said, the REI does have some notable limitations for heart-of-weather use. As with most bags on the market, we wouldn’t recommend taking the Frostbreak all the way down to its minimum temperature rating (it’s best to add a 10-degree buffer). Given the synthetic build, it’s also noticeably heavy and bulky at just over 5 pounds for the “regular” size. If you’re a backpacker headed deep into the wilderness, you’ll likely want to spend up for a down-insulated bag that’s lighter and more compressible. But for car camping in subfreezing conditions, the Frostbreak is perfectly viable and won’t break the bank, which is a winning combination for many.
See the REI Co-op Frostbreak 5

 

Best of the Rest

6. The North Face Wawona Bed 20 ($130)

The North Face Wawona Bed 20 sleeping bagShape: Rectangular
Temperature rating: 20°F
Fill: Synthetic
Weight: 4 lb. 8 oz.
What we like: A viable competitor to the Siesta above in comfort and warmth.
What we don’t: Heavier, less packable, and doesn’t include a hood.

Like REI’s Siesta 20 above, The North Face’s Wawona Bed 20—which replaced their popular Eco Trail Bed 20 for 2023—is a well-rounded rectangular bag that nicely balances warmth, comfort, and cost. For $9 less than the Siesta, the Wawona Bed boasts a three-season-friendly temperature rating of 20 degrees, which will keep you comfortable down to around freezing if you factor in our recommended 10-degree buffer (just make sure to wear a beanie). The bag also has an impressively soft interior with a fleece-like lining towards the top and includes nifty details like a full-length zipper that opens it up for use as a blanket (bonus: You can zip two Wawona Beds together to form a double bag). Taken together, it’s an affordable but well-built design that will keep you cozy on most shoulder-season and summertime trips.

Despite costing a little less than the REI Siesta 20, The North Face Wawona Bed 20 falls slightly short in most other areas. Specifically, the REI includes a hood, weighs nearly a pound less, and packs down smaller. Further, while the past-generation Eco Trail Bed was a little longer than the REI bag at 78 inches for the “regular” size, the latest Wawona Bed now has identical dimensions to the Siesta. In the end, the REI’s advantages in features and weight make the Wawona Bed seem a little less competitive in today’s market, but both are quality designs from leading manufacturers. The North Face also sells the bag in a two-person version, which is a more wallet-friendly alternative to the Nemo Jazz above for those willing to compromise a little on features and overall comfort. And for those who don’t want to sacrifice a hood, TNF’s Homestead Bed is $60 more than the Siesta but lighter and softer inside.
See The North Face Wawona Bed 20

 

7. Kelty Cosmic Down 20 ($165)

Kelty Cosmic Down 20Shape: Mummy
Temperature rating: 21°F
Fill: 550-fill down
Weight: 2 lb. 8.3 oz.
What we like: Great crossover bag; down insulation at a value price.
What we don’t: Too snug for comfort seekers; no longer uses hydrophobic down.

Kelty’s popular Cosmic Down 20 has been a mainstay in their lineup for years and remains a popular choice among campers and backpackers alike. For starters, you get a respectable weight of 2 pounds 8.3 ounces, which is the lightest three-season option on our list (Kelty’s own Galactic 30 below weighs around the same but is far less versatile). Along with a healthy dose of 550-fill down, the bag offers cozy warmth and good compressibility. And considering the typical price of a down bag, the Cosmic Down's $165 MSRP really stands out.

It’s worth noting that Kelty recently released an updated version of the Cosmic Down 20, with key changes including a recycled shell and 6-inch-wider footbox. However, weight went up considerably (the new version is over 4 lb.), which nixes the bag’s crossover appeal. The latest Cosmic is also out of stock at the time of publishing. We’ve opted to keep the outgoing version listed here until it’s gone (bonus: It’s discounted while supplies last), as we consider it more well-rounded than its successor—especially for those who like to venture into the backcountry on occasion. The Cosmic collection also includes a synthetic version of the bag that costs less but is heavier and less compressible, along with new Ultra models that swap in more premium 800-fill down to reduce weight and packed size.
See the Men's Kelty Cosmic Down 20  See the Women's Kelty Cosmic Down 20

 

8. Teton Sports Celsius ($72)

Teton Sports Celsius sleeping bagShape: Rectangular
Temperature rating: 0°F
Fill: Synthetic
Weight: 5 lb.
What we like: Mummy hood increases warmth in cold temperatures.
What we don’t: Cheap build quality.

Teton Sports is a value-oriented brand, and their camping-ready Celsius offers a lot of bang for your buck. For around $70 on Amazon at the time of publishing, you get a 0-degree temperature rating and a unique construction that attaches a mummy bag’s hood to a rectangular bag. And while the temperature rating is very generous—depending on how warm or cold you run, it may not even be comfortable around freezing—the Celsius does an admirable job sealing out the cold with insulation around your head and a drawcord at the top.

As expected at this price point, the Teton Sports Celsius falls short of more expensive bags in build quality and overall comfort. To start, the shell fabric feels cheap and the zipper can be finicky to use. Further, the polyester fill does not compress well, and it can be a real pain trying to stuff it back into the included storage bag. But it delivers on warmth, which is why it’s a top seller year after year. Just be aware that the Celsius runs consistently short, and we needed to go up a length to get a proper fit. For another cold-weather option from Teton, check out their Deer Hunter collection, which includes bags rated all the way down to -35 degrees (although again, temperature ratings can be subjective, and it’s important to add in a sizable buffer).
See the Teton Sports Celsius

 

9. REI Co-op HunkerDown 20 ($199)

REI Co-op HunkerDown 20 camping sleeping bagShape: Rectangular
Temperature rating: 20°F
Fill: 600-fill down
Weight: 3 lb. 12 oz.
What we like: Great comfort and full feature set with higher-quality down than the Cosmic above.
What we don’t: Heavier and pricier than the Kelty.

REI Co-op consistently does a great job at providing a lot of bang for your buck (as evidenced by their Siesta and Frostbreak above), and their HunkerDown 20 is another shining example. For a reasonable $199, you get a quality bag with 600-fill-power down insulation, excellent comfort and roominess thanks to the soft fabrics and rectangular shape, and a full suite of functional features. We especially like the oversized hood that can accommodate a standard pillow (bonus: It folds down when not in use) and wraparound zipper that allows you to open the bag up for use as a quilt in warm weather. Finally, we appreciate the brand’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, including the use of RDS-certified insulation and bluesign-approved materials.

How does the REI HunkerDown stack up to Kelty’s Cosmic Down above? Both bags provide good three-season warmth with 20-degree temperature ratings, but the REI uses slightly higher-quality 600-fill-power down compared to the Kelty’s 550-fill insulation. The Kelty is the better crossover option for those who like to throw backpacking into the mix with a lighter weight (by a considerable 1 lb. 3.7 oz.), but the mummy shape is much narrower and more restrictive than the generously sized REI (the shoulders and hips are wider by 4 in. and 8 in. respectively). Finally, the Cosmic Down strikes us as the better value at $165 (currently even less on sale), but a final decision will come down to how you prioritize weight, packability, and comfort. For those who regularly camp with a significant other, REI also makes a double version that’s equally comfortable and well built.
See the REI Co-op HunkerDown 20

 

10. Exped MegaSleep Duo 25/40 ($200)

Exped Megasleep Duo 25 sleeping bagShape: Rectangular (double)
Temperature rating: 25° and 40°F
Fill: Synthetic
Weight: 4 lb. 6.2 oz.
What we like: A reasonably light and compact double bag that can transform into two singles.
What we don’t: Not that warm.

There aren’t a ton of innovative ideas cropping up in the camping sleeping bag market, but we like Exped's creative MegaSleep Duo 25/40. In short, this design addresses our main complaint about double bags: versatility when you need to sleep solo. Exped accomplishes this by including what amounts to two separate sleeping bags (one with a 40°F rating and the other with a 25°F rating). And for trips when you want the double bag functionality, it’s easy to connect the Duo’s two pieces for a cozy and comfortable setup.

However, as with most rectangular models, the MegaSleep Duo lacks warmth-trapping features like a tapered cut and cinchable hood for sealing out the cold. In other words, the 25-degree rating should suffice for most summer camping trips, but not much beyond that. On the bright side, it’s reasonably light (4 lb. 6.2 oz. for the “Medium Double”) and packable for the size, measuring a relatively compact 27.6 x 22.8 x 11.8 inches when compressed. If you’re looking for a dual camping and backpacking option, a bag like the Kelty Cosmic 20 above wins out with better warmth for the weight. But with the ability to sleep with a partner or on your own, the MegaSleep Duo gets a spot on our list for 2024.
See the Exped MegaSleep Duo 25/40

 

11. Nemo Forte Endless Promise 20 ($220)

Nemo Forte Endless Promise sleeping bagShape: Semi-rectangular
Temperature rating: 19°F
Fill: Synthetic
Weight: 3 lb. 7 oz.
What we like: A sustainable take on one of our favorite Nemo bags.
What we don’t: No longer a viable crossover option for occasional backcountry use.

We covered Nemo’s Disco above, which is a nice crossover option for those who like to get out into the backcountry on occasion. However, that bag doesn’t come cheap at $320, and car campers uninterested in roughing it can save a considerable $100 with the Forte Endless Promise 20. In this case, Nemo opted for synthetic rather than down fill, which translates to a higher weight and bulkier packed size. But most of the premium features remain, including the roomy “spoon” shape that’s a boon for side and finicky sleepers, an integrated pillow pocket, zippered “gills” to regulate temperature, a built-in blanket along the collar, and even a compression sack for stuffing it down. All told, it’s another thoughtfully made Nemo bag that’s high on comfort and quality.

It's worth noting that the Forte Endless Promise replaced the standard Forte last year, and we have mixed feelings about the changes. On the bright side, the latest bag is one of the most sustainably built designs on the market (along with Nemo’s own Disco above) with a fully recycled shell and insulation, along with bluesign-approved materials. Like the Disco, the Forte is also recyclable at the end of its lifespan, which is a nice solution for helping reduce waste. However, at 3 pounds 7 ounces, the Forte Endless Promise is a considerable 9 ounces heavier than its predecessor and no longer a viable crossover option for backpacking. Price also went up by $20, making the latest model even less of a value. But for environmentally conscious campers who put a premium on comfort, there’s a whole lot to like about the Forte Endless Promise. 
See the Men's Forte Endless Promise 20  See the Women's Forte Endless Promise 20

 

12. Kelty Galactic 30 ($160)

Kelty Galactic 30 camping sleeping bagShape: Rectangular
Temperature rating: 30°F
Fill: 550-fill down
Weight: 2 lb. 11 oz.
What we like: Cozy down insulation and a roomy rectangular shape.
What we don’t: Less versatile than the Cosmic Down above.

Colorado-based Kelty has been in the camping business for a long time, and we like what they’ve come up with in the Galactic 30. What makes this bag unique is its combination of quality 550-fill-power down with a rectangular shape. Most traditional camping bags stick to synthetic fill for cost savings, but lofty down clusters offer a premium feel and warmth that polyester just can’t match. And as we’ve come to expect from Kelty, the Galactic is solidly built and priced pretty affordably at $160, which is around $40 less than REI’s similarly intentioned Hunkerdown above.

What are the downsides in choosing the Galactic 30? First off, the latest Galactic no longer has a hydrophobic treatment on the down, which we appreciated on the past model for added wet-weather protection. Further, unlike REI's Hunkerdown above, the Galactic omits a hood, which is extremely useful for maximizing warmth. Finally, the rectangular shape and 30-degree temperature rating mean that it isn’t viable for most backpacking trips, which is one of the main reasons to go with a packable and lightweight down bag. As a result, the mummy-shaped Kelty Cosmic Down above is a more versatile crossover camping/backpacking option, but we still love the recipe of cozy down warmth in a roomy and affordable package.
See the Kelty Galactic 30

 

13. The North Face One Bag ($350)

The North Face One Bag sleeping bagShape: Mummy
Temperature rating: 5°, 20°, and 40°F
Fill: Synthetic; 800-fill down
Weight: 3 lb. 13 oz.
What we like: Three sleeping bags in one.
What we don’t: Expensive.

For a fun take on warmth regulation and year-round comfort, The North Face’s One Bag features a unique layering system that allows you to swap between three different temperature ratings. During summer months or warm nights, you can use the basic synthetic-insulated bag with its 40-degree limit. Then, as the temperature drops, zip on the 800-fill goose down midlayer (to 20°F) or add the third section on top for winter camping (5°F rating). At less than 4 pounds with all layers connected, the One Bag is streamlined, lightweight, and reasonably packable. The rest of the design is equally premium, including a water-resistant YKK main zipper, roomier-than-average hood, and fleece-lined compression sack that can pull double duty as a pillow.

What are the drawbacks of this all-in-one system? For starters, at $350, The North Face One Bag is very expensive for camping use. Further, the zippers can be finicky and difficult to use—in other words, switching between layers isn’t an entirely seamless process. And although relatively lightweight, the One Bag is on the heavy end for backpacking (it will do the trick for short trips, however). All things considered, The North Face One Bag is a well-executed and highly versatile option for year-round adventuring. For similar adaptability without breaking the bank, check out Teton Sports’ Polara 3-in-1, which is considerably cheaper but less premium. A final option to consider is TNF's own Dolomite One, which is a synthetic take on the One Bag that’s heavier and less warm but half the price.
See the The North Face One Bag

 

14. Coleman Kompact 20 ($100)

Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bagShape: Rectangular
Temperature rating: 20°F
Fill: Synthetic
Weight: 5 lb. 12.8 oz.
What we like: Another good value from Coleman with a focus on compressibility.
What we don’t: Surprisingly hefty given its packability and lacking in attention to detail.

Synthetic sleeping bags are a dime a dozen in 2024, but Coleman continues to stand out for their strong focus on value. The Kompact 20 here is no exception, combining the affordability that Coleman is known for with many of the features we look for in a quality three-season bag. These include soft yet durable fabrics, an insulated draft tube to seal in warmth, and a roomy rectangular shape that’s comfortable and not restrictive. And as its name suggests, the Kompact packs down pretty well for a 20-degree synthetic bag, measuring 9.8 x 15.7 inches when compressed into its stuff sack (for comparison, The North Wawona Bed 20 above is larger at 11 x 20 in.).

That said, you do make some concessions by saving with the Coleman Kompact 20. Attention to detail is one area of weakness, including numerous reports of snagging zippers, an interior pocket that’s prohibitively small, and less warmth than the 20-degree temperature rating would suggest (it’s best to add in a sizable buffer). Additionally, despite the decent packability, the Kompact is one of the heaviest single-person bags on our list at nearly 6 pounds (even REI’s four-season-ready Frostbreak 5 above is lighter at 5 lb. 1 oz.). But these downsides do little to detract from the Coleman’s value, and it’s a considerable step up in build quality compared to their 20-degree Brazos above (which is also heavier at 6 lb. 15.2 oz.).
See the Coleman Kompact 20

 

15. Big Agnes Lost Ranger 3N1 15° ($400)

Big Agnes Lost Ranger 3N1 15 camping sleeping bagShape: Semi-rectangular
Temperature rating: 15°, 35°, and 50°F
Fill: 650-fill down
Weight: 2 lb. 13 oz.
What we like: A highly adaptable and fully featured system that crosses over well for backpacking.
What we don’t: The priciest bag on our list without enough to show for it.

Similar to The North Face’s One Bag above, Big Agnes’ Lost Ranger 3N1 uses an innovative layering system for adapting to shifting conditions. In this case, you get two down-filled bags (the One Bag has a synthetic outer bag and down midlayer) that can be paired together on cold nights or separated in warmer temps. The outer bag has a roomy semi-rectangular shape (similar to Nemo's Disco and Forte above) that’s wider at the shoulders than The North Face, while the inner bag mimics the brand’s Sidewinder, which targets side sleepers with a cocoon-style shape that’s relaxed enough for moving around. With both bags combined, the Lost Ranger is four-season-ready with a 15-degree temperature rating (there's a warmer 0-degree variation available), while the inner and outer bags on their own provide warmth down to 35 and 50 degrees respectively. At 2 pounds 13 ounces all in, it adds up to a highly versatile system that crosses over nicely for backpacking, too.

Big Agnes didn’t skimp on the details with the Lost Ranger 3N1: Both bags have two-way zippers for airing things out in balmy weather, and the Pad Cinch System makes it easy to secure a sleeping pad underneath with a self-equalizing drawcord to prevent sliding around throughout the night. You also get a scuba-style hood on the inner bag for sealing in heat, while the outer bag features a thick draft collar and pockets near the top for warming your hands or stashing small valuables. These additions do come at a cost, however, and in this case, it’s a steep $400, making the Lost Ranger the most expensive option here. For $50 less, the aforementioned One Bag is slightly warmer with 5-, 20-, or 40-degree temperature ratings depending on the configuration. The Big Agnes is lighter by a pound and packs down smaller, making it the better match for those who plan to add backpacking to the mix. But for strictly car camping, we struggle to justify the added expense.
See the Men's Lost Ranger 3N1  See the Women's Roxy Ann 3N1

 

Camping Sleeping Bag Comparison Table

Sleeping Bag Price Shape Temp Insulation Weight Packed
REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 20 $139 Rectangular 20°F Synthetic 3 lb. 10.7 oz. 11.8 x 20.5 in.
Nemo Jazz 30 Double $350 Rectangular 30°F Synthetic 8 lb. 15 oz. 16 x 33 in.
Coleman Brazos 20 $53 Rectangular 20°F Synthetic 6 lb. 15 oz. 11.5 x 19 in.
Nemo Disco Endless Promise 15 $320 Semi-rectangular 16°F 650-fill down 2 lb. 11 oz. 8 x 11.5 in.
REI Co-op Frostbreak 5 $139 Mummy 5°F Synthetic 5 lb. 1 oz. 11.5 x 23 in.
The North Face Wawona Bed 20 $130 Rectangular 20°F Synthetic 4 lb. 8 oz. 11 x 20 in.
Kelty Cosmic Down 20 $165 Mummy 21°F 550-fill down 2 lb. 8.3 oz. 8 x 13 in.
Teton Sports Celsius $72 Rectangular 0°F Synthetic 5 lb. 10 x 15 in.
REI Co-op HunkerDown 20 $199 Rectangular 20°F 600-fill down 3 lb. 12 oz. Unavail.
Exped MegaSleep Duo 25/40 $200 Rectangular 25°, 40°F Synthetic 4 lb. 6.2 oz. 12 x 28 in.
Nemo Forte Endless Promise 20 $220 Semi-rectangular 19°F Synthetic 3 lb. 11 oz. 9.5 x 18 in.
Kelty Galactic 30 $160 Rectangular 30°F 550-fill down 2 lb. 11 oz. 7.5 x 15 in.
The North Face One Bag $350 Mummy 5°, 20°, 40°F Synthetic/
800-fill down
3 lb. 12 oz. Unavail.
Coleman Kompact 20 $100 Rectangular 20°F Synthetic 5 lb. 13 oz. 9.8 x 15.7 in.
Big Agnes Lost Ranger 3N1 $400 Semi-rectangular 15°, 35°, 50°F 650-fill down 2 lb. 13 oz. 8 x 17.5 in.

 

Camping Sleeping Bag Buying Advice

Sleeping Bag Shapes: Rectangular vs. Mummy

Camping sleeping bags fall into two general categories: rectangular bags that offer plenty of room to roll around and pared-down mummy designs. Most campers stick to the more spacious rectangular shape: These versatile bags can often be completely unzipped down one side for use as a quilt on hot nights or as a blanket for two. Most don’t include a hood, so plan your sleepwear accordingly—e.g., a beanie or hooded jacket—if you run cold or are expecting cooler temperatures (there are exceptions to this rule, like REI’s Siesta Hooded 20). Also, most rectangular bags are heavy and don't pack down small, so if you are looking for an all-in-one option for camping and backpacking, we recommend choosing a mummy-style bag instead.

Camping sleeping bag (putting pillow in hood of REI Siesta)
Unlike most rectangular bags, the REI Siesta includes a hood for added warmth 

Mummy sleeping bags trim away material in the shoulders, hips, and feet for a shape that mimics your body. The advantage of having a tapered cut is there is little extra space for cold spots to creep in. And with a quality hood cinched around the top of your head, you can really maximize the temperature rating potential. If you find yourself at higher elevations or in colder temperatures, a mummy bag is a great option.

Camping sleeping bags (Kelty Cosmic Down and Coleman Kompact 20 in tent)
Rectangular bags have the clear edge in roominess

A final shape worth mentioning is the semi-rectangular bag, which—as the name implies—shares commonalities with both rectangular and mummy designs. In terms of dimensions, they’re typically roomier than standard mummy bags (particularly at the shoulders and hips) but not overly generous like some rectangular models. All in all, semi-rectangular bags typically offer a good mix of comfort and weight, shaving away excess material while still providing enough space to roll around during the night. For instance, Nemo’s Disco Endless Promise 15 and Forte Endless Promise 20 have roomier fits than most traditional mummy bags, with a noticeable boost in space around the knees and elbows.

Camping sleeping bag (laying out Nemo Forte 20 in tent)
Nemo's spoon-shaped Forte is roomier than traditional mummy bags

Sleeping Bag Dimensions
Related to shape, a sleeping bag’s dimensions can have a sizable impact on all-night comfort, especially for folks with body types that depart from the standard fit mold. For reference, most standard-sized sleeping bags are 72 inches long, and shoulder and hip width vary depending on the shape: Rectangular bags are roomier in these areas, while mummy bags trim away fabric to minimize weight. To accommodate a wider range of body types, many manufacturers also offer “short” and/or “long” versions that typically share a similar width but with less or more length. For those with broader builds, Coleman offers a healthy lineup of “Big & Tall” bags that are 77 inches long and around 72 to 80 inches wide at the shoulders and hips. And Big Agnes took an innovative approach with their Wedgie Bag Expander, which allows you to add 7 inches of shoulder girth to many of their bags. The main takeaway: There are lots of shapes and sizes to choose from, and a final decision will come down to what fits your needs and feels best.


Temperature Rating

Let’s make this clear right off the bat: It’s important not to treat sleeping bag temperature ratings as hard truth. Unlike backpacking bags, which are mostly assigned a rating through a standardized process (formerly the EN rating system and more recently the ISO), individual manufacturers assign the ratings for the majority of camping bags. As such, there are some major discrepancies once you have them out in the real world. One reason for this is due to the shape of many camping bags—a rectangular bag that has a wide opening on one end will not retain heat in the same way a sealed-off mummy bag can. 

In the end, the temperature rating does have value and you should use it as a basic guideline. In choosing the proper approximate rating, try to get an idea of the very coldest temperature you'll be experiencing overnight. Once you have that number, it’s a good idea to build in a little buffer (we like an extra 10-15 degrees) to avoid getting cold. And keep in mind the temperature rating is closer to a survivability rating rather than being comfortable and warm. Other factors to consider are your age—people typically don’t sleep as warm the older they get—and whether you are a cold or warm sleeper. Most campers stick to the warmer months for their outdoor adventuring, and as a result, most of the sleeping bags on this list are rated in the 25-40 degree range.

Camping sleeping bag (EN rating)
When available, EN/ISO ratings are helpful for comparing sleeping bags

Down vs. Synthetic Insulation

There are two types of insulation used for camping sleeping bags: manmade synthetic fibers and down insulation made up of clusters of duck or goose feathers. Down offers the ultimate warmth-to-weight ratio along with excellent packability, which is why it’s highly valued for backpacking sleeping bags. For camping bags, however, weight and a compact stuffed size usually aren’t major considerations. In addition, down is much more expensive that synthetic insulation. For instance, even a “budget” down sleeping bag like the Kelty Cosmic Down 20, which uses lower-quality down (550-fill), costs around $30-$50 more than an equivalent synthetic option. And the gap is much larger for premium down bags, which can cost $400 or more.

Camping sleeping bag (Kelty Cosmic Down 20 packed up)
Kelty's $165 Cosmic Down 20 is pricier than many synthetic designs

Synthetic insulation dominates the camping sleeping bag category because of its affordability and practicality—10 of the 15 bags on this list have synthetic insulation (including The North Face's One Bag, which uses both synthetic and down fill). The compromises in choosing the cheaper fill type are relatively minimal for camping. With a car or camper to transport all of your gear, the larger stuffed size and extra weight are much less of a concern than when your sleeping bag has to be crammed into a pack and carried on your back. And should the insulation get wet, synthetics continue to keep you warm, unlike down feathers. For a full explanation of the two insulation types, see our article on down vs. synthetics.

Camping sleeping bags (inside tent)
Most campers choose synthetic-insulated sleeping bags

Price

Camping has a sweet simplicity to it, and one of the great things about driving (or walking a short distance) to your campsite, is that you don’t need anything too special from your camping sleeping bag. Realistically, you can get a great sleeping bag for under $100. Spending extra brings features like a softer touch liner and shell fabrics and a lighter overall weight, which is worth it for some, but most campers will be happy with a tough nylon shell, a healthy dose of synthetic fill, and a cozy flannel interior. The Teton Sports Celsius, which can be found on Amazon for around $70, is a great example: It's plenty warm, comfortable, and tough enough to keep using year after year. At the other end of the spectrum are ultra-premium designs like The North Face One Bag ($350), which use down insulation and come with a host of features (but again, many campers will be perfectly happy saving toward the cheaper end).

Camping sleeping bag (cozy)
Even budget-oriented bags can be pretty cozy on summer trips

Weight and Packability

For most, the primary weight and packability consideration for a camping bag is whether or not it can be carried from the garage to the car, squeezed in with the rest of your stuff, and then moved from the trunk to the tent. That said, we still recommend checking the weight and stuffed size that will be listed in the product specifications to get an idea of just how large and heavy the bags are. Synthetic bags are typically made with thicker fabrics and require more insulation to provide sufficient warmth, which can add up to a surprising amount of bulk. And if you’re considering a double bag (covered in more detail below), you’re talking about packed dimensions listed in feet rather than inches. If weight and packed size become important, a crossover backpacking/sleeping bag like the still-roomy Nemo Disco Endless Promise 15 reduces both.

Camping sleeping bag (Coleman Kompact 20 in tent)
Coleman's Kompact 20 is heavy at nearly 6 pounds

Sleeping Bag Lining and Comfort

The interior of a sleeping bag varies quite a bit between designs, but one general rule of thumb is that comfort correlates closely with price. Comparing two of our top picks, Coleman’s cheap Brazos 20 uses a tricot lining that’s reasonably cozy but less soft than The North Wawona Bed (especially the smooth fleece-like panel along the top of the Wawona’s interior). Some campers won’t mind missing out on the plush feel for the substantial cost savings (about $75 separates The North Face and Coleman options), but a well-made bag is undoubtedly a nice place to slip into at the end of the day. For those who plan to get out a lot, opting for an upgraded design may be worth it.


Zippers: ¾ Zip, Full Zip, No Zip

Mummy bags typically have a ¾-length side zip that requires some wriggling to get in and out of and can’t be opened up completely should you want to zip the sleeping bag together with another compatible bag. That’s why for camping, we prefer a bag that fully unzips. Not only is it easy to create a large and comfortable space for two if you zip it to another bag, but unzipping the bag on its own opens it up for use as a blanket. And if the bag has a tough exterior shell, you can use it as an outdoor picnic blanket in a pinch.

Camping sleeping bag (zipper)
We prefer a full zipper for camping

A third type is the no-zip style, which is limited to a couple designs (none of which made our list), including a handful from Sierra Designs. The large oval opening requires some modest flexibility and patience to get out of, but going zipper-less can be nice. There's no fumbling in the night for the zipper pull, and you don’t have to worry about snags or heat loss (if the bag lacks a good draft tube). But in the end, we don’t see the zipper-less concept completely taking over the market. Put simply, the in-and-out convenience and ability to use the bag as a blanket with a full-zip sleeping bag is the better answer for most campers.


Sleeping Bag Features

Sleeping bags inherently are barebones, but we’ve seen an uptick in available features on many mid-range and high-end models of late. Notable extras worth calling out are built-in pillows or pillow sleeves (the Nemo Disco and Forte Endless Promise boast the latter), which are a nice luxury for those annoyed by camp pillows that tend to move in the night. Additionally, integrated blankets, interior pockets for stowing small items like a headlamp, and draft tubes at the collar for trapping warmth are becoming more common. 

Camping sleeping bag (pillow inside Nemo Forte 20)
The Nemo Forte has an integrated pillow pocket to keep your pillow in place

Some bags, like The North Face’s One Bag, feature unique warmth-tailoring systems that allow you to customize the amount of insulation depending on conditions. And venting options are nice if you tend to run warm, including full-length zippers that allow you to use your bag as a quilt, “gills” along the top of the bag that can be opened up to release some heat (Nemo's Disco and Forte include these), and footbox zippers for sticking just your toes out. To be sure, most of these additions won’t be dealbreakers for many, but they can be helpful in deciding between similar models (and we’ve called them out in the write-ups above whenever possible).


Sustainability

Many leading outdoor brands have upped their sustainability focus in recent years by incorporating recycled fabrics and other eco-friendly measures into production. REI is a clear leader in this realm: In addition to being Climate Neutral Certified, many of their bags—including the Siesta and HunkerDown—use recycled and bluesign-approved materials that have been sourced and produced to minimize their overall impact on the environment. The HunkerDown also uses plumage certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), which indicates the birds were treated humanely (e.g., no force-feeding or live-plucking). And Nemo’s Endless Promise bags, including both the Disco and Forte above, can be recycled at the end of their lifespan to reduce waste. Finally, PFC/PFAS-free DWR coatings are becoming more common as many states are stepping up to ban the sale of items that include per- or polyfluorinated chemicals—"forever chemicals" known to be harmful to the environment.

Camping sleeping bags (REI Siesta Hooded 20 between two mummy bags)
REI's Siesta Hooded 20 (middle) uses recycled and bluesign-approved polyester for the shell, lining, and insulation

Crossover Camping and Backpacking Sleeping Bags

It’s not cheap outfitting an entire camping setup, and for those who plan to add backpacking into the mix, the cost can get out of hand quickly. If this sounds like you, choosing a crossover camping/backpacking bag is a viable way to save. A few models above can pull double duty for both activities with few compromises, including the Nemo Disco Endless Promise 15 and Kelty Cosmic Down 20. Both bags weigh less than 3 pounds, compress reasonably small for stuffing into a pack, and offer enough warmth for most three-season adventures. 

That said, the all-in-one answer comes with some compromises. Crossover designs typically are less roomy than true camping bags to shave weight and bulk (the Nemo's “spoon” shape bucks this trend by increasing the width in important areas like around the elbows and knees), and they often use thinner fabrics that require added care and are more prone to tears. Finally, dedicated backpackers can go much lighter with more targeted models that use ultra-premium down and even more compromised shell materials, but cost goes up considerably (for a full list of options, see our article on the best backpacking sleeping bags). 

Sleeping bag (Feathered Friends Tanager 20 CFL stuffing down)
Backpacking bags weigh less and pack down smaller than camping models but can be very pricey

Double Sleeping Bags

A double sleeping bag is simply a standard sleeping that has doubled in width to accommodate two campers sleeping side-by-side. These bags are often an effective selling point to get a reluctant partner to finally try out camping. But is it worth getting the double bag as opposed to just zipping together two compatible sleeping bags? Our simple take is: typically not. While they’re undoubtedly spacious and a touch cheaper than getting two single bags, we’ve never been in a scenario where zipping two bags hasn't worked just as well—and it gives you the flexibility to camp solo as well (Exped's MegaSleep Duo is one of the few to address this issue). But who are we to tell you not to get a traditional double bag? And if you find it’s what you want, we recommend the aforementioned Exped MegaSleep or Nemo's luxurious Jazz 30 Double. Not only is the former a double, but it has enough room inside for an adult on each side and a storm-frightened toddler (or dog) in the middle.

Camping sleeping bag (pulling back blanket in Nemo Jazz 30 Double)
Nemo's Jazz 30 Double offers ample space and excellent comfort for two

Kids' Sleeping Bags

If you have a little kiddo or are shopping for one, we highly recommend picking up a sleeping bag that is sized proportionally. Unless you only camp in areas with very warm overnight temperatures, a 4.5-foot person in a sleeping bag designed for a 6-footer is a recipe for cold and uncomfortable nights. They just can’t heat all of that extra space. To keep from having to replace sleeping bags every couple years as your little camper grows up, consider getting a sleeping bag that has an adjustable length, like the Big Agnes Little Red 20. And a final note: Kids’ bags are often made in a bunch of fun colors, which sure doesn’t hurt in getting them excited for some time spent outdoors.


Sleeping Bag Liners

As we touched on above, temperature ratings tend to be fairly generous and often require adding a sizable buffer to ensure you’ll stay warm throughout the night. For those who run cold or simply want to bring their bag into lower temperatures, adding a sleeping bag liner can help keep you cozy without breaking the bank. Liners are made of soft materials like fleece, wool, polyester, or silk and typically add around 5 to 15 degrees to the warmth rating of your bag. They also serve as a barrier between you and your bag’s interior, which can help boost lifespan (you can wash the liner after use rather than getting your bag dirty). Liners typically cost between $30 and $60, and a couple of our favorite options are Sea to Summit’s Thermolite Reactor for mummy bags and their Premium Silk Travel Liner for rectangular models. To be clear, liners are totally optional and not everyone needs one, but they do offer added warmth and comfort and help keep your bag in good shape.
 

Don’t Forget A Mattress or Pad

If you’ve ever had a pad deflate or slept directly on the ground in cold weather, you know firsthand the importance of an insulated pad beneath you. Further, when you lay on a sleeping bag, you compress the insulation, which impacts its ability to warm you (this is particularly true for down fill, but does impact synthetic as well). As a result, it’s important to choose a sleeping mattress or pad that will protect you from the ground if you’ll be camping in cooler temperatures (typically under 50-60 degrees).

Camping sleeping bags (inside REI Grand Hut 6 tent)
Don't head out camping without a quality pad or mattress

For summer camping where it stays warm at night, you can use a large, uninsulated airbed, but if it’s cold, get a sleeping pad with some form of insulation (most often synthetic or foam). Sleeping pads are given an R-value rating, and the higher the number, the better it insulates you from the cold. As a general guideline for three-season use, we recommend a rating between 2.5 and 4. Summer campers can get away with less, while winter adventurers will want something that exceeds 5 (and may want to consider adding a second pad for additional protection). Check out our favorite camping sleeping mattresses for a breakdown of our top picks as well as buying advice.
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