To sleep well while camping, you need the best sleeping bag for the situation, one that will keep you cozy in low nighttime temperatures under the stars. Down sleeping bags are especially comfortable and insulating, so here are some we recommend for your next camping trip.
Buying a Down Sleeping Bag
Here are some things to consider before you buy:
- Temperature: Consider choosing a sleeping bag with a lower temperature rating than the coldest nighttime temperature you expect, especially if it’s in the colder months, so you can stay nice and warm.
- Shape: Sleeping bags that taper closer to the body will usually keep you warmer, while rectangular ones will allow you more wiggle room to stretch and sleep comfortably.
- Interior Materials: Consider if you prefer a sleeping bag with goose down or a synthetic fiber option.
Top Pick: Kelty Cosmic Down Fill Sleeping Bag
This trapezoid-shaped sleeping bag retains heat with its sustainably sourced, down fill insulation. It is lightweight and easily compressible to pack and use. It features two sliding, locking zippers with an anti-snag draft tube. You can unzip from the bottom to stick a foot out and self-regulate the heat. There is even a handy internal zippered pocket to stash a cell phone or headlamp.
Kelty Cosmic Down Fill Sleeping Bag
A heat-retaining sleeping bag with an internal zippered pocket.
Best Lightweight: REDCAMP Ultralight Down Sleeping Bag
This envelope down sleeping bag is made with rip-stop nylon fabric and goose down, providing excellent durability and thermal insulation. It is lightweight but warm. A notable plus is that you can use this zipped as a sleeping bag or unzipped as a travel blanket or quilt. Two of these sleeping bags can be connected via zipper. You can stuff it in a compression sack and mesh bag for transportation and storage.
REDCAMP Ultralight Down Sleeping Bag
A lightweight, warm sleeping bag that can be compressed to fit in a backpack.
Most Compact: ZOOOBELIVES Ultralight Backpacking Down Sleeping Bag
This sleeping bag packs down for backpacking, and its duck down fill provides warm and comfortable insulation. Its rectangular shape provides a spacious feel and can also be zipped to another bag for a more spacious bed. The zipper at the bottom allows you to vent your feet if you get too toasty. The sleeping bag is made with a tough nylon shell fabric and has anti-snag zippers, making getting in and out a breeze.
ZOOBELIVES Ultralight Backpacking Down Sleeping Bag
A lightweight, duck-down-filled sleeping bag with a zipper at the bottom to allow ventilation.
Best Extra Insulation: TETON Sports Lightweight Mummy Sleeping Bag
This mummy-style sleeping bag provides additional insulation in the foot box for those who hate trying to fall asleep with ice-cold feet. It provides the user with an exceptionally warm night of sleep and is rated for temperatures around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. It is lightweight and comes with a compression sack, making it easier to use when backpacking. The three-piece hood pulls in tightly around your face to keep your whole head warm, and the full-length zipper draft tube keeps in the warm air.
TETON Sports Lightweight Mummy Sleeping Bag
A mummy-style, lightweight sleeping back with an insulated footbox.
Best Synthetic Insulation: Hyke & Byke Hydrophobic Goose Down Sleeping Bag
This sleeping bag is designed to maximize durability, warmth, and water resistance. It is filled with hydrophobic goose down and ClusterLoft fill for its base, which is more durable under compression and has better moisture resistance than down. It is considered the closest synthetic insulation to natural down. Each bag features enough room to carry a fleece blanket, silk liner, pillow, and pad. The zippers feature an anti-snag slider, and a compression sack for storage is included.
Hyke & Byke Hydrophobic Goose Down Sleeping Bag
A hydrophobic goose down and ClusterLoft fill sleeping bag that provides additional room for blankets and pillows.