A sleeping bag is one of the last things you’d want to leave behind before heading out on a camping trip, but you want to make sure you’re taking the right one. Like any piece of outdoor gear, sleeping bags come in all sorts, from lightweight bags that won’t slow you down on a hike to to heavy-duty bags that will keep you warm and dry in the harshest conditions.
While there’s no one-size-fits all sleeping bag, at least one of these seven should be good a good fit.
$80 If you’re looking for an affordable, traditional sleeping bag and aren’t planning on lugging it on too long a hike, the Wenzel Grande is a good one. It’s a favorite of OutdoorGearLab, which was especially impressed with the bag’s warmth, roominess, and solid construction. Another advantage to older-style sleeping bags like this is that they can be unzipped completely and used as a quilt, or even joined together with another bag.
$150 (and up) You can always get separate sleeping bags for camping or hiking if you want the absolute best for each activity, but you don’t necessarily have to. Kelty’s Cosmic Down 20 is one singled out by both The Wirecutter and Switchback Travel, with it getting high marks for its crossover versatility and relative affordability. It’s also available in a number of different sizes and in versions for both men and women—just keep in mind that all are designed to be fairly snug.
$120 If space and comfort take priority over portability, North Face’s Homestead Twin bag could be just what you’re after. It’s big enough for two people and is rated for use down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, although Outside notes that you’ll likely want an extra blanket to really be comfortable anywhere below 40. It’s still one of their top picks for car camping and comes with a choice of eye-catching designs.
$29 For a really affordable sleeping bag, Coleman’s Brazos is tough to beat and a favorite of many. It especially impressed the testers at OutdoorGearLab with its warmth, although they note that its low price does expectedly come with trade-offs in other areas, not the least of which is comfort. It’s both a bit small for anyone over six feet, and leaves a bit to be desired with its interior lining.
$80-$100 REI’s gear tends to be a solid, affordable choice for most outdoor activities, and that’s certainly true of its sleeping bags. The company’s Co-op Trail Pod 29 in particular is a standout, and a top overall pick of Switchback Travel for its combination of price and features. That includes more roominess than you tend to find in mummy-style sleeping bags, but not so much bulk that it can’t be packed down into a compact stuff sack.
$270-$290 It’s a pricey option if you’re only an occasional camper, but if you’re looking for warmth and portability with as few compromises as possible you’ll probably be more than satisfied with Sierra Designs’ Mobile Mummy bag. It’s the overall favorite sleeping bag of The Wirecutter, which was impressed with the bag’s unique (if admittedly odd-looking) design, which includes arm holes that allow freedom of movement while retaining warmth, as well as a form-fitting hood.
$180 It may not be quite as portable as some other bags, but the added bulk of Big Agnes’ Encampment 15 is worth it in cold weather. It’s rated for use down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, and Switchback Travel found that it did indeed remain warm and cozy at freezing temperatures while still providing plenty of room. The bag also has an integrated sleeve for a sleeping pad (sold separately), which Switchback Travel notes you’ll want for cold weather camping.