Nothing will ruin a camping trip faster than shivering the night away because your sleeping bag isn’t warm enough. Keeping with the theme of things that can ruin a trip, a close second is nursing blisters and sore muscles because your pack weight is too heavy thanks to a bulky sleeping bag. The moral of the story is that choosing the right sleeping bag is vital to enjoyable hiking and camping trips. In no particular order, here’s a look at some of the best bags on the market, taking into account things like weight, comfort, warmth, and functionality.
REI Co-op Magma 10°
The REI Magma 10 is a perfect blend of comfort, warmth, cost, and weight. This bag is constructed of quality materials and provides a ton of warmth when compared to its overall weight. It feels good next to the skin, is shaped well in the hood and foot box areas and features no-snag zippers. If you’re looking for a great value bag, the REI Magma is one of the best.
Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20°
The Ultralite from Western Mountaineering is one of the lightest, warmest, highest-quality bags you’ll ever sleep in. This bag is made from the best materials, features a well-constructed hood, foot box, zippers, baffles and draft tube. It’s gonna come with a hefty price tag, but the result is worth the cost.
Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10°
If you’re looking for a perfect blend of cost, weight, and versatility, the Enlightened Equipment Revelation is an excellent bag, especially for those into ultralight backpacking. The Revelation can be completely unzipped in warmer weather and used as a quilt, or cinched up tight on those chilly nights. Plus, Enlightened Equipment gear is made in the USA.
Feathered Friends Swallow Nano 20°
Feathered Friends is known for producing quality down gear and the Swallow Nano 20 is no exception. It perfectly blends weight and warmth for a decent price, constructed with quality materials. This is another great choice for the hiker looking to go ultralight.
NEMO Disco 15°
The NEMO Disco 15 has a pretty unique shape that makes it a lot roomier than most other mummy bags. It’s also designed with a couple of vents on each side so that you don’t get too hot on warmer nights.