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Sleeping Bags

Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1

91

2016

Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1

The Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1 is a lightweight, three-season bag built for comfort with its Spiral Super Stretch System. 

Millet 7 Summits Down Sleeping Bag

90

2016

Millet 7 Summits Down Sleeping Bag

The Millet 7 Summits sleeping bag is designed and built for high-altitude climbing and keeping the user warm and protected from the elements.  

Sea to Summit Talus TS II sleeping bag

89

2016

Sea to Summit Talus TS II sleeping bag

The Sea to Summit Talus TS II is a versatile bag that can be used on summer trekking in the mountains and winter camping in moderate climates.  

Rab Neutrino 600 sleeping bag

89

2016

Rab Neutrino 600 sleeping bag

The Rab Neutrino Endurance 600 was redesigned for spring 2016 and is built for alpine climbers and cold weather backpackers for use on bivi ledges, light-weight mountaineering trips or general winter conditions.

Klymit KSB Down Black Sleeping Bag

89

2016

Klymit KSB Down Black Sleeping Bag

The three season Klymit KBS 20 sleeping bag is light-weight and designed for overall comfort, especially for sleepers that move around.

Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30

87

2016

Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30

The Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30 is a semi-rectangular sleeping bag that is light-weight enough for backpacking, but is designed to feel more like a comforter on your own bed. 

The North Face Blue Kazoo

86

2016

The North Face Blue Kazoo

The Blue Kazoo has been around for years and was recently updated to include water-resistant 650 ProDown™ for reliable warmth in wet conditions. 

Montane Featherlite

90

2016

Montane Featherlite

The Montane Featherlite is an exceptionally comfortable mummy-style sleeping bag with a very soft lining and loaded with extras.

Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30

87

2016

Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30

The Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30 is a semi-rectangular sleeping bag designed to be used with Big Agnes’ sleep system and therefore does not have down insulation on the bottom.

Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel

88

2016

Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel

The Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel is a zipper-less, wrap-style bag rated to 40F and is unlike all others in this category.

Sea to Summit Spark II, Regular

86

2016

Sea to Summit Spark II, Regular

The Sea to Summit Spark II is a mummy-style, lightweight sleeping bag with limited features.

Therm-a-rest Dorado HD

84

2016

Therm-a-rest Dorado HD

New for 2016 by Therm-a-Rest, the Dorado HD is a rectangular sleeping bag for summer, transitioning easily from sleeping bag to quilt.

Western Mountaineering Lynx

86

2016

Western Mountaineering Lynx

The Western Mountaineering Lynx is a true 4-season mummy-style sleeping bag designed for the year-round backpacker or alpinist.

Valandre Shocking Blue Neo

82

2016

Valandre Shocking Blue Neo

The Valandre Shocking Blue is a light-weight mummy-style sleeping bag designed for 4-season use and has some highly technical features.  

Sea to Summit Alpine Ap III

82

2016

Sea to Summit Alpine Ap III

The Sea to Summit Alpine Ap III is a 4-season mummy sleeping bag built for cold conditions and alpine expeditions. The Alpine Ap III utilizes waterproof down and a 3D Nanoshell to protect the user from the elements. 

The North Face Inferno 0

80

2016

The North Face Inferno 0

The North Face Inferno 0 is a mummy-style sleeping bag designed for backpackers or alpinists with a good weight to warmth ratio. 

Big Agnes Storm King

76

2016

Big Agnes Storm King

The Big Agnes Storm King is a cold weather sleeping bag built with extra space inside the bag, for sleepers who like to move around, or want that extra girth in a bag.  

Therm-a-rest Mira HD

87

2016

Therm-a-rest Mira HD

The Mira HD is a women-specific 3-season bag intended for ultralight three-season backcountry adventures.

Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 15

86

2016

Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 15

The Mobile Mummy 800 15 is what Sierra Designs calls a garment-style sleeping bag with arm-holes and the ability to stow the foot box, making it a wearable sleeping bag. 

Sea To Summit Talus Ts II

89

2016

Sea To Summit Talus Ts II

Sea to Summit’s Talus TS II is a lightweight, relaxed mummy unisex bag that is super comfortable and performed well in fairly cold winter climate and offers a variety of features and options. 

RAB Neutrino Endurance 600

90

2016

RAB Neutrino Endurance 600

The RAB Neutrino Endurance 600 women-specific sleeping bag is a very warm, super comfortable bag with many features tailored to a women’s body and needs—provided she is not taller than 5’7” (largest size).

The North Face Tephora 20

86

2016

The North Face Tephora 20

The North Face Tephora is a 3-season women-specific, generous-fit, mummy style sleeping bag.

Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1

88

2016

Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1

The Down Hugger 800 #1 is a unisex, 3-season sleeping bag that uses tailoring techniques to create a truly flexible and movable sleeping experience.

Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15

85

2016

Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15

The Roxy Ann 15 is a lightweight 3-season bag, part of Big Agnes’ Women’s Classic Down series.

Millet 7 Summits

91

2016

Millet 7 Summits

The Millet 7 Summits sleeping bag is a lightweight, 4-season sleeping bag.

The North Face Furnace 20

84

2015

The North Face Furnace 20

For general 3-season backcountry use, The North Face Furnace 20 stands tall. The Furnace 20 offers lots of room to move and fidget at night without being drafty, and the 550-fill down insulation keeps the cold night air at bay.

Sea to Summit Spark III

81

2015

Sea to Summit Spark III

The Sea to Summit Spark III earned raves from the ‘light-and-fast’ packers on my test team, thanks to its great warmth-to-weight ratio and it compact nature in the pack.

REI Lumen

86

2015

REI Lumen

The REI Lumen provided a very comfortable night’s sleep in most temperatures, but the bag excelled in the cool, damp conditions.

Montane Minimus Sleeping Bag

95

2015

Montane Minimus Sleeping Bag

The Montane Minimus may be the best sleeping bag in our test, but it can also be the hardest to find. The British brand lacks the broad distribution of bigger, better known US brands, but the Minimus is worth tracking down.

Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Flame

85

2015

Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Flame

The Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Flame 20 proved highly suitable for fast-and-light hikers who want a synthetic bag.

Kelty Dualist 20

84

2015

Kelty Dualist 20

The Kelty Dualist 20 pairs water-resistant down with a thin, quilted layer of synthetic closer to the body, to provide some of the loft of down in an affordable synthetic bag.

Big Agnes Lost Ranger

83

2015

Big Agnes Lost Ranger

The Big Agnes Lost Ranger offers a load of interior space, making it ideal for active sleepers. 

Therm-a-Rest Antares 15

91

2014

Therm-a-Rest Antares 15

The Therm-a-Rest Antares takes advantage of the fact that virtually every backpacker carries a sleeping pad as well as a bag. By relying on the pad’s insulation, Therm-a-Rest designers cut weight by eliminating most of the insulation in the bottom panel of the Antares. 

The North Face Blue Kazoo

78

2014

The North Face Blue Kazoo

The North Face Blue Kazoo has been available for decades, and the newly updated version continues to uphold the bag’s reputation as a dependable, comfortable backcounty bed suitable for general backpacking. 

Therm-a-Rest Mira 15

91

2014

Therm-a-Rest Mira 15

The Therm-a-Rest Mira takes advantage of the fact that virtually every backpacker carries a sleeping pad as well as a bag. By relying on the pad’s insulation, Therm-a-Rest designers cut weight by eliminating most of the insulation in the bottom panel of the Mira. 

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800

86

2014

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800

The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed tossed out many modern design strategies and started fresh–and made it work for the most part. Though not the lightest, most compact or warmest of the lot, the bag earned universal accolades as the most comfortable bed in the class. 

Montbell Downhugger #1

81

2014

Montbell Downhugger #1

The Montbell Downhugger #1 lives up to its name. The 800-fill goose down bag hugs sleepers in a soft embrace throughout the night. 

Marmot Helium

85

2014

Marmot Helium

The Marmot Helium perfectly fills that middle ground between lightweight compressibility and roomy, comfortable warmth. 

Kelty SB-20

83

2014

Kelty SB-20

The Kelty SB 20 features top-notch 800-fill DriDown insulation at 25 percent less cost than the other 800-fill bags in the class. Unfortunately, to keep the weight down it sacrifices a bit of warmth and comfort. 

Big Agnes Boot Jack

80

2014

Big Agnes Boot Jack

The Big Anges Boot Jack offers outdoors enthusiasts a chance to have a water-resistant down bag without breaking the bank. For less than $200, this bag delivers solid performance that beats many of the higher end products in this class.

Marmot Plasma 0 Long

88

2014

Marmot Plasma 0 Long

The Marmot Plasma 0 Long is a small and lightweight  bag that delivers all of the performance you’d expect at this high price. 

Therm-A-Rest Antares

83

2013

Therm-A-Rest Antares

The Therm-A-Rest Antares’s combination of weight, size and warmth make this a great choice for users seeking the most efficient sleep system for their backcountry camp.

Sea To Summit Talus TsII

85

2013

Sea To Summit Talus TsII

The Sea To Summit Talus TsII is an exceptional bag—one of the lightest and most compressible in its class.

Nemo Nocturne 15  (Rhapsody for women)

78

2013

Nemo Nocturne 15 (Rhapsody for women)

The unique “spoon shape” shape of the Nemo Nocturne 15 allows for a comfortable night’s sleep in any position.

Kelty Ignite DriDown 20

84

2013

Kelty Ignite DriDown 20

Dan Nelson calls Kelty's Ignite 'the Best Value' in this class.

The North Face Hightail 15

76

2013

The North Face Hightail 15

If you’re looking for the lightest and most compressible bag in this class, you’ve found it.

Big Agnes Bellyache Mountain

89

2013

Big Agnes Bellyache Mountain

We felt the Big Agnes Bellyache Mountain was the best bag, overall, in the 10-20-degree down bags for Spring 2013.

Therm-A-Rest Navis 25-45

78

2013

Therm-A-Rest Navis 25-45

The Therm-A-Rest Navis 25-45 is a 750-fill down bag that uses your own insulated jacket to create a sleep system.

Exped Comfort 400

89

2013

Exped Comfort 400

The Exped Comfort 400 is best for backpackers who are looking for a nicely compressible bag with a generous fit.

Sierra Designs DriDown Cal 30

80

2013

Sierra Designs DriDown Cal 30

The Sierra Designs DriDown Cal 30 stood out for its compressibility and warmth to weight ratio, and was an overall team favorite.

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