Sleeping Bags for Adults
Getting a good night’s rest when you’re camping is essential. This is especially true for camping trips that aren’t all about relaxation. If you’re hiking or doing any sort of physical activity during your trip, you’ll want to be sure to get plenty of sleep at night. A good sleeping bag is essential for this.
How do you choose the best sleeping bags for adults?
There are several things to consider.
First, you need to know what type of sleeping bag is going to offer you the best opportunity to get a good night of rest based on where you are sleeping. How cold are the nights at your campsite? Will you be camping in a tent? Will you be sleeping in an RV, vehicle, or tent? Do you have a sleeping pad to put beneath your sleeping bag?
All of these things are important considerations when you are shopping for a sleeping bag.
There are two main factors you’ll want to evaluate when choosing your sleeping bag: shape and insulation
We’ll start with shape.
Sleeping Bag Shape
When most people think of sleeping bags, they picture a cocoon-like swatch of material that can be zipped up to fully cover the sleeper. But there are actually different shapes of sleeping bags and each serves a different purpose. The goal is to be as comfortable and temperature-controlled as possible when in your bag. You might even want to “try on” a few bags before you buy.
What are the types of sleeping bag shapes and what are the benefits of each?
- Rectangular: Offer plenty of room for legs and arms, many can be completely unzipped and used as blankets
- Semi rectangular: AKA the “modified mummy” or “barrel” bag, this type of sleeping bag covers a variety of shapes and offer a blend of warmth and roominess.
- Mummy: A bag with a snug fit that fits tightly around your body, it’s known for being very warm
- Double bags: These bags are made for two people or one person who needs a lot of extra space
Now that you have an idea of what shape bags are available, let’s talk about insulation. The insulation in a bag is going to be one of the most important factors concerning how warm and comfortable the bag is when you’re using it.
The two main options for insulation are down-filled or synthetic (man-made). Synthetic insulation bags tend to be more affordable, dry fast, and are non-allergenic. They are also useful even if they get wet. Down-filled bags are lighter weight, don’t work as well when wet, and are more durable over time. They are also easier to compress so you can pack them easily when you are limited on space.
Are down-filled bags ethical?
It’s understandable why vegans and other people concerned about the ethical treatment of animals might be concerned about down-filled bags. Most of the more reputable brands tend to monitor the treatment of the animals used to provide the down. Bags that feature the RDS (Responsible Down Standard) or TDS (Global Traceable Down Standard) label are more trustworthy in their claims of ethical down sourcing.
Other Things to Consider
In addition to the shape and the insulation, you might also want to consider other features in your sleeping bag. For instance:
Zipper: Multiple zippers on a bag made it easier to adjust when you need to cool down or warm-up. It’s also a good idea to look for a bag with a zipper that isn’t likely to snag or break.
Pocket: Many bags come with pockets, so you can keep what you need close by without it getting lost in your sleeping bag. The most common use of sleeping bag pockets these days is for a cell phone.
Sleeping Bag Hood: Bags with hoods tend to be much warmer, so if you plan to camp in three or four seasons, it’s best to look for a hooded bag.
Stuff Sack: This is a bag that comes with your sleeping bag that allows for easy packing. Most sleeping bags are rolled, but many of them tend to come undone when jostled around. A bag prevents this from happening.
Sleeping Bag Liner: Some bags come with a soft sleeping bag liner to enhance warmth and comfort. You can remove it during warmer weather.
Best Sleeping Bags for Adults
Now that you have a general idea what to look for in a sleeping bag, let’s take a look at a few of our favorite options.
Temperature Rating is 59 Degrees Celsius
This sleeping bag is known for offering extreme comfort because of its wide dimensions at the shoulders and tighter fit at the legs.
Made from waterproof material and has no moisture buildup inside or outside the bag.
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Hyke & Byke Quandary 15 Degree F 650 Fill Power Hydrophobic Down Sleeping Bag with Allied LofTech Base
- This bag comes with a lifetime warranty and is third-party tested and IDFL Certified.
- The newest model bag offers warmth, durability, and water-resistance.
- It’s made from Hydrophobic 650 FP Duck Down on top and Allied’s revolutionary LofTech Summit on the bottom where down isn’t necessary. LofTech performs better than down for durability under compression and moisture resistance and it has been called “the closest synthetic insulation to natural down ever developed” by the Outdoor Industry Association.
- Keeps you warm in temperatures as cold as 30 degrees F for men and 50 degrees F for women.
- Claims to be the lightest weight mummy down sleeping bag available on the market today.
- Features anti-snag slider, wide shoulders, and large footbox, snag-free velcro, drawstring, horizontal baffles
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- A three-season sleeping bag designed to keep you comfortable in temps around 30 to 50 degrees F.
- Weather-resistant design
- Separate zipper at the bottom allows you to expose your feet only
- Outer Cover made from premium 210T Anti-tearing Polyester Fabric and the lining is made from 190T polyester pongee
- Fill-Material is 100 percent hollow cotton
This bag features a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and you can return it with no questions asked and get your money back
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