Best New Sleeping Bags & Pads of 2017

To help you develop the supreme backpacking experience, we looked into 70 backpacking resting bags, as well as consisted of the top 13 models, examining them side-by-side for an extended duration of 6+ months. When searching for the very best version for your experiences, it could be challenging to also know where to start.

It’s difficult to know which item supplies primo comfort, dries fastest, or performs at its asserted temperature range. Our review team of specialists deals with these concerns, screening each version on the John Muir path and also through the Sierra Nevada, Washington Coastline, and Cascade Mountains in temperatures ranging from 12-65F on both completely dry and wet nights.


For all type of sleepers (back, stomach, as well as side) with different choices, this extensive review aids you locate the bag that satisfies your backpacking requires.

Western Mountaineering MegaLite

If we could only have one sleeping option for backpacking and 3-season camping, it would certainly be the Western Alpinism MegaLite. The MegaLite was amongst the lightest and most compressible in our review (and also on the market); evaluating in at half the weight of a number of bags we evaluated, it still offers roomy adequate measurements to be comfortable for cars and truck camping or for side as well as tummy sleepers to appreciate on prolonged trips. The icing on the cake is Western Mountaineering is a small California-based company that makes all of its resting bags and garments in the USA.

Marmot Stage 20

When Marmot re-did their element-themed performance sleeping bag line with the new Stage collection of resting bags, they definitely didn’t hold anything back as much as quality was worried. An added reward is that the bag offers an extremely well-designed hood as well as sports some of silkiest sensation interior fabrics we’ve evaluated.

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REI Co-op Igneo 25

The REI Co-op Igneo 25 wins our overall “Ideal Value” award, as we feel it supplies the best efficiency for the cost. The Igneo uses a superb equilibrium of quality, reduced weight, packability, and performance for a very unsurpassable rate. The Igneo isn’t really the most effective rate pointed bag, as the $150 Kelty Planetary Down wins in that classification.

For $260, the Igneo is a noteworthy resting bag, providing solid products, specifications, loaded size, and also a decent 700 down-fill; it’s almost half the rate as well as just a few ounces larger. The Igneo is close in pressed quantity to a few of our honor victors, like the Western Mountaineering MegaLite ($ 470) and also Sea to Top Glow III ($ 440).

Kelty Planetary Down 20

The cost effective, yet moderately lightweight and compressible Kelty Planetary Down 20 takes our Best Buy Honor. While hardly a total leading entertainer, this is the very best down bag we’ve ever before seen by a significant margin, particularly for its $150 price. Cold backpackers and sleepers that often extend their three-season journeys right into lower temperatures will want something warmer, but every person else on a budget need to consider the Cosmic Down 20 (and also pocket the several hundred buck financial savings).

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This bag is far more compressible as well as resilient compared to its in a similar way valued artificial insulated counterparts and also supplies start or budget-conscious backpackers a remarkable value. If you are backpacking in cozy summer conditions as well as wish to shave a few even more ounces, have a look at the Kelty Planetary Down 40.


Western Mountaineering UltraLite

The Western Mountaineering UltraLite is a very cozy bag that was by far the hottest in our review, while continuing to be amongst the lightest and also most compressible. This honor victor might just be a little too warm for many people to use for mid-summer backpacking, but for cool sleepers or chillier than ordinary conditions, the Western Mountaineering UltraLite is difficult to defeat.

The North Face Hyper Pet cat 20

The North Face Hyper Cat 20 is our Top Pick for the best bag in wet conditions. During our water saturating screening, the Hyper Feline, like other synthetic-fill bags, dried in roughly 20% of the time as treated waterproof down, making it a much more suitable bag for damp problems. If you’re looking for an artificial bag, whether for damp conditions, pet legal rights, or you have allergies to down and also want one of the highest possible performing artificial bags out there, the Active Feline is your bag.

Sea to Summit Glow III

The Flicker III loads down the tiniest of any type of bag in our review, conveniently fitting into the corner of your pack; it will not remind you it’s there up until you creep in for a just great evening’s rest. The Spark III is a high quality, very light-weight, conventional mummy design sleeping bag.

Nemo Salsa 30

The Nemo Salsa 30 wins our OutdoorGearLab Top Pick Honor for being one of the most comfy sleeping bag for backpacking. A VOLUNTEER has been sent sleeping bags from as far away as Australia after his appeal to help the homeless went viral. While the Sierra Layouts Backcountry Bed 600 3-Season was a solid challenger and also it remains a trendy as well as unique alternative, our review teams real life screening and side-by-side comparisons determined that the Salsa was the winner.


Our stomach as well as side sleepers simply plain suched as the Salsa’s stretchy sewing as well as roomy “spoon” shaped style much better. That, combined with the Salsa weight (2lbs 1 oz, compared to the Backcountry Bed’s 3lbs 1 oz), define true comfort. While it isn’t the lightest bag we’ve ever checked, it continues to be reputable, specifically considering its large cut. It still loads down approximately a third smaller sized compared to the Backcountry Bed 600.

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