Best Sleeping Bags for Winter Hiking and Camping

Anyone who has ever slept outside in the winter knows that having a toasty sleeping bag is essential. Luckily, if you are planning on camping or going on an overnight hike in cold weather, there are plenty of warm bags available.

If you are in the market for a new sleeping bag, I’d suggest buying one of these five:

The North Face Tundra -20 Sleeping Bag ($249-$259)

If you are the type who loves to brave subzero temperatures, then this might be the right sleeping bag for you. Its trademarked PrimaLoft Infinity insulation is why it has a temperature rating all the way down at -20F. In addition, the microfleece cord tunnel and vaulted footbox provide you with plenty of comfort. This bag comes in two different sizes, so be sure to get the one that best fits your body size.

The North Face Dark Star -40 Sleeping Bag ($299)

Experienced winter campers who aren’t afraid of bone-chilling arctic temperatures might want to choose this other North Face bag. Indeed, its patented Climashield Neo synthetic insulation keeps you warm to -40F. The Dark Star has some nice features as well, like a glow-in-the-dark zipper pull, overlapping shingle construction, and it comes with a mesh storage bag.

Field & Stream Pro Series Hydro-Dri 0° Mummy Sleeping Bag


I’m surprised how affordable this Field & Stream model is, considering it has a solid temperature rating of 0F. It achieves this rating due to a polyester outer shell and 2.8 pounds of Quadraloft fill. This is also a very durable sleeping bag, since it has an anti-snag zipper and you can even put it in your washing machine to clean. Its dimensions are 84″ x 32″ x 22″, and is constructed in the mummy shape.

Kelty Cosmic Down +0 Sleeping Bag ($189.95 – $199.95)

The Kelty Cosmic Down is a deluxe 0F model. Although its polyester shell and down fill are fairly standard, it stand outs because of its unusual roominess and well-made adjustable hood. However, be aware that this sleeping bag isn’t water resistant, and it can be difficult to pack.

REI Radiant Down +20 Sleeping Bag ($199 – $229)

When you are sleeping in more mild conditions, this bag will certainly do the trick. REI does a good job of making it easy to pack and lightweight; depending on the size you pick, it can be found at under 3 pounds. Furthermore, you’ll be able to fall asleep easily while enjoying this bag’s relaxed fit and soft goose down filling. If you are fine with a +20F rated model, then I’d suggest picking this one.

Floyd Saunders is a native of snowy Minnesota. He has been a downhill and cross-country skier since childhood, and he has dabbled in snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, and cold weather running and cycling.

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