Having a great sleeping bag when you go on camping trips, no matter the distance, always makes you look forward to the nights. Since weight is usually not a problem on most camping trips, a lot of campers go for a rectangular sleeping bag rather than a mummy bag since no one wants to go through the night in discomfort. Rectangular bags are more spacious than mummy bags, but there are some mummy bags which go toe-to-toe with the best rectangular sleeping bags.
This article gives an insight into some of the best camping sleeping bags of 2017.
1. REI Co-op Trail Pod 29 ($90)
The REI Co-op Trail pod sleeping bag has a mummy design with a temperature rating of 29°F. This means it is effective for different seasons. Weighing less than 3 pounds, approximately 2 lbs. 15 oz, this lightweight sleeping bag has enough room for you to move your body inside and is great for camping exercises on short distances. The mummy design makes it a good heat retention sleeping bag.
The sleeping bag offers enough room for comfort
It is lightweight
It comes at a great price
Cannot be used as a blanket since zips do not reach the bottom
2. The North Face Dolomite 20 ($99)
The North Face Dolomite 20 sleeping bag comes at a price just below $100. Incorporating the rectangular design in the bag makes sleeping in it a lot like having a bed. This sleeping bag is a 3 season bag with a rating of 20°F. It is built with excellent quality and weighs 4 lbs. 2 oz., this means it may be a bit heavy when considering the rectangular design.
The zipper opens all the way making it usable as a blanket
It retains heat well enough with its synthetic fill
Cannot pack the bag into small stuff bags
3. Kelty Cosmic Down 20 ($160)
This sleeping bag is ideal for campers who may go on trips up to twice in a year. The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 is insulated using a 600-fill DriDown making it lightweight at 2 lbs. 9 oz. At a 19-degree rating, with a mummy design, the sleeping bag can be used for different 3 season trips. The down fill is hydrophobic treated which means protection from water.
DriDown insulation makes it provide warmth at night
It has a hydrophobic treatment and is lightweight
May not effectively retain heat if moisture gets to the down fill
4. Kelty Revival 15 ($100)
Another Kelty bag on our list but with a rectangular design is the Kelty Revival 15. Weighing 6 lbs. 4 oz., this bag is not as light as others. This can be expected with some additional features like the pillow pocket and inbuilt torso blanket on the sleeping bag. Its synthetic fill makes it suitable for temperatures of about 15°F.
It is comfortable and roomy with its rectangular design
Additional features like the pillow pocket
It is heavy when compared to bags with mummy design
It doesn’t fold well into a smaller size
5. Marmot Trestles 15 ($109)
As a mummy bag, the Marmot Trestles 15 is a lightweight bag at 3 lbs. 6 oz. in weight. It is a 3 season bag with a temperature rating of 15°F and a DWR-finish which ensures you do not have to worry about getting wet. The Marmot Trestles has a synthetic fill which provides enough warmth, sometimes in excess, and is built to a high quality. While it may be difficult to pack it in a smaller size, it is suitable for various camping trips.
It is lightweight
It has a water resistant finish
The warmth of the sleeping bag may be in excess for some users
A bit expensive when compared to other bags
6. Teton Sports Tracker +5F ($65)
The Teton Sports Tracker has a temperature rating of 5°F indicating it is suitable for low-temperature conditions. With a mummy design, a synthetic fill, polyester insulation in the ripstop, and an added layer of insulation around the foot-box proves this point. The sleeping bag weighs 4 lbs. 1.6 oz., offers more room, and comes at an affordable price making it a great budget sleeping bag.
Additional insulation at the foot-box
Has more space than regular mummy bags
The zipper may be difficult to use in some cases
7. Big Agnes Encampment 15 ($180)
If you need a sleeping bag which can give you protection during a car camping trip in the cold weather, you should consider the Big Agnes Encampment 15. This sleeping bag has a similar shape to a mummy bag but is more of a semi rectangular shape. At 3 lbs. 4 oz., it has enough space for you to move when inside with a hood and cinch cord to protect yourself from insects. It provides enough warmth to withstand temperatures a little below freezing but has no insulation on the side between you and the ground. You can put a camping mat up to 20 inches wide into the sleeve in this space.
It gets warm enough for low temperatures
Has a lot of space
May need additional insulation at the bottom
8. Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed ($130)
The Sierra Frontcountry is a rectangular design sleep bag which comes without a zipper. The bag uses a synthetic fill and is spacious enough to allow you use a pillow. It is EN-rated to a temperature of 27°, making this rating more reliable. It is opened at the top for access. It also has a comforter which you can tuck in. The comforter has pockets which you can use to keep your hands warm. This sleeping bag may be more suitable for car camping. This is because it is harder to prevent air from entering through the opening. It weighs 4 lbs. 14. oz. which can be a bit heavy.
There is enough space to use a pillow
Has a blanket built into the bag
May be too open for cold conditions
No zippers on the sleeping bag
When choosing a camping sleeping bag, there are a lot of things you will need to consider. While the price may be at the top of that list for most people, you also need to consider the weight, shape, type of fill, temperature rating among others. The list above is a compilation of those which meet these conditions.