The Ultimate Guide to Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bag (regular)

Our mission is to get people outdoors, not sell gear. That's why our guide starts with the core function that needs to be addressed, then helps you evaluate your options holistically, since sometimes you may not need any gear & can use what you have at home. We want you to think critically about what you need, which is personal to you with no right answer (some people go venture outside naked without any gear, survive & have a great time).

Core function: When you're sleeping outside, even in a tent, you're more directly exposed to the wind & chill. In other words, even folks who don't sleep with bedding at home may find themselves in need once outside!

Click here for a high level overview of how insulation works, which can be helpful to understand the terminology & concepts used throughout this page.

Is either the core function or the outdoor-specific gear made for it an essential?

Yes, bedding is one of the 3 key essentials for any trip .

For rationale, read our 'what you really need' protip

What to use & how to choose

Key factors

Cool zippers, new waterproofing, etc... sometimes it's easy to get lost in all the hype (over-spending happens on features). Our guide focuses on the fundamental factors you should always keep in mind (thus, this short list is similar across all items). Then only at the end do we have some questions to get you thinking about other minor features.

We highly recommend reviewing Type or Style first, where we review what you can use to address the Core function--a regular item you have at home may work! The other factors are secondary & depend strongly on the Type or Style you've picked.

While we encourage you to use regular items wherever possible, as an outdoor gear shop, we only carry outdoor-specific products

Type or Style

We've organized the most commonly used items people use to address the Core function below, with example images, characteristics, features, etc.

With sleeping bags, there are 2 primary dimensions that you should consider in terms of type or style.

Name Regular bedding Sleeping bag
Blanket Duvet/ comforter Rectangular bag Mummy bag
Single sheet of material Two sheets of material with insulation in-between Think of a duvet folded in half & stitched together (can often be fully unzipped into a small duvet) Think of a duvet cut & stitched to fit snugly around your body including a hood. Zipper doesn't go all the way down, creating a 'foot box'
Example images Blanket Duvet Rectangular sleeping bag Mummy sleeping bag

Effect on secondary factors

For sleeping bags, data for adult sizes only, more info on youth in Capacity

Price $20-100 $40-400 $60-150 $80-700

Warmth

Given shape-only

No comparable temperature rating

Not enclosed, so doesn't keep out drafts & may create excessive dead air

Rated for 30F to 45+F

(-1C to 7+C)

Enclosed, but not always form-fit so there can still be some drafts & excessive dead air

Rated for -30F & below to 40F

(-34C & below to 4C)

Form-fit to minimize drafts & excessive dead air

Capacity Twin to king size

Generally singles for individuals

Though there are some doubles, which is roughly the size of twin-size bedding

Weight

For size analogies, see below

Lighter & smaller Heavier & larger

2-7lbs

(0.9-3.2kg)

1-4lbs

(0.5-1.8kg)

Rationale N/A Less warm = less technical, which is why it's used in milder or indoor settings (more ideal for higher temperatures) More warm = more technical, which is why it's used in colder settings (more ideal for lower temperatures)

Why we do/don't carry it

= we rent

= we sell

Not specific enough for outdoor use

For rent for sleepers who need extra capacity; Extremely limited availability, please call to reserve

Standard for most outdoor uses

With any of the form factors above, a difference of insulation material is also significantly important. (Note, if you've read our guide on clothing, both of these materials are of the lofting filler technology, i.e., the synthetic doesn't refer to fleece! The reason is because lofting fillers have better warmth-to-weight ratios, e.g., wool sleeping bag of the same warmth as a down one would be too heavy & bulky to bring outdoors.)

Insulation material Natural down Synthetic fibers
Naturally-derived from the fluffy part at the root of duck or geese feathers Man-made, various technologies exist
Does it maintain insulation ability when wet?

Wet feathers don't loft well. Face fabrics or feathers may be treated to be water repellant, but care should still be taken to avoid getting this wet

Fibers are designed to loft even when wet

Effect on secondary factors

For adult sleeping bags only, not regular bedding, more info on youth in Capacity

Price $100-700 $60-250
Warmth

Rated for -30F & below to 45F

(-34C & below to 7C)

Rated for 0F to 45F & above

(-18C to 7C & above)*

Weight

For size analogies, see below

1-3.5lbs

(0.5-1.6kg)

2-6lbs

(0.9-2.7kg)

Rationale Down lofts better than synthetic, so you need less of it to achieve the same insulation, which is why it can get very lightweight & therefore is the most practical option for the lowest temperature rated bags. The trade-off is that it's more expensive, since it's a natural material Technology has yet to create a synthetic material that performs as well as down, therefore there's a practical limit to how low of a temperature rating you can achieve (before the bag gets too heavy & bulky to be realistically used)

Why we do/don't carry it

= we rent

= we sell

We do carry both to optimize for performance & also price

*Synthetic lofting fillers' fibers will break over time, impeding their ability to loft. With proper care (e.g., not prolonged compressed storage), down fibers can last much longer


While these factors affect any type or style, we've only gathered specific data for sleeping bags. Blankets or duvets/ comforters are more familiar to most people & are also not optimized for the technical factors we'll consider below (e.g., warmth or weight & size)

Price

One of life's certainties is the trade-off between price & quality. This creates an inherently unfair situation. If you save money today by buying something lower end, you'll end up replacing it more frequently, spending money & time each instance so that at the end, you probably haven't actually saved anything. On the other hand, if you decide to invest in something higher end, you'll need a lot more upfront money, and you need to be able to use the item frequently enough to make it worthwhile.

We developed our rental program to address this unfairness. We don't sell lower end items. But for our higher end items, we offer them for rent at up to 90% off retail price, generally well below the cost of buying even the cheaper option. That's a win-win!

It may seem like the price & quality trade-off is disappearing, because you can find a cheap version of almost anything for tens of dollars that still has good reviews (assuming the reviews are real). Remember 2 things:

  • Many reviews are written after only a trial use, first use, or infrequent use: We've seen entire review videos of gear done at home, which is very different than actually being outdoors!
  • The point of gear is to give you a good experience because you've already spent money to be on vacation from work! Don't let quality issues affect your relaxation

For gear specifically, the quality issues center around performance & durability.

Performance

  • The sleeping bag was bigger or heavier: A 1lb or 2kg difference may not matter on a 3 hour hike, but it might on a 6 hour hike! Not to mention you might need to spend more on a big enough backpack to carry it
  • The sleeping bag leaves you cold: We talk more about Warmth below. Lower end brands don't standardize their temperature ratings & are frequently overly generous; some reviews have said a 0F bag felt like a 40F bag!
  • The sleeping bag wasn't very waterproof or durable: Waterproofing is a bigger concern for down bags, which don't insulate well when wet. Durability is really important for zippers. Higher end bags have features that prevent zippers from snagging & breaking. This may seem like a small issue, but if a bag can't be zipped up it won't insulate! Fabric-wise, lower end items tend to be made with polyester, which is less durable than nylon (more info in our clothing protip); and of course, if the fabric tears, performance is compromised. Finally lower end items may not have or may have less effective waterproofing treatments

Durability

Maybe you are the average person that goes 1-2 times per year, you don't mind the hassle of replacing gear that doesn't last, and you also don't care about the performance differences. Then use our borrow program & get free gear where available! Or for a little more, use our rental program.

Methodology notes on prices shown on this page

Capacity (size)

How many people fit in a sleeping bag

Most sleeping bags are designed for single, individual sleepers, since that's the best way to optimize for insulation to minimize drafts & dead air (if insulation didn't matter because it's very hot, then a blanket or duvet may be fine!). That said, there are double sleeping bags (or sometimes 2 single sleeping bags can be zipped together, see Usage section). Here's how a double bag affects the other factors:

  • Warmth: given that it isn't as optimal for insulation as a single bag, you're probably not taking a double bag to extreme cold places. Temperature ratings generally are rated 15F/ -9C & above
  • Weight & size: more material = greater weight & size
  • Price: unfortunately no special deals here, most double sleeping bags are priced like 2 individual sleeping bags

Since it's less versatile & around the same price as 2 individual sleeping bags, most people don't get a double bag. For that reason, we don't have detailed data, nor do we carry this item.

How big the sleeping bag is

Remember that for insulation reasons, it's generally more important to find a bag that fits you just right to minimize drafts & dead air, rather than something that's roomy & more comfortable (e.g., for people who toss & turn a lot). This is a trade-off each person should figure out for themselves via experience. If you decide to go with a roomier bag & feel cold, check out the Usage section for some tips on keeping warm.

Labeled length

Height of person it will accommodate, note that some models will give you an extra 2in (5cm) over this labeled length

>4.5ft (1.4m) 5ft (1.5m) 5.5ft (1.7m) 6ft (1.8m) 6.5ft (2.0m)
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Name to look for

Some models have a sex-based size difference, some don't. For when there is a sex-based size difference, we've indicated what it's likely to be

Youth or Kids Adult short Adult standard (aka adult regular) Adult long
Women's standard (aka women's regular) Women's long
Men's standard (aka men's regular) Men's long
Effect on other factors

Price

For 20F (-7C) & above temperature ratings at regular weight*

$40-150

$60-250

Shorter/longer bags than standard may incrementally change price & weight by up to +/- $20 & 5oz (142g)

Warmth

20F to 40F

(-7C to 4.4C)

-30F & below to 45F & above

(-34C & below to 7C & above)

Girth

See below for more info

Scales down to youth appropriate size Generally adult short & standard sizes share similar girth. Adult long bags may only come in extra-wide girths

Weight

For 20F (-7C) & above temperature ratings*

2-4lbs

(0.9-1.8kg)

2-7lbs

(0.9-3.2kg)

Rationale Youth bags aren't made for technical conditions (e.g., very cold or ultralight) so they use less material & less technical material, not to mention their shorter length requires less material More material & more technical material given usage in more technical conditions & longer length

Why we do/don't carry it

= we rent

= we sell

Most youth are going camping in milder environments, so they can take a thicker adult bag & just fold the excess under them

For shorter people who need a more form fit bag, extremely limited availability, please call to reserve

Standard for most outdoor uses

For people who need more space, extremely limited availability, please call to reserve

*Comparisons are limited to these ranges, since per Rationale, youth bags aren't made for as diverse a set of temperature ratings or weight classes as adult bags are

Girth: We can have the same table as above for the width dimension, or more accurately, girth--the circumference of the bag on the inside. However, girth differences are less standardized & usually people who get the right height bag find the girth to be appropriate, so we do not present detailed data here. A few guidelines to follow:

  • Just ike how there's an "Adult long" length size, there's often an extra-wide girth size for people who need more space. Sometimes though extra-wide bags only come in "Adult long" (unfortunately for people who are very tall & very thin)
  • For mummy bags, girth is measured in 2 places: around the hips & the shoulders. It's possible to have a bag that's better fit in one place than another
  • Rectangular bags, because they're not form fit, generally are roomier than even extra-wide bags, and may be the best option for larger people (not to mention they can often unzip into a blanket)

An extra-wide bag, like a longer-than-standard bag, may incrementally increase price & weight over the standard size by up to $20 & 5oz (142g). We do carry extra-wide (and rectangular) bags for rent for people who need the extra space; extremely limited availability, please call to reserve.

Warmth

Measured by a temperature rating that refers to the lowest temperature where the bag will keep you alive, but not necessarily comfortable! In other words, you should get a sleeping bag rated to at least ~10F/5C lower than the actual night time temperature forecasted, sometimes even more (some people recommend a rating up to ~25F/13C lower than forecasted temperature). There's a lot of room for error & bad marketing--that's why the European Union attempted to standardize temperature rating. Many (but not all) manufacturers follow this, with a spectrum of EN ratings printed on their bags. The EN rating* represents the lowest temperature at which the bag will keep you comfortable if you are an average...

  • Comfort rating: cold-sleeper
  • Lower limit rating: warm-sleeper

Generally, women tend to be cold-sleepers & men tend to be warm-sleepers, so the Comfort rating may be more useful for women while the Lower limit rating may be more useful for men (for more info on women-specific sleeping bags, click here). That said, like any decision around insulation & warmth, personal preference can be much more important than statistics & actual conditions. We've had customers rent 30F/-1C (what would normally be a summer bag) to go mountaineering; and we've had customers from hot countries getting a 0F/-18C bag for summer camping. Renting is a great way of testing what works best for you, especially if you go camping in different seasons, and don't want to buy bags in every temperature!

*The EN rating assumes you are wearing a base layer & have a sleeping pad (i.e., skipping either means the temperature rating is more generous, and you may be colder)

Temperature rating

-30F/ -34C

& below

-15F/ -26C 0F/ -18C 15F/ -9C 30F/ -1C

45F/ 7C

& above

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When you might use it For mountaineering & expeditions Multi-purpose (15F/ -9C is standard) Like a thick blanket (great for indoor use)

Effect on other factors

For a single person (best for insulation) & adult standard capacity bag

Price $200-700 $100-700 $100-600 $80-400 $60-100

Weight

For size analogies, see below

3.5-7lbs

(1.6-3kg)

2.6-7lbs

(1.2-3kg)

2-4lbs

(0.9-1.8kg)

1-3lbs

(0.5-1.4kg)

3+lbs*

(1.4+kg)

Type or style Mummy Mummy or rectangular Rectangular
Down Down or synthetic Synthetic
Rationale More material (thicker) & more technical material Less material (thinner) & less technical material

Why we do/don't carry it

= we rent

= we sell

Most people would not need something this technical

0F to 30F (-18C to -1C) sleeping bags are standard for most outdoor uses from summer trips to many mountaineering trips

Doesn't add that much more value (you can use something non-outdoor-specific which would be much more affordable)

Weight & Size (Compactness) for Backpacking

If you're thru-hiking 20+ miles (32+km) per day, every advantage counts! In this case, size refers to compactness. You can carry more gear in the same size backpack if all of it is very compact, or for more weight savings, you can get a smaller size pack.

To reduce more weight & increase compactability, manufacturers reduce the amount of material used (e.g., fewer features, thinner fabrics, etc.) and, where possible, use more technical materials to prevent performance loss. For example, ultralight fabric used in clothing has to still be waterproof. These strategies create 2 general consequences

  • Lightweight gear tends to be less durable: Sometimes, light-weight gear is just thinner & so more prone to damage (even a more technical material may not fully offset the loss in durability)
  • Lightweight gear tends to be more expensive: While less materials = lower cost, the more dominating effect is often that thinner materials = more technical = greater cost

For these reasons, the lighter the gear, the more you should treat it as an investment! Is the price difference worth the weight or size savings? This depends on you & your trip.

Sleeping bag

Single person & adult standard capacity

Regular Superlight Ultralight
Synthetic insulation Down insulation

30F/ -1C

Warmth

Weight

2.5-3lbs

(1.1-1.4kg)

1.6-1.9lbs

(0.7-0.9kg)

~1lbs

(~0.5kg)

Size Like a standard 11L bear canister Like a soccerball Like a volleyball
Effect on Price $80-150 $150-300 ~$400

15F/ -9C

Warmth

Weight

3-4lbs

(1.4-1.8kg)

2-2.5lbs

(0.9-1.1kg)

~2lbs

(~0.9kg)

Size Like a kitchen stockpot Like a standard 11L bear canister Like a soccerball
Effect on Price $100-200 $250-400 $400-600

0F/ -18C

Warmth

Weight

5-7lbs

(2.3-3.2kg)

3-3.5lbs

(1.4-1.6kg)

2.6-3 lbs

(1.2-1.4kg)

Size Slightly bigger than a cylindrical wire mesh office waste bin Slightly bigger than a standard 11L bear canister Like a standard 11L bear canister
Effect on Price $100-200 $300-500 $500-700
Rationale Less technical material (synthetic) More technical material (higher fill-power down)

Why we do/don't carry it

= we rent

= we sell

Standard for most outdoor uses

On our Catalog, this is indicated with '(regular)'

Our mission is to increase access to gear & we are proud to be the only company to rent as well as sell this type

On our Catalog, this is indicated with '(backpacking)'

We don't carry this because much more expensive relative to the improvements
Methodology notes

Minor features that may be important

Here, we give you a list of questions to start thinking about minor features. We hope our approach of savings these features for last gets you to more critically think about what you need & not get caught up in the hype of what's cool and over-spend your budget.

  • Is there an internal pocket?
  • How are the zippers placed? (It can be hard to get in/out of a bag, some people find zipper placement helps)
  • Is there a drawstring so you can pull the hood tight enough that only your nose & mouth are showing? (this depends on fit with you specifically!)
  • Can it integrate with a sleeping pad? (Some sleeping bags have sleeves so you can put a sleeping pad inside, helping stop you from rolling off the pad)

What we carry

General Notes

  • We choose what we carry based on extensive research on what's the best value to our customers (e.g., price given performance & durability features) across all the top brands. We specifically do not carry every brand & model; for details on why we do/don't carry certain items in the How To Choose section
  • Buy prices are MSRP with tax, i.e., what you see is what you pay. Prices may differ in-store due to change in models or discounts, but this is rare. If we don't sell what we rent, we list MSRP value with tax
  • Rent prices are the starting pricess; enter trip dates on our Catalog to get exact prices (based on total trip length, not per day!). We also don't charge sales tax, an automatic savings of almost 10%!
Temperature 0F/ -18C 15F to 20F/ -9C to -6C 30F/ -1C
Mountaineering & expeditions Standard for most camping Really warm nights & indoors
Model Marmot Never Summer sleeping bag Marmot Trestles sleeping bag Marmot Sawtooth sleeping bag Marmot Trestles sleeping bag Marmot Never Winter sleeping bag
Marmot Never Summer Marmot Trestles Marmot Sawtooth Marmot Trestles Marmot Never Winter

Buy

MSRP with tax

$304 $162 $259 $151 $216
Rent $22+ $15+ $22+ $15+ $22+
Online rental Catalog name Sleeping bag (backpacking) Sleeping bag (regular) Sleeping bag (backpacking) Sleeping bag (regular) Sleeping bag (backpacking)
Material Down Synthetic Down Synthetic Down

Weight

Standard 6ft (1.8m) height

3lb 3oz

1450g

2lb 7oz

1077g

2lb 8oz

1150g

2lb 1oz

920g

1lb 14oz

850g

Carry size & notes Slightly bigger than a standard 11L bear canister Like a kitchen stockpot Like a standard 11L bear canister Like a standard 11L bear canister Like a soccer ball

We do carry gear designed specifically for women (some differences mentioned throughout this guide); however, in our experience, most people do not notice the differences; i.e., actual fit & personal preference are more important than industry-average differences based on sex (e.g., not all women are shorter). Whenever considering sex-specific gear, we recommend comparing all the options, to ensure the price difference is worth it (women-specific items are often more expensive). If you do require a specific sex when renting online, please write-in on the Options page of our online order form; otherwise we will pick regardless of sex. For this gear, women-specific items available in the regular-weight, 15-20F or 30F temperature models, & are either 5.5ft (1.7m) or 6ft (1.8) long.

When you rent online, we will pick a model for you. You can change the model if you pick-up in-store, subject to availability. On the Options page of our online order process, you can also select options or write-in any preferences. This section describes the majority of our models & options, but sometimes we carry others. We will only pick something else if it doesn't conflict with your choices indicated on the Options page; moreover, if there's a major functional difference (e.g., capacity), we will attempt to contact you first

Usage tips

Pairing with a sleeping pad

Your weight will compress the sleeping bag at your backside to the ground, which means at your backside, the sleeping bag doesn't insulate that well (review the insulation info at the top of the page for more info)! That's why a sleeping pad is so critical. Beyond providing comfort, a sleeping pad is the second half of your outdoor warmth system, since it provides insulation from the ground. As we mentioned, EN temperature ratings already assume you're using a sleeping pad, so if you're not, the ratings will feel too generous. Some brands also make single sleeping systems, either consisting of an integrated bag + pad combo, or a sleeping bag with a slot on the bottom designed to fit a sleeping pad & keep it in place. These integrated systems are great, but keep in mind the trade-off is versatility (e.g., swapping out sleeping bags or pads based on the temperature & weight requirements).

The stuff sack

When you buy a sleeping bag, it usually comes with 2 sacks. One is large, generally mesh, this is used for storage at home (see Maintenance section). The other that's smaller & may have strapps around it, is used to bring your bag on your adventure. How do you get a big bag in such a small sack? Don't roll, just stuff (starting from the foot box so that air is squeezed out as you go)! Sleeping bags are designed to be compressed so stuffing doesn't damage anything & it's far easier than a neat roll. If your stuff sack has straps around it (called a compression sack), you can pull on the straps to compress it even smaller.

Once you're ready to sleep, you can then fill the empty stuff sack with clothes to double as a pillow! In fact, some stuff sacks even come with a soft velvet side designed for this use.

Keeping dry

Although the outer shell of a sleeping bag is often treated to be water-resistant, it's always important to keep a bag dry, since, depending on its material, its performance may be impacted. In addition to keeping the sleeping bag inside a waterproofed backpack or tent at all times, you can also think about stuffing it into a trash compactor bag & then into your stuff sack, or using a waterproof stuff sack.

Regulating temperature

Firstly, make sure your bag is at optimal performance! We recommend taking it out once camp is set up to let it re-loft while you hang out. You may also want to beat it to help it loft up (like you'd do to a pillow or blanket to fluff it). Review the insulation info at the top of the page for more info.

Even if your bag is at optimal performance, it may not be best for you or the situation, so here are a few tips on what to do if...

You're too cold (e.g., the bag isn't thick enough)

  • Wear more layers or use a sleeping bag liner. Create more layer(s) of dead air closer to your body within the bag
  • Plug up the excessive dead air. So you don't have to waste energy heating it. For example if a bag is too long, fill up the bottom with clothes or tuck it under you
  • Add an additional 'heat generator'. Put in a hot water bottle
  • Do some crunches in the bag. Physical exertion generates more heat than just lying there
  • Add another sleeping pad. Some sleeping pads can layer, and this would create another barrier between you and the ground, which is great at sucking away body heat

You're too hot (e.g., the bag is too thick)

  • Take off layers. Trap less dead air around you
  • Unzip the bag. Bring in some air flow to get rid of some body heat
  • Remove the sleeping pad. This is a trade-off in itself, since sleeping on the hard ground can be very uncomfortable

Unfortunately in both cases, there are physical limits. You can't layer up forever if you're too cold--at some point, the excessive layering compresses the insulation material of the sleeping bag. You also can't take off more layers if you're already naked, and often, the reality of unzipping is that it leaves you half cold, half hot. Only experience will help you fine tune, so treat any mistakes like a learning opportunity, and get pumped for your next trip!

Sleeping with partners (double bags)

Because of the trade-off between roominess & insulation (see Capacity), it's often not a good idea to sleep with a partner; not to mention, you & your partner may have very different sleeping preferences in terms of temperature.

If you'd like to do so anyway, for 2 adults there are two options, see below. If you're looking to sleep with a baby or small child, sometimes, depending on their size, it may be ok to use a single bag.

Double sleeping bag

Double sleeping bag

Sometimes has a single hood (as shown), sometimes has two

Two bags zipped together

Zipping 2 sleeping bags together

Can be awkward with 2 hoods & 2 foot boxes, but if you'd like ot try, a few tips:

  • The bags don't have to be the same lengths, but the zippers should be (otherwise the bags won't zip up fully). This often means getting bags from the same brand or model
  • Zipper tracks need to be on opposite side of the bag (as shown)
  • Each zipper track must have 2 zipper sliders pulls

Maintenance tips

Repairing

Zippers: If the zipper track isn't staying closed, this is usually because the zipper slider pull has 'widened' over time & is no longer effectively pressing the teeth together. If your track has 2 zipper slider pulls, a tailor should be able to remove the malfunctioning one. If you'd like to add a new zipper slider pull, the biggest challenge will be finding one, since gear often uses different, propriety sizes. Once you have a slider pull, a tailor can add it easily (~$10). If you need to replace the entire zipper track (e.g., you can't find another slider pull or the track is physically damaged), be aware this can be very expensive, expect to spend $50-100. We also recommend seeing a luggage repair specialist, since they may have the larger zippers used for gear, or Narain's & Rainy Pass Repair.

Rips, tears, holes: For small ones, you can stick on a patch of Tenacious Tape yourself. For larger ones, you may need to sew on a replacement fabric patch; most tailors can help with this (if you're doing it yourself, most technical fabrics are rip-stop nylon and this is sold by many fabric stores; most meshes used in outdoor gear however is not widely sold). Remember, sewing compromises waterproofing, since it adds punctures. Ultralight gear with thinner fabrics may require specialists. Two repair specialists are Narain's & Rainy Pass Repair; both accept gear shipped in, expect to spend $30-100

Cleaning & Storing

Gear not in use should be cleaned & dried and then stored loose & in a dark environment, check out our entire protip on the topic here.

We have a general protip on how to store & maintain gear that we highly recommend reviewing as well. If you send us video or a good photo series, we may be able to help you evaluate your repair needs.

Other products on the market

A super astute reader (or the really dogmatic lightweight hiker) may have realized--wait, the bottom of my sleeping bag doesn't insulate well, which is why I need a sleeping pad... so then why don't I just cut off the bottom of the sleeping bag, save the weight & the money? Yup they've done that, it's called a backpacking quilt (not at all like your grandmother's, unless she was an ultralight hiker)! You can imagine, with a quilt, it's then critical to have a sleeping pad on the bottom. Also you'll want to take greater care (some quilts have straps for this) to reduce drafts, since a quilt won't fully enclose you.

A hammock can potentially substitute for your entire essential set of tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad! Substitutability depends on the model of hammock, so do your research thoroughly to see if the hammock has rain protection or mesh (to simulate a tent), and any built-in padding or bedding for warmth & comfort. You'll also want to ensure there are plenty of trees where you're going. Finally, you might want to try taking a nap first, hammocks result in back pain for some & back pain relief for others, the last thing you want is to wake up after a long night in pain!

The exact numbers (e.g., weights, dimensions, prices, etc.) used were updated as of September 2019 . That said, there usually isn't dramatic change; we update & review the market roughly biennially.


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