If you’re in the market for a new sleeping bag you want to know you are purchasing a product that will keep you warm, dry and comfortable all night long. With any purchase you make, you want to be guaranteed you are getting a good value for your money. In this case, value translates into comfort and warmth. For this article, I’m going to be taking a look at the best sleeping bags for the money.
The best sleeping bags for the money will vary from hiker to camper. The best sleeping bag for you will be determined by when and where you’ll be camping outside and your budget. A $1,500 sleeping bag has incredible value for a mountaineer trying to stay warm at base camp on Mount Rainier. However, that same heavy-duty bag may have limited value for a car camper. I’ll break the best sleeping bags for your money based in three categories: winter bags, summer bags, and three-season bags. Okay, let’s get started.
Best Summer Bags for the Money
Summer bags tend to be less expensive than three-season and winter bags. During the summer months, you typically don’t need a whole lot of insulation to keep you warm. Summer rated bags also have fewer bells and whistles, resulting in a budget-friendly price tag. Let’s take a look at a few of the best summer rated bags for the money.
Big Agnes Buffalo Park 40 Sleeping Bag
The Big Agnes Buffalo Park 40 Sleeping Bag is like taking your own bed with you into the backcountry. This bag is warm, comfortable and cozy. The bag is made specifically for hikers who want a little more wiggle room at night. The bag also features the Big Agnes System, which allows for a pad to slip underneath the bag. This innovative system prevents the sleeping pad from moving and shifting around at night. The bag is rated to keep you warm in temperatures above 40 degrees.
This bright orange bag is filled with high-quality synthetic insulation, giving you the warm and comfort you need on those hot summer nights in the backcountry or in your own back yard. Big Agnes is known for making durable, comfortable sleeping bags and the Buffalo Park is no exception. While most Big Agnes bags tend to be a bit expensive, this bag isn’t. The Big Agnes Buffalo Park 40 Sleeping Bag retails for just $149.
Marmot NanoWave Sleeping Bag
The Marmot NanoWave Sleeping Bag is a warm, quality and comfortable bag for camping underneath the stars at Yosemite. This bag is high quality without the high price tag. The NanoWave retails for $79. How about that? The bag is packed with synthetic insulation with a quilting pattern to ensure it stays put when you’re hiking, kayaking or riding a bike around the country. This bag is also lightweight, making it easy to throw into your pack for a three-day trek along the Pacific Crest Trail.
The NanoWave is rated to keep you warm when the temperature hovers above 45 degrees F. If the weather changes and it starts to rain, no worries! The outer shell of this bag is made with a heavy duty polyester ripstop fabric, designed to repel moisture right away. Overall, this is a solid bag that will keep you warm- and all for under a hundred dollars.
REI Co-op Helio Down 45
The REI Co-op Helio Down 45 is a top quality down insulated sleeping bag, without the hefty price tag. This sleeping bag boasts 600-fill power duck down, making it ideal for warm nights in the backcountry or fall treks to see the trees turn color. This bag is rated to keep you warm and cozy in weather above 45 degrees F. This bag is also lightweight, even with all that down insulation- tipping the scales at just 1lb, 9 ounces.
The bag is also available in a long and regular size, making it comfortable for those who are over six feet tall. The bag is great by itself on the trail or as a liner in another sleeping bag during the winter months. The REI Co-op Helio Down 45 is well made and will not let you down when you’re trying to get comfortable after a long day on the trail. This bag retails for $139. When you consider this is a down sleeping bag, the price point is spot on.
Best Three-Season Bags for the Money
Three season bags are typically a mix of synthetic and down insulation. You will find three-season bags are more expensive than summer bags, because of the extra insulation and other features designed to keep you warm. A three-season bag is rated to keep you warm in temperatures between 10 and 32 degrees F. Three-season bags also feature a few of the witner bag extras you will need when the temperature starts to drop. In general, you will find hoods, draft tubes and extra fabric around the foot of the sleeping bag for added protection and warmth.
REI Co-op Trail Pod 15 Sleeping Bag
For under a hundred dollars, you can climb into a soft, comfortable an incredibly warm sleeping bag made by REI. The Trail Pod 15 is filled with synthetic insulation with a key quilting pattern to keep you warm from head to toe. The bag is perfect for car camping, short treks on Orcas Island or backyard camping in the fall. The bag weighs just under four pounds. It’s bulkier than your standard three-season bag, but you won’t mind as long as your warm.
The Trail Pod 15 is designed to keep you warm when the mercury drops below freezing. The built-in hood is like sleeping on a cloud. It’s soft and warm- as I imagine clouds would be if you could sleep on them. I digress. If you are on a budget and you don’t want to wake up with cold toes, this bag is made just for you. The REI Co-op Trail Pod retails for $89.
Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15
Big Agnes does it again. This sleeping bag is made for winter time treks and fall expeditions to Priest Lake. This classic bag is designed specifically to fit a women’s body. The company also makes men’s bags too. The Roxy Ann is packed with 650-fill DownTek. This means the insulation is treated with a water-resistant coating to keep moisture at bay. Without the water=resistant coating, down would lose its insulation value. The outer shell of the bag is made with polyester mini rip-stop microfiber. This shell is also treated with a durable water repellent finish.
The bag also features a “free range” hood, allowing you to sit up in your sleeping bag and move around with feeling like, well, a mummy. This is great for those nights when you need to sit up and grab something but you don’t want to lose all your precious body heat. No comprise here! Like other Big Agnes sleeping bags, slip a pad underneath the bag for extra comfort. The Roxy Ann 15 is rated to keep you nice and toasty in temperatures hovering above 15 degrees F. This bag retails for $250.
Mountain Hardware Hot Bed Sleeping Bag
The Hot Bed Sleeping bag is such a good score, it’s often on back order or sold out. I know, bummer. You may have to wait to take the Mountain Hardware Hot Bed Sleeping Bag with you on your next adventure into the wild. The bag is packed with synthetic insulation called Thermal Q. This special insulation is a high loft, which translates into incredible warmth for you- from head to toe. The bag is a cross between a mummy bag and a rectangle bag. Many campers prefer this shape as it allows them to move around and sleep on their side or stomach without restrictions.
The Hot Bed Sleeping Bag also included a micro-fleece stuff sack you can use as a pillow. The bag is also compatible with other Mountain Hardware bags. So, if the mercury really takes a dive overnight, zip two bags together for extra warmth. An insulated draft tube, and adjustable draw cords make staying warm all night a breeze. This bag is rated to keep you warm in temperatures above 20 degrees F. The Hot Bed Sleeping Bag currently retails for $160.
Best Winter Bags for the Money
When you are camping in the winter, it’s cold- like bone-chilling, hypothermia, frostbite kind of cold. Yep, that cold. The risks are greater when you’re camping outside, so you need a bag with more insulation and more bells and whistles to keep you protected from the frigid weather. In general, you will find winter rated sleeping bags are the most expensive. However, the price is worth it. When you are camping in minus 15-degree weather, the right bag can make the world of difference in whether or not you make it through the night. Let’s take a look at the best winter bags for the money.
Kelty Cosmic Down 0
The Kelty Cosmic down is functional, comfortable and made with bright hues. The bag is designed to keep you warm when the mercury drops below zero. If you find yourself in that kind of weather, this is the bag you want inside your tent. The bag is packed with 600-fill hydrophobic DriDown insulation. This down insulation wicks away moisture, keeping its insulation value even when it’s snowing or raining. The mummy shape of the sleeping bag traps heat and keeps it close to your body at all times.
The outer shell of the bag is made with a polyester ripstop material and a soft taffata liner for added comfort. The bag also features a full draft collar, quilted construction and a nice big hood to keep the heat where it belongs. The Kelty Cosmic Down 0 is a great, high-quality sleeping bag perfect for those winter adventures up a mountain and into the backcountry. This sleeping bag retails for $219.
Big Agnes Whiskey Park
It’s clear Big Agnes knows a thing or two about making high quality sleeping bags without breaking the bank. This synthetic filled bag is designed to keep you warm from head to toe from dawn until dusk. The bag is rated to keep you toasting when the temperature hovers around zero. That’s cold. However, you won’t even notice the sub-zero temperatures once you climb inside this sleeping bag. Whiskey Park is made specifically for those of larger stature. IF you are tall or have brawny man like shoulders, this bag will give you the extra room you need to get comfortable.
The bag is also designed to slip a sleeping pad on the bottom for added comfort and warmth. The pad stays put, keeping you comfortable no matter how often you toss and turn at night. The bag is so cozy, you may find yourself using it at home too. With a full hood, cotton liner and quilted construction, you will be sawing logs all night long. This bag retails for $199.
The Murre EX O sleeping bag by Feathered Friends is the most expensive bag featured in this blog. It retails for $560. You’re probably thinking that hardly sounds like the best sleeping bag for your money- hear me out. If you’re a tried and true mountaineer or a first-time hiker, this sleeping bag will keep up with you and keep you warm no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. The bag is designed specifically for winter weather with a 900 + goose down fill. That’s a whole lot of down stuffed inside one sleeping bag.
The outer shell of the bag is made with a heavy duty Pertex shield with a water-resistant finish. The inside of the bag is liner with taffeta for added comfort. With a 3D contoured hood and draft tube, there’s no way cold air is finding a way inside this sleeping bag. The overlapping zipper guard also blocks cold air from finding a way inside your nice and toasty sleeping bag. Most bags of this quality will cost well over $700 to $1,000. This bag however, retails for $560. This is the only sleeping bag you will ever need to own. It’s made to last a lifetime.
See also “Best Budget Sleeping Bags“.
Best Sleeping Bags for Under $100
You don’t have to spend a small fortune to stay warm in the back-country. In fact, I’ve found several high-quality sleeping bags under $100 that are made by well known outdoor brands. You just need to know where to look. For this blog post, I’m going to help you find the best sleeping bags for under $100.
The best sleeping bags for under a $100 will vary from camper to camper. The best sleeping bag for you will keep you warm and fit into your budget. Most sleeping bags under a $100 are for summer and three season weather conditions. If you’re lucky, you may find a winter bag on sale for around $100. If you don’t want to spend a lot on a quality bag, this is where you should begin your search! Let’s get started.
REI Co-op Siesta Sleeping Bag
If you are looking for a basic, no-frills sleeping bag that will keep you warm and cozy, the REI Co-oP Siesta Sleeping Bag is a great choice. First of all, I love the price tag. This bag retails for just $84. The REI Co-op brand is solid and the company only makes durable gear that lasts. This sleeping bag is a basic rectangle shape, with side zippers and quilting construction. The bag is insulated with polyester fibers, making it durable and water-resistant. The bag is rated to keep you warm in temperatures above 30 degrees. The bag also comes in three different lengths!
The Marmot NanoWave 45 will keep you warm, comfortable while hiking and exploring in the summer and fall months. This bag is not intended for winter camping. The bag is mummy shaped, maximizes the warmth factor from head to toe! The bag is lightweight and insulated with a spirafil high loft synthetic material. The bag is fairly basic with drawcords a minimal hood, two-way zippers and a draft tube. In all, this is an excellent bag for exploring. This bag retails for $79.
The North Face Homestead Twin 40
The North Face Homestead Twin 40 is all about fashion and function. The bag is beautiful, with fun patterns and colors to choose from. My favorite pattern is the birds and trees design. This rectangle bag is simple and un-complicated. Just climb in and drift off to dream land! The bag is made to fit a twin bed, making it the perfect choice for camp! The bag boasts synthetic insulation and is rated to keep you warm in temperatures above 40 degrees F. This fun, no-frills sleeping bag retails for $89.
Kelty Galactic 30
The Kelty Galactic 30 is one of the best and most inexpensive down sleeping bags you can find today. While most sleeping bags under $100 are insulated with synthetic material, this bag is insulated with 600 Fill Dridown. The down is treated with a water-resistant material to keep its insulation value if it starts raining on your hiking trip. The chevron quilting pattern makes the bag appear vintage, but it’s very much brand new! This bag retails for $99.
REI Co-Op Trail Pod 30
If you’re planning a short hike to the ocean shore or car camping, take the REI Co-op Trail Pod 30 with you. The bag is mummy shaped, keeping the synthetic insulation close to your body where ever you decided to lay your head. The bag is rated to keep you comfortable in temperatures above 30 degrees. Add a sleeping bag liner to use the bag in late fall or early winter adventures. A nice hood with a sealed draft also doubles as a pillow, just in case you forget yours at home. The bag is made by REI, one of the world’s most trusted outdoor gear brands. This quality bag retails for $50.
Eureka Lone Pine 20
The Eureka lone Pine is made with high quality synthetic insulation designed to be less bulky and much warmer than similar sleeping bags. The shell of the bag is made with top-notch polyester, which will keep snags and holes from forming. The bag also features a full length draft tube, insulated face baffle, extra fabric on the bottom of the bag and full-length locking zippers. The bag is well made and perfect for your next fall or spring adventure into the backcountry. The Eureka Lone Pine 20 retails for $75.
REI Co-Op Trail Pod 15
The REI Co-Op Trail Pod 15 is beefier than the Trail Pod 30. This bag is rated to keep you warm in temperatures above 15 degrees. The bag is semi-rectangle, making it easy to get comfortable and drift off to sleep after a long day on the trail. The Trail Pod 15 is packed with synthetic insulation, keeping you warm even when the mercury drops below 30 degrees. This bag is also available in three lengths: long, regular and short. The REI Co-op Trail Pod 15 retails for $54.
Kelty Mistral 30
The Kelty Mistral is specifically designed to keep the smallest members of your family nice and cozy during your next backyard camping adventure. This bag is made just for kids! The mummy shaped bag is packed with synthetic insulation! The quilting pattern keeps the warmth where it needs to be. A nice hood and draft collar keep warm air inside the bag and cold air from getting inside. The bag is available in bright, fun colors! The Kelty Mistral 30 retails for $60.
If you are sending a kiddo off to summer camp, this is the bag you want them to sleep in every night. It’s basic, no-frills and incredibly comfortable. The bag is made to keep you warm in the summer and fall months, with a rating of 40 degrees F. The bag is a simple rectangle- which many campers will find makes it easier to fall asleep. The rectangle shape allows for plenty of room to move around and get comfortable throughout the night. This bag retails for $60.
REI Co-OP Helio Sack 55
If you’re a world traveler and often find yourself booking a room in a hostel, this is the perfect sleeping bag for you next adventure. The bag is half blanket, part liner and part sleeping bag. This bag is designed to be used as a layer on a mattress at a hostel or hotel. It can also be used to slip inside another sleeping bag for an extra layer of warmth. If the weather is really hot and a sleeping bag is just too much, crawl into this thin synthetic filled bag. It will keep the cool breeze away and you won’t wake up in a sweat at three in the morning. This bag is rated to keep you warm in weather above 55 degrees F and retails for $69.
ALPS Mountaineering Camper Flannel
The Alps Mountaineering Camper Flannel is the kind of sleeping bag your grandma probably pulled out of the attic every time you stayed the night at as a kid. The classic flannel print instantly transports me back to the 70s and early 80s. The classic design translates into incredible warmth and comfort. This interior of this bag is like sleeping in your favorite flannel shirt, from head to toe. You may never want to get out! The outer shell is incredibly durable because it’s made out of Ripstop fabric. The bag is designed to keep you nice and comfortable when the temperature is above 45 degrees F. The ALPS Mountaineering Camper Flannel retails for $79.
Kelty Tuck 35 Sleeping Bag
The Kelty Tuck 35 is designed to keep you warm and comfortable during those late fall hikes into the backcountry. It can also be a great blanket for summer nights stargazing along Lake Pend Oreille. The bag retails for $79, but it’s often on sale for about $20 less. The bag is mummy shaped and packed with synthetic insulation. The bag is made specifically with ThermaPro, which reduces the bulk normally associated with synthetic bags. The bag is rated to keep you warm in temperatures above 35 degrees F.
The Kelty Discovery is the bag you want to throw in the back of your car for a weekend at a campground. It’s also the perfect bag to send with your son to summer camp. It’s a rectangle bag, making it comfortable to sleep on your back, side or even stomach. The quilting construction from head to toe, keeps the synthetic insulation from shifting. The bag can be unzipped to create a large blanket t put over your bed or to use as a picnic blanket. This bag is rated to keep you warm in weather above 30 degrees. The Kelty Discovery retails for $64.
The Trestles 30 by Marmot retails at $99. The bag Is mummy shaped, keeping you warm and cozy all night long in most mild weather conditions. The bright green color is a fun addition to the normally subdued tones of outdoor gear. Here’s what you get for a $99 sleeping bag: synthetic insulation, a liner for comfort, a pocket to stash all your tech gear and headlamp. The bag also features wave construction to give you comfort and warmth where you need it the most: your head and feet. The bottom of the bag is made with what’s called a blanket construction method for added comfort under your body while sleeping.
ALPS Mountaineering Dash
The ALPS Mountaineering Dash sleeping bag is a great choice if you want a warm bag without spending a whole lot of money. This bag retails for $79. It’s a mummy shaped bag, which as you know, will keep the insulation close to your body all night long. The bag is fairly basic, with a minimal hood and separate zippers to make venting easier. This is a great bag for summer campouts in the backyard, summer camp or car camping in the late fall. The bag is rated to keep you warm in temperatures above 35 degrees.
REI Co-op Kindercamp Sleeping Bag
The REI Co-op Kindercamp Sleeping Bag is designed with kids in mind. This sleeping bag is bright red, with a fun purple pattern inside. The bright colors, combined with the extra soft and cozy insulation will make bed time a breeze no matter where you are camping. The bag is made with polyester fibers and weighs just three pounds. The synthetic insulation will hold up well when the weather changes. The bag is rated to keep your little one warm and cozy in weather above 40 degrees. The REI Co-Op Kindercamp Sleeping Bag retails for $54.
Kelty Little Tree
The Kelty Little Tree is another sleeping bag made just for kids. This bag is designed to keep kids warm in temperatures above 20 degrees. So, if you are planning a late fall hike to your favorite lake, this might be the best bag for your little one. It’s equally awesome for sleepovers and backyard campouts. The bag is made with polyester fibers, which will keep your little one warm and dry even in damp weather. The bag is well made and designed to keep heat close to the body. The Kelty Little Tree retails for $75.
Coleman North Rim
The Coleman North Rim is a great sleeping bag if you are looking for extra warmth without breaking the bank. The bag is packed with synthetic insulation and is rated to keep you warm in weather ranging from 0 to 10 degrees F. The outer shell of the bag is made with a ripstop fabric. A polyester liner makes this bag cozy and comfortable to sleep in all night long. The quilting construction keeps the insulation from moving around when you pack your bag and when you’re trying to get comfortable inside your tent. The padded hood can replace a pillow if needed.
The Coleman North Rim also features a full-length draft tube to prevent cold air from making its way inside your bag in the middle of the night. The draft tube also traps warm air inside your bag. Overall, this is a great bag for winter weather and all for under $100. The Coleman North Rim retails for $69.
Best Budget Sleeping Bags
If you’re on a budget, you know how difficult it can be to get all your outdoor gear without sacrificing quality. No one wants to sleep in a flimsy tent or a cold sleeping bag. Good news! You don’t have to sacrifice quality when it comes to finding a sleeping bag to fit in your budget. For this article, I’m going to be taking a closer look at the best budget sleeping bags.
No matter what your budget: $50 to $500, there’s a sleeping bag out there for you. The best budget sleeping bags will vary from camper to camper. The best sleeping bag for you will keep you warm and dry where ever the trail leads you. In general, the most budget-friendly sleeping bags are designed to keep you warm in weather above 30 to 40 degrees. If you find yourself camping in colder weather you may want to save for a few months to afford a higher quality and better-insulated bag.
The North Face Cat’s Meow
This sleeping bag is the cat’s meow when it comes to a high-quality sleeping bag under $200. This sleeping bag is designed to keep you nice and warm when the temperature is hovering around 20 degrees F. The mummy shaped bag keeps the synthetic insulation close to your body, trapping a layer of heat inside your bag all night long. The glow in the dark zipper makes it easy to get and out of your bag in the middle of the night.
The bag is packed with synthetic insulation and made with a quilting construction to keep it from shifting in the stuff sack and when you’re moving around at night. The bag also includes a hefty hood and drawstring cord to tighten when the mercury drops at 2 a.m. The inside of the bag is soft and silky, making it easy to climb into bed after a long day on the trail. The Cat’s Meow by The North Face is a high-quality sleeping bag made for three-seasons. Throw in a liner and you can use this sleeping bag every month of the year.
The North Face Aleutian
For under a hundred dollars, this super sleeping bag will fit most budgets and keep you warm all summer long. This bag is designed to keep you nice and comfortable when the temperature is hovering around 40 degrees. So, it’s perfect for sleeping along the shore of your favorite alpine lake and stargazing in the Arizona desert. The Aleutian is packed with Heatseeker Eco synthetic insulation which is made of 30% recycled material. How cool is that?
The bag is a semi-rectangle shape, allowing extra room for those who like to sleep in your side or stomach. This bag is technically a three-season bag, making it versatile for most of the year. Climb a mountain in October or backyard camp in August with this bag. Even with the synthetic insulation, this bag is lightweight- tipping the scales at just 2lbs. The North Face Aleutian rings in at $99.
The North Face Dolomite
If you don’t want to spend more than $80 on a sleeping bag, you’ll want to check out The North Face Dolomite. This is one of the most basic sleeping bags made by the well known outdoor gear brand. The bag is bright yellow and rectangle shape. This particular shape makes it ideal to sleep on your side or zip another bag together for extra comfort and warmth. The bag can also be unzipped and laid flat on the ground or over you as a blanket.
The bag is made with synthetic insulation, keeping you at the perfect temperature during those hot summer nights in the mountains. The bag is great for hiking, backyard campouts, and camp. The Dolomite is designed to keep you comfortable and cozy when the temperature is hovering around 40 degrees. If you’re summer camping high in the mountains, consider liner for an extra layer. At high altitudes, it can get frigid, even in the summer months. This bag is durable, comfortable and high quality all for $ 79.
L.L. Bean Camp
L.L Bean is known for its high-quality outdoor jackets, boots and now sleeping bags. The Camp Sleeping Bag by L.L. Bean is super cozy, comfortable and exceptionally warm. The inside of the sleeping bag is lined with L.L. Bean’s famous flannel material. It’s so soft inside, you may never want to get out. Of course, you’ll have to get out at some point. With this bag, you’ll be thinking of reasons to camp outside! It’s that comfortable. The bag is a classic rectangle shape and packed with high-loft polyester insulation. The insulation is designed to trap heat and keep it close to your body.
This bag is also available in two sizes: regular and large for taller campers. The bag is bulky, but you won’t mind! This is a great first sleeping bag for when you send your kiddos off to camp. It’s rated to keep you warm in weather above 40 degrees F. The bag is warm, durable and you’ll love the price tag. This bag retails for $80.
Kelty Cosmic 20
The Kelty Cosmic 20 is a great three season sleeping bag for under $130. The bag is mummy shaped, allowing the down insulation to lay right next to your body and trap heat for hours. The bag is packed with 600-fill hydrophobic DriDown. As you know, down naturally loses its insulation value when it gets wet. You don’t have to worry about that with this bag. The down is treated with a water-resistant coating to keep water away at all times! This means you stay warm and dry even when it’s raining and snowing outside.
The bag also features a draft collar, hood with drawcords, quilted construction and a zipper draft to keep cold air at bay all night long. This sleeping bag is an excellent value considering it’s down insulated and water-resistant. The Kelty Cosmic 20 retails for $129.
Kelty Tuck 35
The Kelty Tuck 35 is the sleeping bag you want to take on your next summertime adventure. I love the price tag. It’s listed for $63, on sale. How about that? You’ll have enough money to splurge on a pizza after your next trail trek. The sleeping bag is mummy shaped and packed with synthetic insulation. Synthetic insulation naturally wicks away moisture, so if it rains on your next hike to Snow Lake, you’ll be warm and dry.
The bag features a zipper near the bottom, to allow you to cool off your feet during the summer months. This unique feature allows you to keep your feet out in the open, but the rest of your body covered. What a genius idea for those hot summer nights camping under the Big Dipper. The bag also includes a hood, which can easily double as a pillow. The Kelty Tuck 35 retails for $63.
REI Co-op Helio Down
If you want a down sleeping bag, but don’t want to pay a premium- this is the sleeping bag you’ll want to pack for your next adventure into the wild. This sleeping bag very much feels like your favorite blanket at home. The box quilting keeps the down insulation right where you need it- guaranteeing warmth and comfort no matter where the trail leads you. The bag boasts 600 fill power duck down. This down is treated with a water-resistant coating so it doesn’t lose its insulation value when it starts to pour.
The bag unzips on the side, allowing you to let cool air in if you get overheated at night. The top of the bag folds down just like down blanket. Even though this is a mummy shaped bag, the extra room at the bottom prevents that restrictive feeling so many complain about when hiking. For a down sleeping bag, you can’t beat the price of $ 139. Plus, if you don’t like it you can always return it no questions asked. REI has a fabulous return policy!
REI Co-Op Helio Sack 55
If you’re pinching your pennies for a trip to Spain this summer, this is the sleeping bag you will want to pack on your carry on. The bag is great for traveling around the world, staying in hostels, sleeping on the beach and more! This is perhaps the most basic of sleeping bags: semi-rectangle shape, synthetic insulation and a small hood for comfort. You won’t find any bells and whistles on this bag, just enough to take you off to dreamland and rest for another day of exploring.
The bag is lightweight, tipping the scales at just under two pounds. You may even be able to fit this in a fanny pack if that’s your travel style. The bag is high quality, durable and comfortable. The polyester shell has a durable water repellent finish to keep moisture a bay. The REI Co-op Helio Sack 55 is rated to keep you comfortable in weather above 55 degrees F. All this… and for just $60! With the money saved, you may be able to upgrade your plane ticket to first class!
Marmot Trestles 30
The Marmot Trestles 30 is a solid sleeping bag for under $150. This three-season sleeping bag is designed to keep you warm when the mercury drops below freezing. The bag is insulated with a high-loft insulation with a quilted construction. The strategic quilting keeps the insulation from moving around. This means you will have consistent warmth from head to toe, all night long! The bag also features a hood, extra wide foot base and stash pocket for your headlamp and cell phone. The draft tube keeps cold air out and traps warm air inside. The Marmot Trestles 30 retails for $129.
Marmot NanoWave 35
The Marmot NanoWave 35 is a great sleeping bag if you don’t want to spend more than a hundred dollars. This bag is designed for the world traveler and backyard camper. It’s lightweight and it easy to pack in a carry on or in your backpack. This bag can be used as a sheet in a hostel or when your flight is delayed and you need a nap, like right now. The bag can also be used as a liner on those nights when the mercury dips below freezing.
The NanoWave is packed with synthetic insulation, however, it’s not bulky! This is a great, simple sleeping bag for summertime camping under the stars. It even has a draft tube to keep warm air trapped inside your bag. The mummy shape can feel a bit restricting sometimes, however you get used to it. The Marmot NanoWave 35 retails for $99.
REI Co-op Siesta 30
This is the most basic sleeping bag made by REI. It’s classic square design takes us back to simpler times of Sunny D and Mac n’ Cheese. The bag is reminiscent of summer camp and backyard adventures! The bag is packed with synthetic insulation and lined with a soft polyester taffeta. This bag is rated to keep you warm when the mercury hovers around 30 degrees F. If you add a liner, you may be able to use this bag during the late fall and early spring as well.
The Siesta 30 is made for campers who don’t like to be restricted while sleeping. The rectangle shape gives plenty of room to get comfortable on your side. If you need extra warmth at night, this sleeping bag can easily be doubled by zipping it together with another REI Co-op Siesta 30 sleeping bag. If you get too hot, unzip the bag and use it as a blanket instead. The outer shell of the bag is made with a durable water repellent finish, keeping the moisture at bay when you wake up to a summer thunderstorm in the middle of August. This high quality, classic and basic sleeping bag currently retails for $85. With the money saved, you can treat everyone to s’mores around the campfire. Happy trails!
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