If you’re looking for the best sleeping bag, you want a camping expert to weigh in and help guide you in the right direction. REI is that expert you need when there are too many choices and you don’t even know where to begin. REI is an industry leader in outdoor gear, with retail stores across the country. For the blog, I’m going to take a closer look at the top sleeping bags available at REI.
When you need an expert, you turn to the folks at REI who know everything about sleeping bags, outdoor gear and how to stay warm in the back-country. REI is a great place to start your search for high-quality, durable and comfortable sleeping bag because the company only sells the best. To make your search easier, REI allows you to narrow down your sleeping bag based on brand, temperature rating, insulation, height and weight of the bag. Let’s get started.
REI stands for Recreational Equipment Incorporated. The Seattle based company began selling ice picks from Europe decades ago. Now, the company is global. The company not only sells the best outdoor gear available today, it also stands behind every single item it sells. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase you can return the sleeping bag, tent or pair of socks- no questions asked. It’s this guarantee that has created a culture of REI shoppers, unlike any other retailer has done before.
REI isn’t just about selling the best sleeping bags, tents and kayaks. The company is passionate about making the outdoors accessible to everyone. Its mission is to get more people outside and into nature. To make the great outdoors more accessible to everyone, the company started its own line of outdoor gear. The REI brand is an excellent choice if you are on a budget, but don’t want to sacrifice quality. REI is also a great resource when you need to talk to an outdoor expert. Everyone at REI is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to outdoor gear. Plus, the company is constantly updating its website with educational articles about how to choose the best gear for your adventure.
When you shop at REI, you know it’s a product vetted and tested by experts. REI is synonymous for quality and durability. While you don’t need a membership to shop there, a $20-member card gets you a certain percentage back on your purchases every year. How about that? So you get quality gear and the company sends you a check for shopping with the co-op. Right now, REI sells 317 different sleeping bags. The company only sells the best brands. For this blog, I’m taking a closer look at the top-selling sleeping bags at REI. Let’s get started.
Top Sleeping Bags
REI Magma 10 Sleeping Bag
The REI Magma 10 Sleeping Bag is perfect for those cold winter nights when you have the urge to camp outside of a mountain trail. Who hasn’t had that urge? This bag is designed for cold weather camping with a temperature rating of 10 degrees. This means the Magma 10 will keep you nice and toasty even when it feels and looks like a winter wonderland outside. The Magma is made by REI and that means you get a whole lot of sleeping bag for your buck. This bag boasts 850-fill goose down with a price tag of just $350.
The bag is lightweight, tipping the scales at just two pounds. The inside of the bag is lined with a soft material, to give you maximum comfort while flying off to dreamland. This is a mummy shaped bag which means the down insulation is close to your body, from head to toe. The outer shell of the bag is made with water-resistant durable nylon material to keep moisture away. If rain or morning dew does make its way inside your sleeping bag the down feathers are treated with a water-resistant coating to maintain insulation value, even when wet!
Kelty Cosmic Down 20
The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 is the perfect sleeping bag for your adventures in the spring, summer, and fall. This bag will keep you warm while watching a meteor shower in an Arizona desert in July or watching the maple leaves turn to bright red along the Appalachian Trail. This three-season bag is packed with water-resistant DriDown. DriDown means the 600 fill down is coated with a material to keep the moisture away. As you know, down isn’t normally down with water. However, advances in technology have changed that. DriDown will keep you warm, even if it gets wet!
The Kelty Cosmic weighs in just around three pounds. So, if your heading on a big adventure- this pack may be a bit too heavy for your liking. It’s a great sleeping bag for backyard campouts, car camping or short adventures into the woods. The bag is rated to keep you nice and cozy around 20 degrees F. Even though this is a three-season sleeping bag, it has all the characteristics of a winter bag. A cozy, down filled hood adds comfort when you’re trying to get cozy inside your bag. The dual locking zippers and snag-less zippers make it easy to get in and out in a jiffy. The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 rings in at $170.
Nemo Rave 15 Women’s Sleeping Bag
The Nemo Rave 15 Women’s Sleeping Bag is all the rave for women backpacking in the back-country. The bag is designed to fit a women’s body- in fact, it features a spoon -shape design so you can easily sleep on your side without any restriction. The bag is made with 650-fill Nikwax down. Nikwax down is a product used to coat the down feathers to keep moisture away. The down is also responsibly sourced. This bag is designed to keep you warm in temperatures hovering around 15 degrees. So, it’s a perfect fit for winter nights. However, if you sleep cold- it’s a great fit for year-round comfort as well.
The shell of the sleeping bag is made out of 30D ripstop nylon. The inside of the bag includes a soft nylon taffeta material. The bag also includes a fold over of down, to mimic your bed at home. Who says you can’t make your bed inside your tent? The foot area of the sleeping bag is made with a waterproof material to keep your toe dry if there’s condensation on your tent in the morning.
Nemo Disco 15 Men’s Sleeping Bag
You’ve got to hand it to the folks at Nemo in making the Nemo Disco 15 Men’s Sleeping Bag. The Disco is the counterpart to the women’s Rave sleeping bag. Those designers are having too much fun naming their sleeping bags. The Disco is like the Rave, except it’s specifically to fit a man’s body. The bag is a semi-rectangular shape, giving you plenty of room to sleep on your side, stomach or on your back. This sleeping bag is designed to keep you nice and warm above 15 degrees F.
The bag boasts 650-fill down with Nikwax. Again, this basically means the down insulation will hold up when there’s moisture in the air. The shell of the bag is made with a 30D ripstop nylon- a high-quality nylon material designed to keep moisture away. This material is also difficult to snag- which means you don’t have to worry about all that insulation escaping anytime soon. Like the Rave, this bag features a nice fluffy hood, quilted design and waterproof foot zone for added protection.
The North Face Furnace 20 Sleeping Bag
This three-season sleeping bag, The North Face Furnace 20, will keep you warm and cozy most of the year. Add a fleece liner if you plan to go ice fishing in the middle of January in Minnesota. This bag is made for backpacking, with it weighing in at just two pounds, 15 ounces. With 600-fill ProDown, this bag is designed to keep you warm and dry when the temperature is above 20 degrees. The ProDown means these down feathers have been treated with a water-resistant coating to keep its insulation value when moisture is in the air or on the ground!
The mummy shaped sleeping bag makes this a popular choice for backpacker and mountaineers who will certainly face cold temperatures on the trail. In addition to down insulation, the bottom of the sleeping bag is made with an anti-compression synthetic insulate, referred to as Heatseeker. This type of insulation gives you warmth all over-like a hug and keeps you comfortable even when you left your sleeping pad at home. The bag is a popular choice at REI for its quality and budget value. This bag retails for $189.
Big Agnes Encampment 15
Big Agnes is known as the mother of comfort and this bag is no exception. The bag is made to be like your down comforter at home. With a Big Agnes Encampment 15 sleeping bag, you can be camping in Banff and sleep just like you are back home. This bag is designed to keep you cozy and warm all night long, even when the mercury hovers around 15 degrees. This bag is best for spring and fall camping. However, add a sleeping bag liner to add an extra layer of warmth for those extra cold nights.
The bag is insulated with Hotstream synthetic fibers. It’s designed to feel and insulate like down, except it’s a synthetic material. The synthetic insulation holds up well when Mother Nature throws you a curve ball at three in the morning in the form of a rainstorm. Thanks, Mother Nature! The bag drapes over you for added comfort and warmth. This bag weighs in at three pounds, making it a great option for backpackers and backyard campers. This bag retails for $200.
REI Co-Op Siesta 30
If you need a siesta while camping, the REI Co-Op Siesta 30 is the bag for you. It’s rectangle shape and synthetic insulation make it a perfect fit for car camping and backyard adventures. The bag is rated to keep you warm in weather above 30 degrees. The quilted pattern throughout the bag keeps the synthetic insulation from shifting around. The quilting keeps the insulation where it needs to be and that means warmth from head to toe for you!
This is a high quality, basic sleeping bag. There are no bells and whistles-just warmth and comfort. The rectangle shape allows you to move with ease when you are trying to get comfortable after roasting marshmallows over a campfire. The shell of the bag is made with a polyester material, treated with a durable water-resistant coating. If you get chilly at night, zip this bag together with another Siesta 30 for double the warmth. This bag is a popular choice for campers on a budget. It retails for $89.
Marmot Trestles 15
The Marmot Trestles 15 will keep you warm and comfortable when the mercury hovers around 15 degrees. This bag is designated at a three-season sleeping bag, however, the mummy shape and excellent hood make this a great candidate for mild winter conditions as well. This bag is specifically designed for women. With extra insulation where women tend to be chilled- in the feet and head areas. The bag is insulated with a synthetic fill called SpiraFil LT. This is a polyester fiber that is lightweight, warm without the added bulk. The bag is the heaviest of my top REI sleeping bag picks- weighing in at almost five pounds.
The bag also features a warm and fluffy hood, two sets of zippers to keep cold air from finding its way inside and extra insulation for your feet. Even though it’s a mummy bag, wider space near the feet makes it easy to get comfortable at night. The inside of the bag is lined with a soft polyester material making it soft and enticing to climb inside after a long day on the trail. An internal pocket on the side of the bag makes it easy to check your phone, post a selfie or stash a headlamp for safe keeping. This an excellent bag for the price: $119. The Marmot Trestle is also made with a quilting pattern from head to toes to keep the insulation in place, right where you need it to stay warm all night long.
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