Spring 2017 Update
We just added a new award winner for luxury travel: NEMO Strato Loft. Camping sleeping bag technology does not change often, but in this case there is both a new hood and zipper system that allow you to comfortably roll around and keep the drafts at bay. More details below. We also double-checked pricing, available and color changes of the other bags in our review.
Best Overall Camping Sleeping Bag
Slumberjack Country Squire 0
Largest and most comfortable bag tested
Removable cotton sheet
Very strong zipper
Duffel bag storage
Heavy and bulky
Not appropriate for warm or wet weather
After one night in the Slumberjack Country Squire 0
, many of our testers wanted to sell their old mummy bags they had been using for car camping and couch surfing. If weight and space are no concern, you should be sleeping in the Squire or a bag of similar size and cozy materials. How cozy? The Squire feels like being a bed with warm, thick blankets. It's amazingly luxurious and also rustic. The Country Squire is the largest bag we tested, both longer and wider than its competitors; it fits people of all shapes and sizes and even has space for two average-size people! Enjoy it for yourself or spoon with someone else. There's so much insulation we comfortably slept on the ground and floors with no pad. This zero degree version kept us warm into the teens, and we loved the removable cotton sheet, a unique feature. This is the
premium general purpose bag for those that value comfort, warmth, and quality. The lighter, Slumberjack Country Squire 20
has the same excellent features and comfort.
Read full review: Slumberjack Country Squire 0
Best Bang for the Buck
Kelty Callisto 20
Warmest camping bag relative to weight
Adjustable top opening
Full synthetic construction
Widest temperature range
Not as comfortable as wider bags
With a price tag of $80, the Kelty Callisto 20
is not the cheapest bag we tested, but its combination of comfort and warmth in a fairly compact design make it the best value of the bags we tested. While most of the rectangular bags we tested are large enough to squeeze two people into, the Callisto's narrower design is still plenty comfy for one person, and much lighter and more compact when packed. The Callisto is also sold as a "two pack," or double wide. While we enjoy the larger rectangular bags that you can squeeze into with your cuddle buddy, two Callistos zipped together in double wide mode are far more comfy for two people.
Read full review: Kelty Callisto 20
Top Pick for Warmth
Warmest bag for the price
Soft flannel lining
Best packing straps with a nice handle
No draft tube behind the zipper
The Wenzel Grande
is by far the warmest bag we tested for the price. We found this large rectangular bag almost as warm as the Editors' Choice Slumberjack, and we love the feel of the poly/cotton flannel liner. This is our favorite bag to unzip into a big blanket. Soft flannel makes it great in the house, and the rugged cotton shell doesn't mind being on the dirt and leaves. Consider this bag if you sleep cold or plan to camp in freezing weather, and don't want to cough up the extra cash for the Country Squire. This bag offers the most warmth for the lowest price.
Read full review: Wenzel Grande
Top Pick for Luxury Travel
NEMO Strato Loft 25
Light and compressible
Great leg room
Best hood of all the bags
The Strato Loft
is the lightest and most compressible bag we tested. It's our favorite pick for airplane travel or road trips where space is tight. We would also take it on short backpacking trips where weight is not an issue. It has the massive leg room of a traditional rectangular bag but uses 700-fill down to cut down on weight and bulk. The only downsides to the bag are it does not have the cozy flannel feel of cotton bags. It also doesn't complete unzip or join with other bags.
Read full review: NEMO Strato Loft 25