Everyone knows that a sleeping bag is an essential item for camping, backpacking, etc. but…
…what is crucial (and rarely talked about) are the different weather and temperature ranges, as well as seasons that are meant for each type of Costco sleeping bag:
For a much more enjoyable outdoor excursion you need to put some thought into whether you need a spring, summer or fall/winter sleeping bag, so are aware of areas typical temperature and the given season (fairly obvious) that you will be using your sleeping bag at.
Summer Bags have a temp-rating of 35 degrees and up, the winter bag ranges from 10 degrees and lower and the spring bag ranges from 10 degrees to 35 degrees.
Blankets are fairly useful when you are in a very warm area, one that maintains the heat throughout the night, but when in need of something a little more a sleeping bag is a definite must have.
It becomes hard to stand around in outdoor stores and pick out sleeping bags at times, so we wanted to put together some of the most versatile and durable sleeping bags on the market today.
Each of these has its own specific unique qualities that set them apart from one another, making for a better variety than what is at the store.
Our Top 3 Favorites
#1 Pick – Coleman Tandem 3-in-1 45 Degree Tall Sleeping Bag
[easyazon_link keywords="Coleman The Tandem 2 Person Rectangular 45 Degree Sleeping Bag" locale="US" tag="bladescout11-20"]
Ever heard of a to person sleeping bag? If not, well, now you have.
Coleman’s 3-in-1 sleeping bag doubles as a one-person tall sleeping bag, two sleeping bags when zipped apart and a double-sized bag.
This sleeping bag is an absolute steal, as it is inexpensive and multifunctional. Coleman’s Ziplow Zipper Technology is used on this sleeping bag, making it virtually shaggless, along with the Ziplow Zipper this sleeping bag has a roll control system to assist in keeping the sleeping bag straight when packing away.
This bag has a maximum height capacity of 6ft 4in and is composed with a hollow polyester insulation. The Tandem bag is a summer bag, leaving you comfortable at 45 degrees or more.
Abco Tech Sleeping Bag-Envelope Lightweight Portable, Waterproof
[easyazon_link keywords="Sleeping Bag – Envelope Lightweight Portable, Waterproof, Comfort With Compression Sack - Great For 4 Season Traveling, Camping, Hiking, & Outdoor Activities" locale="US" tag="bladescout11-20"]
This all-season sleeping bag can be used in as low as 20-degree weather, it’s waterproof and weather resistant surface makes it excellent to take along for your next trip to a place with absolutely unpredictable weather.
This bag is made of 210T polyester on the exterior to ensure maximum durability and lightweight transport. Abco was sure to include a compression sack with straps making this sleeping bag travel-friendly.
We recommend this specific bag for all seasons and also recommend that you purchase a sleeping pad for beneath the sleeping bag for it to reach its maximum temperature rating.
Coleman Trinidad Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag
[easyazon_link keywords="Coleman Trinidad Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag" locale="US" tag="bladescout11-20"]
The Trinidad Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag by Coleman is a wonderful example of luxury comfort in the simplest form.
We thoroughly recommend this sleeping bag for spring and summer excursions as it is most comfortable in 40 to 60 degrees.
This sleeping bag is machine washable and won’t have the insulation shift during the wash due to its fiber lock construction. There are three pounds of ThermoTech insulation in this sleeping bag to guarantee full comfort. The polyester exterior is lined with a tri-cot fiber blend, causing for premium durability.
We highly recommend that you purchase a bed roll with this sleeping bag to allow your sleeping bag to reach its maximum potential and temperature rating.
What are the different shapes of sleeping bags?
There are four different kinds of sleeping bags, each have their own special focus of climate, comfort, etc. There is the rectangular, semi-rectangular, mummy and double-wide. The rectangular sleeping bag is typically used for spaciousness and comfort, while the mummy bag is used more for versatility as it fits closely to the body. The semi-rectangular sleeping bag has a tapered design to ensure more warmth and comfort than the more spacious rectangular sleeping bag. The last kind of sleeping bag is the double-wide, the double-wide sleeping bag is usually designed with a sleeping pad within or an air mattress, these bags are made for two people to sleep comfortably.
What kinds of insulation are there?
There are three different types of insulation typically used for sleeping bags, one being goose down, another water resistant down insulation and synthetic insulation. Synthetic insulation is very durable and dries quite quickly, while it is very inexpensive compared to the goose down insulation. Down insulation is much more durable and easily compressed than synthetic insulation, but is a bit more expensive. Water resistant down insulation is typically a bit harder to care for as it loses insulating power when wet. This down material is also commonly found in your everyday bed setup in the form of a down comforter. Many people prefer down over other, more light weight, types of comforter.
To achieve maximum potential of sleeping bags temperature rating, it is always recommended to purchase a sleeping pad/bed roll with sleeping bag. When setting up your bag place sleeping pad under the bag.