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The 6 Best Sleeping Bags for Camping of 2020

There’s a shocking number of sleeping bags on the market, and each comes with a load of technical jargon that the manufacturer uses to claim it’s the “best.” That can make it confusing when it comes time to shop for a new sleeping bag. So we’ve put together this roundup of the best sleeping bags for camping in 2020. We’ll break down what makes them great, what features are really important, and what sort of use each bag is optimized for. We’ve also included a chart of the most vital features to make comparisons easy so that you can make sure your new sleeping bag is the best you can get.


Big Agnes Torchlight UL 30 Sleeping Bag

Best 2020 sleeping bags
 
 

Big Agnes’s “UL” bags are designed to offer as much insulation as possible in a very lightweight package. The Torchlight is their summer backpacking bag. It packs down very small, and is one of the lightest sleeping bags on this list, perfect if you’re trying to move fast and light in warmer weather.

The real highlight of the Torchlight UL 30 though is Big Agnes’s fit system. Most mummy bags are designed for people that sleep flat on their backs, and are uncomfortable if you try to sleep on your side. The Torchlight 30 has zippered panels on each side that allow you to adjust the fit from inside the bag. That means you can unzip them to get yourself more room if you’re sleeping on your side, or cinch the bag back up if you’re sleeping on your back. This make the Torchlight one of the best sleeping bags for side sleepers. If you’re looking for a lightweight sleeping bag for summer camping, and are looking for something designed to keep side-sleepers happy, the Torchlight UL 30 should be at the top of your list.

 
Temperature RatingInsulation TypeWeight Original Price
 30 Degrees Down794g $279

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Sea to Summit Altitude 25 - Women’s

Best 2020 Sleeping Bags
 

Sea to Summit has long been known for their high-quality insulated gear and their use of ethically-sourced down. The Altitude 25 is one of their best all-around backpacking sleeping bags. They classify it as a “2.5 season” bag. That’s because it’s a really versatile bag that is warm enough for spring or fall trips, but has a well-designed vent system so you won’t overheat on warm summer nights.

Sea to Summit has really dialed in the fit on all of their sleeping bags to get you the most room inside the bag so that you can move around and stay comfortable, without increasing the weight. The Altitude 25 has their female-specific shape that’s contoured to the average female body. Combine that with technical features like a full hood and internal pocket for your phone, and you’ve got a bag that’s good for everything but the coldest shoulder season nights. As an added bonus, all Sea to Summit sleeping bags can zip together to form a double sleeping bag. The Altitude 25 is our top choice for ladies looking for a do-it-all bag that’s light, packs down small, and is comfortable to sleep in.

 
Temperature RatingInsulation TypeWeight Original Price
 25 Degrees Down1080g $379

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Nemo Riff 30

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Nemo’s Riff 30 is designed for the camper who still values low weight, but prioritizes comfort over all else. It’s got a roomier shape than most of the other bags on this list, with a wide shoulder and foot area that tapers at the waist. This allows you to move around more during the night, and change sleep positions without stretching the bag.

Nemo also uses a unique “gill” system to efficiently allow you to control how warm the bag feels, without letting in a draft. This means the Riff 30 is very versatile, it works well in a wide variety of temperatures, from cool fall nights to warm summer mornings. It also features a built-in pillow pocket, and a waterproof and breathable toe box.

The Riff 30 is one of the heavier 30° bags on this list, so if you’re looking for the lightest possible gear, it might not be the right choice, but if you’re looking for one of the most comfortable sleeping bags for any sleeping position, the Riff 30 is our top bag.

Temperature RatingInsulation TypeWeight Original Price
 30 Degrees Down1080g $369

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Big Agnes Echo Park 40

Best 2020 sleeping bags

Let’s face it: outdoor gear is often designed for a very specific body type, and is often lacking in options for the “big and tall” department. That’s especially problematic with sleeping bags. With a sleeping bag that’s too big, you’re carrying a little extra weight, but it’s no big deal. But a too-small sleeping bag, you’re just not going to fit, let alone stay warm. That’s why Big Agnes came up with their Echo Park 40 bag. It’s designed for folks who are just too big for the narrow range of sizes most brands make. This shape makes it the best sleeping bag for big & tall guys or gals.

So of course, it’s not the lightest bag on this list. And it’s not the most packable either. But that’s really not the point. If you’ve had trouble finding a sleeping bag that you feel comfortable in, the Echo Park is your ticket to a great night’s sleep. And even if you are comfortable in smaller bags, the Echo Park is a great choice for shorter hikes or car camping, where you’re just looking for a roomy, comfortable option.

Temperature RatingInsulation TypeWeight Original Price
 40 Degrees Synthetic1420g $169

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Sea to Summit Ascent 25

Best 2020 sleeping bags

Sea to Summit’s Ascent series is comprised of lightweight, versatile, do-it-all sleeping bags. The Ascent is the lightest insulated in the series, and thus is best used in warmer weather. We’d classify it as a 2.5 season bag. You’ll want more insulation on the coldest fall and spring nights, but for everything between, it will be perfect.

The real magic happens in the Ascent’s baffle system though. Traditional horizontal baffles allow the insulation to spread out and collect in specific areas if you move around while you’re sleeping. Sea to Summit has designed the Ascent’s baffles to keep the insulation in the places you need it the most, no matter how restless you are at night. That means it keeps you even warmer than its 25° rating would suggest.

The Ascent also features a modified mummy shape, with more room around the knees and hips for side sleepers. It’s a great choice for anyone looking for the best lightweight all-round sleeping bag, especially if you’ve had problems with your bag developing cold spots in the past.

Temperature RatingInsulation TypeWeight Original Price
 25 Degrees Down860g $349

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The North Face Eco Trail 35

Best 2020 sleeping bags

The North Face’s “Eco” series is all about making the most of sustainable, recycled materials. In the case of the Eco Trail 35, the whole bag, from shell to insulation is made of recycled fabrics and down. This makes it one of the most eco-conscious options on the market.

And it’s not just good for the planet. The Eco Trail 35 has all the features you’d look for in a backpacking sleeping bag. It’s got an internal phone pocket, a roomy knee area, a baffled hood, and a unique “J” zipper that allows you to open the bag all the way up on warmer nights. There are slightly lighter and more packable bags out there, but none that use as many recycled materials and are as sustainable as the Eco Trail 35. Plus, the great price makes this one of the best sleeping bags for the money. 

Temperature RatingInsulation TypeWeight Original Price
 35 Degrees Recycled Down1110g $168

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