Have you ever gone camping and not prepared properly?
If so then you will understand the importance of a quality sleeping bag. If you haven’t, good… let’s keep it that way. Comfort is the key to camping and getting that well needed rest to regain your energy after a long day is vital. That’s why we’ve put together this list of The Top 5 Sleeping Bags of 2016.
Your sleeping bag will be one of the most important items in your backpack but also one of the heaviest and if your a minimalist prepper like us it’s important to choose the most suitable bag. Our kit usually includes shelter, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack and clothes. So finding a good sleeping bag is also a good start to saving weight to make hiking even more enjoyable. We also know how expensive backpacking can be these days so we’ve tried to pick a range of sleeping bags that will cover all bases for our The Top 5 Sleeping Bags of 2016 list.
Vango Venom 400 Sleeping Bag
This sleeping back is extremely lightweight, compact and comes with an impressive 3 season rating. The Vango Venom 400 is designed with hikers, backpacker and minimalist wild campers in mind. The Venom can outstand temperatures down to -20°C. The perfect lightweight sleeping bag if your looking to keep your pack size to minimum.
The Vango Venom is made from hydrophobic 90/10 duck down filling, which gives it a better performance for both wet and dry conditions. It comes equipped with a 3D hood, an insulated zip baffle and shoulder baffle. These features help retain the heat and keep cold air from entering the bag.
Sea to Summit Spark SpII-
We found this Sea to Summit sleeping bag most suitable as a summer bag. This specialty sleeping bag, is a reasonable price tag for the quality, but don’t count on this bag keeping you warm in sub zero temperatures. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time carrying your sleeping around in a backpack. This Sea to Summit bag is a super light bag and is a must have for anyone looking for a summer sleeping bag.
Insulation is provided by 850+ loft European Goose Down, the best quality down available for sleeping bags. Sea to Summit’s “Ultra-Dry Down” treatment allows the fill to repel moisture and dry 60% faster than normal down — helpful if you are constantly moving through a rainy environment.
Country Squire 20° Degree Sleeping Bag
Snugpak Softie Elite 5
A good winter sleeping bag that promises to be warm on a bitterly chilly night. I bought it as I camp all year round in our wonderful British weather. This bag is very warm so only suitable for late autumn, winter and early spring with frosty nights. Summer is uncomfortably warm so another sleeping bag would be needed.
I have used this bag estimated down to -5*c approx, when all taps and gas bottles on the camp-site had frozen solid in the morning and we had a sheet of ice on the side of the tent. From what I have read up, you get the best out of these sleeping bags by sleeping almost in the buff as your body heat reflects off the metallic filling (I have always been warm using this theory)
US Military 4-PC
This impressive military grade sleeping bag is made up of 4 components. The outermost layer consists of a 100% waterproof Goretex bivy bag. For those not familiar with a bivy sack, it’s a protective outer shell that acts as the most basic form of shelter. It will give you the protection you need from bad weather. The next two layers consist of the Patrol Sleeping Bag (rated to 30° F) and the Intermediate Cold Weather Sleeping Bag (rated to -10° F). All four layers can be removed or added when needed and when all layers are put together this sleeping bag can outstand sub zero temperatures down to -30°C.
There is no messing about with this sleeping bag and we think it’s the best all around sleeping bag on the market. It’s made in America so does come with a price tag but they certainly are worth the price and will last a lifetime!