The warmer months usually call for a lighter sleeping bag whereas the winter months call for something with more insulation.
When it’s cold, you want to choose the best winter camping sleeping bag that will be suitable for the types of trips you’re planning to embark on. Think carefully about the temperatures you will be camping in as well as the conditions of the environment. Both of these factors will play a role in your decision, especially when it comes to choosing between a down insulated or synthetic insulated sleeping bag.
Sleeping Bags – What to Look for
When searching for a new sleeping bag, one of the most important details to be aware of is the lowest temperature that the sleeping bag is intended for. This number is crucial for winter camping because if you don’t choose the sleeping bag with the proper temperature rating, you could end up in a dangerous situation. Note that this is a guideline and not a guarantee. It is also important to note that the lowest temperature rating often assumes that the sleeper is wearing a set of base layers.
For those camping fanatics who can’t get enough of sleeping under the stars, or those camping out on snowfields at the base of mountains to avoid the bustle of ski resorts, winter sleeping bags are the key to an enjoyable winter camping experience. Below are the 6 best winter sleeping bags we carry, to ensure you’ll be cozy as if in a cocoon on a snowy evening.
Marmot CWM – Down Insulation ( -40°F/-40°C )
Light, compact and impressively warm, the CWM by Marmot is an excellent choice for backpackers and mountaineers exploring in the harshest alpine environments. The new curved baffle design reduces the shifting of the down insulation, which increases the Helium’s overall comfort. Insulated with 800-fill-power down, you’ll be sure to retain heat and remain cozy on nights when the temperatures drop way below zero.
Mountain Hardwear Lamina – Synthetic Insulation (-30°F/-34°C)
For those looking for a winter sleeping bag with prioritized insulation to reduce cold spots, the Lamina is one to consider. With its unique Lamina construction, Mountain Hardwear maximizes the loft of the insulation and bag. Thermal mapping ensures the insulation is directed to areas where it is needed the most. A soft, polyester lining wicks away moisture, and a lightweight nylon shell repels water. This bag is an excellent choice for someone who will be camping in damp climates where down insulation may not perform the best. It’s also available in a longer size.
The North Face Aleutian – Synthetic Insulation (0°F/-18°C)
The Aleutian sleeping bag by The North Face is designed to keep you warm for a sound night’s sleep in the most extreme cold conditions. The roomy cut, draft collar and vaulted footbox help keep the heat on the inside. Heatseeker Eco synthetic insulation has 30% post-consumer recycled content and stays very warm even if it gets damp. For those looking for a roomy sleeping bag to accompany their coldest adventures, the Aleutian is sure to please.
NEMO Equipment Sonic – Down Insulation (0°F/-18°C)
The winner of the 2015 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award, the NEMO Equipment Sonic continues to please keep campers on their winter camping excursions. The 800-fill power down insulation keeps you warm while resisting moisture. Stretch construction at the knees allows for comfortable side-sleeping. When the temperatures rise, you can regulate the temperature inside the bag with Thermo Gills. The Sonic is the perfect blend of technical performance and comfort for those who refuse to hang up their camping gear for the winter months.
Sea to Summit Trek Down – Down Insulation (5°C/-15°C)
The Sea-to-Summit Trek Down winter sleeping bag is designed for adventures needing a lightweight sleeping bag that doesn’t compromise warmth. The baffles are made to keep down high on top, better for warmth. The soft-touch lining is lightweight and reduces the overall weight of the bag, making it ideal to take with you. An underrated feature is the inner pocket, perfect for keeping small items near you. The overall feeling is like a blanket at home – just right.
The North Face Inferno – Down Insulation (0°F/-18°C)
Designed for your sub-zero excursions, the Inferno by The North Face keeps you warm with its water-resistant 800-fill power down. The wider, roomier cut allows you to sleep comfortably and accommodates wearing more layers when the temperatures plummet. Finish a day in the snow and easily slip into your bag for a good night of sleep thanks to the convenient centre zipper. The robust and reliable Inferno sleeping bag is sure to be a favourite this winter.
Don’t Forget Your Matresses
Winter sleeping bags can make or break your overall camping experience. Ensure your adventure is a success by finding the right style for your trip and pair it with the best mattresses to complete your cozy duo. For those excursions where you’re uncertain that your sleeping bag can handle the cold temperatures, you can always add a sleeping bag liner for extra insulation and layer properly before bed.
If you haven’t found the exact thing you’re looking for, be sure to check our huge collection of sleeping bags. And pair it with one of our tents and shelters for the ultimate in outdoor comfort. Happy camping!