There's a whole page with hundreds of sleeping bags to compare and contrast.
There are plenty of different choices to make when picking out a sleeping bag, and even when you decide on what you want, it can be daunting to really look through the hundreds of potential different options that are out there. Which is why a sleeping bag comparison is one really excellent way to help you find the perfect sleeping bag for you. If nothing else, it helps to really demonstrate what the differences are between various sleeping bags.
Sleeping Bag ComparisonWhat to consider when you want to do a sleeping bag comparison.
- Temperature Rating – If it wasn’t already obvious, one good way to cut down the potential sleeping bags to choose from is to look at the temperature ratings. If you spend some time looking at the kind of temperatures that you will be out in, you will get a good idea of exactly what kind of minimum temperature you want on your sleeping bag.
- Weight – Weight is an important characteristic to compare when looking at sleeping bags, especially if you will be carrying that sleeping bag over long distances, but it’s not determined by any one thing. Rather, a wide variety of variables, such as the shape of the sleeping bag or the material used to insulate the sleeping bag contribute to the weight.
Best Sleeping BagsA few of the best sleeping bags, based on the above criteria for comparison.
- Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina 45 - If you just need a sleeping bag to keep the chill off on warm summer nights then the Ultralamina 45 might be an ideal choice. As the name suggests the minimum temperature rating is 45 degrees, which is at the cooler end of the spectrum when it comes to sleeping bags. It's also uses synthetic insulation, and a mummy shape, and weighs just 1 pound 9 ounces, or 708 grams, which is relatively light, though not when you compare it to many other down sleeping bags. But still, a solid warm weather sleeping bag with an attractive price.
- Western Mountaineering MegaLite - The MegaLite is, as the name suggests, a sleeping bag designed to be lightweight. With a minimum temperature rating of 30 degrees and a weight of 1 pound 8 ounces, or 680 grams, it's both warmer and lighter than the Ultralamina above, which gives you some idea of what an improvement down is over synthetic insulation. The MegaLite uses high quality 850 fill down, plus a mummy shape to save you as much room as possible. So an ideal three season sleeping bag.
- Sea to Summit Trek TkII - When things get a little colder you need a sleeping bag that can provide you with more warmth. The 18 degree minimum temperature rating of the Trek TkII is ideal for four season camping in many parts of the world. It's also a semi-rectangular sleeping bag, so you have a little more room to move around inside. It also uses 650 fill duck down, not goose down, which keeps you warm and the weight down, without raising the price too much. At 2 pounds 4 ounces, or 1.02 kilograms, the TkII isn't the lightest sleeping bag at that temperature rating, but it's a good blend of a few different features that increase comfort without increasing price too much.