“What Sleeping Bag is best for camp?” is an impossible question.
“What Sleeping Bag is best for camp?” is an impossible question. So of course, I’ll try to answer it.
I definitely have opinions (most of them revolve around being cozy at all times and at any cost). What works for me might not be best for you or your camper. It can be a tough calculation to balance all the factors: How warm a sleeper are you? Where and how often are you using the bag? And how much are you looking to invest in a good nights sleep?
If you have read our ‘Sleeping Bags – 101’ blog, you’ve got the basics. So when all the cold hard math is punched into my impossible answer calculator, this is what I get. Your mileage may vary:
This bag is not for everyone. I only ever point out the Little Pup 120 sleeping bag for two reasons:
1) It is a mid-summer heatwave and the temperature is guaranteed to be unreasonably warm every night for the whole trip (good luck with that). There’s just not a lot of loft/warmth to play with here.
2) It will be used for back yard sleepovers or some spare cottage bedding. It is a fine sleeping bag for the money – compact and travel-light (which is really what it's for). But don’t expect it to work miracles if the temperature drops or to last for lots of hard use.
My weakness for being cozy and comfy is well documented, and the Mountain Hardware Lamina is both of those things!
If you want a more serious piece of equipment with all the bells and whistles then the Mountain Hardware Lamina is your new summer-camping best friend. Light, warm, and tough, with lots of branded loft for a great temperature rating at a small size/weight. But there are two drawbacks:
1) With top quality branded components and expected longevity comes a heftier price tag. Worth it if you are planning on years of use. Maybe not the best choice for a first time camper.
2) Also, it is a true Mummy-style bag. Which means it narrows at the feet. Exactly what you want in the back-country – maybe not the most comfortable for car-camping or casual trips.
This bag hits the sweet spot! It’s my go-to recommendation for summer campers who are planning to brave the wilds for a few nights.
It is light enough and can be compacted enough to make it manageable on hikes and portages, and the 0c rating offers just enough insulation to make most summer nights cozy. (You can always upgrade to the RT225 -10 for a just little more cozy).
The Heat Zone bags are tough enough, warm enough, and compact enough for most summer campers, without making a huge investment in outback gear that might not get used outside of camp.
And those are my go-to sleeping bags. Use them as a reference when trying to answer the 'impossible question' for you or your camper for this summer season. Just don't ask me to stuff your bag back into the stuff sack. I'm terrible at that.
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