Sleeping bags

Keeping ya' warm during the storm

Wide Sleeping bag, 87"x40"

$46

Lightweight (4 lbs) and extra wide, this is on the cheap end of “it’s warm, its well constructed, and i’ll fit comfortably”. Does have a bottom zipper just for those who need some airflow on your toes, Extra bonus, it’s machine washable. The temperature rating, however, only goes down to 32 degrees F.

Canvas and Flannel, 80"x37"

$110

All cotton and canvas, this one’s a chonker weighing in at 13 lbs, but they’re nice, thick, and durable. Because they’re rectangular they can be fully unzipped if you buy two, and then re-zipped together to create a double size sleeping bag. worth it especially if you have a camping bed instead of a cot. rated to -25 degrees F.

Extra tall and wide 92"x39"

$165

If you’re tall and tired of playing footsie with the bottom end of your sleeping bag, here’s your solution. Rated down to -35 degrees F, Unless you’re pushing 8 ft tall, this should provide the room you need.

Choosing the right sleeping bag

Trying to find the right sleeping bag can be a hassle. If you live in the South, you really only need something that goes down to about 32 degrees and you’ll be fine, but if you travel or live further North, you’ll need something that handles temperatures on the lower end. Beyond that, you’ll want something that is thick enough to be comfortable, made durable enough that it’ll last, and most importantly something you will fit into comfortably. You really do tailor your own experience in this regard; you’ll want something that for your own size you can comfortably move around in at least enough to roll over with minimal adjustment. Similarly, if you have a clear line of sight over most crowds without wearing platform shoes or stilts, you probably want to find something long enough that with minimal effort you can cover up and over your head to some degree if it’s cold. Sleeping bags are a bit like shoes, they’re uncomfortable if they’re too tight or don’t have enough room for your feet. 

If you have a partner, it’s also an excellent idea to get a sleeping bag that will completely unzip and lay out flat. if you want to go the extra mile, get two of the canvas ones up above and zip them together for a double-wide sleeping bag. If you’d rather just buy one and then use blankets, at least get one that’s thick and comfy that works like a thermal mattress topper. Having a thick of padding between you and your air mattress means that all the air in the mattress can be as freezing cold as it wants, and it won’t feel like you’re laying down on ice. 

Color and style are really not key factors when buying a sleeping bag, because for the most part they’re going to get covered up by blankets or a bed spread anyways, and when you’re in them, well, we assume you’re asleep. Nobody is sticking their head into people’s tents and getting onto them for not having a stylish sleeping arrangement, but what IS important is material. We provided a link to the canvas and flannel because despite the weight and packing down a bit bulkier, they are top notch for comfort. If you need something that will pack down nice and tight, the synthetic bags are your friends. We may look sideways at anyone who wants polyester garb because it isn’t known for its ability to breathe, but you’re not getting a sleeping bag for its spectacular cool breeze airflow, you don’t need to go with all natural fibers. As a side-note, the synthetic bags usually put less of a dent in your wallet, though price also has a rather direct link to stuffing materials and how well the sleeping bags are rated. The three options we provided above hit a range of prices and options to provide some examples of some of what we would consider the best options for sleeping bags. Ultimately it’s up to you to determine what you need.