Choosing the Best Sleeping Bag

Tips for Picking a Sleeping Bag


You’ve had a great day exploring trails and cooking over a campfire. You’re ready to do it all again the next day, but first you need to get some shut-eye. The difference between waking up rested and energized or waking up tired and sluggish can sometimes depend on the sleeping bag.

If you crave the comforts of home inside your tent, stick to a rectangular-shaped sleeping bag. You’ll have lots of room to turn from side to side, curl up for a while, and let your feet move around without getting tangled up. If you’re taller than 5’11” or you just like extra space, look for a style made especially for big-and-tall campers, or even two that zip together. If you’re hiking in the backcountry, you may want to try a mummy-shaped sleeping bag that’s great as a backpacking sleeping bag because it packs up fairly compact.

Most Coleman® rectangular sleeping bags are designed to link two similar bags together into a double sleeping bag. Just remember, the more room you have inside the bag, the harder it is for your body to warm up. If you’re going to buy a bigger bag than you need, think about getting one designed for cooler temperatures.


Finding the right sleeping bag also depends on when you plan on going camping because most sleeping bags provide a temperature rating. But everybody is different, and you can’t always rely on the seasonal approach. If you’re the type of person who adds a quilt to the bed in the summer, you may want to choose a bag designed for warmer temperatures,or if you tend to get hot when you’re sleeping, you may want a bag rated for cooler temperatures.

If you plan to camp throughout the year, but don’t want to spend more money than you need to, think about buying for the warmest season and then adding our Stratus™ 50°F Fleece Sleeping Bag for the colder months. The lightweight insert costs less than a regular sleeping bag and is more compact. There’s also the Coleman® Adjustable Comfort Sleeping Bag. It’s rated for temperatures between 20°F and 70°F. When it’s hot, just use the lightweight sheet to cover you, and as the temperature drops, use it as a regular sleeping bag. When it gets really chilly, snuggle up with both.

Our zippers are part of a patented system that plows fabric away from the zipper every time to avoid snags. Fiberlock™ quilting keeps insulation from shifting, causing cold spots. And each of our sleeping bags comes with its own system to make packing it up a cinch: Roll Control™ folding loops and the patented Quick Cord™ fastening system.

Whether you plan to go car camping, backpacking, or just want to pitch a tent in your backyard, you’ll be able to find the right sleeping bag for you from our wide selection.

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