Sleeping Bags: Ratings of Sources
Total of 18 Sources
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6 Sweet Sleepers
by Shannon Davis
Our AssessmentBackpacker Magazine reviews more sleeping bags than any other publication, testing bags several times a year. Based on tests of nearly 50 sleeping bags in rugged conditions, this review picks the top 12 (despite the review's title) for various seasons and budgets, including a warmer zero-degree version of the 2008 Editor's Choice award-winner, the GoLite Adrenaline 20. The March Gear Guide issue reviews 32 sleeping bags, well organized by temperature rating. Every year new sleeping bags get reviewed, so the 2007 and even earlier March Gear Guide issues are also still useful.
Summer 2008 Buyer's Guide: Sleeping Bags
by Frederick Reimers
Our AssessmentThis 2008 Summer Buyer's Guide issue gives the Gear of the Year award to the Sierra Designs Verde 20 (and the women's version, the Sierra Designs Déjà Vu), with praise for its synthetic fill's excellent performance as well as other features. Six other sleeping bags are also recommended for their specific advantages. The 2007 Gear of the Year award went to the down-filled Sierra Designs Trade Wind 15.
Super Light Sleeping Bags
by Dave Sheldon
Our AssessmentThis review compares eight ultralight sleeping bags, each weighing less than two pounds. Editors actually weigh bags themselves to verify weight. On the website, this review's formatting makes it difficult to read, but the information is excellent. All the bags prove worthy of their stated degree ratings, but the Editor's Choice award goes to the 20-degree Western Mountaineering UltraLite, an open-baffle sleeping bag with 850-fill down. The review praises it for a zipper that never snags, "meticulous attention to detail" and a conservative comfort rating.
Comparative, Lightweight Sleeping Bag Review
by Charles Lindsey
Our AssessmentThis review testing eleven high-end sleeping bags is older, so it doesn't cover the newest sleeping bags, but we still rank it high because it explains how to evaluate a sleeping bag much better than most reviews, and the top-ranked sleeping bags are still available. Marmot and Western Mountaineering are the top brands, but Big Agnes sleeping bags are recommended for larger users.
Camping and Hiking
by Contributors to REI.com
Our AssessmentOwner-written ratings of sleeping bags are easy to browse here in these lists of sleeping bags organized by temperature range. The lists show the average rating of the sleeping bags that have accumulated at least one review, plus the number of reviews on which that average is based. Kids' sleeping bags are also reviewed here.
by Contributors to Moosejaw.com
Our AssessmentThis retailer site also publishes owner-written reviews and ratings, showing for each sleeping bag both the average rating and the number of reviews on which it's based. The top-rated brands here are The North Face and Mountain Hardwear.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThis is a good site for owner-written reviews of rectangular, double and budget sleeping bags. You can filter the list to show just down bags or summer bags, etc., and each bag that's been reviewed shows the average rating plus the number of reviews on which that average is based.
Kids Sleeping Bags
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThis undated video review is based on an older print review, with the testing done in 2001. However, it's the only review of kids' sleeping bags we found that compares kids' sleeping bags based on actual testing. We'd rank this review higher if it were updated to cover newer sleeping bags with improved insulation.
The 18-Pound, 3-Day Pack!
by Charles Lindsey
Our AssessmentThis 18-pound list of clothing, gear and food for a weekend trip will interest anyone who wants to lighten the pack load. The recommended sleeping bag is the 1.25-lb. Western Mountaineering Caribou (rated to 35 degrees). Another list at this site covers 27 pounds of packing for a seven-day trip, including the Western Mountaineering UltraLite sleeping bag rated for 20 degrees but weighing six ounces more.
The Chill Test
by Jake Laub
Our AssessmentInstead of testing sleeping bags on camping trips, this review checks their temperature ratings by having interns sleep in a zero-degree storage facility. Based on testers' reports of warmth, comfort and quality, five sleeping bags are recommended. We'd rank this review higher if it were clear how many other models (if any) were tested.
by Contributors to BackpackGearTest.org
Our AssessmentThe sleeping bag reviews here are much more complete and detailed than at most review sites. In order to enroll as reviewers, people have to be active hikers or campers, meet certain qualifications and state their experience as part of their reviews. The reviews evolve into three sections: Initial (covering first impressions, measurements and setup), Field (first actual uses) and Long-term. Some sleeping bags have been reviewed by two or more different people, and some by four or five. You could spend hours here reading all the reviews, but it's an excellent place to check out the usability of the sleeping bags on your shortlist, and most of the sleeping bags recommended in comparison reviews have been tested here.
by Contributors to LLBean.com
Our AssessmentThis is a good place to look for rectangular sleeping bags for car camping, but the lighter-weight sleeping bags sold here have accumulated almost no reviews. You'll only find L.L.Bean bags sold here, but the reviews for the Camp Bag models are helpful.
by Contributors to Cabelas.com
Our AssessmentThis is another good place for basic car-camping sleeping bags, double sleeping bags for couples, and mummy and rectangular sleeping bags. Cabela's has its own brand, and most models come in both mummy and rectangular styles in a choice of temperature ratings. Most of the sleeping bags recommended by staff have accumulated a great many owner-written reviews.
3-Season Sleeping Bags
by Contributors to Trailspace.com
Our AssessmentOnly a few sleeping bags have accumulated enough owner-written reviews here to make their average ratings carry much weight, but a few do stand out, including the Marmot Pinnacle and the Marmot Sawtooth.
Recommended Sleeping Bags
by Editors of Big Sky Fishing
Our AssessmentThis site includes some useful older articles on sleeping bags, making a strong argument for synthetic fill. The author's own favorite sleeping bag is The North Face Cat's Meow, and he recommends this brand, including newer sleeping bags such as The North Face Fission (with Polarguard fill) and The North Face Orion (with Primaloft). Aside from his personal recommendations, however, there are no reviews, and no testing is documented. The sleeping bag links all lead to BackCountryGear.com, which has user ratings and reviews posted.
Western Mountaineering UltraLite 20 Sleeping Bag Review
Our AssessmentThis single-product review is well illustrated, even showing a photo of the Western Mountaineering UltraLite sleeping bag compressed into a stuff sack. A few other sleeping bags get separate reviews here, with helpful suggestions on the most versatile temperature rating (20 degrees F) and how to use them in warmer weather.
2008 Sleeping Bag Buyer's Guide
by Editors of Camping Life
Our AssessmentWe rank this review lower because no testing or even actual use is documented. The article recommends a full range of interesting sleeping bags with nice features, but the information is apparently from the manufacturers.
Sleeping Bag Reviews
by Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
Our AssessmentThis site reviews and rates ten sleeping bags, picking two as best buys plus one as a budget buy. We'd rank these reviews higher if there were any evidence of testing or use.