Don’t have a proper sleeping bag, specially designed for winter use? In my humble opinion, it’s pretty much a suicide mission.
Whether it’s for traveling or camping, you need a good, cozy sleeping bag. It’s the first thing you should buy if you are an adrenaline junky enough even to consider camping/trekking below zero degrees.
Before my trip to mt Everest, I’ve done a lot of research on the topic and looked into dozens of different budget winter sleeping bags. Depending on your purpose, required temperature, down to the material used, there are so many options out there. So I thought I’d quickly share my findings with you guys. You can also look at my best trekking poles article if you want to take solid steps towards your destination. (opens in a new tab)
All of the sleeping bags I’ve researched are perfect for temperatures below freezing. Also, they’re so lightweight; you will probably forget about their existence during your walk/climb.
Let’s start the list with what my favorite (and the one I own): Coleman.
Coleman 0°F Mummy
Best for: Tall and big people
If you’re a big guy like me, you’re going to love the Coleman. I am 5 feet and 9 inches tall, and there’s plenty of room inside the Coleman for me.
This bad boy has ventilation windows all over. Simply unzip a couple of zippers, and let the cold air brush your body. This feature makes Coleman a perfect candidate if you want a 4-season sleeping bag, and don’t want to buy two for summer and winter.
The only downside about this bag is, placing it back in its carrying bag is torture. Ask for help from another person, or before putting it back to its case, properly roll it on the ground and make sure it’s as thin as possible.
Overall, it earns my 4 out of 5 stars because of its warm and thick build. If only it were a bit less bulky, it would get 5 out of 5 from me.
Browning Camping McKinley
Best for -20 Degree Extreme colds
This isn’t exactly budget, however thanks to an outer layer, made out of 210T nylon, it can protect you up to -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Its two-layer design reduces cold air, and the insulation helps keep the hot air inside and the cold air outside, where it belongs!
Now I don’t personally own this mummy sleeping bag, nor have I ever slept in one of them. But I talked to fellow campers who own it.
An army veteran friend of mine is deployed in Alaska at the moment, and he frigging loves it!
Now he never really tested this bag’s temperature limits. He sleeps in temperature around -20 F, IN HIS JUMPERS! And it still manages to keep you warm and cozy. Also, note that it takes a lot of space and weighs about twelve pounds. So it might not be the best option for backpacking. But it sure will keep you warm!
FARLAND Sleeping bag
Best Waterproof Sleeping Bag
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Down vs synthetic sleeping bag? How to choose:
Since the primary concern of this article is affordability, I’ll straight out point out the main difference between down and synthetic sleeping bags: Price. Duh.
Whether its goose or duck, down sleeping bags, generally cost hundreds of dollars more compared to synthetic counterparts due to their scarcity and high demand. Simply because it is natural, offers excellent durability, warmth, and it could be more compressible than some of the synthetic ones, which is crucial if you don’t want it to take up too much space in your bag.
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Now, if you think you don’t mind paying a bit extra for more comfort, warmth, and less weight, go with a down bag. If, however, you don’t want to spend all your budget on a bag, you might want to consider a Synthetic insulation sleeping bag.
They aren’t certainly the most lightweight, nor the most exciting winter sleeping bags out there. But you sure can count on their reliability when the weather conditions are harsh, and all you care about is surviving in an unforgiving, tough environment below zero degrees.
There are few advantages synthetic bags have over down ones; mainly the price, you can have a beautiful, cozy sleeping bag for under $200. But on the other hand, they provide wet-resistance simply better than others due to the polymer material used.
Are winter sleeping bags safe?
The answer is, it depends.
As long as you buy from a trustworthy brand, and make sure your sleeping bag isn’t damaged. Yes, they are safe. Before you make a purchase, check out its temperatures are within the upper/extreme limits. and complies with EN 13537 Standards