If you are going backpacking for any length of time, your backpack shouldn’t exceed more than 40 pounds. A key essential in anyone’s backpack has to be the compact sleeping bags, and since there are so many on the market, this article should help with the task of choosing your lightweight sleeping bags that fit your needs.
Some key points when looking for backpacking sleeping bags are; the weight, the material it is made of, the shape of the bag, and what kind of zipper it has. All of these are important when choosing your bag. Since the majority of the weight is going to be in the backpacking tents, you don’t want the rest of the weight to be taken up by the bag you choose.
1. Deuter Dreamlite 500 – Made with synthetic material. Costs $95 and is 1 pound 5 ounces. Rated for 50 degrees F and above.
2. GoLite Adrenaline 1+ Season – Made with down. Costs $280 and is 1 pound 8 ounces. Rated for 40 degrees F and above.
3. Jacks ‘R’ Better – These lightweight sleeping bags are own filled. Costs $210 and is 1 pound. Rated for 40 degrees F and above.
1. Big Agnes Hahns Peak SL – Down filled. Costs $580 and is 3 pounds 6 ounces. It is rated for –20 degrees F.
2. Mammut Altitude Winter – Down filled. Costs $650 and is 3 pounds and 10 ounces. Rated for –13 degrees F.
3. Western Mountainerring Lynx GWS – Down filled. Costs $720 and is 3 pounds 8 ounces. Rated for –10 degrees.
Three Season Bags
1. Cabela’s XPG Evader – Synthetically made and bulky. Costs $130 and is 3 pounds 8 ounces. Rated for 15 degrees F.
2. Exped Dreamwalker 650 – Wearable cozy bag that is down filled. Costs $450 and is 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Rated for 20 degree F.
3. Feathered Friends Swallow – Down filled. $440 and is 1 pound 11 ounces. Rated for 20 degrees F.
To get some other ideas on lightweight sleeping bags, and what else to add to your backpacking gear list, check out their websites listed below.