A trusty and toasty sleeping bag is one of the essentials you can’t live without as an outdoor adventurer. It is a good thing that nowadays you have more options to choose from than before. Also, the quality of sleeping bags has generally improved a lot over the past decade.
Needless to say, material is one of the things that determine the quality of a sleeping bag. Many of today’s premium sleeping bags are insulated with down fill. These models are generally more costly than those with synthetic fill, but the difference in insulation is also very obvious. It is simply something you would be willing to shell out for.
We put together our reviews of the 10 best down sleeping bags of 2017 to help you decide which one to get for yourself come camping season. Let’s begin!
10 Best Down Sleeping Bags of 2017 Reviews
1. Hyke & Byke Snowmass
This so-called zero-degree mummy duck down sleeping bag from Hyke & Byke appears to have been designed specifically for backpackers. It is super lightweight and even comes with a light compression sack. The regular-sized one weighs less than 4.08 lbs, and the long variant weighs 4.30 lbs.
The entire sleeping bag is made of 400T 20D ripstop nylon fabric that is very light and surprisingly soft to the touch. The standards are nicely built into this model. There are drawstrings around the hood and shoulder area, as well as baffles around the shoulders and zippers, for retaining heat.
There are plenty of small details that seem well-designed. It has snag-free Velcro and super durable YKK zippers. The zipper guard is made of soft fleece. The footbox is very spacious, and the sleeping bag even has loops for hanging when in storage.
The Snowmass can accommodate heights of up to 6 ft 6 in, so it should be roomy enough for a lot of people. It also comes in five color options: black, blue, light blue, maroon, and red.
2. Aektiv Outdoors 15-degree Ultralight Mummy Sleeping Bag
This lightweight mummy sleeping bag is ideal for use for all three seasons. It is truly very light, judging from the fact that it weighs merely 3.5 lbs. We think that should be tolerable enough on long hikes and treks. It is warm but is not warm enough to protect you in freezing and subzero temperatures.
It comes with a nice and durable compression sack and a hanging hook. We like the interior pocket for holding phones or wallets. It is a nice touch that goes unnoticed by other brands.
The smallest compressed form of this sleeping bag measures an impressive 6 inches by 7 inches. There is no reason for it not to fit your backpack easily. Despite being compact, the manufacturer manages to make the foot area extra spacious, which is something that we think really makes a difference when camping out in the wilderness.
There just tend to be minor issues with the zipper sometimes. It does not run too smoothly, and in some units, the zipper can easily get caught in the fabric. It may be a small defect, but it can cause problems.
3. Klymit KSB 20 Down Sleeping Bag
The sleeping bags on this list just keep getting lighter and lighter. Klymit’s down sleeping bag weighs merely 2.75 lbs. Despite the light weight, the material seems very sturdy and well-made, which explains why it is a bit more expensive than the other sleeping bags we have discussed so far.
The temperature threshold is not bad either. You can use it in areas with temperatures as low as 20 F (a little lower than -6 C). The manufacturer makes use of 650 fill power white duck down to accomplish that. In addition, this kind of fill allows you to enjoy a lofty and breathable bag.
Other features include an overstuffed foot box, draft collar, insulated mummy hood, and flexible core baffles. All of these are engineered to enable maximum heat retention. There is also a so-called “stash pocket” where you can keep small items, such as phones, wallets, and keys, right at hand. All in all, we feel like this is a worthy investment. It keeps you warm in winter and offers enough ventilation and breathability for summer camping.
4. Hyke & Byke 800 Fill Power Goose Down Sleeping Bag
If you are excited to try going on an overnight camping adventure for the first time, you may want to start with this sleeping bag because it is very affordable. It uses goose down fill, which is way better than those department store sleeping bags with synthetic fill. The sleeping bag itself is made of 400T 20 D ripstop nylon fabric liner, which is highly durable and is in fact often used for heavy-duty outdoor gear.
According to the manufacturer, this sleeping bag works well between 20 F and 40 F, which we believe is a good enough range. The bag is impressively light. The regular variant weighs 2.54 lbs, whereas the long kind weighs 2.76 lbs.
Other details include two high-grade YKK zippers, large foot box, extra wide shoulders, drawstring, snag-free Velcro, compression sack, and vertical baffles. As mentioned, this sleeping bag is relatively cheaper than most sleeping bags on the market today, but according to the manufacturer, that is merely due to their sales channel (direct to consumer) and definitely not because of poor quality.
5. Outdoor Vitals Summit Down Sleeping Bag
The Outdoor Vitals Summit sleeping bag is made of high-grade 20D ripstop nylon, and its insulation comes from its high-quality 800 fill power down fill. The entire bag is surprisingly light, weighing merely 2.5 lbs. This is the lightest so far in the list. However, the compressed form, which measures 10 inches x 8 inches, is a little bigger than that of common sleeping bags.
VitalDry DWR, which is the company’s proprietary coating, makes the shell of the sleeping bag water repellent. However, you may want to enhance its water resistant properties if you camp out around water or in very humid areas a lot by washing the sleeping bag in Nikwax down proof.
The compartment has a grid baffle, which does a good job of distributing the weight through the sleeping bag. There should be no cold spots at all. This product comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which is a sign that the company is really confident about the quality of their product. Each sleeping bag comes with a 4-point compression bag and a so-called Sleeping Bag Care Guide, which contains comprehensive instructions and helpful tips.
6. Mountaintop 32F Ultralight Mummy Down Sleeping Bag
This sleeping bag from Mountaintop has a water-resistant and lightweight fabric. The double-sided zipper has a plastic handle and is very smooth, durable, and easy to use. It has full anti-snag layers on both sides. The sleeping bag comes with a carrying bag and adjustable straps.
380T nylon comprises the body of the bag, and insulation is taken care of by 500 fill power duck down. The foot box is not significantly larger than that of many other sleeping bags, but the box-shaped design of the model already gives you enough space.
There is rarely any complaint about the form and function of this sleeping bag, so it looks like it does perform as expected. It manages to be light, comfortable, and breathable without compromising insulation, compactness, and ease of use.
We think this is a great deal considering that it is in the lower price range. If you rarely go camping, going camping for the first time, or just planning to use a sleeping bag in your office or shop, this may be a good option.
7. Sierra Designs Zissou Plus Down Sleeping Bag
Unlike most of the other sleeping bags on this list, the Zissou sleeping bag from Sierra Designs is made of polyester, which in itself is great at insulation. Polyester is also extremely durable. This sleeping bag comes in a traditional mummy shape.
The manufacturer has fitted this model with what they call the unique integrated quilt, which is a dual-zip quilt with a trapezoidal shape. This feature is designed to provide “bedlike” comfort outdoors. There are side baffles to keep the down evenly distributed, and the zippers are paired with banded liner interfacing to prevent snagging.
The Zissou Plus is a 2-season sleeping bag, but many users have tried to push its limits and succeeded. There is also a small zipper by the feet that you can open if you feel too restricted. Its comfort rating is 37 F (a bit over 2 C), and its survival rating is 27 F (a bit under -2 C).
8. Coleman North Rim Extreme Weather Sleeping Bag
This sleeping bag from Coleman is called such because it is a zero-degree sleeping bag that can handle the needs of novice and long-time campers and everyone in between. It is also made of polyester, which is durable enough to withstand rugged environments, tears, and water.
Although it is a mummy-style sleeping bag, there is a lot of space inside that allows you to move your arms and legs comfortably. The foot box is relatively spacious, and you should not have a hard time moving your feet about.
It is not very light though, so you may want to reserve this for use when camping in relatively nearby areas. It is also not as long as other sleeping bags, measuring up to 6 ft 2 in only.
What is even better about this sleeping bag is that you can wash it in any modern washer provided you observe proper care and avoid using harsh detergents.
9. Teton Sports LEEF Ultralight Mummy Sleeping Bag
One of the first things you will notice about the LEEF sleeping bag from Teton Sports is its construction. It looks solidly built, sturdy, and durable. However, although it is labeled “ultralight,” it is actually at the heavier end of the “lightweight” spectrum of sleeping bags.
It weighs 4.2 lbs. It may not be much, but between a 4-lb and a 2.5-lb sleeping bag, you would really appreciate the lighter one on long treks. It also is not too compact. In fact, it may have the biggest compressed size on this list. It measures 15 inches x 9 inches when compressed in its stuff sack, and when you are trying everything to fit all your possessions in a single backpack for your hike, that size is huge.
However, it does do a good job of insulating, so our guess is that the manufacturer simply offset lightness with thermal efficiency. Overall, we think the LEEF sleeping bag is ideal for you if you value insulation and would not be too affected by a relatively heavier weight and a bit bigger sleeping bag. This product should work for sleepovers in worksites or nearby campsites.
10. Fjallraven Move with Sleeping Bag
This low-profile sleeping bag is made of polyamide and is designed especially for outdoor adventurers who tend to move around a lot in their sleep. The bag is designed so that it fits snugly and warms effectively without restricting your limbs too much. The opening on the hood stays where it is no matter how much you move. There is also a lot of room in the foot box.
The down padding is evenly and nicely distributed all over the sleeping bag, and it stays that way even as you move. Its comfort rating is 6 C, which makes it ideal for cabin-to-cabin treks or any kind of camping during warm summer nights.
Conclusion: Your adventure is only as good as how well you get to sleep along the way. This is why you need a durable and reliable sleeping bag. However, there are so many to choose from nowadays that it is so hard to decide which one to get.
We hope our brief review of the 10 best down sleeping bags of 2017 somehow clears up your mind and makes your shopping a lot easier.