Recent Comments

Warm sleeping bag

Q. I have bought, used and received a lot of sleeping bags, and I just can’t seem to find one that’s warm enough. Please help.
— Cold Cody, Marysville, Mich.

A. Good question, Cody, and a common one. It’s so common that I wrote a complete buyer’s guide to sleeping bags. The key is to check the temperature ratings of each bag and get one that fits your camping climate. You might find you’ll need more than one bag if you camp in a lot of different weather conditions. Check out the complete buyer’s guide here.

Ask the Gear Guy

Not sure which gear to buy? Need tips for maintaining your equipment? Click here to send in your questions for the Gear Guy. Selected questions will be answered here and in the printed magazine.

8 Comments on Warm sleeping bag

  1. eagle7-25-10 // December 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm // Reply

    i use a mummy bag from the north face its rated for 0 deg f and has always kept me warm, and is great for backpacking, also you can get a sleeping bag liner that goes on the inside to keep you warmer, i use just the liner on really warm campouts

  2. try puting a fleece blanket inside your current sleeping bag. i did this for my 30+ degree sleeping bag in 0 degree weather and was plenty warm.

  3. I ordered the Zephyr bag from REI even before you wrote this article, so I am going to use it this weekend for backpacking.

  4. REI makes a zero degree bag that I use in winter, and it works great. I don’t know the exact model it is, but I know it’s light blue, has a hood string, and it’s a mummy bag. It works great though, my grandpa used it in Alaska for eight years and it worked fine!

  5. if you are having trouble being warm enough,the problem might not be your sleeping bag but rather your sleeping mat. Don’t use an inflatable air mattress as the air inside it will be the same temp as the surrounding air. Also, try stripping down to your underwear. The sleeping bag has to have access to your body heat in order to utilize it properly and keep you warm and clothing reduces the amount of heat your bag has to work with.

  6. in my opinion try to zip two together , to make it warm ,get to find some thing that is fyber

  7. teachers pet // February 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm // Reply

    Try ziping two together then stuff another one in there then get in that one.

Leave a Comment

Please don't use your real name.