You’re here because you love getting outside. Camping out overnight is the best way to maximize the amount of time you spend in the backcountry. The right sleeping bag will travel light and easy while you’re trekking during the day and keep you warm and comfortable at night. Check out some of these new exciting lightweight sleeping bag brands on the market:
Cumulus was founded in 1989 Poland and values simplicity and lightness while retaining durability and quality. They build their sleeping bags using a combination of the best raw materials they can find and direct contact with their clients.
This sleeping bag was built with two main focuses: functionality and simplicity. Made with ultra-light Pertex Quantum fabric and goose down, the Lite Line 300 weighs just 1lb 5.16oz. Cumulus constructed this sleeping bag for ultimate comfort, with trapezoid chambers, a shark-fin foot box and an ergonomic and adjustable hood design. On warmer nights, you can actually open the bottom of the sleeping bag for ventilation. The Lite Line 300 is rated at 4 degrees Celsius, or 39.2 degree Fahrenheit, and is great for Spring, Summer, and Fall backpacking and camping. (229,00 EUR, $258.92. $207.14 with Reddy Yeti discount)
NoZipp’s big claim to fame is removing zippers from the sleeping bag equation - no more wrestling with the zipper with cold or sweaty hands to get out of or into the sleeping bag. Instead, the bag closes using a magnetic system, a huge win for ease-of-use.
15 Degree NoZipp (Also available in 0 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 degrees Fahrenheit)
In addition to the magnetic closure system, the NoZipp features overlaps to keep drafts out in both the torso and hood. The sleeping bag has a contoured hood and cinch with a down-filled neck draft collar and general leg-cut (accommodating perfectly for side sleepers). This bag was awarded Gear of the Year 2016 by 50 Campfires and Best New Camping Gear and Gadgets 2016 by New Atlas. 2lbs 8oz for the 6’2” size, 2lbs 11oz for the 6’8” size. ($299, $254.15 with Reddy Yeti discount...and free shipping in the US!)
Swayy Hammocks bring something a little different to the table - a whole sleeping system. Swayy’s origins come from a few too many cold nights fraught with CBS (Cold Butt Syndrome). The founders created this hammock sleeping system with a focus on comfort, security, and warmth.
You can leave your tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad behind - the Premus is the all-in-one insulated hammock solution. The product is constructed using 4 parts, including weight-bearing layer, insulation layer, shell layer, full-length zipper, all with the aim towards lightweight strength, durability, comfort, and warmth. It also comes with a suspension structure of carabiners, cinch buckles, and high-tensile strength webbing. Also worth noting, the company donates a percentage of sales every year to build jungle schoolhouses for kids in Papua, Indonesia. The Premus is perfect for Spring, Summer, and Fall camping (rated 35 degrees Fahrenheit), can support a max of 400lbs, and weighs a total of 6.1lbs. ($299, $254.15 with Reddy Yeti discount)
Feathered Friends was founded back in 1972 in Seattle. Every sleeping bag is handcrafted on site and is Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified.
With the Flicker sleeping bag, Feathered Friends are seeking max comfort and versatility without compromising on weight. On warmer nights, you can unzip the whole thing and use it as a large quilt, wide enough to cover two adults. On colder nights, the footbox can be cinched tight and zipped up. The design also includes a crossover zipper to provide heat retention without added weight or bulk. Coming in at 6’0” and 1lb 2.4oz or 6’6” and 1lb 3.3oz, this bag is rated for 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The Flicker received the highest score for ultralight sleeping bags by OutdoorGearLab in 2017. ($364)
Enlightened Equipment manufactures quilts, clothing, and accessories in Winona, MN. They built their gear ultralight, straightforward, and affordable.
Enlightened’s Revelation quilt is lightweight (1lb 3.18oz) and highly functional. For colder nights, you can simply cinch down the sides with their pad attachment system. When it’s warm, you can open the zippered footbox completely and use the quilt like a blanket. Some of the Revelation’s innovative features include a snap and drawstring neck closer that fits securely around your shoulders to fine-tune draft control, treated down for water resistance, custom lightweight nylon, and ethically sourced down from an RDS certified supplier. The sleeping bag comes in 10, 20, 30, 40 degree Fahrenheit. (Starts at $270)
March confidently into an overnight adventure with one of these bad boys, and have a blast!
Elissa loves striking that perfect balance between outdoor adventure and organized sports. Her ideal week is full of basketball, soccer, and rock climbing followed by a weekend of hiking and camping. She works on the website migrations team at HubSpot and is based out of Cambridge, MA. Elissa is passionate about startups, particularly in the outdoor industry, and her life goal is to one day win a Reddy Yeti gear giveaway.