If you’ve ever spent a night in the backcountry too cold to sleep, shivering uncontrollably, desperately waiting for the sun to rise, then you fully understand the importance of a quality sleeping bag. If you haven’t, good! Let’s keep it that way.
A proper sleeping bag is one of the most important choices for any backpacking trip. It’s critical for warmth, comfort, safety, and helping your body get the rest it needs. Your sleeping bag will also be one of the four heaviest items in your pack (shelter, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and backpack), so it’s a good place to save weight as well.
When you’re looking for a bag with the perfect balance between warmth, weight, comfort and functionality, you’ll quickly find that there are A LOT of options out there. That’s why we’ve created this guide to share the very best sleeping bags and quilts on the market.
REI Co-op Magma 10°
EN Comfort Rating: 22°F
Weight: 1lb 14oz
Chosen For: Lightweight Value & Warmth
REI’s Magma 10 (and Magma 17 for women) has a combination of weight, warmth, and cost that few other sleeping bags can match. The Magma gets it right where it matters the most – quality materials, a solid warmth-to-weight ratio, comfort against the skin, no-snag zipper, and a well shaped footbox and hood. The Magma’s combination of quality and cost make it one of the best value sleeping bags we’ve tested, hands down. The Magma isn’t the highest quality sleeping bag on this list (Western Mountaineering and Feathered Friends still get that nod), but we’ve been pleasantly surprised by its performance. The Magma will likely be a bit overkill on warm summer adventures (we like quilts for those trips), but if you’re looking for one sleeping bag that can do it all at a very fair price, the Magma is an excellent choice.