Sleeping bag test 2019 × the best sleeping bags

Product recommendation

Coleman Hampton sleeping bag

With this camping sleeping bag you get a comfortable all-rounder with soft filling fibers that make the nights pleasant and relaxing.

Value recommendation

High Peak TR 300 sleeping bag

The sleeping bag can be used very well for spring and summer as well as for autumn.

Whether camping, camping or trekking – a sleeping bag is the perfect overnight stay for people who travel a lot and is an essential part of standard outdoor equipment.

Sleeping bag test: worth knowing

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Sleeping bags with a rectangular shape are very simple sleeping bags that are best suited for mild climates. These sleeping bags can be opened as a blanket and are therefore also known as blanket or hut sleeping bags. Unfortunately, blanket sleeping bags are not equipped with a headboard and have no other special features.


Most of the sleeping bags available on the product market have a mummy shape, which means that they are cut wide at the top and become narrower towards the feet. Thanks to this special shape, a comfortable entry into the sleeping bag can be guaranteed, the arms have enough space above and the feet are well packed. The mummy cut ensures that a small volume has to be heated in the lower foot section.

Depending on the zipper system, a mummy sleeping bag can be opened either on one side or all around, which means that the sleeping bag can also be used as a conventional blanket. Due to their shape, mummy sleeping bags are quite light in weight and can be rolled up compactly and stowed in the enclosed packsack.


In addition to the rectangular and mummy-shaped sleeping bags, there are also models that have an egg shape. Especially people who need a lot of freedom of movement when sleeping are well advised with an egg-shaped sleeping bag. The center of the body of an egg-shaped sleeping bag is cut larger, the foot area is kept small in the lower area, which means that perfect warmth can be achieved.

Further information

Depending on how tall you are, you can choose a sleeping bag that is suitable for your height. There are sleeping bags with a length of 180 cm, but also sleeping bags that are 220 meters long. Simply read the relevant product information carefully. The length of each sleeping bag is written exactly there.

Materials outer shell

Nylon and polyester:

Both materials are extremely quick drying, waterproof and breathable. Sleeping bags that have a nylon or polyester outer cover are ideal for camping and trekking in wind and weather.


Microfiber is light, water-repellent and windproof, which increases the temperature range in the sleeping bag by up to 5 degrees Celsius. In addition, a thin sleeping bag with a microfiber outer skin has moisture-absorbing properties.

Membrane materials:

Sleeping bags with membrane outer skin are only suitable for warm weather, because at low temperatures the condensation on the inside of the membrane can freeze very quickly. Before the sleeping bag is packed, it must first dry, otherwise the material will break.

Materials inner shell

In addition to the outer skin, the material composition of the inner cover of the sleeping bag is particularly important. In addition to nylon and polyester, the inner sleeves are also made from cotton or microfiber.

Polyester and nylon:

Just like polyester, nylon is a very light, breathable and quick-drying material that is particularly suitable for sleeping bags that are to be used in summer. Differences in quality can be seen in the fabric processing, the softer and more pleasant the material feels, the higher the quality. But a light sleeping bag made of polyester is not only suitable for summer – because nylon and polyester heat up very quickly and provide warmth, these sleeping bags can also be used in cold climates.


The biggest advantage of sleeping bags with cotton material is that they absorb the moisture caused by sweating excellently, the inner skin does not stick to the skin, as is often the case with polyester. Unfortunately, cotton does not dry as quickly as nylon or polyester and is therefore only ideal for hot climates. Sleeping bags with cotton are also quite heavy and are not suitable for backpackers who travel a lot every day.


An outdoor sleeping bag that has a microfiber inner cover is lightweight and has moisture-absorbing properties. In addition, sleeping bags with microfibre are water-repellent and are ideal for both dry and rainy seasons.

Sleeping bag filling material


In contrast to other filling materials, down offers very good insulation. In addition, this type of thermal sleeping bag is very lightweight and offers a very small pack size. Down also has a moisture-absorbing effect and enables an excellent sleeping climate. It is important to note with a down sleeping bag that it must be dried well in high humidity and wet conditions, otherwise the down will lose its insulating effect.

Synthetic fiber:

In contrast to a down sleeping bag, a synthetic fiber sleeping bag, mostly made of hollow fibers, is quite heavy in weight. However, it is advantageous that the filling material is very flexible and soft, which means that synthetic fiber sleeping bags can be rolled up very compactly and stowed away to save space. Another advantage is that synthetic fibers retain their insulating properties in high wet conditions and do not collapse like down. In high humidity, however, the sleeping bag does not offer good thermal properties and should therefore not be used in the wet and cold winter.

Sleeping bag

Unlike adults, children lose heat when sleeping and therefore freeze more quickly. A foot area that is too large reduces the heat output, so the sleeping bag should be perfectly adapted to the size of the child. It is advisable to tie the children’s sleeping bag to the lower area with a belt or cord.

The filling material of the sleeping bag is also important to note. Synthetic fibers are the most suitable since they also warm when they are wet. Synthetic sleeping bags can also be cleaned in the washing machine.

When camping, you should place a suitable sleeping mat under the sleeping bag so that the child’s muscles are stabilized and sleeping comfort can be increased. In addition, a sleeping mat offers perfect heat output.



Mummy sleeping bags in particular have a pull-down hood that is attached to the headboard and ensures a high level of sleeping comfort in every season.

Thermal collar:

Many sleeping bags are equipped with a collar at the top, which can be pulled up with a drawstring and prevents heat from escaping in the sleeping bag.

Zipper systems with cover, Velcro and pinch protection:

The optimal sleeping bag should be processed with a 2-way zipper, which has an outer cover, an additional inner pinch protection and a Velcro fastener at the top.

Document and valuables compartments:

Many sleeping bags are also equipped with internal or external compartments for valuables and documents.


Some sleeping bags are provided with an additional foot pocket, into which the feet can be put. Especially in winter, a sleeping bag with a footmuff is very beneficial.


In addition to the numerous and different options for sleeping bags, there are also connectable sleeping bags. These are particularly suitable for couples who would also like to sleep under a "blanket" when camping or camping. Couplable sleeping bags are also an excellent option for families who would like to have their toddler in their sleeping bag.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages of a sleeping bag:

    keeps you warm on cold nights in the tent for every application there is a suitable sleeping bag available in different heat levels can be packed relatively small for simple requirements there are already very cheap models

Disadvantages of a sleeping bag:

    for special requirements, such as extreme cold, sleeping bags are really expensive

FAQs – Frequently asked questions about sleeping bags

What different types of sleeping bags are there??

Rectangle, mummy and egg – these are the three most common sleeping bag shapes. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages and the decision for a model is ultimately subjective and is up to you.

The rectangular sleeping bag can also be used as a blanket and is one of the simplest sleeping bag shapes because it doesn’t have a headboard or other features. The mummy shape, however, is cut like a mummy, i.e. the head end is wider and the sleeping bag runs narrower towards the foot end. The material is light and the sleeping bag can be rolled up compactly. The egg-shaped sleeping bag offers more freedom of movement around the middle of the body.

There are also different sleeping bag sizes for different body sizes?

Yes, there are sleeping bags that are suitable for a body size of up to 1.80m or even 2.20m. Buy a sleeping bag that corresponds to your height so that ideal warming can be achieved.

There are also sleeping bags for children and babies?

In children, you should make sure that the sleeping bag is adjusted to the size of the child. For example, you can tie the foot end with a cord. The reason for this is that children lose more heat in their sleep than adults. If the heat is well regulated, your child will sleep better.

Synthetic fiber is a popular material that warms even when wet and is easy to keep clean (machine washable). Couplable sleeping bags are also particularly practical if you want to lie in the sleeping bag with the toddler. Babies should always sleep in sleeping bags for babies and the direct sleeping environment should also be suitable for babies.

Which material is best suited for warm countries?

Thin sleeping bags that have a membrane outside are particularly practical for the warm regions. Nylon and polyester are also suitable for warm (but also cold) countries.

Which material is best suited for cold countries?

Down sleeping bags offer good insulation and keep you warm, which is why they are particularly popular in cold countries. A sleeping bag made of microfiber, on the other hand, has the property that the inside of the sleeping bag usually rises by around 5 degrees Celsius. But the shape is also important. The mummy or the egg help to enclose the heat perfectly.

Can sleeping bags be coupled together??

Yes, there are sleeping bags that can be coupled together. They are suitable for couples and when sleeping with a toddler.

Which zipper system is best suited?

A good sleeping bag should always have a 2-way zipper that is covered from the outside. In addition, a pinch protection inside, at the upper end of the sleeping bag, for example with Velcro, is useful.

Which material is the easiest to clean?

Synthetic sleeping bags are usually the easiest to clean. No matter which material you should choose, it is always important to dry the sleeping bag well after cleaning, so that there is no mold inside the sleeping bag.


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