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Lightweight Synthetic Sleeping Bags : Synthetic bags are ideal for where there are concerns you might get your bag wet. Synethic bags are also less-expensive than down bags, too.


Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags : Goose down bags are ideal where you need ultra-light weight and where "pack-down" space is at a premium...such as bike camping.

Ideal Uses for Lightweight Sleeping Bags

Many people wonder what good a lightweight sleeping bag is. After all, these bags have temperature ratings that are above freezing. Yet, while not an ideal bag for Montana (even during the summer), these bags have many practical uses, including:

  • Desert camping (hot high desert or high plateaus)
  • Camping in the Southeast or in mid-summer in most places east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Bike camping
  • Where space is at an absolute premium (lightweight bags pack down remarkably small)

Synthetic or Goose-Down?

Similar to other sleeping bags, lightweight bags come in two varieties - one filled with goose down and one filled with synthetic. And just like other, warmer bags, each types of fill have their good and bad things about them.

Goose down bags will be smaller and tend to run a bit warmer. However, goose down bags become next to useless when wet and take seemingly forever to dry out. Thus, if you think there is a real risk of getting the bag wet, or if you frequently camp in rainy weather, go with synthetic.

However, if you plan on doing the bulk of your camping in very dry climates, such as the desert Southwest, then by all means, go with a goose down bag. The extra wet savings and the absolutely tiny package the bag stuffs into makes the slight risk of getting the bag wet a worthy tradeoff.

Temperature Ratings of Lighweight Bags

The temperature ratings of lightweight sleeping bags vary from model to model, but all are rated for above-freezing weather. However, there are several things to keep in mind:

  1. If you're a "cold sleeper" (slow metabolism), then you will want to add a minimum of 15 degrees onto the sleeping bags rating. Thus, a bag rated to 35 degrees is only likely to keep you warm down to 50 degrees. If this is you...consider a three-season sleeping bag instead, as you'll have far fewer "miserable nights."
  2. Most sleeping bags tend to be a bit charitable in their rating. By and large, add five degrees to the bags rating for a more accurate temperature rating. And if you're a cold sleeper, add 15 degrees.
  3. Don't forget the sleeping pad! Without a sleeping pad (to keep you off the cold ground), you might as well not even bother using a sleeping bag...as you'll be cold all night.

Shop & Compare Lightweight Sleeping Bags

Browse Lightweight Synthetic Sleeping Bags

Lightweight Synthetic Sleeping Bags : Synthetic bags are ideal for where there are concerns you might get your bag wet. Synethic bags are also less-expensive than down bags, too.


Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags : Goose down bags are ideal where you need ultra-light weight and where "pack-down" space is at a premium...such as bike camping.


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