Cold Weather Down Sleeping Bags


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Recent Cold Weather Down Sleeping Bag Reviews

Western Mountaineering Bison GWS

rated 5 of 5 stars There's nothing wrong with a little overkill when you're serious about survival. I bought this bag two years ago for dead-of-winter camping in the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. I wanted an overkill bag and decided to go all the way. The coldest temps I'm likely to see are maybe -10° on Stratton Bald. The coldest I have actually experienced was around 0° and this bundle of joy handled that with aplomb. I'm 5'9" and bought the regular 6 ft bag.  The zipper is well conceived,… Full review

Stephenson's Warmlite Warmlite Triple Bag

rated 5 of 5 stars Stephenson's Warmlite Triple bag is a top notch camping and backpacking sleep “system.” While an old design, it is still unique in the market, has a wonderfully comfortable mattress, and covers an extremely wide temperature range due to the dual tops design, for a price that is very attractive if you consider the alternatives. After many years, it was time to upgrade to a new sleeping bag and pad. One of my sons decided to “confiscate” my old cold weather sleeping bag and cold weather pad,… Full review

Ajungilak Goose Bay

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good bag. I've spent approximately 400 nights in this bag so far, and have no complaints about anything but the zipper. It snags easily, and can be especially difficult to open when you're just waking up and trying to get out of the bag as soon as possible to escape the heat.  The included compression sack is also useless. I didn't like the design, and one of the straps broke the first week. Ajungilak replaced it, but I prefer using a traditional compression sack instead.  After 5 years of heavy… Full review

Big Agnes Crosho SL

rated 5 of 5 stars Warm, cozy, light, compact. Performs very well. I'm used to using two bags in Minnesota during the cold season since it often reaches -20° F here in the winter. Packing in two bags, two pads, and other gear gets heavy and bulky. I fill up my 95L pack. If I hike in a long ways, I normally pull my bag in on a sled. At a compact 4lbs 1oz (long), I can finally pack in on my back.   The bag repels water well. (I washed it after I bought it online. I hand kneaded water into it and it took forever… Full review

Black Pine Sports Backside Bside 800 Super Down -40

rated 1 of 5 stars Manufacturer's website claims the bag is filled with superior 800 down. Material tag on bag shows it is filled with 600 down (see photos on review). They have not explained why that is. Bag was returned. I stand corrected. One customer service employee said 800 is just a name. Strongly suggest they revise their website. Full review

Western Mountaineering Bison GWS

rated 5 of 5 stars Incredible quality in materials and craftsmanship. Packs down very small and is very lightweight (under 5 lbs) for its temp rating of -40F. I have no doubt it will live up to its reputation when put to the test. ***FEB. 3, 2015 UPDATE after field testing the Western Mountaineering Bison GWS****** So last night the temps got down to 23F here in Atlanta, so I set up my tent in the back yard and slept in the WM Bison GWS. WOW!!!  AWESOME BAG!!!! I have added a few photos to show the loft of the bag… Full review

The North Face Inferno -40F/-40C

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent choice for winter camping, very packable for its size and true to its warmth. Have used it in a lean-to with no tent in miserable conditions and was quite comfortable. I have not slept out in -40° temperatures yet, but it was excellent at -20°. Closed up enough around the face to not freeze, actually ended up taking off my hat halfway through the night! A bit long for me, I'm 5 foot six, but I put extra clothes at the bottom. Easy to get in and out unless you are wearing lots of layers,… Full review

Woods Canada Mount Blanc Supreme

rated 5 of 5 stars I have owned this bag since 1980 when I purchased it new here in London, Ontario, for $200 at that time. This is a seriously warm and lightweight bag for its temperature rating as compared to my old eiderdown 3 Star bag which weighs in excess of 21 pounds. The Mount Blanc Supreme was the top of the line semi-mummy bag with 3 pounds of goose down fill and a nylon outer shell. Baffled construction and nice light green outer with yellow inner lining. It weighs in at about 4.75 pounds. Although a little… Full review

The North Face Inferno -40F/-40C

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a sleeping bag equipped for extreme cold and it is made to keep you warm and comfortable when other products don't. The North Face Inferno is an excellent sleeping bag. It fits any needs for extreme cold nights. With it being waterproof the morning dew doesn't bother you either. I use my Inferno bag every time I go out in cold weather. I fully recommend the sleeping bag to anyone who would sleep in that weather. Full review

Top-Rated Cold Weather Down Sleeping Bags

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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
The North Face Inferno -40F/-40C
$530 - $749
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Valandré Thor
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Western Mountaineering Bison GWS
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Ghost SL -40
$750 - $1,050
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Western Mountaineering Puma GWS
$730 - $914
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Col EQ
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Western Mountaineering Puma Super MF
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Wraith SL -20°
$709 - $950
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Valandré Bloody Mary
$540 - $569
Crux Torpedo 900
Rab Expedition 1000
$630 - $839
Rab Neutrino 800
Rab Andes 1000
Marmot CWM
$899 - $918
Western Mountaineering Cypress GWS
Valandré Freja
NEMO Canon -40
$1,050 - $1,099
Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 4-Season
$450 - $679
Western Mountaineering Lynx GWS
Montane Deep Heat
The North Face Inferno -20F/-29C
$439 - $619
Mountain Equipment Iceline
Mammut Altitude EXP Winter
Valandré Odin
$890 - $899
Valandré La Fayette
Mountain Equipment Glacier 1250
$512 - $649
Eddie Bauer Kara Koram -30
REI Expedition Sleeping Bag
Rab Expedition 1200
$701 - $934
Marmot Col MemBrain
$573 - $818
Brooks-Range Drift -10
Rab Expedition 1400
L.L.Bean Down Sleeping Bag with DownTek, Mummy -20°
MontBell Down Hugger 800 #0
Marmot CWM MemBrain
$629 - $899
Marmot CWM EQ
Valandré Swing 900
$480 - $529
Western Mountaineering Lynx MF
Mammut Altitude EXP 5-Season
Western Mountaineering Puma MF
$795 - $824
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
One Planet Dandelion
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Stephenson's Warmlite Warmlite Triple Bag
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Feathered Friends Ptarmigan
$719 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Feathered Friends Snowy Owl
$999 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Feathered Friends Peregrine
$759 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Feathered Friends Widgeon
$639 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Z -10 Four-Season
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Crosho SL
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Feathered Friends Snow Goose
$869 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MontBell U.L. Spiral Down Hugger #0
$459 MSRP
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