Cold Weather Synthetic Sleeping Bags

Recent Cold Weather Synthetic Sleeping Bag Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
The North Face Bigfoot

Bought this bag in 1993 from REI and used it in the High Sierras for many years. It's a bit heavier than the Lost Ranger I've used since 2010. After sitting on my shelf for 10 years, I decided to pull it out for a snowshoe trip this year and now remember why this was the go-to bag for cold weather back in my youth. North Face quality, large foot area for storing things, and had to unzip it at 9,000 ft in the snow because it was too warm. One of the best investments I ever made in 45 years of backpacking. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Wiggy's Super Light FTRSS

-4 degrees and as comfortable as could be. When you are outside in the cold and you know that everything is going to be OK, that's how I would describe this bag! This is the kind of bag you just can't wait to get into. Very warm (after about 15 seconds, then it warms right up). At -4 degrees it does everything I expect it to do. I'm a warm sleeper and most of the time it's unzipped. Packs great and puffs right up when you are ready to sleep. The bag is perfect for what I do, very durable heavy… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
U.S. Military Modular Sleep System MSS

It comes in three to four parts, where you can sleep in one part, two parts, three parts or four. I have slept in it all together and I had to open it up sometime during the night because I had gotten too warm. Come to find out it had gotten below freezing that night. I have also slept in just one part, the temp was at around 100° to 110° that night. Although it was hot, I was comfortable. Compresses down to about the size of a basketball, although it could probably compress smaller. Three to… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
U.S. Military Modular Sleep System MSS

Great first sleeping system (with two pads). Horrible for backpacking. I recommend the MSS to all my Boy Scouts. A used MSS paired with two foam pads is BY FAR the best value in sleeping gear. Here's what I give all my new Scouts (and parents): A synthetic-fill sleeping bag and two dimpled foam pads are best for most Scouts. Both are cheaper, rugged, easier to wash, and handle wet/dirty conditions better. Both can be used with better and/or cold-weather gear you can buy later. Consider first the… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Wiggy's Ultima Thule

For the price, this is a good bag, well-sewn and durable. It is roomy and comfortable and a pleasure to crawl into. I have an issue with my bag at temps under zero that I was surprised to find. The seam that is opposite the zipper side that runs from head to toe is very thin. Less than 1/4 inch of insulation can be felt along that seam. At 8 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, I experience a cold streak along this side of my bag. As mentioned above, overall for the price I am happy to keep and use this… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Slumberjack Latitude -20°F

OK winter outer bag, as long as you know how to sleep and survive in cold weather. Too big for a standalone bag for me. I used this bag last winter in northern MN while leading dogsledding/skiing trips as an outer bag combined with an old 15 or 20 degree down inner (probably actually 20-25° now) and spent around 40 nights out in it, in temps ranging from -25°F to 30°F. Slept on two Therm-a-Rest RidgeRests under open tarps, in a mid, or in a doglsed. As others have noted, probably not wise to… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Slumberjack Latitude -20°F

Bag lives up to its name. People who contest otherwise are not dressing appropriately (overdressing) and should find other activities than outdoor ones. This bag keeps you warm. Some writers have indicated that it is overrated. ALL bags are rated for ideal conditions and are thus overrated for some activities. ALL. Bag is comfortable, loft holds up well. NOTE: you cannot overdress and use a bag that is designed for this low of a temperature. The more you wear, the more you will actually sweat. Sweat… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
The North Face Dark Star -40

If you are crazy enough to winter camp in northern Minnesota (or most places in Canada for that matter) and want an affordable extreme cold-weather bag, this one should be high on your list. Look folks, -40 degrees is cold. I mean COLD. Few of us will ever get to experience it. I came close, though. During a week-long winter camping trip to the BWCA in northern Minnesota the night temps fell to -30°F, and probably a few degrees colder. Our group had two cotton tents, neither heated at night, and… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Big Agnes Yellow Wall SL 0°

I spend most of the year in the hills and have used this bag exclusively for the last five. After owning and using a Big Agnes bag I will not use another brand. The product is well designed. The bag has been great. I have used it for five years, everywhere from Arizona to Oregon. It is the first Big Agnes bag that I have owned and now I will not use any other maker. Big Agnes equipment is built to be used and stand up to the demands of the outdoors. I am proud of all my Big Agnes gear. Full review

 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Echo Lake -20 added Jan 10, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Browning McKinley -30 added Sep 27, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Desert Pine -20 added Apr 7, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Mistral -20 added Feb 21, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Slumberjack Big Timber -20°F
$140 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Crescent Lake -20 added Jun 18, 2010
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
High Peak Extreme Pak added Jun 16, 2010
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coleman Big Game -5 added Jan 29, 2010
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Slumberjack Esplanade -20ºF added Apr 17, 2009
$100 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
High Peak Cascade -5 added Dec 14, 2008
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wiggy's FTRSS added Sep 14, 2008
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Big Agnes Yellow Wall SL 0° added Feb 1, 2008
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user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Outbound Toaster 10000 added Jan 15, 2008
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (6)
Slumberjack Latitude -20°F added Dec 23, 2007
$85 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
U.S. Military Modular Sleep System MSS added Oct 2, 2007
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear 4th Dimension
discontinued
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Nebo Sports Teton -10 added Apr 27, 2006
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Eagle Point added Apr 26, 2006
$100 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
EMS Boreal -20 added Apr 7, 2006
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Lamina -15 added Jan 22, 2006
$195 - $279
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Blue Ridge -20 added Jan 24, 2005
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helsport Arctic Super added Jan 10, 2004
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nebo Sports Blue Moose -10 added Jan 7, 2002
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Campus Polar added Nov 9, 2001
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Highpoint 350 added May 11, 2001
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Wiggy's -40° mummy added Apr 29, 2001
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ajungilak Tyin Winter added Apr 14, 2001
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Black Out -15 added Feb 7, 2001
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Arctic Death -30° F Mummy added Jan 22, 2001
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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Slumberjack -20°F Mummy added Jan 17, 2001
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Extel Deep Freeze oversized added Jan 13, 2001
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nebo Sports Bear -10 added Jan 1, 2001
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nebo Sports Collosal -5 added Jan 1, 2001
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Serac 3D added May 29, 2000
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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Dark Star 3D added Jan 5, 2000
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user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
The North Face Tundra 3D added Dec 8, 1999
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
L.L.Bean Summit 3D -20° added Oct 24, 1999
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Helsport Baffin Modular added Sep 15, 1999
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wiggy's Ultra Light FTRSS added Jun 16, 1999
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaertner Tasilaqu added May 1, 1999
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Wiggy's Super Light FTRSS added Apr 21, 1999
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear -15° F mummy added Apr 18, 1999
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Belle Star added Apr 10, 1999
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Igloo added Mar 16, 1999
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wiggy's Ultra Light Patrol system added Feb 8, 1999
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jack Wolfskin Black Ice added Jan 14, 1999
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Cloud 9 added Dec 31, 1998
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
EMS LT -20 added Dec 30, 1998
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Wiggy's Ultima Thule added Dec 10, 1997
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Highpoint Calmaan IV added Dec 10, 1997
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