Infographic from REI: Sleeping Bag Stuffability and Choosing the Right Insulation

When it comes to choosing the right sleeping bag, there's a lot to consider. From the shape (rectangular, mummy, or tapered) to the fill (down, synthetic, DriDown™), and from the temperature rating (-40º to +25º and everything in between) to the balance between weight and roominess, it's a wonder most of us can choose a sleeping bag in the first place. And then, there are options like the Therm-A-Rest sleep systems, pictured right, that don't include sleeping bags at all!

It gets even more complicated when you're choosing a sleeping bag you'll have to carry with you on a backpacking trip, as the right balance is key to a comfortable night's sleep. You want a bag that'll keep you cozy, but won't take up too much room in your pack.  This infographic from REI helps demystify the different types of insulation available in sleeping bags these days, hopefully making it easier for you to choose the right one.

Sleeping Bags Infographic: Choosing a 3-Season Sleeping Bag

REI has a wide selection of sleeping bags to choose from, and hopefully this infographic helps you pick your next bag! I'm a self-proclaimed sleeping bag hoarder with a 0-degree down bag, a 30-degree synthetic bag, a 40-degree synthetic bag, and a super lightweight summer bag. Do you have a collection, too, or just one you use for everything? Is there a sleeping bag out there that you're coveting? Leave a comment!


Heidi Henry said…
No collection for me. Just one....although that might be changing. Thanks for the info!
Katie said…
Sometimes, all you really need is one! I have a few for different temperature extremes, but generally, the 30 and 40º bags are my go-to.