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The 11 Best Sleeping Bags for Hammock Camping

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 So, you have found the perfect hammock for camping. Now you have some critical decisions to make: Do you want to have a miserable night freezing your butt off in your swinging bear burrito? Or do you want to be a nice, warm, toasty snack?

….Record scratch….Just kidding. Of course you want to be warm.

That’s why finding the best sleeping bag for your next hammock camping trip is one of the most important decisions you will need to make. A good night’s sleep can make or break your adventure, so choosing the right sleeping bag is important. 

No matter the time of year, where you will be camping, and who you are with, there is a sleeping bag designed to make your time outdoors amazing. 

Ready to learn more? Here are the top 11 best sleeping bags for hammock camping…

 The 11 Best Sleeping Bags for Hammock Camping

1 Therm-a-Rest Questar

Ok, I’ll address the elephant in the room; this thing is expensive. But with some of the features we found, it may be worth the splurge. 

For starters, it has what they call “SynergyLink Connectors”. These lock in with a sleeping pad so that either the pad stays in place or you, the sleeping bag, and the camping pad all slip out of the hammock in the middle of the night. (Kidding)

Another feature is the water resistant shell and the water repellant applied to the down. One downfall of down (like what I did there?) is that once it gets wet, it loses its insulation value. 

With the Nikwax applied directly to the down filling, it will absorb less moisture to keep you warm even in damp weather conditions. 

Finally, we get to the WARM feature. Its an acronym so dumb I’m not going to explain it on these pages. Suffice it to say that you can move around a lot. Enough said.

So you can see why it is hard to make a list of the best sleeping bags for hammock camping without mentioning this one. The Questar has multiple awards as one of the top sleeping bags for backpackers, hammock campers, and luxury campers alike. 

While it is on the pricier side, the high quality speaks for itself and is definitely worth the price for those that spend most of their lives outside. 

Temperature rating: 0°F

Size: 80” x 31 ½” Regular; 85” x 33” Long

Weight: 2.7 lbs Regular; 3.25 lbs Long

Fill: 650 FP Down with Nikwax

Shell: 20D Polyester

Stuff sack: Yes

Pros: 

Water resistant coating

0°F temperature rating

Connects with camping pad

Cons:

Expensive

2 Columbia 10 Degree Mount Tabor

We like this one for several reasons. First of all, you have choices between two different sizes: regular and extra long. 

If you have considered the Coleman or the Celcius on this list but have a few more dollars to splurge and need a slightly longer sleeping bag, you can consider the Columbia extra long Mount Tabor. 

They come in regular length too. But since there are so few options usually listed for taller hammock campers, we thought we would give you some extra choices. 

As with most of the hammock sleeping bags for bigger campers, this one weighs a bit more. At nearly 6 1/2 lbs, its not something you want to carry too far in the woods. 

But, you can stay warm in temperatures as low as 10 degrees. After a day of fishing, hiking, or just hanging out at camp, this is exactly what you’ll need for a well-earned night of sleep.  

Temperature rating: 10°F

Size: 84” x 33”

Weight: 6 ½ lbs

Fill: Hollow core fiber

Shell: Polyester

Stuff sack: Yes

Pros: 

Comes in extra long length

Good water resistance

10°F temperature rating

Cons:

Heavy at 6 ½ lbs

3 Browning Camping McKinley -30° Sleeping Bag

This is the warmest and toughest hammock sleeping bag on this list. It’s as long as the Celcius XXL. But it is also the heaviest and on the more expensive end. 

But if you are heading into rugged, sub-freezing temperatures, the extra insulation alone makes this the best option for you.

Designed to keep you warm during extreme weather, this -30 degree bag is filled with the “McKinley 7 denier TechLoft Silver insulation”.  I don’t know what that is, but it sounds pretty special.

With its two layers, you are guaranteed to keep heat in and avoid those nasty cold spots. No need for extra top quilt or underquilt, unless you are actually planning on setting up your hammock on Mount McKinley. 

And this one is a great option for our big and tall campers. You know we wouldn’t leave you out.

Temperature rating: -30°F

Size: 90” x 36”

Weight: 13 lbs

Fill: Polyester

Shell: 210T Nylon

Pros: 

Warmest sleeping bag on the list

Big and tall

Toughest shell on the list

Cons:

Expensive

Heaviest one on the list

4 ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood

Giving the McKinley a run for its money, the Redwood promises to keep you warm down to -25°F.

With the envelope shape and some of the features of a traditional sleeping bag, this is a warmer version of the sleeping bag you had as a kid. Except it doesn’t smell like pee. 

One of the few sleeping bag on this list made with flannel, this super warm sleeping bag will help make camping even more fun this year. 

Not only will it keep you warm, but the soft fabric will give you some of the best nights of sleep you have ever had. 

With the full-length zipper, it can double as an under- or top-quilt for extra warmth with another sleeping bag. 

That said, cotton is not the best when it gets wet. Fortunately it comes with a polyester filling, which should help. But as long as the shell stays dry, you should be snug as a bug in a rug. 

Temperature rating: -25°F

Size: 80” x 38”

Weight: 13 lbs

Fill: Polyester

Shell: Cotton

Stuff sack: No

Pros: 

Extremely warm

Very durable

Cons:

Heavy

Pricey

Cotton could be a problem when damp

5 Outdoor Vitals Aerie

This one ranks highly because of its versatility. Aerie sleeping bags can be used as a standard sleeping bag, an underquilt, a top quilt, a technical blanket, zipped together into a double sleeping bag, or a really, really big hat…Ok, maybe not a hat.

We do really like this one for its versatility. In fact, we included it as one of our favorite hammock underquilts for camping.

One thing to keep in mind is that it has a baffled grid design. 

You may be as surprised as I am to learn that a “baffled grid” is not a confused electrical infrastructure.  Instead it means that the filling isn’t sewn in and may become uneven while in storage. (Now I’m baffled.)

But a simple fluff can be enough to unbaffle the grid for a warm night’s sleep.

It’s also one of the few on this list that isn’t a mummy bag. Which means it doesn’t hold body heat all that well.

That along with the temperature rating of 20° makes it more of a 3 season sleeping bag. You would need to get at least an underquilt or sleeping pad for the coldest months. 

Oh, I should probably make it clear that I’m a sucker for snag-free YKK zippers. And this one has them. So I may be biased when I say buy it for the zippers.

Temperature rating: 20°F

Size: 76” x 31.5”

Weight: 2.1 lbs

Filling: 800+ FP Down or LoftTek insulation

Shell: 20D DWR 

Stuff sack: unknown

Pros: 

Versatile uses

Packs down small

Cons:

Filling may settle when stored or carried 

Not the warmest option

6 Hyke and Byke Crestone

If you like to be outdoors all year long, then this sleeping bag deserves to be on your list of equipment.

It’s a perfect winter hammock sleeping bag featuring water resistant 650 fill power duck down (I feel like there should be an exclamation mark after “duck down”), insulation with a “revolutionary microscopic ClusterLoft base to keep you warm from 0 – 30 F.”

I want to stop and break down the above statement; first of all, I am unaware of any microscopic revolution. But would it even matter?

Secondly, that’s great that it will keep you warm down to 0°, but isn’t it weird that it can only keep you warm up to 30°? Like it just gives up or something? Sorry, I’m still baffled from the first one. 

I guess on the plus side that means you’ll stay warm all night long, even in below freezing weather. 

At any rate, this is a great choice for camping on cold nights. 

And I have to mention the best part: YKK zippers. I can recommend this bag for that feature alone. Lovely zippers!

Temperature rating: 0°

Size: 78” x 32”

Weight: 3.5 lbs

Filling: 650 FP duck down (I told to you duck down!)

Shell: 20 D rip-stop nylon

Stuff sack: Yes

Pros: 

Stays warm down to 0°

YKK zippers

Cons:

A little heavy at 3.5 lbs

7 Best for Big and Tall Campers – Teton Sports Celcius XXL

Since we have a whole post on the best camping hammocks for big guys, this list wouldn’t be complete without at least one sleeping bag for our big and tall readers. 

This XXL sleeping bag is ideal for the bigger outdoorsman. Guaranteed to sleep comfortably with someone well over six feet in height, this is a great buy. 

It a regular sleeping bag, meaning it isn’t a mummy bag or top quilt. Instead, it is in the traditional style of sleeping bag you grew up with, except that it has a half round top to keep your head off of the ground. (Not a problem for me since my head is in the clouds).

Something to keep in mind is that the zipper does not go across the bottom, so you are unable to use this as a traditional blanket. 

It is rather heavy, so it isn’t really for backpacking. But with a 0°F rating and a flannel lining, the Celcius is a great choice for some of the coldest nights of camping.

Temperature rating: 0°

Size: 90” x 39”

Weight: 7 lbs

Fill: SuperLoft Elite (whatever that is) 

Shell: Taffeta Polyester

Stuff sack: Yes

Pros: 

Very large length and width

0° temperature rating

Cons:

Heavy at 7 lbs

Zipper doesn’t fully open bag

8 Naturehike Ultralight 800 Fill Power Goose Down Sleeping Bag

If you are just judging by the temperature rating of a sleeping bag, you will want to look elsewhere. At just about 50°, this is by far one of the worst on the list. 

But there are times that you are only looking for a sleeping bag for warm weather camping. Or you are just more conscious of your pack weight. Either way, this may be the perfect hammock sleeping bag for you.

Obviously you would need something more significant when battling the cold air of the winter. But this could be used as an extra blanket if nothing else. 

This ultralight hammock sleeping bag packs down without taking up much space. With the lightweight materials and pure white goose down fill, this could be perfect sleeping bag for backpacking or lightweight travel. 

So if you are looking for a down sleeping bag that takes up less space in your pack, this should be at the top of your list. 

Ok, I’ll admit it. I put it up this high on the list because of the YKK zippers. What can I say? I love things that work. 

Temperature rating: 52°

Size: 75” x 28”

Weight: 1.28 lbs

Fill: 800 FP Goose down

Shell: 20D Nylon

Stuff sack: Yes

Pros: 

Lightweight

Goose down

Cons:

Not very warm temperature rating

9 Quality Budget Option –  Coleman 0°F Mummy Sleeping Bag

We always seem to include Coleman on our camping gear lists. And for good reason. They are known for balancing quality and affordability, and seem to strike that balance here. 

To find a 0° sleeping bag in this price range is ridonkulous. And that isn’t the only thing this sleeping bag has to offer. 

For example, a mummy style sleeping bag is perfect for those camping in cold weather. Which is partly why this sleeping bag can keep you warm in below freezing temperatures. 

By using quilting construction, by adding insulation at the foot box, and Thermolock draft tube (whatever that is), this sleeping bag will keep you warm all night long. 

The other thing to mention is that this is another option for big and tall campers. At 82” it isn’t as long as the Celcsius XXL, but it will fit the bill for most of our readers up to 6’ 2”.

They have also designed these bags with anti snag zippers, which is a bonus. If you have ever had the torture of trying to zip up a snagged sleeping bag, this is an appealing feature. 

But of course, you have to make sacrifices to get such a low cost. In this case, that comes at the cost of weight, 6 ½ lbs to be exact. 

So, this may not be ideal for backpacking. But it is worth its weight when keeping warm on cold winter nights. 

Temperature rating: 0°F

Size: 82” x 32”

Weight: 6 ½ lbs

Fill: Polyester

Shell: Polyester

Stuff sack: Yes

Pros: 

Very budget friendly

0°F temperature rating

Big and tall option

Cons:

Heavy at 6 ½ lbs

10 Best Sleeping Bag Alternative – Featherstone Moondance 25 

The Moondance 25 is not a true sleeping bag on its own. We mention this one for those that just need a thin, lightweight layer on warmer nights. Or for an extra layer on colder nights. 

It can be used as a standalone sleeping bag when the weather is right. Or as a top quilt, underquilt, or sleeping bag liner for cold nights. 

It is an extremely ultralight option, weighing just 23 ounces. So its a great choice for backpackers and travelers looking to shave weight. 

It is rated all the way down to 26°F, which is impressive for what is essentially a versatile top quilt. 

We love the included stuff sack and the camping pad straps. That helps keep the camping mat and the sleeping bag from sliding off. A very clever idea, indeed. 

It does have a thin 10D nylon outer shell, which is pretty thin compared to other hammock sleeping bags. But this does make is more breathable and lighter weight. 

At any rate, they stand by it with a lifetime warranty. So, not too bad all things considered. 

Temperature rating: 26°F

Size: 75 ½” x 54”

Weight: 1.4 lbs

Filling: 850 FP Duck down

Shell: 10D Nylon

Stuff Sack: Yes

Pros: 

Can be used alone or with another sleeping bag

Lightweight

Cons:

10D Shell is a bit thin by comparison

Expensive as a top quilt

11 OneTigris Featherlite Ultralight Sleeping Quilt

OneTigris is a budget alternative to the Featherstone mentioned above. It is a little heavier (2.2 lbs compared to 1.4), but it has a more durable outer shell (20D compared to 10D).

It is only rated for temperatures at or above 40 degrees. So it won’t keep you warm through below freezing temperatures. But its the perfect addition to your summer camping trips. 

And at under $100, it makes an excellent sleeping quilt that can be part of another system. Use it in the warm summer months alone. Then, if you want to use it in the winter, it is thin enough to go inside another sleeping bag for some nice, warm layers.

Temperature rating: 40°

Size: 78 ¾” x 33 ½”

Weight: 2.2 lbs

Fill: Polyester 

Shell: 20D ripstop nylon

Stuff sack: Yes

Pros: 

Great budget option

Fits inside other sleeping bags

Cons:

Not very warm

Summary

Just to put these all together into a neat table, here they all are in order.

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5 Things to Consider When Buying Sleeping Bag for Hammock Camping

When you are going to be hammock camping, there are several factors to consider when choosing the best sleeping bag. Not all sleeping bags are going to work as well in a hammock as in a tent. 

It can truly make or break your experience, but here are the top 3 things to look for when purchasing compatible sleeping bags for hammock camping. 

  •  Temperature Rating:
  • Of course, you always want a warm sleeping bag. But a hammock is completely surrounded by cold air. So the temperature rating is crucial to a good night’s sleep.
  •  Fill Weight…not to be confused with “Phil, wait!”
  • Basically this is the amount of insulation and how well it stays aloft. This closely influences the temperature rating. 
  • Fill Material
  • What type of material can influence the insulation as well. Goose and duck down are known for their natural warmth. But they lose their insulation value when they get even remotely damp. If you’re expecting any moisture, choose a synthetic insulation like polyester.
  •  Material Quality
  • Obviously a good sleeping bag needs to be durable. But since a hammock exposes it to more elements, you’ll want it to be somewhat weather resistant, tough, and packable. Not all on this list fit this bill completely, so be sure to read them carefully.
  • Weight:
  • Generally the more insulation and the thicker the shell, the heavier the sleeping bag will be. That may be fine if you aren’t camping deep in the woods. But when backpacking, you want to factor in the insulation to weight ratio before buying the lightest or the warmest hammock sleeping bag. 

Once you look into these factors, it’s time to decide if you are more interested in a sleeping bag or a sleeping quilt. Keep reading to learn the difference between the two…

Sleeping Bags Vs Sleeping Quilts

Both sleeping bags and sleeping quilts are excellent additions to your camping gear. Both are designed to keep you warm, with only a few factors to distinguish the two. 

  • Wraparound coverage– sleeping bags are filled so that your entire body is covered. Quilts take on the idea that, since you are laying on the bottom, your body will compress that filling, making it useless. 
  • Weight– quilts are traditionally lighter, making them perfect for backpackers.
  • Draft Design– Sleeping Bags are such effective insulators, which can be great. For those summer nights, however, having some draft may be useful. Sleeping quilts are often designed with the ability to unzip by the feet for better insulation on those warm nights. 

While you could choose either one, many campers will have both. They can be used separately when the weather is right. Or combined into a full hammock sleeping system during the coldest weather. 

Wrap Up – Best Sleeping Bags for Hammock Camping

It is essential to find the right sleeping bag for your outdoor adventure in order to have the best time possible. 

Having the right sleeping bag for your outdoor adventure can make or break your entire trip. If it’s too heavy and bulky, carrying it can be difficult. If it isn’t insulated well, you won’t get a good night’s sleep. 

Choosing between a sleeping quilt, a sleeping bag or some sort of hybrid can seem unimportant in your planning, but it’s one of the most important decisions for your trip. Choose any from this list and your camping experience will be amazing, trust me.