How to Choose a Summer Sleeping Bag

A sleeping bag made for cold weather will have you writhing in sweat in summer. Here’s what to look for in a summer sleeping bag.

Summer sleeping bags provide less insulation than bags that are made for cooler weather but still need to perform. They need to keep you dry, have enough insulation to keep you warm when the temperature drops at night, but not so much that you’ll overheat inside of it. Shape and size are considerations, too. Here’s how to choose one that’s right for you.

Featherlight

It packs compactly to 14 by 9 inches, making it especially easy to carry. The full synthetic insulation is perfect for use during the summer, and it opens completely up.
SOULOUT

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Do you want to get a sleeping bag made for car camping or backpacking? Car camping bags tend to be more spacious. They typically roll up and don’t pack down compactly. If you’re backpack camping, consider a sleeping bag that comes with a compression sack so you can carry the bag easily and even store it inside your backpack.

Soft Interior

It’s roomy with a rectangular shape and boasts a particularly cozy interior. It has the ideal amount of insulation for the warm weather months.
REDCAMP

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What shape sleeping bag should you get? Mummy bags fit snugly. They increase heat retention and decrease the bag’s weight. Rectangular bags are roomy and give you enough space to move your arms and legs around and roll over inside of your bag. Those are best for warm weather.

Lovebird Ready

It comfortably fits a couple but also separates into two individual sections. Sleepingo

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What temperature rating should you get? A summer sleeping bag will typically be rated to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, but in warmer climates, don’t be afraid to get a bag that’s rated to higher temps. Three-season bags are usually between 15 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit. These will work if you camp in the mountains or in cooler climates. Bags with temperature ratings below 15 degrees Fahrenheit aren’t generally good choices for summer use.