Best Women's Sleeping Bags in 2017
Sleeping Bags

Best Women’s Sleeping Bags

Did I ever tell you ladies about the one time I borrowed a colleague’s sleeping bag on a trek?

As an amateur hiker, I did not know better than to realize that a sleeping bag meant for my tall and large male colleague will not work fine for an average sized female like me.

And my perception of “All sleeping bags are the same, so this one should work just fine” quickly changed into “I should have shopped for my own sleeping bag” on the second day of the hike.

The particular sleeping bag, which was large, was excessively heavy for me to carry around.

Moreover, the sleeping bag was too spacious for me and hence felt very drafty.

I tried stuffing my clothes inside the sleeping bag in a hope of making it more warm and comfortable.

Even though it helped a little bit, I spent most of the night shivering in discomfort.

This horrific experience was enough to make me realize the importance of buying a sleeping bag meant specifically for women.

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Today I will be talking about the best women’s sleeping bags in the market. So, stick with me till the end, ladies!

Best Women’s Sleeping Bags in 2017 (Top 10)

Why are Sleeping Bags Important?

The main reason why sleeping bags bore so much of importance for hikers and travelers is because they allow you to sleep anywhere and everywhere cozily.

Sleeping bags provide you with warmth which will prevent you from tossing and turning in the cold night air trying to find a suitable position to sleep in.

It is due to the blessings of sleeping bags that your back does not have to be exposed to the hard and cold ground- which knows nothing about showing mercy to travelers.

Sleeping bags not only keep you warm, but also dry and safe from water and insects respectively. They help your body reenergize for the journey ahead.

Regarding why women should purchase women specific sleeping bags, there are some reasons as well. Firstly, women’s sleeping bags are shorter and slimmer in order to fit the size of women and hence these sleeping bags are more snugly and cozy.

Secondly, women’s sleeping bags have added insulation in areas such as the foot, core or shoulders where women require more warmth and comfort.

Many women’s sleeping bags are lightweight and easy to carry around compared to men’s sleeping bags.

Something people repeatedly hear me say is that sleeping bags are not a purchase but rather an investment; this is because sleeping bags will become your best friends for any given trip for the many years about to come.

How to Choose Women’s Sleeping Bags?

You have to choose your friends wisely and since we have established that sleeping bags are your best friends, you have to choose sleeping bags carefully as well. So let us now look at the factors you have to keep in mind before choosing a sleeping bag.

 Weight

The first thing you want to consider while buying a sleeping bag is the weight as sleeping bags tend to be among the heaviest of your gears. You want the sleeping bag to be as light as possible so that it does not fatigue you on the trip. Generally, down insulation bags are lighter with their weight being an average of 25 ounces compared to synthetic bags whose weight are approximately 40 ounces on an average.

Warmth

The main function of sleeping bags is to keep you warm by trapping the heat in an enclosed space. They keep the warm air inside and do not allow the cold air from the outside to seep in. Women sleeping bags have more insulation at the foot, core and shoulder areas for providing just the perfect amount of heat to the specific areas.

Insulation Types

There are two major types of insulation: down insulation and synthetic insulation. Down insulation bags are lightweight, durable and easily compressible. They retain heat very well. However, down insulation bags are pricey compared to the synthetic bags which you can purchase for half the price of the down sleeping bags. Synthetic sleeping bags dry quickly and are better for wet climatic conditions. They are, however, heavy, bulky and not much durable.

 Comfort

Your sleeping bag must be comfortable and cozy. An uncomfortable bag will only worsen your sleeping experience which in turn is going to make you more tired and sleepless the following day. You cannot enjoy a hike in such a condition. So you have to choose a comfortable sleeping bag for your trip.

Temperature

Sleeping bags come with various temperature ratings. This rating will differ as per the climatic conditions the bag is suitable for. You do not want to shiver and freeze in the cold climates. So always stick to the safe side and choose a sleeping bag which provides more warmth than what is required. The general temperature rating of sleeping bags is in between 10F to 35F.

Size

Sleeping bags which have been designed specifically for women are generally shorter in length, narrower at the shoulders and wider at the hips. The average size of women’s sleeping bags are apt to fit women of 5 feet 8 inches. Try to choose a sleeping bag which has a snug but comfortable fit, in which you will have plenty of space to move around without the sleeping bag being too loose.

Other Accessories

Lastly, you also want to look for extra features in bags such as the number of pockets, zippers, hoods, smart features, foot compartments, draft collars and so on. The more the features, the better and advanced the sleeping bag.

The 10 Best Women’s Sleeping Bags

Now that you know why sleeping bags are important and how you can choose one that’s best for you, let us move on to the next question of “Which women’s sleeping bag do I purchase?” To ease this process of scrutinizing the internet to find the perfect sleeping bag, I have compiled the 10 best women’s sleeping bags below for all you ladies. Enjoy!

1. Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag

The Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag is my go to sleeping bag at the moment and also one of my personal favorites.

The Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag is a three-season down insulation bag, filled with high quality 800 fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down. This is one of the highest quality sleeping bags in this list, and that is why falls on the expensive side- which is the only downside of the Rab Neutrino 400.

This bag has a tapering mummy shape. The women specific cut and extra insulation per square inch are the reason why women should invest in this bag.

The Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag is one of the lightest sleeping bags in this list and weighs only 28 ounces. As a result, this bag packs down very small and is portable and handy.

The Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag is warm. The bag promises to keep you warm up to 27 degrees Fahrenheit and it lives up to the mark excellently.

The warmth-to-weight ratio of the Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag is ideal. This bag has an interior stow pocket to store your belongings in and an ergonomically shaped foot box as well.

Another great thing about the Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag is that the material is very soft to touch. This sleeping bag provides room for moving around and is generously comfortable.

Features I like:

  • Lightweight
  • Packs down small
  • Portable and handy
  • Comfortable
  • Warm
  • High quality
  • Soft to touch
  • Roomy

 

2. Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 Sleeping Bag

What makes the second sleeping bag in our list a great bag is the unique half quilt shape of this sleeping bag, which allows you to sleep in any position you like.

Ladies, I present to you the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 Sleeping Bag- a versatile women specific mummy design sleeping bag.

The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 Sleeping Bag is hands down the most comfortable sleeping bag I have ever slept on. I really like how I can move around easily in this sleeping bag.

The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 Sleeping Bag does not heavy any zippers. So ensure that the quilt is tucked in properly to prevent the sleeping bag from being drafty.

The insulation claim on the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 Sleeping Bag is 20 degrees, which the sleeping bag fulfills well. It is a three-season bag similar to the Rab Neutrino 400.

A stuff sack and storage sack are included in the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 Sleeping Bag. However, being a heavy bag which weighs 42 ounces, this sleeping bag packs down bulky.

The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 Sleeping Bag may be expensive for many and heavy for a down insulation bag. However, this is one of the best sleeping bags in the market and you should definitely give it a try.

Features I like:

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Allows you to sleep in any position you desire
  • Spacious

 

3. Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 21 Sleeping Bag

The Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 21 sleeping bag is best for wet climates. This sleeping bag is water resistant, does not soak up when wet and hence will keep you warm during wet conditions.

The Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 21 is not the best quality bag in this list nor is it the warmest; however it is a decent quality bag which you can carry with you during autumn and springs seasons as well.

The Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 21 sleeping bag is comfortable and has soft materials. This bag has an exterior stash pocket.

This sleeping bag is made up of nylon. It weighs 55 ounces and has a women specific cut to it.

A great thing about the Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 21 is that it provides you with ample space while sleeping but having said that, the bag is not loose.

The Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 21 sleeping bag also has zippers both on the inside and the outside for easy fastening.

The downside of the Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 21 is that it is heavy and bulky. However, for the price that you are getting this sleeping bag, the Laminina Z Flame 21 sure is a bargain.

Features I like:

  • Comfortable
  • Excellent choice for wet conditions
  • Decent price
  • Soft
  • Water resistant
  • Roomy

 

4. The North Face Cat’s Meow 22 Sleeping Bag

The North Face Cat’s Meow 22 Sleeping Bag is one of the warmest synthetic bags in this list. This sleeping bag has a women specific cut to it, similar to the Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 22, and added insulation which make it apt to be used by women.

The North Face Cat’s Meow 22 Sleeping Bag weighs 48 ounces. This bag comes along with a compression sack and storage sack.

The North Face Cat’s Meow 22 Sleeping Bag is warm, not to mention extremely comfortable. There is also a draft collar present in this sleeping bag for added warmth, and a stow pocket on the inside to store your materials.

There are two major features in this bag which are my absolute favorites. Firstly, the North Face Cat’s Meow 22 Sleeping Bag is weather resistant. So you can go ahead and use it in the harshest of the weathers and this sleeping bag will do its work just fine.

Secondly, you get so many advantages for a really reasonable price.

And did I mention just how soft the North Face Cat’s Meow 22 Sleeping Bag is?

Moving on to the shortcomings of the bag, the North Face Cat’s Meow 22 Sleeping Bag, though lightweight for a synthetic bag, still packs down bulky.

Another disadvantage I found with this bag is that it is short. I am an average sized woman of 5 feet 5 inches and could fit easily and comfortably inside the North Face Cat’s Meow 22 Sleeping Bag. However, my friend who is a little above 5 feet 6 inches could not adjust inside this sleeping bag.

So I recommend the North Face Cat’s Meow 22 Sleeping Bag only for those women who are 5 feet 5 inches or shorter.

Features I like:

  • Very warm
  • Comfortable
  • Inexpensive
  • Extra insulation
  • Weather resistant
  • Soft

 

5. Mountain Hardwear Heratio 15 Sleeping Bag

Another great sleeping bag by Mountain Hardwear is its Heratio 15 Sleeping Bag for women. This sleeping bag may not be as great as its sibling the Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 21, but it is definitely worth a shot.

The Mountain Hardwear Heratio 15 Sleeping Bag is a three-season sleeping bag which you can purchase for a very reasonable price.

The Heratio 15 is warm and comfortable. It has a women specific cut to it in order to maximize the warmth. There is also added insulation in the core and foot areas.

The Mountain Hardwear Heratio 15 Sleeping Bag does not feel restricted. It is a very cozy sleeping bag.

The weight of the Mountain Hardwear Heratio 15 Sleeping Bag is 40 ounces. However, this sleeping bag packs down small.

I found two major downsides to the Mountain Hardwear Heratio 15 Sleeping Bag. Firstly, even though the temperature rating in this bag is 15 degrees, I shivered a lot when I used this in 20 degrees Fahrenheit. So I would not recommend this bag for places below 25 degrees temperature.

Also, the filling in the Mountain Hardwear Heratio 15 Sleeping Bag is a low quality 650 down fill, which may be the reason for this bag not being as warm.

Features I like:

  • Comfortable
  • Is not constricted
  • Extra insulation in core and foot area
  • Packs down small

 

6. Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag

The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag is one of the least expensive bags in this list. This bag is what you call a great sleeping bag for an affordable price.

The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag weighs 47 ounces. It has a smaller cut in order to suit women and is made using a combination of fabric and polyester.

Not only does the Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag look good but also perform well.

The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag is a high quality sleeping bag. It will keep you warm up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag features draft collars to lock the warm air in and keep the cold air out. The zippers of this bag are well sewn.

This bag comes with a small, lightweight stuff bag. However, the Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag is not much compressible and remains bulky.

Another shortcoming of the Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag is that it is heavy. I also wish that there were pockets in the bag to keep small belongings in.

Features I like:

  • Inexpensive
  • Comfortable
  • Great looking
  • High quality
  • Well sewn zippers
  • Warm

 

7. NEMO Celesto 25 Sleeping Bag

The NEMO Celesto 25 is a women sleeping bag which is equipped with some really great features. This bag weighs 52 ounces.

The feature which makes the NEMO Celesto 25 Sleeping Bag suitable for women is the shorter cut of the bag. However, this sleeping bag still offers a lot of room to move around.

The NEMO Celesto 25 features an exterior zipped pocket. This bag is also equipped with a pillow pocket. You can easily stuff things inside this pocket to give it shape and use it as a pillow.

The shape of the NEMO Celesto 25 Sleeping Bag is a unique spoon shape with a blanket fold hanging outside the bag. This flap of material must be tucked in while sleeping for extra warmth.

Despite having this extra blanket flap for capturing more heat, I found that the NEMO Celesto 25 Sleeping Bag is not a very warm bag. It is also heavy and bulky.

Features I like:

  • Has many features
  • Roomy
  • Unique spoon shape

 

8. Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15 Sleeping Bag

The extra insulation in the foot and core area make the Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15 a suitable choice for women to take on their trips.

The Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15 Sleeping Bag is one of the most comfortable sleeping bags in this list. It is very roomy as well.

The Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15 is made out of high quality materials and weighs 44 ounces approximately.

Even though this bag claims to provide you with warmth up to 15 degrees, when put to test, I realized I was shivering with coldness all the while. So it quite did not live up to my expectations. However, I do think that the Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15 will do fine up to 30 degrees roughly.

Another disappointing thing about the Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15 Sleeping Bag is that it is heavy and bulky.

Features I like:

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Roomy
  • Has extra insulation in foot and core areas
  • Made with high quality materials

 

9. OuterEQ Camping Sleeping Bag

The OuterEQ Camping Sleeping Bag is the least expensive sleeping bag on this list. It is designed for summer or late spring.

The OuterEQ Camping Sleeping Bag, though unisex, is favored by women a lot because of the smaller cut and portability of the bag.

The OuterEQ Camping Sleeping bag is great for average sized females. I could fit easily inside the bag but I doubt someone taller or larger than 5 feet 8 inches will be able to even get inside this bag.

So I recommend the OuterEQ Camping Sleeping Bag to only those of you who are 5 feet 8 inches or less; the rest of you may want to give this bag a skip.

The OuterEQ Camping Sleeping Bag is best sleeping bag if you are looking for a sleeping bag which will take the least amount of space in your gears. This bag weighs 24 ounces and packs down extremely small.

The OuterEQ Camping Sleeping Bag is a compact and lightweight bag, probably the most portable and convenient sleeping bag in this list.

This bag is comfortable and also machine washable.

Features I like:

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Easy washing

 

10. Slumberjack Boundary 20 Sleeping Bag

The last sleeping bag on our list is the Slumberjack Boundary 20 Sleeping Bag. This bag is an inexpensive sleeping bag made up of fabric and polyester.

The Slumberjack Boundary 20 Sleeping Bag weighs 47 ounces. Even though the bag is said to keep you warm up to 20 degrees, this bag is not as warm and there are warmer sleeping bags than the Slumberjack Boundary 20 Sleeping Bag in this list.

However, the Slumberjack Boundary 20 Sleeping Bag does have some great features of its own. This bag is lightweight and hence easy to carry around.

The Slumberjack Boundary 20 Sleeping Bag is also one of the most durable sleeping bags in this list. It is a comfortable sleeping bag.

This bag has a smaller cut but is roomy. The filling inside the sleeping bag is synthetic.

The Slumberjack Boundary 20 Sleeping Bag feels rough to the skin. The materials of this sleeping bag felt cheap and low quality.

I do not recommend the Slumberjack Boundary 20 Sleeping Bag if you are planning to hike in a cold area. But you can give this sleeping bag a try if you are looking for a low priced sleeping bag for trekking in mild climatic conditions.

Features I like:

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Roomy
  • Comfortable

 

Comparison Table

Feature/Product Stated Temperature Rating (in Fahrenheit) Stated Suitable Height Weight (in ounces)
Kelty Big Dipper 30 Degree Sleeping Bag 30 5 feet 49
Lucky Bums Youth Explorer 10 Degrees Sleeping Bag 10 5 feet 5 inches 49.6
Coleman Kid's 50 Degree Sleeping Bag 50 5 feet 40
T Slumberjack Kit 40 Rectangular Sleeping Bag 40 5 feet 38
Eureka Grasshopper 30 Degree Sleeping Bag 30 5 feet 37
Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Sleeping Bag 30 4 feet 6 inches 36
Big Agnes Wolverine 15 Sleeping Bag 15 5 feet 38
Wenzel Backyard 30 Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag 30 5 feet 44
Mountain Hardwear Bozeman Flame 20F Sleeping Bag 20 5 feet 3 inches 35
Wenzel Moose Sleeping Bag 40 5 feet 3 inches 52

 

The Verdict

In today’s verdict for the best women’s sleeping bag, I choose the Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag.

The Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag is everything that you want in a women’s sleeping bag, whether that be the sleeping bag being lightweight and portable, or warm and comfortable.

The Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag lives up to its full potential to deliver an excellent performance. It is full of great features as we discussed above.

Do give the Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag a try ladies and trust me when I say, this beauty will become your holy grail.

And do not forget to share your experience with me.

Happy hiking!

About Author

Emma Olsen

Emma is a traveller and a hiker. She has been non-stop travelling and hiking since she finished her college. Two of here most memorable hikes are Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal and Inca Trail in Peru. When she is not travelling, she is reading books, watching movies and cooking delicious foods!

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