SUMMER

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The North Face Gold Kazoo

3 SEASON

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Marmot Hydrogen

WINTER

The North Face Furnace
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Best Sleeping Bags for Hammock Camping

If living in the desert has taught me one thing, it is that it may be difficult, but it isn’t impossible to find a safe place to hang a hammock.

You may be someone like me, where if I have the choice, I’m choosing a hammock over a tent or bivy any night out camping. 

There are a lot of similarities between tent camping and hammock camping, but the way you chose your sleeping gear is a bit different.

For one thing, you need to have your equipment, from a sleeping bag to a sleeping pad, dialed to keep you comfortable in various weather conditions. 

Beyond giving you our top picks for the best sleeping bag for hammock camping, we will detail how to choose the right sleeping bag for you and your needs.

Not everyone is camping in the same climates, so everyone’s sleeping bag will differ. We’ll provide a variety of options with this idea in mind, but if you still can’t find a sleeping bag that fits all of your needs on our list, we will give you the knowledge you need to make that perfect purchase. 

A Quick Word on Hammock Camping

If you’ve ever slept in a hammock before, you’ll know that it can get cold quickly. For most people, when the outside temperatures hit around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, they start to feel cold. That’s not even that cold of an air temperature, and if you expect to hammock camp in temperatures lower than that, you’ll need to have ample insulation. 

Beyond a sleeping bag, bottom insulation is required to keep you comfy and warm throughout the night’s varying temperature changes. What you’ll need to do is line the bottom of your hammock with a sleeping pad or an insulated hammock under quilt to keep your back warm. 

It’s also worth investing in a high quality hammock tarp as well, which will help shield you form the wind and rain.

Since your body weight is compressing that area while you sleep, you aren’t able to retain hot air very well. The extra insulation allows for warm air to stay around your body instead of escaping through the bottom of your hammock. 

Some hammocks are designed with camping in mind. They will have an inner compartment designed to hold a sleeping pad. These hammocks are called double hammocks. 

Best Sleeping Bags for Hammock Camping in Summer

We’ll start off our list by looking at sleeping bags designed for summer camping, then progressively discuss bags designed for colder weather as we go.

The North Face Gold Kazoo

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  • Temperature Rating: 35 (F) / 2 (C)
  • Comfort Rating (EN): Not Specified 
  • Total Weight:1 lb 12-13 oz
  • Filling: 700-Fill ProDown
  • Bag shape/ type: Mummy
  • Price: $$$

The Gold Kazoo is ideal for warm-weather trips but still has a few features to help you get through those 50 degree summer nights. It comes equipped with a hood, a zipper baffle, and a draft collar all to prevent heat loss. 

The ProDown filling is an excellent addition to a summer bag as it does not absorb as much moisture and is faster drying than traditional down. The sleeping bag is made using nylon taffeta and ripstop fabrics, making it more durable and water-resistant than your average bag. 

One great feature this bag has that makes it perfect for hammock camping is pad loops for attaching your sleeping bag to your sleeping pad. If you have a double hammock, you won’t have to worry about this. If you have a standard hammock, it is easy to move your pad around when you sleep. This way, you can keep your pad in place and under you throughout the night.

All in alll, this is dunoubtedly one of the best sleeping bags for hammock camping, even if it is a fairly hefty investment.

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The North Face Aleutian

  • Temperature Rating: 40 (F) / 2 (C)
  • Comfort Rating (EN): 50 (F) / 10 (C)
  • Total Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz
  • Filling: Heatseeker Eco
  • Bag shape/ type: Mummy
  • Price: $

The North Face Aleutian is a lightweight option that is also an affordable summer bag. It has the potential to be a three-season bag depending on the climate you’re camping in as well.

Unlike the bags we’ve already mentioned, this one uses Heatseeker Eco filling. As a synthetic material, it is easy to care for and has more water-resistance.

It is a roomy design with a unique zipper system to mimic sleeping in a bed at home more closely. To make sure the bag lays flat, there is a wrap-around zipper on the foot box.

The stuff sack provided with the bag doesn’t do the best job packing the bag down small. However, it can become more compact if you use a different stuff sack.

It’s lightweight enough to be used for backpacking and is an excellent hammock bag style, especially with the short side zipper

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Marmot NanaWave 45F Sleeping Bag

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  • Temperature Rating: 45 (F) / 7 (C)
  • Comfort Rating (EN): 55 (F) / 13 (C)
  • Total Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz
  • Filling: Synthetic polyester
  • Bag shape/ type: Rectangle 
  • Price: $$

The last warm-weather pick on our list is the Marmot NanoWave. It is an excellent backpacking option as it packs down small and is lightweight. Despite the lightweight, you’d be surprised that this bag can keep you warm in 55-degree weather. Lower than that, and I’d recommend using a fleece liner to stay cozy through the night.

It is a unisex bag in design. However, the shoulder region is a bit narrow. Unlike some other bags, it does not have multiple size options. So, if you are tall and have broad shoulders, this may not be the bag for you.  

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Best 3 Season Tent For Hammock Camping

Marmot Hydrogen Sleeping Bag

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  • Temperature Rating: 30 (F) / -1 (C)
  • Comfort Rating: Not Specified
  • Total Weight: 1 lb 7.5 oz
  • Filling: 800+ Fill Power Goose Down
  • Bag shape/ type: Mummy
  • Price: $$$$

The Marmot Hydrogen Sleeping Bag provides one of the best warmth to weight ratios on the list. The 800+ fill goose down keeps you warm while still allowing for a lightweight and packable bag. 

Marmot pulls out all the stops with this bag design. Using water-resistant and nylon ripstop materials, this bag is durable and suitable for most weather conditions. To optimize warmth and ventilation, there is a two-way zipper, zip guard slider, and wrap-around foot box. 

For some added comfort features, you have a convenient interior pocket to keep valuables safe or electronics warm. The drawcord on the Nautilus Multi-Baffled hood and a Snagless insulated draft tube hold warm air in and keep cold air out. 

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Ozark Trail Himont 20F

  • Temperature Rating: 20 (F) / -7 (C)
  • Comfort Rating (EN): Not Specified 
  • Total Weight: 4 lbs 1.6 oz
  • Filling: Synthetic polyester
  • Bag shape/ type: Mummy
  • Price: $

One of the most affordable options on the list, the Ozark Trail Himont 20F is a great budget buy. Using synthetic materials, you can expect to be able to use this bag in moderately chilly temperatures. 

To make things even easier, since they use a synthetic filling, you can machine wash (on gentle with cold water) the bag. They also added two loops on the bottom of the bag to make it easy to hang and dry after it has been washed. 

It comes in both a regular and large size to be more accommodating to different body sizes. If you are someone that doesn’t camp super frequently, this bag is worth the look. It won’t be the most durable or warmest bag design, but it will get the job done and is easy to keep clean.

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REI Co-Op Trailbreak 20

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  • Temperature Rating: 20 (F) / -6 (C)
  • Comfort Rating (EN): 29 (F) / -2 (C)
  • Total Weight: 3 lbs 11 oz
  • Filling: Synthetic
  • Bag shape/ type: Mummy
  • Price: $$

The REI Trailbreak 20 sleeping bag is an excellent option for campers looking for a quality bag on a budget. It won’t be as cheap as the Ozark Trail, but it will be far more suitable for three-season conditions. 

There are some ideal design features that prevent hot air from escaping and cold air from coming into the bag.

For instance, the zippers have baffles on them, 3-panel hood, drawstrings on the hood, and an offset quilt construction to prevent cold spots. However, the one major design flaw is that there is no neck baffle. So, cold air can creep in at the top of the bag. 

The synthetic materials also give this bag the advantage of being able to keep you warm if the bag gets damp. REI also made sure to use water-resistant materials and a water-repellent DWR coating to help things along.

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Best Sleeping Bag For Hammock Camping in Winter

The North Face Furnace

  • Temperature Rating: 0 (F) / -18 (C)
  • Comfort Rating (EN): 17 (F) / (-8)
  • Total Weight: 3 lbs 15 oz
  • Filling: 600 ProDown + Heatseeker Eco Synthetic Insulation
  • Bag shape/ type: Mummy
  • Price: $$

As a four-season bag, the North Face Furnace has a functional and heat-retaining design. It is optimal for hammock use. Along with the choice of 600 ProDown filling they added an extra anti-compression layer on the back using Heatseeker Eco synthetic insulation.

So, with the insulation you add to your hammock, you’ll have an extra layer of heat-retaining protection below you. 

Although it is advertised as a backpacking bag, it may be heavy and a bit bulky. I will say that for the warmth factor, it isn’t a bad weight. It won’t be the lightest bag on the market, but it has the features you need to stay warm along with North Face’s lifetime guarantee. 

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Rei Co-op DownTime Sleeping Bag

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  • Temperature Rating: -2 (F) / -19 (C)
  • Comfort Rating (EN): 12 (F) / -11 (C)
  • Total Weight: 4 lbs
  • Filling: 650-fill-power duck down
  • Bag shape/ type: Mummy
  • Price: $$$$

The REI DownTime sleeping bag uses purely duck down to fill this bag. Although it is down, they made sure that it had water-resistant qualities. The filling is also protected by nylon ripstop fabric with a DWR coating for added protection. 

If you are planning a winter trip, you can rest assured that you will be cozy in this bag. With the multiple size options, you should be able to find a bag that suits your body type. You still have room to move around without sacrificing warmth. There is also the much-needed neck baffle, contoured hood, face muffler, and full-length draft tube to trap heat and keep out cold air. 

One of the best features for hammocks is the sleeping pad loops that allow you to attach your bag to your pad. If you have a double hammock, you won’t need this feature.

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Teton Sport Lightweight Mummy Sleeping Bag

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  • Temperature Rating: 20 (F) / -7 (C) or 0 (F) / -18 (C)
  • Comfort Rating: Not Specified
  • Total Weight: 4 lbs 3.2 oz
  • Filling: PolarLite Micro Insulation
  • Bag shape/ type: Mummy
  • Price: $

The final sleeping bag on our list is the Teon Sport Lightweight Mummy bag. This bag is a perfect budget find for folks looking for a bag to use for a camping trip only a few times a year. It has some nice features like the double-layering and offset filling to prevent cold spots and a water-resistant shell. 

Although it is advertised as a lightweight option, it is over 4lbs for the largest size option. The other sizes are slightly lighter, but about the same. As a winter bag, this isn’t a terrible weight to warmth ratio, but it would be better. 

There is no specification for the comfort rating, so you will have to go off of the manufacturer’s recommended temperature rating.

Because it is a budget buy, be wary of the temperature rating. Hammock camping means that you will easily lose heat while you sleep, no matter the quality of your bag. So, be prepared and be safe by adding at least 10-15 degrees to the temperature rating.Z

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How to Choose the Right Sleeping Bag

When it comes to choosing the best hammock sleeping bag for any type of camping, some research and experience go a long way. If you’re reading this article, then you’re on the right track. The best thing you can do is to try and get as much information about your options as you can. 

Reading up to date and verified customer reviews will only get you so far. At some point, you’ll have to decide based on your best judgment and your individual needs. That’s why we are going to give you the knowledge you need to make the best decision for your next hammock camping sleeping bag. 

Although the price will always be a factor in your decision, I did not add it to the list below. I will say that you should be wary of budget buys unless they are a reputable brand and the bag in on clearance.

If you decide to buy a cheap bag, then be prepared for it to be less durable and possibly have a less trustworthy temperature/comfort rating.

Sleeping Bag Type

One of the first, and easiest, things to look at is the bag type you want. 

Rectangular

Rectangular bags tend to be a budget option and can be suitable for kids enjoying a backyard campout. These bags will usually unzip entirely and can be used more similarly to a blanket. They can even be zipped to another rectangular bag to make a sleeping bag for two.

Since the bottom of the bag is square, not tapered, it does not have the same thermal efficiency as other bag designs. For hammock camping, a square or rectangle-shaped bag does not necessarily fit the shape of a hammock or your body when you are sleeping, making it easy to lose heat. 

Mummy

Mummy style bags are one of the most popular designs. These are the bags that will be wider at the shoulder and taper down to fit the shape of your body and tapered at the feet. The tapered cut at the feet is what gives the bag an edge and more thermal efficiency than other designs. Since the bag is smaller, it can trap heat quite well.

Mummy bags will also use a hood to trap heat escaping from your head and neck. 

There should still be room to move around in your mummy bag, though. They are designed to allow room to roll over and change position as you sleep. Some people may still feel confined by this bag design, but they will be hard-pressed to find a more efficient heat-saving shape.

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Sleeping Pod

Sleeping pods are a bag that gives you the best of both worlds. They have a tapered foot box area while still keeping the bag wide for some additional wiggle room. They will not be as heat efficient as a mummy bag, but they will be better than the rectangular ones. Some sleeping pods will have a hood but they won’t always cinch down. 

Sleeping pods are especially useful for children that need extra space to move in their sleep. This way, you can ensure that they will be warm and cozy, but won’t feel claustrophobic either. 

Sleeping pods will be a bit bulkier overall, so they aren’t great for backpacking treks. If you plan on car camping, they can be a great middle-ground for comfort and warmth. The design shape sits nicely in a hammock as well.

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Comfort Rating & Seasons

When deciding which bag type to get, looking at the temperature rating will only give you a general guideline.

There is no standardized way for manufacturers to tell consumers the minimum temperature the bag can handle. So outdoor companies are left to their own devices and can basically claim any temperature rating they want.

Temperature ratings should be taken with a grain of salt. Some companies will be more trustworthy than others, but a general rule of thumb is to think of the temperature ratings as a guide to the lowest temperature the bag will keep you alive at, not comfortable and cozy. I like to add at least 10 degrees to each temperature rating to get a more accurate rating for tent camping.

For hammock camping, expect to add about 15-20 degrees to that temperature rating.

So, with all of that in mind, there are two other ways you can gauge the right bag design for you. Look at the intended season and the comfort rating.

Seasons

The season of a sleeping bag will be broken down into either summer, three-season, or winter. There are exceptions to this rule. For instance, the first bag on our list is the North Face One Bag. It uses multiple bag layers to make it a more versatile season option.

Most sleeping bags will be specifically designed for one season. Each seasonal bag design has its generalized limits which are broken down below:

  • Summer: Suitable for temperatures 30 (F) or higher
  • ThreeSeason: Suitable for temperatures 20 (F) or higher
  • Winter: Suitable for temperatures 20 (F) and below

Summer bags will be the lightest with the fewest features. These make good backpacking bags when in the correct climates. Three-season bags are more versatile but will be bulkier due to this. They will start to implement heat-saving features like draft tubes and neck baffles.

Winter bags will be the bulkiest and the heaviest due to the additional insulation needed to make it suitable for cold temperatures. They will have the same heat-saving features as most three-season bags, but there may be extra features as well.

Comfort Rating

A new standardized temperature rating system has come out of Europe, and more and more bag companies in the United States have started to adopt it as well. It is commonly known as the EN (European Norm) or comfort rating.

The EN system can be broken down into three ratings:

  • Upper Limit: The highest air temperature an average man can sleep comfortably
  • Comfort: The lowest air temperature the average woman can sleep comfortably
  • Lower Limit: The lowest air temperature the average man can sleep comfortably

Although the comfort rating is tested with a heat-sensored mannequin, the temperature at which you sleep will differ from another person. Take comfort ratings as slightly more accurate than temperature ratings, but not as the end-all rule. They will give you a better base to work with, but they may not always be accurate either.

Type of Insulation

There are two types of insulation: Down or Synthetic. From there, there are variations within each category. There are pros and cons to both types of insulation. However, other than the type of insulation, you should also consider how the insulation is dispersed.

Some bags will have an additional layer of insulation on the back of the bag to prevent compression and heat loss. There are other features like how the insulation is distributed and contained. Look at how the insulation is stitched into the bag and if it is likely to clump up, making cold spots.

Down Sleeping Bags

Down is usually a more expensive option for sleeping bags, but will also last longer. It is generally easier to compress, making it better for packing it down small. It is arguably warmer than synthetics, but that comes down to the fill-power more than anything.

The fill-power is a way of rating the quality of the down. The fill-power ratings will usually range from 600-900. The higher the fill-power, the warmer the bag will be.

Although there are a lot of great things to be said about down as a fill option, it is harder to take care of and is less water-resistant. Some ProDowns have started to come out to make the bags easier to dry. Still, they are harder to keep clean and will retain water much easier than synthetics.

Down is not a vegan-friendly sleeping bag option.

Synthetic Sleeping Bags

Synthetic sleeping bags are a cheaper option compared to down. Plus, they are vegan-friendly. They are usually made from some kind of polyester fluff, and more companies have begun to use recycled materials like the Heatseeker Eco materials.

Since the filling is made from polyester, it is more water-repellent and easier to dry. This makes it a perfect option for people that may be camping in a damp or humid environment. Some synthetic bags are also machine washable. This makes upkeep much easier in the long run.

The only real downside to synthetic materials as the filling is that they tend to be bulkier and harder to compress.

Additional Features

Once you’ve figured out all of the aspects discussed above, then it will come down to other comfort features. Some additional features that are a must in a cold-weather sleeping bag include:

  • Zipper baffles
  • Neck baffles
  • Draft tubes
  • Hood drawstrings
  • Extra foot box padding
  • Anti-compress insulation on the back

Other design features that may add value:

  • Interior pocket
  • Straps to attach to a sleeping pad
  • Foot vents or multiple zippers to allow for ventilation
  • DWR coating on the shell for water-resistance
  • Packability and stuff sack provided
  • Loops to hang dry

Each sleeping bag you look at will have similar features, but they also will have some stand out designs that will catch your eye. When it comes down to the final purchase, it may be these little comfort features that help you decide.

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Final Thoughts

Hammock camping can be a fantastic way to get outside, but it can also become a nightmare if you are ill-prepared.

It is very easy to get cold when you are sleeping in a hammock as heat can escape from the bottom of the hammock. It can be done though, and it can be comfortable with the right sleeping bag and insulating equipment. 

There are plenty of excellent choices on the market today. We hope that we gave you a great place to start your search, and maybe you even found your best sleeping bag for hammocks on the list. If not, then, with the help of our tips, you are still well on your way to your next gear buy.

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