The Best Winter Sleeping Bags (0-14F)

Winter sleeping bags contain more insulation and are therefore warmer than summer or three-season sleeping bags. You would not want to take this style of bag with you on your average summer backpacking trip. With temperature ratings between 0 and 14 degrees Fahrenheit, these specialized models are most often reserved for expeditions, winter mountaineering and multiday backcountry ski trips. Because of the cold and possibly wet conditions where winter bags are used, they often come with waterproof shell materials and now frequently can be found containing hydrophobic down insulation as well. This makes them bulkier and heavier than models for warmer conditions. Due to the extra insulation and more technical materials, winter bags are more expensive.

In winter seasons or in remote locations at high elevations with snowy conditions, a sleeping bag often ensures your survival, and can be one of your most crucial pieces of protective gear. You want your expedition bag to stand up to the harshest weather and keep you warm no matter what. This is why we also include durability in our scoring metric, along with warmth, comfort and compressibility.

We most recently tested the best winter sleeping bags in 2016 on trips as far flung as Tibet.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Western Mountaineering Lynx
92
Compressibility 9
Warmth 9
Comfort 9
Durability 8
Features 7

Very warm

No zipper snags

Two shell options

Price

Gore-Tex shell does not compress as well

MSRP
$775.00
BEST DEAL
$750.00
Sea to Summit Alpine Ap III
91
Compressibility 8
Warmth 8
Comfort 9
Durability 8
Features 8

Good protection

Roomy

Good warmth to weight ratio

Comfortable & adjustable hood

Pricy

Zipper snags

MSRP
$968.95
BEST DEAL
N/A
Valandre Shocking Blue Neo
91
Compressibility 9
Warmth 7
Comfort 8
Durability 8
Features 9

Lightweight

Good warmth to weight ratio

Very technical collar and hood

Great baffling

Price

Zipper snags

MSRP
$749.00
BEST DEAL
$647.96
Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1 Sleeping Bag (800-fill Down)
91
Compressibility 8
Warmth 8
Overall Comfort 9
Durability 8
Extras 8

Comfortable

Good stretch in the fabric

Compressible

Good warmth to weight ratio

Can feel the string in the hood when synched up

Less tapered fit

Pricy

MSRP
$439.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
The North Face Inferno 0
90
Compressibility 8
Warmth 8
Comfort 8
Durability 8
Features 8

Lightweight

Front zipper is easy to use

Good warmth to weight ratio

Glow-in-the-dark zipper pull

Front zipper too short

Front zipper pull-tab sticks out

MSRP
$519.00
BEST DEAL
$519.00
Big Agnes Storm King
88
Compressibility 8
Warmth 6
Comfort 8
Durability 8
Features 8

Price

DownTek

Good zipper action

Aggressive temp rating

Poor warmth to weight ratio

MSRP
$379.95
BEST DEAL
$349.95
Montbell Downhugger #1
81
Compressibility 8
Warmth to Weight Ratio 8
Comfort 3
Durability 6
Value 6

Very lightweight

Great warmth-to-weight ratio

Good compressability

Somewhat snug

Expensive

Too-tight hood

MSRP
$400.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Western Mountaineering Lynx

The Western Mountaineering Lynx sleeping bag is a very warm and comfortable 4- season sleeping bag that provides two shell options to help deter difficult weather conditions and the best zipper I have used on a sleeping bag. It is the second most expensive bag in the test.

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Sea to Summit Alpine Ap III

The Sea to Summit Alpine Ap III sleeping bag provides good features and great weather protection for the cold weather backpacker, camper, or alpinist. It’s the priciest bag in the test.

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Valandre Shocking Blue Neo

The Valandre Shocking Blue is a very lightweight and technical sleeping bag with the best warmth to rate ratio in this category. Unfortunately, even at this price point the zipper still snags.

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The North Face Inferno 0

The North Face Inferno 0 is a 4-season sleeping bag that is lightweight enough for backpacking or alpinism in colder temperatures and incorporates some great technical features like a front zip although the zipper could be a little longer.

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