The Best Summer Sleeping Bags (30F+)

Due to their light weight and compressible nature, summer bags are popular with the ‘“light and fast” backpacking crowd and those looking to lighten their load with minimalist gear. By taking a lighter weight sleeping bag, tent and backpack, you can greatly reduce your pack weight. This has accounted for a broader interest in lightweight, warm weather sleeping systems.

We recently tested the best summer sleeping bags in 2015 and 2016, from Arkansas and Missouri to Washington and Oregon.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Montane Featherlite
90
Best in Class
2016
Compressibility 8
Warmth 7
Overall Comfort 9
Durability 8
Features 8

Lightweight

Roomy without dead space

Good warmth to weight ratio

Glow-in-the-dark & snag free zipper

Dual drawstrings

Roundels don’t grip as they are intended to

Internal mesh pocket intended for water should be larger

MSRP
$289.00
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Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel 40° Sleeping Bag
88
Compressibility 7
Warmth 7
Overall Comfort 8
Durability 8
Features 8

Unique design

Unique design

Poor weight to warmth ratio

Bulky

Best for 50F+

MSRP
$299.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30
87
Compressibility 5
Warmth 7
Overall Comfort 8
Durability 8
Features 9

Size & zipper options

Integrated sleeping pad sleeve

Snag-less zipper

Poor compressibility

Poor weight to warmth ratio

Wide girth best with a wide pad

MSRP
$226.95
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Sea to Summit Spark II, Regular
86
Compressibility 9
Warmth 7
Overall Comfort 6
Durability 8
Features 6

Lightweight & exceptionally compressible

Good warmth to weight ratio

Compression bag included

1/3 zipper length

Narrow

Limited features

Pricy

MSRP
$359.00
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Therm-a-Rest Dorado HD
84
Compressibility 6
Warmth 7
Overall Comfort 7
Durability 8
Features 6

Good for two people

Convertible options

Attaches to sleeping pad

Bulky/no stuff sack

No headpiece

Limited features

MSRP
$289.95
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Sea to Summit Spark III
75
Compressibility 10
Warmth to Weight Ratio 7
Comfort 5
Durability 4
Features 5
Value 4

Lightweight

Comfortable hood

Great warmth-to-weight ratio

Highly compressible

Poor venting

Narrow throughout, especially in torso and upper legs

Expensive

MSRP
$439.00
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Montane Featherlite

The Montane Featherlite’s mummy-style sleeping bag has an elegant design making it more comfortable than all other bags in this test. It is very lightweight with a good warmth to weight ratio but the textured underside intended to minimize slipping off of the sleeping pad did not perform as hoped.

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Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel 40° Sleeping Bag

The Flying Squirrel is a seriously unique bag (think flying squirrel) designed by Eddie Bauer as “packable emergency warmth” for guides, but suits mild weather camping in zipper-less fashion. It is great for emergency car kits, beach camping, concerts and other recreational activities but is not well suited as a dedicated backpacking sleeping bag.

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Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30

The Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30 is designed to make you feel like you are sleeping with a comforter rather than a conventional sleeping bag—and it does that job very well. Slightly bulky for a lightweight bag, the Fish Hawk 30 is cozy with more robust baffles than other bags in this category.

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Sea to Summit Spark II, Regular

At just over one pound, the Spark II is exceptionally lightweight with soft, billowy down. However, keeping weight low has its downsides – notably next to no features, limited roominess and only comfortable at higher temperatures than the 35 degrees at which this bag is rated (like most other bags in this category).

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Therm-a-Rest Dorado HD

As a bulky quilt-style bag, the Dorado HD was comfortable, its extra space makes for a pleasant mild-weather sleeping environment. With more than enough room for one person, it is a perfect bag to double up and use for two and is better suited for car-camping than backpacking. But without headspace users’ heads are directly on the sleeping pad.

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What is a summer weight sleeping bag?

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Summer sleeping bags are designed for camping and sleeping in warm weather and at low elevations. This allows them to be small, lightweight and very packable. The best models have a high warmth-to-weight ratio, allowing you to carry the warmest sleeping bag possible in a very small package. Often sleeping bags in this category are more experimental in terms of shape and designed like quilts and comforters rather than the standard mummy-style bag that most people envision when they think of a sleeping bag. Since summer bags are for warm weather, they often do without features like hoods and neck baffles that are unnecessary in mild conditions and merely add bulk and weight.