Staying Comfortable On The Trail

Backpacking is a popular, low-cost recreational activity almost anyone can enjoy. If you’re planning on an overnight backpacking trip – especially in a chilly region- you’re going to want a sleeping bag.

Choosing the right sleeping bag is more involved than you might think, especially for people who usually shop in Big And Tall. Backpacking means you have to carry everything; ergo, a larger person, who requires a larger sleeping bag, will have more weight on their shoulders than they might otherwise like.

Fortunately, bag manufacturers are well aware of this. Here are some Big And Tall sleeping bags made for backpacking.

The NEMO Disco Down Sleeping Bag

The top choice for big, lightweight sleeping bags is the NEMO Disco Down. This bag has everything you’d find in a traditional sleeping bag; it stays warm in temperatures as low as 15°F, has a comfortable down filling, and even includes thermal gills – a zipper-based venting feature for warm nights.

This bag is ideal for backpacking because of its size. This bag only weighs 2 pounds, 11 oz.

When folded, it compresses to 18 x 9 inches and 6.6 L. The down insulation means it’s literally light as a feather.

It’s arguably the best sleeping bag for backpackers – a bag that can accommodate a 6-foot man and still manage to compress down enough to be comfortably carried. With all these features, it’s no surprise that its only downside is the cost. If you’re backpacking on a budget, you may have to look elsewhere.

Nemo Equipment Disco 15 Reg
  • Spoon shape adds room at elbows and knees. Insulated with premium fluorocarbon-free, water-resistant Nikwax Hydrophobic Down.
  • 100% Responsible Down Standard (RDS) Certified down is traceable and ensures humane treatment throughout the supply chain. Waterproof/breathable footbox protects from tent condensation, keeping feet warm and dry.
  • Blanket Fold external draft collar provides tucked-in comfort and temperature regulation. Thermo Gills allow you to vent body heat without letting cold drafts in.
  • Integrated pillow pocket allows a jacket, extra clothes, or a Fillo to be stuffed into the sleeve opening for a handy pillow-on-the-go. Patent # D804,780. Patents pending.
  • Zip together with women's Rave.

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Big Agnes Hog Park Bag

The runner-up choice is the Big Agnes Hog Park 20 sleeping bag. This bag is built for big people, or those who need room to toss and turn.

You should especially consider this bag if you’re sensitive to down; it has a fill of thermolite polyester fibers that retains warmth down to 20°F. However, it weighs more than its competitor, clocking in at 6 pounds, 7 oz, and only compresses to 16.7 L.

In that same vein, the Agnes Hog Bag is considerably less expensive than the NEMO, in part due to the synthetic filler. It’s the ideal choice for a backpacker who’s willing to spend a little extra for high-end equipment, without breaking the bank.

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Tough Outdoor All Season Hooded Bag

The bargain choice for budget-conscious campers is the All Season XL sleeping bag – at only $40, this bag is considerably cheaper than the other two. If you’re trying to keep costs down, then this is your best option.

This bag is the roomiest out of the list, fitting people up to six feet, six inches tall. It’s a good choice for people who shop in Big And Tall, or those who air on the side of claustrophobic.

This bag weighs 5 pounds and collapses to 15 x 8x 8 inches, making it easy to transport. It is good down to 40°F. Its creators recommend you use this bag for nightly temperatures between 60°F and 40°F for maximum comfort.

Tough Outdoors Extra Large Sleeping Bag - Adult Sleeping Bag Camping & Backpacking - 3-Season Fall, Spring, Summer Sleeping Bag - Lightweight Waterproof Compact Sleeping Bag w/Compression Sack
  • 3 SEASON WARMTH AND COMFORT: Behold the magnificent XL Prolite Sleeping Bag, the savior of spring, summer, and fall adventures! This glorious big and tall sleeping bag is tailor-made for those who embrace the grandeur of the wild. Armed with our top-notch ThermoCore insulation, it unleashes its warmth powers for temperatures ranging from 40°F-60°F, making the perfect summer sleeping bags for adults.
  • 40 - 60°F TEMPERATURE CERTIFIED: The mighty XL Prolite is the undisputed champion of more lightweight, dependable warmth! This bad boy is certified to tackle temperatures ranging from 40-60°F, making it your trusty sidekick in chilly adventures. If you're braving a colder escapade, just layer up with some snazzy base layers or snuggle up with a liner, and this sleeping bag will escort you into colder wonderland territory.
  • GENEROUS XL SIZING: Measuring a 88" x 34", these majestic camping sleeping bags for adults are built for adventurers. It comfortably accommodates anyone up to 6'6", ensuring that even the tallest among us can stretch out like a blissful starfish. With its square foot design, bid farewell to constricting mummy-style bags. Say hello to the freedom of tossing, turning, and dancing in your sleep, all while basking in our big and tall sleeping bag!
  • THERMOCORE SYNTHETIC INSULATION: Our patented TheroCore insulation combines lightweight performance with excellent heat retention. ThermoCore uses advanced synthetic fill to retain more body heat, without making you sweat. Finally, a sleeping bag warm weather can take on!
  • TRAVEL LIGHTER: This is not just any ordinary sleeping bag, it's your ticket to epic adventures! Our adult sleeping bag comes with a rugged compression sack that effortlessly compresses it to a compact 16” x 8” x 8” - ready to be thrown into your daypack or strapped to the outside of your backpack. It's the ultimate companion for those who crave wilderness. And guess what? It weighs a mere 4 pounds, so you can conquer mountains, forests, and trails with ease.

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Sleeping Bag Accessories

In addition to finding the perfect sleeping bag, you should also find the right pad. In order for these bags to stay warm during chilly nights, they must be aided by adequate insulation, most notably below.

The ground constantly leeches warmth from you, causing your body to work much harder to maintain your temperature.

For the most comfortable experience, consider purchasing a pad to go beneath your sleeping bag. This pad will help you conserve heat, stay warm, and stave off the morning dew.

If you consider yourself a bigger person, you may need to double up pads, or find one with extra cushioning. It’s estimated that a pad will account for a third of your overall insulation, making it the difference between a warm and cold night.

At A Glance

The Nemo Disco Down is the best; it’s light and large. It is also the most expensive.

The Big Agnes Park Bag is synthetic, making it heavier, but also cheaper. The Sleeping Hooded Bag is the absolute cheapest, but not good below 40°F.

Don’t be afraid to get creative, or go a little bit over budget. The right sleeping bag (and pad) can make or break your backpacking trip. Make sure you’re comfortable on the trail during the day, and on the ground at night.