Maybe you’re someone who likes to “rough it” in the woods, and maybe you’re perfectly fine exploring nature as long as you can take civilization with you. If you’re a camper who likes creature comforts, a comfy sleeping bag is a must. Even if you enjoy “roughing it,” freezing temperatures at night with no heat-insulating bed is a bit too rough. Either way, you’re going to want to be sure that you have a double sleeping bag that can handle the journey.
Whether you are undertaking that journey with a friend or you just like a little extra space when you sleep, a double sleeping bag is your best bet for camping in comfort. That said, there are many different styles of double sleeping bags. Some have a more cocoon or “mummy style,” while others are a bit more spread out. These and other factors can help you determine which sleeping bag is right for you.
What to Look for
The most important thing to remember when browsing among double sleeping bags is that there are some factors that are a matter of comfort, and others that are constant and should be included in any sleeping bag. Knowing which are which can help you make a more informed choice when selecting a sleeping bag to keep you warm and comfortable.
Warmth and, more broadly, a sleeping bag’s insulation ability is its single most important attribute. If the sleeping bag in question isn’t keeping you warm and dry, it isn’t worth considering. This, in turn, means considering the sleeping bags’ insulation materials.
These typically comprise down or synthetic materials. Down tends to be warmer, more lightweight, are durable, and can be compressed more easily, which in turn makes it easier to shove into your backpack. On the flip side, in damp weather they’re a real wet blanket – literally – so if you are camping in watery conditions or somewhere that’s expecting a lot of rainfall, you might want to consider synthetic materials. These are often specially designed to be more resistant to moisture, and they also dry fast, making them a much better choice in such conditions. On the other hand, they do not compress as easily as down sleeping bags.
Whether you choose a down or synthetic sleeping bag, however, you’ll want to make sure to check the temperature rating, which indicates the “comfortable” sleeping temperature of each bag. You’ll also want to pay attention to its R-rating, which indicates insulation quality, the higher the better. The thickness of these materials is also indicated by the bag’s GSM rating.
That said, it is usually a good idea to read this more as a ballpark estimate where you want to be sleeping in slightly warmer conditions than the bag indicates. For example, if a bag is listed as being good for 0 Celsius/32 Fahrenheit, it’s probably best enjoyed several degrees above that floor. In fact, the ratings are further subdivided into “comfort” and “lowest-limit” ratings, with some models breaking things down even further into “seasonal ratings,” giving you a better indication of what temperatures the bag is good for in each season. Finally, some bags also give you the temperatures they recommend for “cold sleepers” who prefer cooler sleeping temperatures and vice versa for “warm sleepers.”
Then there’s the shape of the sleeping bag itself. As indicated above, some people prefer to wrap themselves up in “mummy” sleeping bags that are designed to trap heat and keep it as close to your body as possible. That said, as you might imagine from the image of yourself wrapped up tightly like a mummy, you won’t have a lot of room to move, so if you prefer to spread out when you sleep, this may not be the best choice. On the flip side, if you get really cold and trapping heat is the most important thing for you, this may be a good option to consider.
Rectangular and semi-rectangular sleeping bags are the other major design styles. These tend to be a bit more conventional and open, allowing you more room to move around and get into the sleeping posture that is most comfortable for you. We’re also talking about double sleeping bags, after all, so if you are sharing your sleeping bag with a partner, you’ll need to consider how much room they’ll have and how comfortable they’ll be, too. Rectangular sleeping bags typically feature zippers that stretch all the way around and offer plenty of room, but that also makes it easier for cold air to get in. Semi-rectangular bags handle this by featuring a more rectangular design on the bottom and a mummy style on the top, meaning one side is a flat, more open surface and the other is pressed tighter against your body, trapping heat.
Some other key double sleeping bag features include:
- The inner lining, which can be made of nylon or similar materials, and is essential for insulation
- Compression sacks, which are especially important for double-sized sleeping bags as they make it easier to fold up these already-large beds, thus making them more portable
- The quality, quantity, and placement of the zippers
- Hoods, which add yet another layer of heat-trapping warmth
- Any extra pockets or compartments the sleeping bag may have for extra convenience
Top Six Double Sleeping Beds
With those factors in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best double-sized sleeping bags and what they offer for those looking to stay warm in any and all camping conditions.
1) Teton Sports Unisex’s Mammoth Queen Size
One of the biggest names in the camping equipment game, Teton’s queen size bag is definitely “mammoth” sized, measuring 94 x 62 inches. The obvious disadvantage of such a huge bag is that it can be a bit bulky and difficult to lug around. The obvious upside, however, is that it gives you and your partner a ton of room in this queen-sized mattress to spread out and make yourselves comfortable.
This bag has a temperature rating of 2 degrees Celsius. The lining is poly flannel while the outer shell is Taffeta, meaning it is quite soft to the touch. Interior baffles do a good job of trapping heat for a sleeping bag so big. The zippers on this model are also larger and easy to locate.
What’s more, the zippers allow you to separate this single double-sized sleeping bag into two separate sleeping bags. They are also aligned in such a way as to allow occupants to enter and exit from the side, not the top, meaning you can leave on your side to get up while leaving your partner undisturbed.
2) Sunmer Double Sleeping Bag King Size
As with the queen-sized Teton, this king-sized model from Sunmer offers a ton of room, measuring 86 x 59 inches. It is definitely on the lightweight side, and also comes with a carrying case as well, so if you are looking for a sleeping bag for two that is also relatively easy to carry, this may be a good choice.
The bag itself is designed to be used in all weather. The exterior shell features polyester while the inner padding is quite thick, and the temperature range is around 10 and 0 degrees Celsius, though for those who don’t mind colder sleeping conditions it can be used at as low as -5 degrees.
Finally, this bag can also be separated into two sleeping bags, albeit with some difficulty at times.
3) HeWolf Double Sleeping Bag
Whether you’re a “He Wolf,” a “She Wolf,” or any combination thereof, there’ll be plenty of room for the two of you to snuggle together or spread out in this 86.6 x 57 inch double-sized sleeping bag. It has a temperature range of 5 to -10 degree Celsius, indicating that it’s best in colder temperatures.
The bag is made from a blend of water repellent materials, with zippers located both inside and outside the bag, making it that much easier to open and close without disturbing your partner. This is another example of a double-sized sleeping bag that can be separated out into two sleeping bags.
As with other models, this sleeping bag comes with a compressor, which is likewise water resistant, and can be tightened so as to afford a tighter grip while carrying it in cold or wet conditions. Of course, such conditions can also stain sleeping bags all too easily. Thankfully, this double-sized sleeping bag is machine washable.
4) Ohuhu Double
As a four-season double sleeping bag, this model can provide good comfort year round. As with other models, you can take advantage of polyester and a water resistant design to keep out moisture. What helps set this sleeping bag apart is the inclusion of 3D cotton. This is both supremely soft and extra warm which, combined with the polyester, makes for a very comfortable sleeping experience – and as if that weren’t comfy enough, it even comes with a couple of pillows.
Add to that a quality carrying bag, and it’s easy to see why this is one of the most comfortable and convenient double-sized sleeping bags on this list.
5) King Camp Oasis
This model can actually be used as either a single or double sleeping bag. If you happen to need a slightly smaller model while camping occasionally but don’t want to buy different single and double sleeping bags, the King Camp Oasis lets you have the best of both worlds, measuring 86 x 29 inches.
This three-season model is very lightweight while still having enough insulation to earn a temperature rating of around -3 degrees Celsius, though beyond that is probably pushing it. The outer shell is made from 190T polyester while the inner half of the sleeping bag features micro-brushed cotton. Its envelope shape gives you a hood for extra comfort, while a dual zipper system makes it easy to open and close.
6) Redstone XL Double Sleeping Bag
This is another rectangular sleeping bag that is on the large side at 82 x 70 inches. It closes easily with either the zippers or drawstring.
This model also boasts some of the thickest insulation, so if you really want a double-sized sleeping bag on the thicker side, this is a good one to consider. However, this model can “only” handle -5 Celsius, so while it can take cold weather, you won’t want to take it out on a frozen tundra. Barring that, however, its comfortable build and easy-to-wash nature make it a good bargain pick.
All of these double-sized sleeping bags have their advantages.
The Teton is arguably the best overall, with a fantastic blend of size, softness, durability, and convenience. The King Camp Oasis and Ohuhu rank highly as budget options, while the HeWolf is great if you and your partner really like to spread out while sleeping.
No matter your preference, double sleeping bags can keep you dry, warm, and comfortable, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep to enjoy whatever adventure tomorrow may bring.
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