What are the best light sleeping bags

Test winner: the best sleeping bags

It is easier to hike if you have a good rest: Those who undertake multi-day tours in the mountains need a good sleeping bag. You can find out which models do best in our test winner overview - compiled from the tests of the mountain sports magazines Outdoor, Alpin & Co.

Zip up, snuggle in, zip up. With the right sleeping bag, "sleeping elsewhere" is actually that easy - regardless of whether you sleep in a tent, in the garden under the open sky or in a mountain hut. But what makes the “right” sleeping bag? And which model is suitable for which purpose? We looked at the tests of the most important mountain sports magazines and also tested various sleeping bag models ourselves. We present the test winners here.

Who is testing?

Our recommendations are based both on practical tests by our own Bergzeit experts and on external tests by renowned specialist magazines such as Bergsteiger, Alpin or Outdoor. In our list of the best you will find not only the test winners of the magazines but also the recommendations of our crew, who are constantly snuggling into new sleeping bags for you and testing them extensively.

The best sleeping bags 2021

The Mountain Equipment Firelite

Very light, high-quality down sleeping bag with an excellent warmth / weight ratio

The best down sleeping bag in the Alpin 06/20 test is the classic Firelite from Mountain Equipment. With a weight of less than 800 grams and the best down quality, it impresses above all with its excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. The feather-light and cozy, warm Firelite ensures relaxed nights even in sub-zero temperatures in the high alpine mountains, say the alpine testers. Bergzeit expert Arnold is also enthusiastic in the practical test: "Not exactly cheap - but this sleeping bag offers a level of comfort and functionality that is second to none."

  • Temperature range: Comfort down to -2 ° C | Limit down to -8 ° C | Extreme down to -27 ° C
  • Weight & pack size:
  • Details: Mummy cut, filling 90/10 down with 800+ fill power
  • Tested in: Alpin 06/2020 and by Bergzeit experts Arnold
  • Test verdict:Test winner (very good) in Apin 6/2020 or "a real" multitool "for outdoor sleepers looking for comfort"

Exped Waterbloc Pro -5

Waterbloc Pro -5 ° sleeping bag
Light, packable down sleeping bag for wet, cold nights

A down sleeping bag that is insensitive to moisture, is that even possible? The outdoor specialists at Exped have succeeded in this little feat: The waterproof polyamide outer material has a water column of 1,000 mm and also protects against snow and drizzle - you can save yourself the bivouac sack. The testers of the outdoor magazine also certify that it has "the best warmth-to-weight ratio in the field, as the insulation also benefits from the seamless construction that has been thought through down to the last detail."

  • Temperature range: Comfort down to -2 ° C | Limit down to -8 ° C | Extreme down to -27 ° C
  • Weight & pack size: 920 g or 6.1 liters (size M)
  • Details: 540 g down (size M) with 850 cuin, RDS certified.
  • Test verdict: Outstanding (OUTDOOR test winner 10/2020)

Mountain Equipment Classic 500 / Classic 500 Women’s

If you don't spend the night in the mountains in sub-zero temperatures, the comparatively inexpensive Classic 500 all-round sleeping bag from Mountain Equipment is ideal. The simple handling, the water-repellent outer material and the comfortable, non-restricting seat convinced both the testers from the alpine and outdoor editors, with the women's version doing better than the men's model in terms of insulation.

  • Tested in: Alpine 10/2019 and Outdoor 10/2019
  • Test verdict: very good / good, Alpine price tip

Valandre Swing 500 Neo

Robust, comfortable and warm, thanks to the durable duck down filling from the Pyrenees: The Valandre Swing 500 Neo offers very good quality at a reasonable price and is therefore the best purchase for the Outdoor 10/19. If you like it warmer or spend the night outside at temperatures below -4 degrees Celsius, you should reach for the warmer model Swing 700 Neo.

  • Tested in: Outdoor 10/2019
  • Test verdict:Best purchase (very good)

Sea to Summit Ascent AcII / Altitude Atll

The testers of the Ascent AcII (women's version: Altitude Atll) were particularly impressed by the many practical features: the short side zip, which allows the top to be turned back like a blanket, and the zip on the foot, which ensures optimal ventilation. But the insulation of the functional sleeping bag was also convincing, especially in the women's version, which is around 25 percent more filled than the men's model.

  • Tested in: Outdoor 10/2019
  • Test verdict:very good

Deuter Exosphere -6 ° / Exosphere -6 ° SL

Sleeping bags from the Exosphere line have long belonged to the top class of synthetic fiber sleeping bags. The new version -6 ° warms even better and convinced the testers of the Outdoor 10/19 in both the women's and the men's version. Thanks to the elastic seams, it does not constrict despite the narrow cut, in the women's version it is even more cuddly thanks to the fleece lining in the hip and foot area.

  • Tested in: Outdoor 10/2019
  • Test verdict:very good

Rab neutrino 600

It couldn't be more cuddly: Thanks to the thick filling made of 600 grams of RDS-certified down from species-appropriate keeping, the Neutrino 600 from Rab ensures warm nights, even in icy temperatures of around -12 ° C. It has a very narrow cut, but thanks to the elastic cords on the hood and thermal collar, it does not constrict too much.

  • Tested in: Alpine 10/2019
  • Test verdict:very good

Overview table: The current sleeping bag test winners and recommendations

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