Updated on March 5, 2021

Backpacking is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the great outdoors! If you’re going to go backpacking, you definitely want to make sure you have the proper gear to keep you comfortable and warm, and one of the most important elements (if not the most important element) is a good sleeping bag. Since we at The Adventure Junkies want you to know about the highest quality sleeping bags on the market, we’ve compiled a list of the best backpacking sleeping bags for women.

A quality sleeping bag will keep you cozy and warm all night, even in chilly conditions. The sleeping bags on this list have the best weight to warmth ratios, meaning they will keep you warm, all while being lightweight and easy to carry on your next backpacking adventure!

For more of our top backpacking gear recommendations, check out the Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags.

 

Quick Answer - The Best Women's Backpacking Sleeping Bags

  1. Rab Neutrino 400
  2. Marmot Angel Fire
  3. Feathered Friends Egret UL 20
  4. North Face Cat’s Meow
  5. NEMO Disco 15
  6. REI Co-op Joule 21
  7. REI Co-op Magma 15
  8. The North Face Inferno
  9. Marmot Ouray
  10. Big Agnes Oliphant

 

Comparison Table - Best Women's Backpacking Sleeping Bag

PictureNameWeightShellFillShapeTemperature RatingPriceRating
Rab Neutrino 400Rab Neutrino 4001 lb 9.7 ozPertex QuantumDownMummy30 F$$$4.9
Marmot Angel Fire2 lbs. 9 oz.Ripstop NylonDuck DownMummy22 Degrees (F)$$4.6
Feathered Friends Egret UL 20Feathered Friends Egret UL 201.7 lbsPertex Endurance ULGoose DownMummy20 F$$$4.5
North Face Cat’s MeowNorth Face Cat’s Meow2 lbs 10 ozRipstop nylonSyntheticMummy20 F$4.5
NEMO Disco 15NEMO Disco 153 lbs 1 ozRipstop nylonDownSemirectangular17 F$$4.6
REI Co-op Joule 212 lbs. 3 oz.SyntheticDuck DownMummy21 Degrees (F)$$4.5
REI Co-op Magma 152 lbs. 4 oz.Ripstop NylonGoose DownMummy17 Degrees (F)$$4.6
The North Face Inferno3 lbs. 5 oz.SyntheticProDownMummy-20 Degrees (F)$$$4.9
Marmot Ouray3 lbs. 10 oz.Ripstop NylonDuck DownMummy0 Degrees (F)$$4.7
Big Agnes Oliphant4 lbs. 4 oz.Ripstop NylonDownTek DownMummy-3 Degrees (F)$$4.7
PictureNameWeightShellFillShapeTemperature RatingPriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Women's Sleeping Bags for Backpacking

Rab Neutrino 400

Specs
  • Fill: Down
  • Weight: 1 lb 9.7 oz
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Temperature Rating: 30 F
  • Shell: Pertex Quantum
Features
  • Hydrophobic down
  • Drawcord hood
  • Internal 3D collar
  • Stash pocket
Rab Neutrino 400

BEST SLEEPING BAG OVERALL

Rab designed the Neutrino 400 with the same amount of down as its men’s version – but also 5-7 inches shorter in length and slightly slimmer, resulting in an overall warmer bag. The Pertex shell and liner fabrics are durable and feel comfortable against the skin. It’s a very lightweight sleeping bag, weighing in at 1.7 lbs.

What we like most about the Neutrino 400 is how roomy it is for a mummy bag and how the cozy neck baffle and draft tube combine well to keep out the cold air.

Marmot Angel Fire

Specs
  • Fill: Duck Down
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 9 oz.
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Temperature Rating: 22 Degrees (F)
  • Shell: Ripstop Nylon
Features
  • Wraparound Footbox (for increased roominess and thermal efficiency)
  • Specially-Designed Seams Along Hood (to keep insulation in place)
  • Fold Down Second Zipper (for ventilation and easy access)

BEST FOR: MINIMALIST ENTHUSIASTS

Those who purchase the Marmot Angel Fire bag will not be disappointed. It provides the perfect ratio of roominess versus warmth. Specifically designed to keep a woman’s body warm, it has extra fill in high heat-loss areas and a curvy shape to hug your body and trap heat.

As a bonus, you can zip this bag together with other Marmot bags for double the warmth! Plus, the neck and hood of this bag are filled with down and have an easy-to-access cinch cord to keep heat locked in.

Feathered Friends Egret UL 20

Specs
  • Fill: Goose Down
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Temperature Rating: 20 F
  • Shell: Pertex Endurance UL
Features
  • Passive collar
  • Trapezoidal footbox
  • Generous draft tube
Feathered Friends Egret UL 20

BEST FOR: ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING

The Egret UL 20 boasts the best warmth to weight ratio compared to other women’s backpacking sleeping bags available. The Egret UL 20 contains a super lofty amount of 950 fill power down while weighing only 1.7 lbs. Although the company gives the bag an EN 20 degree temperature rating, most users report the bag actually feels much, much warmer. Although it lacks the bells and whistles of many competitors, for those of you looking for an ultralight high performance sleeping bag, this one is hard to beat.

What we love most about the Egret UL 20 is the super burly zipper that makes it nearly impossible to snag on shell material and the extra down fill in the footbed and chest.

North Face Cat’s Meow

Specs
  • Fill: Synthetic
  • Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Temperature Rating: 20 F
  • Shell: Ripstop nylon
Features
  • Internal handwarmer pockets
  • Fitted hood
  • Vaulted footbox
North Face Cat’s Meow

BEST SYNTHETIC OPTION

If you plan on backpacking in super wet conditions where carrying a down bag is less than ideal, consider the North Face Cat’s Meow, instead. This bag features high quality Heatseeker Guide synthetic insulation and is rated to keep you comfortable down to temperatures in the low twenties. It boasts a well-designed women’s cut and a durable 20 denier nylon ripstop-taffeta shell.

What we like most about the Cat’s Meow is that its hands down the best synthetic sleeping bag for backpacking in terms of warmth to weight and includes a compression-specific sack.

NEMO Disco 15

Specs
  • Fill: Down
  • Weight: 3 lbs 1 oz
  • Shape: Semirectangular
  • Temperature Rating: 17 F
  • Shell: Ripstop nylon
Features
  • Classic Spoon™ shape
  • Waterproof/breathable footbox
  • Integrated pillow pocket
NEMO Disco 15

BEST FOR: SIDE SLEEPERS

For you ladies prone to tossing and turning at night, the NEMO Disco is sure to keep you cozy and comfy. NEMO designed the Disco 15 like a spoon, as opposed to a traditional mummy bag, AND kept women’s specific needs in mind. Like the men’s version, it features the brand’s Thermo Gills, which provide for excellent ventilation.

What we like most about the Disco 15 is the way the company designed the blanket fold external draft collar combined with the full length draft tube, which really does a good job at keeping your neck and face warm.

REI Co-op Joule 21

Specs
  • Fill: Duck Down
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 3 oz.
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Temperature Rating: 21 Degrees (F)
  • Shell: Synthetic
Features
  • Water-Repellent Fill
  • Covered Zippers (to lock out cold air)
  • Compatible with other REI Sleeping Bags (zip them together for double the warmth!)

BEST FOR: LIGHTWEIGHT WARMTH

For its size and weight, the REI Joule is incredibly warm. It has several design features to keep you nice and toasty. It has a contoured hood, designed to fit snugly around your head and lock in warmth. The hood also includes a piece of fabric designed to cover some of your face (while allowing you to breathe, of course!). Plus, it is stuffed with super warm duck feathers, also known as duck down.

This bag is also water repellent and breathable, making it great for many different conditions.  And it’s even available in an only slightly heavier wide size, allowing you to opt for more wiggle room while keeping your pack weight down.

REI Co-op Magma 15

Specs
  • Fill: Goose Down
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 4 oz.
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Temperature Rating: 17 Degrees (F)
  • Shell: Ripstop Nylon
Features
  • Generous Knee and Foot Room (for increased comfort and thermal efficiency)
  • Zipper Cover and Anti Snag Strip (for easy zipping)
  • Insulated Shoulder and Neck Yoke (which fits around your neck and shoulders to prevent heat loss)

BEST FOR: RESTLESS SLEEPERS

This sleeping bag offers a bit more mobility for those who tend to toss and turn at night. It is spacious in the knee and foot area, meaning that you can switch positions more easily than with other, slimmer bags. Even with its wider design, this bag will still keep you toasty, even on chillier nights. 

Rated at 17 degrees F, the goose down filling will still keep you warm. Plus, its insulated yoke (the part of the bag that fits around your neck and shoulders) is designed specifically to prevent heat loss, keeping you comfortable and warm all through the night.

The North Face Inferno

Specs
  • Fill: ProDown
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 5 oz.
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Temperature Rating: -20 Degrees (F)
  • Shell: Synthetic
Features
  • Specially Treated Down Keeps Moisture From Being Absorbed and Dries Quickly
  • Center Zipper (for easy access)
  • Hood Cinch Cord (to lock out cold)

BEST FOR: FREEZING COLD TEMPERATURES

This sleeping bag is the real deal! If you plan to camp in cold areas or more than just spring and summer, this might just be the pick for you. The North Face Inferno is one of the warmest sleeping bags on the market. It promises to keep you warm in negative temps and its specially treated down filling keeps you from getting wet and cold.

This sleeping bag has a higher price tag, but its thermal abilities are well worth it if you get cold easily or plan to do cold-weather camping. Plus, it is so good at keeping you warm that you won’t need to bring as many layers for sleeping. The Inferno is really all you need.

Marmot Ouray

Specs
  • Fill: Duck Down
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 10 oz.
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Temperature Rating: 0 Degrees (F)
  • Shell: Ripstop Nylon
Features
  • Full-Length Zipper Covers (to keep cold drafts out)
  • Two-Way, Snag-Free Zipper (easy to zip and locks out cold air)
  • Water-Repellent Finish

BEST FOR: VALUE

With its high level of quality and moderate price tag, the Marmot Ouray is a great pick for the value-seeking backpacker. This super warm bag features a duck feather fill as well as full-length zipper covers and a shape designed to hug your body and lock in heat. Plus, it has a snag-free zipper and is water repellent. 

For a basic starter sleeping bag, this is a great buy. It offers all the basic features to keep you warm and comfortable in many different conditions while coming in at a reasonable price.

Big Agnes Oliphant

Specs
  • Fill: DownTek Down
  • Weight: 4 lbs. 4 oz.
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Temperature Rating: -3 Degrees (F)
  • Shell: Ripstop Nylon
Features
  • Comes in Petite Size
  • Breathable Shell
  • Exterior Loops (for hanging and/or drying)

BEST FOR: VERSATILITY

The Big Agnes Oliphant sleeping bag is The Adventure Junkies pick for versatility because it is one of the warmest on the market, but it is super breathable at the same time. This combination makes it ideal for a range of weather and backpacking conditions.

One of the features that takes this bag’s versatility beyond that of most all other sleeping bags is its internal liner loops, which allow you to attach an extra liner if you so desire. Attaching a liner will take this bag from warm to super warm, and the liner can be easily removed when you are backpacking in warmer weather. We also love this bag for those wet-weather days. If your Big Agnes Oliphant bag gets wet, it’s not a problem. The breathable fabric and hanging loops are designed for a quick and easy drying process.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A BACKPACKING SLEEPING BAG

TEMPERATURE RATING

Temperature rating is perhaps the most important thing to consider when purchasing a backpacking sleeping bag. It can get pretty cold at night in many popular backpacking destinations, and a cold night’s sleep makes for a bad night’s sleep, and a bad night’s sleep could in turn make for a bad next day!

Don’t mess around with the cold. Think about what kind of climates you will be backpacking in and make sure you choose a bag with a lower temperature rating than what you plan to be hiking in. For more on the meaning of sleeping bag temperature ratings, see REI’s super informative article, Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings.

 

PRICE

When it comes to quality sleeping bags, a higher price point is often an indicator of a warmer bag. However, that does not mean that you need to spend a fortune, especially if you don’t intend to camp in cold weather. For many adventurers, a cheaper bag with a higher temperature rating is sufficient. If you plan to camp in the fall, winter, or in Northern climates, though, you may want to invest in a more expensive bag that is sure to keep you warm.

 

WEIGHT

As is true with any backpacking purchase you make, weight is an extremely important factor to consider when buying a sleeping bag for your next multi-day trip. You don’t want to be lugging something heavy around in your pack, especially because you’ll need a lot of other supplies, too. That being said, if you plan to take shorter backpacking trips, weight may not be as important to you. Sometimes lighter sleeping bags do not provide as much warmth as heavier ones. Check the technical specs for the bags you are considering and think about the length of treks you will be tackling when deciding how heavy or light of a bag you want to buy.

 

FILL

Fill is another great indicator of how warm a sleeping bag will be. Almost all of the sleeping bags on this list are filled with either goose or duck down. Both offer benefits, but they do have some key distinctions. For an in-depth look at the differences between the two, check out The Lowdown on Goose Down vs. Duck Down.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

BAFFLES

The seams that run all across the bag to help keep insulation in place.

MUMMY SHAPE

A popular shape for sleeping bags that is wider at the shoulders and narrower at the feet, designed to hug your body closely and therefore keep you warmer than a rectangular bag.

INSULATED YOKE

Part of the sleeping bag that wraps around the neck and shoulders to lock in warmth and prevent heat loss through the top opening of the bag.

THERMAL EFFICIENCY

How well a sleeping bag locks in heat.

DRAFT TUBE

An insulated flap of fabric that covers the zipper and prevents cold air from entering.

FACE MUFFLER

An insulated hood that is designed to cover some of your face while locking in warmth and allowing you to breathe comfortably.

CONTOURED HOOD

A hood designed specifically to wrap snugly around your shoulders, neck, and head, in order to prevent heat loss.

For more technical sleeping bag features explained, please see Sierra’s comprehensive article: What’s a Baffle? Sleeping Bag Technology Explained.

 

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