Sleeping bags

Perfect the art of sleeping in the woods

Nothing beats climbing into a soft, warm sleeping bag after a big day outside. If you’re at the start of your journey to find a new sleeping bag, check out our expert tips on how to choose a sleeping bag.

Whether you’re a new camper or backcountry pro, MEC has tons of trusted brands to choose from, like Big Agnes, Therm-a-Rest, Sea to Summit, The North Face and MEC (our own in-house line).

Down or synthetic: what’s better?

Short answer: it depends. One of the more important decisions to make is whether you want down or synthetic insulation. Synthetic sleeping bags hold their loft if they get wet, stay warmer in damp conditions, and are easier on the wallet – but they are bulkier. Down sleeping bags are super compressible and have the highest warmth-to-weight ratio – but they’re more of an investment.

Finding the right shape for you

There are plenty of different shapes and sizes to choose from. A mummy shaped sleeping bag tends to be the most lightweight due to the snug fit. Side sleeper? Check out roomier rectangular or barrel shaped sleeping bags. Double sleeping bags are ideal for couples camping, while quilts are popular with hikers or campers seeking an ultralight solution.