There are so many types of a military sleeping bag out there that it’s tough to find the best one. If it was a simple answer as to what bag stands out from the rest, we would probably tell you. The best military sleeping bag depends on your personal needs and your budget, so we’ll highlight different benefits of several bags so you can choose the bag that’s right for you.
The military sleeping bag is also commonly known as a “mummy bag,” since it features a “hood” portion that covers most of its user’s head, making the wearer look like a mummy. The whole point of this is to allow the bare minimum amount of body heat to escape the bag when it is fully enclosed. There are some great military surplus mummy bags out there at great prices, including this one.
Most military sleeping bags will be made to retain heat under conditions of certain temperatures. Many high-quality bags can be purchased that will keep you warm in below-freezing temperatures. The bag made by Cascade pictured to the right is supposed to protect you in temperatures as cold as -40 degrees fahrenheit!
Now if you want warmth without sacrificing convenience of size, then maybe one of three military sleeping bags made by Softie is for you. These three models — the Merlin, the Hawk, and the Osprey — are 17 inches long or less at their longest points when compressed. What distinguishes the three designs from each other is their temperature ratings. The catch with buying a Softie bag is that it won’t be cheap. But if it’s small you want, the price will be worth it. You can check out each Softie bag here.
A separate component of a military sleeping bag that helps soldiers stay dry in wet conditions is the bivouac sack, often called a “bivy.” A bivy is a simple piece of water-proof material, such as silnylon, that fits over a military sleeping bag. Sometimes moisture accumulates between the bivy and the sleeping bag, but bivys with breathable fabrics, like Gore-Tex, have been designed recently to prevent this.
And what would a military surplus item be without being available in camo? Here’s a great mummy bag that comes in the military fan-favorite design.
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Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.