The Best New Sleeping Bags And Camping Beds For 2019
Choosing the right sleeping bag and bed is vital to ensuring a good night’s sleep – and that can make all the difference between a dream holiday and a camping nightmare.
The new 2019 bags we’re focusing on here range from fun designs for kids to top of the range luxury, with beds that use the latest tech to maximise comfort.
Have a look at our selection and find out what will suit you best.
COLEMAN BASALT DOUBLER SLEEPING BAG
Washing a sleeping bag is no easy task, especially a sumptuous double like this. The anti-odour treatment in the new Basalt reduces pong-forming bacteria by 99% and, as a result, cuts the number of times you need to wash it. In addition, this festival-friendly bag has Coletherm insulation for warmth and comfort, diverts fabric away from the zipper to avoid snagging and has an inner pocket for storing valuables.
OUTWELL COMMODORE SLEEPING BAG
Outwell certainly don’t do things by halves. Their sleeping bag collection offers seven ranges and 27 bags in all sorts of shapes and sizes. New for 2019, the Commodore range comes in three different sizes (single, XL and double) all with soft-touch lining and extra loft to provide more insulation. All three models can be unzipped to form a duvet and come with a pillow and inside pocket.
EASY CAMP IMAGE KIDS' SLEEPING BAG
From budget brand Easy Camp, come two new Image sleeping bags in fun, eyecatching Cuddly Koala and Sleepy Stargazer printed images for children. Cosy and comfortable, they’re just as suitable for sleepovers as nights in the tent.
ROBENS PRAIRIE SLEEPING BAG
The Prairie is a simply magnificent new sleeping bag from outdoor specialists Robens that brings together the traditional and modern to superb effect. Robens might be best known for more technical gear but this is part of their Outback collection, which is more glamping than anything. Not that that’s a bad thing. The retro styling takes its inspiration from a traditional American bed roll or Australian swag bag but the materials and technology are strictly 21st Century. Available in regular and XL, it uses something called MicroThermo insulation sandwiched between a rough canvas shell and soft flannel lining to provide a cosy night’s sleep. The detachable base layer doubles as a head rest and the whole thing can be rolled up and used as a carry bag.
THERM-A-REST RAMBLE DOWN BLANKET
It’s called a blanket, but it’s a far cry from the old tartan covers we used to throw over ourselves in the back seat of the Morris Marina in the ‘70s. These plush queen-sized blankets from technical sleeping bag specialists Therm-a-Rest are aimed at campers, glampers and van life aficionados. Insulated with Nikwax hydrophobic down and made with premium soft-touch materials, they’re suitable for using instead of a sleeping bag when it’s not too cold or as a cosy cover when you’re sitting outside at night. The ultra-soft and roomy Argo Blanket will also be available in two new prints in 2019, including a wolf design, while the Stellar Blanket will be available in a new colour and print as well.
GRUEZL BAG BIOPOD DOWNWOOL NATURE SLEEPING BAG
Getting back to nature. As campers it’s what we’re all about, so this sleeping bag made entirely from natural materials – from the packaging down to the last wooden button – makes perfect sense. As well as being eco-friendly – and PFC free – the Biopod is extremely comfortable The outer and inner are made from skin-friendly cotton and the bag is filled with DownWool, composed of 70% duck down and 30% wool. It has the advantages of down’s warmth and lightness, combined with the moisture absorption of wool. The idea is that the wool keeps the down dry and maintains its high insulation capacity. For extra comfort, the width of the sleeping bag can be modified and it has an adjustable hood, inner and external pockets.
VANGO KANTO JUNIOR PRINT KIDS' SLEEPING BAG
New for 2019, this is a sleeping bag aimed at kids that doesn’t compromise on performance or comfort. It features soft touch fabrics and excellent warmth retention properties – in fact the junior model is almost exactly the same as the grown-up version, with the addition of a fun paint-splat design.
OUTWELL DREAMBOAT SELF INFLATING MAT
Self-inflating mats are the best way to ensure bedtime comfort and they don’t come much more comfortable than Outwell’s latest award-winning mat. Available in 7.5cm and 12cm versions (and single or double), these are as comfortable as your mattress at home. The luxurious Dreamboat uses 3D welded stretch polyester construction with Outwell’s twin Air Flow Control valves for quick and easy inflation and deflation. But the real groundbreaking development here is hidden from view – the offset ‘air core sculpting’. This design feature allows you to regulate body heat retention by flipping the mat over to choose between summer and winter use.
ROBENS TALA BED
With most campers choosing mats and airbeds, traditional campbeds have gone out of fashion lately. But with the new Tala bed, Robens have made a strong case for a return to this time-honoured style. Like the Prairie sleeping bag it’s part of their Outback range, aimed at campers who like their kit to look smart as well as perform well. The soft, comfortable padding gives plenty of comfort and insulation, while the centre section is breathable to keep you cool. The wide feet provide extra stability, especially on soft ground, and it’s really easy to assemble and pack away.