The Best New Sleeping Bags And Camping Beds For 2020
A good night’s sleep can make all the difference between a dream holiday and a camping nightmare and choosing the right sleeping bag and bed is vital.
The new 2020 bags and beds included here use the latest tech to maximise warmth and comfort to make sure you sleep tight at night
Outwell Dreamboat 16 sleeping mat
Expect to pay £249.99
For many campers, self-inflating mats are the best way to ensure bedtime comfort and the Dreamboat from Outwell has to be the Rolls-Royce of SIMs. The company won awards last year for the innovative technology it developed in this luxury mattress – and this year it’s even better. Already available in 7.5cm and 12cm models, a 16cm version has now been introduced and it’s as comfortable as your mattress at home. The Dreamboat’s groundbreaking design allows you to regulate body heat retention by flipping the mat over to choose between summer and winter use. It also uses 3D welded stretch polyester construction with Outwell’s twin Air Flow Control valves for quick and easy inflation and deflation.
Vango Radiate heated sleeping bag
Expect to pay £85
We all loved electric blankets back in the day. Well, this is the modern-day camping equivalent… and it’s completely safe! The innovative Radiate single sleeping bag has a built-in graphene heating element, allows you to top up the heat when connected to a power source. Compatible with any power bank, the Radiate is a deluxe three-season, 10 tog bag that will add some luxury to your camping kit with its high-quality fabric and fill, and integrated headrest.
Outwell Canella Lux sleeping bag
Expect to pay £68.99
With cars getting smaller and storage space at home at a premium, one of the challenges for sleeping bag manufacturers is to get the same levels of comfort and warmth in a product that packs smaller. Outwell has taken inspiration from technical bags for the new Canella range, which have a compact pack size when packed away in their compression sacks. It comes in three styles – Regular, Lux and Supreme – with varying levels of fill and fabrics, but all designed to take up the minimum amount of space.
Kampa Kip Highrise 15 sleeping mattress
Expect to pay £187.48 (single) £274.98 (double)
The suitably named Kip range of self-inflating mattresses from Kampa includes the new 15cm version of the Highrise, one of the thickest SIMs on the market. Available as a single or double, the super-comfortable bed features quick-flow valves for speedy inflation and deflation, stretchy fabric, vertical side walls to prevent you rolling off if you get too close to the edge and a water-repellent coating.
Easy Camp Chakra sleeping bag
Expect to pay £19.99
The Easy Camp camping range is all about encouraging young and first-time campers to get out and enjoy the outdoors with kit that’s fun, affordable and good quality. But it’s also great for experienced campers who want reliable gear that doesn’t hit too hard in the pocket. The new Chakra rectangular-shaped sleeping bags are part of a colourful 2020 collection that provides a good level of comfort at a low price, with the added bonus that they are free from PFCs so should be less harmful to the environment.
Outwell Contour Lux sleeping bag
Expect to pay £68.99
The type of sleeping bag you need in the height of summer is massively different to what is required in the cooler months. One option is to buy a selection of bags to suit the different conditions. But not only does this take up extra storage space, it also costs more. The new reversible Contour sleeping bag from Outwell sets out to address the problem in a different way. One side of the bag has a single layer for warm weather and the other features a two-layer insulated construction for when the temperature drops. You simply flip the bag over so it provides the best insulation to suit the season. As with all Outwell sleeping bags, the Contour is tested to meet European standards and is free from harmful PFC chemicals.
Vango Blissful airbed
Expect to pay £130
The importance of a great night’s sleep when you’re camping can’t be overstated and that’s why Vango has developed its Sleep Better range of gear for 2020. We’ve already highlighted the innovative Radiate heated sleeping bag and there are other interesting products coming along, too. The new Blissful airbed is one that really caught the eye. It inflates in just three minutes from the mains (you’ll need electric hook-up on the campsite) and has a clever silent top-up system that detects any loss of air pressure and ensures it stays fully inflated all night, while the flocked top gives the bed a warm and cosy feel.
Therm-a-Rest Trail Pro sleeping mat
Expect to pay £150
Three years in the making, sleeping mat specialist Therm-a-Rest is introducing two new valves in 2020 designed to speed up the inflation and deflation of beds. The WingLock’s one-way valve allows for three times faster inflation, while the deflation ‘wings’ fully open the valve for twice as fast deflation. The TwinLock Valve, used on Therm-a-Rest’s larger pads, features two one-way valves: one for quick inflation and the other for deflation, which deflates five times faster than the classic version. The WingLock is included in the newly redesigned Trail Pro mattress here, which also features the unique StrataCore foam construction for extra comfort.
Helinox Cot One Convertible Insulated camp bed
Expect to pay TBC
The problem with lightweight camp beds is that comfort is often sacrificed to keep the weight down. Not so with the new Cot One Convertible Insulated from Helinox. It combines lightweight DAC aluminium alloy cot legs with a self-inflating, insulated pad. It’s light to carry, easy to set up, and the self-inflating pad provides comfort, warmth and firm support for a good night’s sleep.
Robens TrailGuard 50 sleeping mat
Expect to pay £92.99
Comfortable sleeping isn’t just the privilege of family campers. Backpackers, adventurers and wild campers deserve a good night’s sleep just as much – if not more! Robens’ range of technical mats includes the new foam/air-construction TrailGuard, available in 38mm and 50mm-thick versions. The mats introduce new profiles and insulation placement and is especially female-friendly. It has a high R-value (the ability to insulate its user from the ground) thanks to the central SIM construction with air side tubes for comfort. The TrailGuard is also fitted with the Robens Peak Valve.