Types of Sleeping Bags

Every outdoor adventure places different conditions on your gear. The type of sleeping bag type you choose will depend on where you’ll be using it, weather conditions, as well as other factors. Your own preferences and standards for comfort will also play a major role.



The decisive criteria for choosing a sleeping bag are the bag’s shape, type of fill (down or synthetic) and baffle construction to ensure best performance in every situation. Weight, how much space you have and where you’ll be using it are other important factors.
VAUDE offers two types of sleeping bags: Some are more form fitting while others are wider and more comfortable. The best sleeping bag shape for you depends on which characteristics are most important to you – after all, you want to be able to get a good night’s rest so that you’ll be full of energy to explore the next day.

Mummy Bags

The most familiar type of sleeping bag today – a bit wider at the top and narrower at the feet. Mummy bags feature highly efficient heat retention, as their contoured shape minimizes the amount of air that needs to be heated. They are lightweight and very compressible, so this variant offers you everything you need for challenging tours under cold conditions.

Rectangular Bags

The classic sleeping bag in a rectangular shape is for many people the most comfortable. These sleeping bags feature a zip that can be fully opened to turn the bag into a blanket. The disadvantage is that there’s more air to heat up inside the bag, much more than in a mummy bag.
If comfort is a priority for your trip and the higher weight isn’t a problem, this type is a good choice.



VAUDE quilt systems are great for a wide range of activities. Due to their flexibility, low weight and small pack size, quilts offer many advantages compared to conventional sleeping bags.

Combined with a sleeping pad, you get a particularly lightweight and comfortable sleeping system that can be flexibly adapted to your own personal needs. Similar to a blanket, the quilt is attached to the pad using a patented connection system. This construction is very robust, easy to use and about 1/3 lighter than a conventional sleeping bag.

Without a sleeping pad, every quilt can also be used as a regular blanket with a footbox for sleeping on a mattress or couch.