We are very pleased we found these extra large sleeping bags for the big and tall. The one thing I hate most about being a plus size big man is being confined to small and tight spaces. This has never been more important to me when I’m out of my comfort zone (home) and when I’m outdoors camping with my heavy duty sleeping bag. I’m very claustrophobic and I simply cannot sleep and even fit in a standard size sleeping bag.
I need an extra wide sleeping bag for any camping/hiking trip I go on. There’s no if buts or maybes. I must have the room to move. Plus being a big person already, it’s critical I use sleeping bags with wide enough sleeping space to cater for my oversized body and give me room to bend my knees, stretch my legs and roll around if I please.
So enough about my needs for a plus size sleeping bag, lets concentrate on finding the best sleeping bag for you. I will share a few of my highly recommended top rated sleeping bags for large people like myself. These sleeping bags are bigger and wider then the normal bags. They are designed for keeping us bigger guys or couples comfortable and warm on those cold weather nights.
How tall you are is critical to getting a good sleeping bag. So make sure you note the length of the bags, however we aim to bring you what we believe are the best big and tall sleeping bags. No short and undersized sleeping bags here.
The actual weight of the sleeping bag is important to a degree as well. You will need a lightweight sleeping bag if you plan on hiking for days for obvious reasons. However if your anything like me and only plan on camping in it’s simplest form, then the weight is not as important. But what is important especially to the bigger man and women is having enough room in the sleeping bag to stretch the legs and not feel like a sardine in a can. So let’s get into it.
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First up in the our BIG 5 sleeping bags is the sleeping bag fit for a King or Queen. In fact both at the same time!. Teton Sports have nailed the best oversized sleeping bag award (In my opinion if there was such an award). This is a huge sleeping bag. It measures in at 63 inches wide by an impressive 94 inches tall. Which is about double the width of a standard bag and a few inches taller then the standard. I’d say suitable to a tall person to about 6’6″. Before you ask whats the temperature rating for this super size sleeping bag, let me tell you this. You choose!. Pick either 0 degrees or 20 degrees Fahrenheit and your on your way.
This mammoth size sleeping bag has some handy features that people tend to overlook. It’s equipped with a hood which is perfect for open air camping. It pulls over your face and has a funnel like catchment for breathing. Ideal for keeping pesky bugs from biting you and trying there hardest to get in your mouth. The double sided zippers are also handy which prevent zippers from getting stuck and caught up. They can open from either side and from the bottom. For storage/packing away I will pass on this tip. Rather then trying to roll this back into it’s bag, just stuff it in there. It’s a heck of a lot easier. Remember, this is a plus size sleeping bag made from thick materials. So rolling it up perfect is a camping adventure in itself. Just stuff it in there.
Coleman’s big and tall sleeping bag is a pretty amazing solo person sleeping bag. It has the potential of fitting over 6 foot tall people and wide enough to possibly fit a 300 lb+ sized person. It’s called the big Basin Extreme Weather and it certainly lives up to it’s name. For 0 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit this sleeping bag should keep you nice and toasty. Upon initial landing inside the bag, you may still feel cold. But wait… 15 minutes and then after 30 minutes you may feel so warm and comfortable. It’s almost like sleeping in my own bed back home. Once warmed up, this sleeping bag is a great opportunity for larger Lads.
I have rather wide shoulders and this can sometimes be an issue for me, not just with sleeping bags, but with many things. However with the ‘big Basin’ upper body size is irrelevant to me. Considering they market the extra big bottom section for extra leg room, I’m quite impressed with the upper half size of the sleeping bag as well. plus the lack of confinement is spectacular.
What is rather good with this sleeping bag is how it retains it’s warmth. For a midnight visit to the toilet, one would be bracing for a cold and chilly start to the sleeping bag… But nope, the Big Basin performs very well in this department. Will be almost as warm as when you left the bag 10 minutes ago. Great value I say.
Big Agnes Sleeping Bag Review of the King Solomon: Warning, this is one super king size sleeping bag not for the faint hearted. Ok a little dramatic. But it is super size large, very warm and snug. This is a 2 person sleeping bag (Possibly enough space for 3 normal size people) so it’s well suited to the bigger population. It also is extra long for the tall people up to about 6’2″ I reckon.
Do note the bottom of the sleeping bag is not insulated. This is because it’s designed with sleeves in which you slip insulated pads or air mattresses into. This is because it creates astable laying platform so you don’t end up laying on the flat earth when you roll around like you would in a normal sleeping bag. For the Big Agnes King Size sleeping bag I found the Insulated Q Core (Reg size) 20′ x 72″ a nice fit.
The pillow slots are a nice little feature to this oversized sleeping bag as well. They should keep the pillow intact for the whole night and best of all, it keeps them clean. One thing I do not like about many sleeping bags is how they manage to let cold air in through the top. Fortunately this Big Agnes offers a unique strap/collars that go around your shoulders/neck and are designed to keep the warm air in and stop the cold air from entering.
Overall I find this sleeping bag pretty impressive. It’s on my list for super king sized double sleeping bags for large people for sure. It has many of the things I look for in a sleeping bag; extra large, extra length, super warm, ultra comfortable, unique features and is made from water resistant materials. However, the price is a little more then I expected for a XXL sleeping bag. But as we all know, you get what you pay for, and this is a very nice premium sleeping bag designed for us bigger folk. I think its worth sacrificing a few bucks for tho.
If your on a tight budget yet need a super sized extra large king size sleeping bag, then I suggest checking out the Coleman Alabaster. This king size bag is meant for one big man and measure in at 39 inches wide by 79 inches tall. 39 inches is 8 inches wider then the normal sleeping bags in this price range. It’s insulated with 5 pounds of thermotech to a temperature rating of 30 degrees F.
For the cheap price of this sleeping bag, you do get some decent features. Besides the extra room to move of course. There’s a little velcro pocket attached to the side up the top, so if you need to store your keys, coins etc they are always at hands reach. The zipper is heavy duty and is less likely to get caught up in a mess. Another nice little touch is the fleece material around the top is soft and cushioning so the sleeping bag material shouldn’t irritate you through the night.
ALPS Mountaineering produce some pretty awesome camping gear, even for us plus size people. Including one of the best XXL camping chairs I’ve ever seen. As for their sleeping bags, depending on your size and if you want to sleep with your partner in the same sleeping bag, I highly recommend this Double Wide Sleeping Bag.
Firstly it measures in at about the size of a Queen size mattress which is 68 inches wide. Plenty of leg room for us larger folks. Which I love. But this sleeping bag also separates into 2 individual bags. For those awkward moments…you know when you have been booted out of the tent and you can’t sleep out on the couch because your in the wilderness… So you can settle on separate sleeping bags instead right. Or make up of course and enjoy this huge snuggle friendly plus size sleeping bag.
Word of warning, this sleeping bag is so big it’s not very travel friendly. So don’t plan to go hiking with this big guy, it will probably just slow you down. But this ALPS Mountaineering bag is perfect for the big couples wanting a weekend away, or simply a one night camping adventure. Temperature rated to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and still very cosy in the warmer months. A good buy for serious spacious camping adventures.
Still can’t decide or don’t think the above sleeping bags suit your style?. Perhaps you are looking for a bigger sleeping bag at variable temperature ratings, or maybe you need a longer sleeping bag?. While there are quite a few XXL sleeping bags for the big and tall people, I’ve tried to give you my observations as to which are the best. However we all are unique and have different tastes. So to see all the available big Man’s sleeping bags click the link below for full access.