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What is the best sleeping bag for the Appalachian Trail?

What are the most recommended sleeping bags for hiking the Appalachian Trail? How light and warm of a sleeping bag should I have for Appalachian Trail camping?

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The best sleeping bag for hiking the Appalachian Trail should definitely be a Down sleeping bag (rather than synthetic) to reduce pack size and weight, and also to be rated for 20⁰ F (-6.7⁰ C) degrees to handle most weather conditions (cold-weather/all-weather).  Here are some of the most popular sleeping bags for long-distance hiking of the AT:


As for sleeping pads used on the Appalachian Trail, the most common pads are made by Thermarest. The foam pad most popular is the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress. The most popular inflatable pad is the Thermarest NeoAir X-Lite.

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