With a built-in comforter and zipperless design, the Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed is one of our new favorite sleeping bags for car camping. It feels much more like an at-home bed than a traditional sleeping bag, and is great for side sleepers, too. Our campsite-tested review.
I tend to move around a lot when I sleep. I sleep on my back, and sometimes my stomach, and sometimes on my side – and on some nights, every possible combination of the three. In the past, I’ve had a hard time getting a comfortable sleep while camping and backpacking. Traditional mummy style sleeping bags are initially comfortable, but they restrict me to sleeping on my back. The Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed, an innovative, zipperless sleeping bag, completely changed my camping sleeping experience.
I was super excited for the opportunity to try out the Frontcountry Bed at some of our favorite campsites in Georgia. And I was not disappointed! The bed lets me move around unrestricted while providing plenty of comfort and warmth from the integrated comforter. And the attached sleeping pad sleeve keeps me comfortably centered on the sleeping pad all night.
Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed sleeping bag: our review
It’s my new favorite way to rest after a day on the trail; crawling in is like crawling into a soft, fluffy, warm cloud. Constructed from durable and soft polyester taffeta, this innovative sleeping bag features a large oval-shaped opening instead of a traditional zippered sleeping bag entrance. An attached oversized comforter covers the opening, creating a cozy, snug pocket that lets me move and shift comfortably during the night.
I love the versatility this sleeping bag offers thanks to the semi-attached comforter. For warm weather sleeping, I can easily toss back the blanket-like flap to keep myself cool, or wrap up when temperatures drop. The bed features hand and arm pockets on the underside of the comforter for added warmth, and they make tucking of the comforter under the lip of the bag easy.
The bag features an attached sleeping pad sleeve that easily fits my ultra-posh REI Camp Bed 3.5 sleeping pad, making for an uber comfy nights sleep. There’s nothing worse than sliding off the sleeping pad at night, and the pad sleeve on the Frontcountry Bed keeps the two perfectly attached, even when I’m tossing and turning.
The sleeping bag also features an open foot vent at the bottom of the bag for even more flexibility. My feet can stick out of the bottom on warm nights, or I can tuck them back up into the foot pocket to seal out the cold when it’s chilly.
The Frontcountry Bed is rated as a three-season sleeping bag for temperatures above 28 degrees, which covers almost all but the coldest parts of winter here in the South. The bag comes in two different fill options: one with 100% synthetic filling, and the other with a 600-fill Dridown-filled comforter and top and a synthetic-filled bottom. And the bed is available in multiple sizes, too: the synthetic build comes in five sizes, from youth to queen, while the down/synthetic mix comes in two, medium and large.
Cleaning & care
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Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed: review wrap-up
Bottom line: I love it! It’s warm, comfortable, and gives me the ability to sleep in numerous positions without being forced to sleep on my back, as traditional mummy style bags do. Comfort at the campsite just set a new standard.
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