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Coleman Kompact 20 Review

A very basic yet warm bag with a narrow design that is more suited for young campers or small-framed adults
Coleman Kompact 20
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Price:  $100 List | $99.95 at REI
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Pros:  Warm, durable, compressible stuff sack, interior liner keeps in heat
Cons:  Narrow, thin draft tubes along zipper, liner is grabby
Manufacturer:   Coleman
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 25, 2022
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#10 of 12
  • Warmth - 35% 7.0
  • Comfort - 30% 5.0
  • Features - 25% 6.0
  • Packed Size - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

At first glance, the Coleman Kompact's somewhat vibrant color scheme is its only noticeable design feature. This is a very basic rectangular sleeping bag that is warm enough for a wide variety of uses and rugged enough that we would expect it to last several camping seasons. However, upon closer review, we did find a few impressive design add-ons that give this bag greater warmth and functionality than other bags we've tested. The most notable drawback of the bag is its lack of real estate when it comes to width and length.

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Pros Warm, durable, compressible stuff sack, interior liner keeps in heatVery warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature rangesLarge, warm, lots of extra features, catchy lookRoomy, comfortable, soft synthetic lining, small hood for warmth, water resistantSurprisingly warm, inexpensive, interior pocket, patented zipper system reduces zipper snags
Cons Narrow, thin draft tubes along zipper, liner is grabbyGrabby liner, may be confining to larger body typesSynthetic flannel liner, doesn't have a full-length zipperDoesn't unzip into a blanket, poor quality construction, hand wash only, machine washing voids warrantySmall, catchy/scratchy interior lining
Bottom Line A very basic yet warm bag with a narrow design that is more suited for young campers or small-framed adultsThis bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options to adapt to varying climatesIt's not as rugged as it looks in photos, but we still really like this bag and feel it is a good buyA massive size and flannel internal fabric make it appealing, despite a few areas where there is room for improvementWarm, comfortable, and great for kids or adults, this bag's price tag makes camping outdoors an affordable affair
Rating Categories Coleman Kompact 20 TETON Sports Polara... TETON Sports Deer H... TETON Sports Celsiu... Coleman Brazos
Warmth (35%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Comfort (30%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
4.0
Features (25%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
Packed Size (10%)
5.0
5.0
3.0
6.0
7.0
Specs Coleman Kompact 20 TETON Sports Polara... TETON Sports Deer H... TETON Sports Celsiu... Coleman Brazos
Claimed Temperature Rating 20 F 0 F 0 F 0 F 20 F
Measured Weight 5.0 lbs. 8.3 lbs. 8.5 lbs. 7.1 lbs. 4.1 lbs.
Style Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular
Draft Tube Full length Full length Full length Full length Full length
Neck Baffle No Yes Yes Yes No
Shell Material Polyester Taffeta Canvas Taffeta Polyester
Lining Material Brushed polyester Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
100% Brushed Poly Flannel 100% Brushed Poly Flannel Tricot knit
Insulation Synthetic SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber SuperLoft Elite 4-Channel Hollow Fiber Polyester
Measured Size L x W 75" X 33" 82" X 36" 90" x 39" 90" X 39" 75" X 33"

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you're looking for fancy or unique features on a sleeping bag, the Coleman Kompact might not be the best option. This bag stays true to Coleman's decades-long success of making simple, well-crafted camping goods. What it may lack in flash, is made up for by functional items like proprietary insulation and a patented, snag-less zipper system. At just 75 inches long, the bag is designed for sleepers 5 feet, 11 inches or shorter. Additionally, we found that its 33-inch width only accommodates sleepers with thinner body frames. All that said, while being on the smaller end, the Kompact is a nice and warm bag.

Performance Comparison


Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bag - it kompact is simple, general-purpose bag, designed for basic...
It Kompact is simple, general-purpose bag, designed for basic camping in cooler temps.
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Warmth


The Kompact excelled in our warmth tests, earning it an above-average score. We've tested several Coleman bags through the years, and we've found that most earn higher marks in this metric. This bag is layered with a proprietary Coletherm Max insulation that noticeably kept us warmer when mountain temps dropped.

Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bag - we feel the kompact needs a drawstring to allow the shoulder cuff to...
We feel the Kompact needs a drawstring to allow the shoulder cuff to be cinched around the shoulders.
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The Kompact's interior brushed polyester liner is nearly one entire piece (similar to a sleeping bag liner) that sits separately from the insulation and quilted outer shell. This separation allows the liner to hold in heat because it has very little stitching and therefore fewer holes for cold air to sneak through. Although warm, the Kompact lacks a drawstring to cinch the bag around the neck and shoulders. It also has very thin draft tubes, which are designed to keep cold air from creeping through micro holes in the zipper. Those added features would have earned this bag higher warmth scores.

Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bag - draft tubes are strips of insulated fabric that run the length of...
Draft tubes are strips of insulated fabric that run the length of the entire zipper system to keep cold air from sneaking in through natural holes in the zipper. We feel the Kompact's draft tubes need to be wider and meatier.
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Comfort


The Kompact is stuffed with high-quality insulation and is fairly plush. It offers a soft, brushed polyester liner and shoulder padding that are warm and inviting. However, to truly enjoy the comforts of this bag, you'll need to have a normal to thin body frame and a height of 5 feet, 11 inches or less. Many of our testers found the bag's 33-inch width to be too constrictive. This thinner design, and the grabby nature of the liner material, also prevented comfortable side-to-side movement for larger body types.

Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bag - the kompact's over-stuffed cuff fits nicely around the neck and...
The Kompact's over-stuffed cuff fits nicely around the neck and face, giving the sleeper a snuggled-in feeling.
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Features


Extra features are hard to come by on the Kompact. It's a very basic bag constructed for warmth and durability. That said, the most notable accessory on Kompact is the patented ZipPlow zipper that is designed to help eliminate zipper snags. We've seen this feature on many other Coleman bags we've tested and can confidently say it's very effective. Additionally, this bag comes with a small interior storage pocket and an over-stuffed cuff around the opening of the bag which tucks nicely around the shoulders and neck.

Coleman's ZipPlow zipper system does a great job of preventing...
Coleman's ZipPlow zipper system does a great job of preventing snags. However, we feel the draft tubes on both sides of the zipper are too thin.
The Quick Cord system does decent job of holding the rolled bag...
The Quick Cord system does decent job of holding the rolled bag together before it's stuffed into its compression sack.

Packed Size


It's name hints toward a condensed packed size, however, we found the Kompact to be anything but compact. That's not to say it's overly large for a camping sleeping bag, but rather, we simply expected it to pack up smaller because it comes with a compression stuff sack.

Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bag - unlike its name professes, the kompact packs down to about the same...
Unlike its name professes, the Kompact packs down to about the same size as any other basic camping bag.
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After several days of packing and unpacking this bag, we found that it rolls up a little too large for its stuff sack, requiring quite a bit of extra pushing and shoving to put this bag in its place.

Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bag - we feel the kompact's compression bag should have four straps...
We feel the Kompact's compression bag should have four straps instead of two. This would allow the bag to compress down to a much smaller packed size.
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Additionally, the compression storage bag only comes with two straps. This design is much less effective when compared to standard four-strap compression bags. The result is a not-so-compact packed size that measures at about the same dimensions as most of the other common camping bags we've looked at through the years. Once rolled into place, we found Coleman's Quick Cord tying system to perform adequately, but less effective than we anticipated.

Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bag - the kompact's roll-control system does a great job of keeping the...
The Kompact's roll-control system does a great job of keeping the bag in place when it's time to roll it up.
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Value


The Coleman Kompact definitely measures up to its warmth rating. Keeping with Coleman tradition, this product has a simple design that is built to last several years. However, when we compare these positives against the bag's maximum height limit of 5 feet, 11 inches, and its narrow 33-inch width, the result is a bag that doesn't accommodate the full population of car-camping enthusiasts. Additionally, the bag is somewhat difficult to stuff into its stuff sack, and once stowed, the compression sack does very little compressing — which is the whole reason for the name, Kompact. In summary, this bag is warm and well-made but when we compare this to its negatives, we feel it's a little overpriced.

Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bag - like most rectangle bags, the kompact completely unzips which makes...
Like most rectangle bags, the Kompact completely unzips which makes it a perfect ground cover for a picnic or concert in the park. It also allows the bag to hang dry much faster after being washed.
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Conclusion


The Coleman Kompact 20 is a great choice for smaller-framed adults as well as average-sized teens and children. It's warm, making it an excellent option for higher altitude camping or Spring or Fall camping when temps are lower. We feel it may be a little overpriced for what it delivers, but it's well-made and should last for several camping seasons if used with care. It doesn't live up to its name when it comes to packed size, however, it also won't take up any more space than your average camping bag.

Coleman Kompact 20 camping sleeping bag - when we weigh this bag's positives with the negatives, we feel the...
When we weigh this bag's positives with the negatives, we feel the result is a rugged bag that is warm, too small, and a little over-priced.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

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