The Pinole 20 is No Longer Available as of May, 2015The Mountain Hardwear Pinole 20 offers the best value of all synthetic mummy sleeping bags we've tested. The bag is comfortable, simple, reasonably lightweight and can be found for around $80. The Pinole straddles our three pound cutoff that divides general purpose and backpacking sleeping bags; it can be used for shorter summer backpacking trips if you don't mind carrying the extra weight. But other bags offer less weight, pack smaller, and cost only slight more. The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 is our top choice for budget backpacking and general use.
The most luxurious general purpose sleeping bag we've tested is the Slumberjack Country Squire, a gigantic rectangular bag that doubles as a queen sized blanket. The Wenzel Grande offers the most warmth for the dollar and the Wenzel Conquest, the best value for summer camping and warmer weather applications.