Last Updated on May 15, 2023
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Aldi sold this sleeping bag again in May of 2023 for $19.99.
In the Midwest where I live, something magical starts to happen in April. The temperature starts to trend up, frost becomes less common, and, like animals coming out of hibernation, people start heading outside.
Now, some people’s version of outside is their backyard, or maybe a local park, or possibly however much time it takes them to get to their car. But for others, outside means something altogether different. For this second class of people, outside means not just getting to nature, but getting away from civilization. For these people, getting outside means camping. (It’s no coincidence that, in my area, campgrounds open their showerhouses in April.)
Camping, like any recreational activity, can take many forms, from “glamping” in big campers to remote backpacking to the tops of mountains. Aldi knows this and rolls out an array of camping gear and accessories for glampers, backpackers, and everyone in between. For the tent camper, bedding is fundamental to the experience, and while a soft surface (be it airbed, mat, or cot) is crucial, so is something to keep you warm. Warmth is important at all times, especially in April and October, but even in the months in between: I’ve camped in June when nighttime temperatures dropped into the 40s.
The most effective source of warmth when camping at night is a sleeping bag. Aldi has sold a few kinds over the years, including this one.
The Adventuridge Cold Weather Hooded Sleeping Bag (Product Code 700963) is an Aldi Find. That means if you can’t find it, it’s probably gone until at least next year. At the time of this post, this sleeping bag sold for $14.99. That’s competitively priced relative to other hooded sleeping bags in this temperature range.
According to the white tag on the compression sack, the sleeping bag is manufactured by a Chinese Company named Danyang Shanshui Outdoor Co., Ltd, which exports camping supplies around the world. The entirety of the sleeping bag, including the cover, lining, and filling is all 100% polyester.
Both after-sales support and a 2-year warranty are serviced through a German company called Hanson Import ([email protected]). I wasn’t able to find out anything online about the company other than the fact that it appears to be part of product support for Aldi divisions in other parts of the world, including Germany and Switzerland.
According to the product information, both on Aldi’s site and on the bag, this product:
- Is 2 feet 8 inches (85 centimeters) wide and 7 feet 7 inches (235 centimeters) long when fully open
- Weighs 3.53 pounds (1.6 kilograms)
- Has a 47 degrees Fahrenheit comfort rating, a 38 degrees Fahrenheit comfort limit, and a 14 degrees Fahrenheit extreme rating (more on this in a moment)
- Comes with a sealable compression storage sack and two elastic straps for compressing the bag down further.
I want to take a moment to talk about what temperature numbers mean. The standards used on this sleeping bag are based on a set of voluntary international sleeping bag standards (yes, there is such a thing) known as ISO 23537-1:2016, developed by the International Organization for Standardization. The standards were adopted in 2016 and renewed in 2019 (The sleeping bag reads EN ISO, which means that the ISO standards have been adopted by the European Union, the location where Hansen Import is located.)
There are three numbers listed: comfort rating, comfort limit, and extreme rating. Comfort rating refers to the temperature a cold sleeper might feel comfortable in; in other words, if you don’t like cold, this is as cold as you want to use this sleeping bag in. Comfort limit, meanwhile, is the temperature a warmer sleeper would feel comfortable in.
The third number, extreme rating, refers to the lowest temperature in which the sleeping bag can be used for a short period of time in an emergency. Per the ISO, “in this range, a strong sensation of cold has to be expected. There is risk of health damage by hypothermia. A sleeping bag should only be used in this range in an emergency.” Keep that in mind.
Aldi advertises this as a “cold weather” sleeping bag, but the reality is more complicated than that. In terms of temperature rating, this sleeping bag is similar to other “warm weather” sleeping bags I’ve owned, most of which are rated for 40 degrees. A Coleman “cold weather” sleeping bag is designed for a comfort limit of 20 degrees, which is much lower than this Adventuridge bag’s comfort limit of 38 degrees. Granted, this bag is hooded, which is helpful for colder weather, but if you want a true “cold weather” sleeping bag, there are others out there that are better suited to, say, temperatures at or below freezing.
Testing the Bag
In the year we purchased this bag, Aldi didn’t put it on shelves until late May, which in our part of the country means evening lows normally average in the upper 50s to lower 60s, and at the time of this review the actual lows were in the mid-to-upper 60s … not ideal for testing a self-described cold weather sleeping bag.
Still, I put it through a few paces, opening it, getting into it, and packing it back up.
Unpacking it is easy. You simply release the vertical straps, uncinch the top, pull the bag out, and slide the flexible bands off the bag.
I tried getting in and out of it, and it wasn’t hard. The zipper worked without too much trouble, and I could draw the hood close around my face with a button-release barrel style cord lock. There’s also a Velcro-style latch right at the top where the zipper ends; I’m not entirely sure what that’s for, as I don’t see those on my other sleeping bags, but it does cover the zipper and may also help keep the hood in place even if the zipper moves a little.
It felt warm enough, but again, it’s pretty warm right now, so a true cold weather test will have to wait for later. I can say that it was adequately comfortable: it’s not soft in the same way that my Coleman sleeping bag is — the inside of the bag feels a lot like the outside, whereas the Coleman’s inside feels more like bedding — but the interior material is not uncomfortable, and I think I could sleep fine in it. Side note: I didn’t see any storage pockets or other internal frills.
The bag from head to toe is 7 feet 7 inches long. I’m right around 5 feet 9 inches and I fit comfortably, my toes not touching the bottom. I don’t know what the upper height limit on a bag like this would be — the dimensions don’t always tell the whole story, in my experience — but I’d say it’s pretty comparable to most other standard-sized sleeping bags I’ve used.
Putting it away wasn’t too hard, and while getting it back into the bag took some work, it was actually a little easier than getting my Coleman back into its bag. (My Coleman has a zipper on the bag to compress it, but its so hard for us to push it down enough to get the zipper working that we don’t bother.) The compression straps on the bag go on pretty easily, and the bag shrinks down to a compact profile. If I were backpacking or camping with limited space, the packed size of this bag is attractive.
The Adventuridge Cold Weather Hooded Sleeping Bag is a fairly basic sleeping bag. The interior material is slick rather than soft, and there aren’t many features beside the cinching hood. It’s easy to unpack, use, and pack, though, and the $14.99 price tag is lower than most others you’ll find for a bag like this. The 2-year warranty is a nice plus.
Thanks for the background on the iso standard.
I bought basically the same bag back in 2018. When I go camping, I typically pack my truck like the Beverly Hillbillies. However, I want to try some more stealthy camping. A backpack trip to Isle Royal. https://www.nps.gov/isro/ Kayak camping in Mammoth Cave National park. Bike camping in PA along the GAP trail. https://gaptrail.org/ All solo since no one else is crazy enough or has the time.
So I’ve been doing some experimenting on what I need to survive without bringing a whole truck load. I’m in Michigan and I setup my popup tent (from Aldi) on the deck and broke out the “Mummy Sleeping Bag” for the first time about a month ago. It’s pretty much the same bag. I decided to buy it because I didn’t have a mummy bag and this was rated 33F comfort, 23F comfort limit and -7F extreme limit and at $15, or whatever it was, how could I pass this up? Wow! this is great. I can go to Mount Everest with this thing. It actually claims to have 3.86lbs of poly fill. A bit more than the one you reviewed. However, I just checked and there is no ISO standard on it. This explains why the ratings are totally bogus. When I tried it out, the temp got down to about 27F and the temp inside the tent was like 5 degrees higher. I think I was wearing sweats inside the bag and I could not sleep. I was freezing. I gave up and went inside. As far as I am concerned, this is not a winter bag (unless you spend your Winters in Florida). It’s basically a standard Summer Camp type bag.
I’m 5′ 11′ and it’s long enough for me. It packs small so it might be good enough for backpacking. Might be a bit heavy but if you want to go extreme lightweight, you are probably going to spend like $100. It’s a good price for what you get.
What I like for cold is the “sleeping bag suit” that Aldi sold. I tried it in the tent in a bit warmer conditions and found it much warmer than the bag. I bought it around the same time as I got the sleeping bag. They were $30, but I got mine on clearance for $20. They seem kind of ridiculous, but they are pretty warm. It’s like wearing a snow mobile suit. You can wear shoes/boots with it or zip on the included booties and just wear socks in a zipped up toasty warm getup which is sure to keep you toes warm. Lots of zippers and big pockets. You can leave your hands out or pull them inside to keep them warm. All the options make it pretty easy to regulate your comfort in different conditions. I would think it would be great for ice fishing, but that’s not my thing. I didn’t have much choice in size and got a medium which seems to be a bit short for me at 5′ 11″. You can roam the campground and then just crawl into the tent and pass out. I’ve slept in it in my hammock. Very convenient. It has a hood and the only thing exposed is your face. So as long as you can keep the mosquitoes away from you face, it’s really all you need to sleep outside. I also think it would be great to have in your car for winter emergencies. Not only will it help keep you warm in your car, but you could also wear it to hike out for help.
Here’s an impromptu video I made when I was wearing it. It was September in Michigan. The day before we were at that beach all afternoon swimming in the lake. This was the next morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db-x4lKrHAk
My concern is that buyers will want to know whether the sleeping bag will keep them warm at the stated “comfort” temperature.
Could you do a follow-up review in cold weather?