Columbia Sleeping Bags

Columbia Reactor 35 Sleeping Bag

The Columbia Sportswear Company manufactures numerous outdoor clothing items and equipment, including sleeping bags. A Columbia sleeping bag differentiates itself from its competition by featuring Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat and Omni-Shield technologies. They currently have two main sleeping bag lines, Reactor and Radiator, as well as a very popular sleeping bag liner.


The Reactor series of mummy-style sleeping bags is Columbia’s most popular and versatile lineup. The Reactor bag is available in three different ratings to cover a wide range of camping conditions. They are also available in a longer length to accommodate taller people. Click here to read our review of the Reactor series and view our comparison chart.

Columbia Radiator 40 Sleeping Bag


Columbia also produces a traditional, semi-rectangular sleeping bag called the Radiator. The Radiator sleeping bag in only available in a 40-degree version but features the same Omni-Heat and Omni-Shield technologies like the other Columbia sleeping bags. The Radiator is geared towards recreational camping versus rugged hiking or hunting trips, but it can be paired with an Omni-Heat liner to make it more suitable for colder temperatures.

Columbia Omni-Heat Sleeping Bag Liner

Omni-Heat Sleeping Bag Liner

Coupled with their sleeping bags, Columbia also has a very popular sleeping bag liner that uses their Omni-Heat technology to provide a great deal of warming ability with very little weight. The liner is perfect for use within a lighter sleeping bag to give you that added warmth or as a lightweight, stand-alone bag for camping in warm conditions. Read our review here.

What You Can Expect From A Columbia Sleeping Bag

The truly unique characteristic of any of the Columbia sleeping bags is the combination of the Omni-Heat and Omni-Shield technologies. The Omni-Heat linings in the bags and the liner allows the sleeping bags to be relatively lightweight, yet amazingly warm, while the Omni-Shield protects the bag’s outside from moisture and stains. The result is a sleeping bag that is lightweight, warm, dry, and durable. For more information check out our Omni-Heat review and Omni-Shield review.

The price of a Columbia sleeping bag varies depending on the model and the temperature rating, but all of their bags are in the middle of the pricing spectrum. The one drawback to the Columbia lineup is the lack of variety. Really, the Reactor series is the only model available in different variations and they did have a Moonstone line that was a more expensive version, but they seem to be phasing these out at this time.

The overall impression of the sleeping bags from Columbia is a good one. They are all high quality bags that perform well in moderate conditions. Columbia doesn’t have a specialized lineup of sleeping bags, but the limited number they produce are good buys.

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