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Wearable Sleeping Bag

By: on February 23, 2013
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Sweet, a onesie for temperatures even colder than my parents keep their house. Selk'bag's wearable sleeping bags cater to all outdoor enthusiasts looking to stay warm without the constriction of a traditional rectangular or mummy bag, and especially those with Raynaud's Disease or claustrophobia, such as every girl I've ever met. Rated to 35 degrees F, the Selk'bag Classic suits those sleeping in tents, uncovered beneath the stars, even in the back of the pickup on nights you know better than to drive home. I plan to wear mine around town instead of a coat so I can finally accommodate my urge to take spontaneous naps on well-manicured lawns and planting strips. Ever since I saw that Sleep Suit, I just can't stop thinking about it....

Now in their 4th generation, wearable sleeping bags cocoon human bodies with a nylon rip-stop shell and polyester insulation and lining. Sizes M through XL range from 73" to 86" long and 72" to 84" wide. They weigh between 4 and 4.7 pounds. Unfortunately, aside from black, Selk'bags come only in conspicuously bright colors, including green!, yellow!, red!, and pink! I guess that's good for the purposes of rescue personnel and steering clear of human hunters, but what happens when you need to hide from a bear* or a Wampa?

Other features:

  • Quick-release hand closure system for quick entry and exit of the hands.
  • Velcro straps around the waist for a comfortable fit that prevents bag slippage.Velcro straps around the ankles to help prevent tripping.
  • Velcro straps on the sleeves for free hand motion.
  • Large nylon reinforcement areas on the soles to prevent wear, plus lateral grips to give traction on multiple surfaces.
  • Tapered knees for better bending.
  • Baffled construction to help eliminate cold spots.
  • Double front entry-zippers and a right hip zipper for quick entry and access to pants pockets.
  • An insulated hood.
  • Thermal collar around the head and neck to prevent drafts.
  • Exaggerated draft tubes to stop heat loss around zippers.

*If bears are a concern, might I recommend a Griz Coat over a wearable sleeping bag? 9 out of 10 bears surveyed said they would not attack anyone wearing one, and the 10th said he'd only knock the wearer out long enough to steal it for his kid.

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