The Sleepy, a wearable sleeping bag

The Sleepy, a wearable sleeping bag
Our Review

Review Summary
The Sleepy proved to be a great sleeping bag. The wearable aspect is not a gimmick but proved to be really useful. Our kids love the Sleepy and don't just use it for camping. It's been a great hit with all their friends too at sleepovers and summer camps.
The Good Stuff
A good 3 Season sleeping bag that you can wear. No need to get out of your warm sleeping bag first thing in the morning!
The Not So Great
Unzipping the feet and hitching up the waste can be fiddly at first, but you soon get used to how to do it.
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Last Updated: May 23, 2016

We’ve all been there when camping: you wake up in the morning, all snug and warm in your sleeping bag, but on your exposed face you feel the cold bite of the morning air.

do you stay just a little bit longer in your warm bed?
Decision time. Do you get out of the warm sleeping bag knowing that it’s going to be C O L D, or do you stay just a little bit longer in your warm bed?

However long you put it off, eventually, you’ll need to get up for something. It may be to put the kettle on for the first brew of the day. It may be the call of nature. Or, maybe you have kids and you don’t have a choice of when you get up 😉

Fortunately, the guys over at SLPY may have a solution, and sent us over a couple of Sleepy bags to review.

Stay in the sleeping bag

Is it a sleeping bag or is it a coat?

you can wear it like a coat
OK, so it’s most definitely a sleeping bag…but you can get up and move around, without having to get out of it, and you can wear it like a coat.

When you are inside the sleeping bag you can reach up and unzip some holes to poke your arms through.

Next you can reach down and unzip the bottom of the sleeping bag, so you can pop your feet out.

go for a hike if you so desire!
You could walk (waddle) around like this, but better still, you can pull up the bottom of the bag to your waist where there is a cord that you can tighten like a belt, freeing your legs….enough to go for a hike if you so desire!

Yes, that might be a little bit further than you’d be prepared to go wearing a sleeping bag, but you can easily walk off to the facilities, make a brew, or sort the kids out – all whilst not actually getting out of your sleeping bag.

It’s also great at the other end of the day: pop into it whilst you are still around the campfire. You can then go to bed with your sleeping bag already warm and toasty.

Warming by the fire

What’s it like as a sleeping bag?

well made and warm
So you might be thinking this is just a gimmick, but we found the sleeping bags to be well made and warm. They were also comfortable.

The sleeping bag is rated as a 3 season bag.

Mummy bags and slug kids

The Sleepy comes in small, medium, and large size. The two we had here were small and medium, with small aimed at children.

a warm fluorescent slug
Colours are quite bright, and as one of our daughters said, you looked like a fluorescent slug when walking in it, however, a warm fluorescent slug.

In fact, the only thing they wished was that SLPY made matching slippers!

Not just for camping

After coming back from camp, our kids didn’t want the Sleepy bags to go with the other sleeping bags. Instead, they wanted them to hand for lounging around the house watching movies and for taking to sleepovers.

So, if you are looking for something that’s a little bit different – and to avoid getting out of your sleeping bag first thing when it’s cold – then go check out the Sleepy. It gets the thumbs up from us.

How to convert the sleeping bag for walking

Wearable Sleeping Bag Comparison

Update 2015: Vango now also make a wearable sleeping bag called the Starwalker.

So what’s the difference?

Well, the biggest difference is that the Vango Starwalker is a summer 2 season sleeping bag whereas the Sleepy is a 3 season sleeping bag.

There are some other differences in style and texture, but if you are wondering why the Sleepy is more expensive than the Vango Starwalker, it’s because the Sleepy uses better insulation.

So if you are interested in getting a wearable sleeping bag, take into account what time of year you are likely to go camping and what the nighttime temperature is going to be.

Vango Starwalker vs. SLPY Sleepy sleeping bags

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Gav Grayston
Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.
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