We check out the Sleepy, a wearable sleeping bag that means you can get up in the morning when camping without having to leave your warm bed.
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.
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?
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.
Is it a sleeping bag or is it 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.
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 that you can pop your feet out.
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!
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 while not getting out of your sleeping bag.
It’s also great at the other end of the day: pop into it while you are still around the campfire. You can then go to bed with your sleeping bag already warm and toasty.
What’s it like as a sleeping bag?
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.
well made and warm
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.
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.
a warm fluorescent slug
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 avoiding getting out of your sleeping bag first thing when it’s cold – then consider the SLPY. 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 SLPY 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.
Specification: The SLPY Sleepy – a wearable sleeping bag
Where to Buy: The SLPY Sleepy – a wearable sleeping bag