If you like camping in the great outdoors, your gear collection is going to get a major upgrade in 2018. Wearable sleeping bags are coming out from many different companies to keep you warm as you lounge around your campsite or go hiking.
This list of 5 of the best wearable sleeping bags of 2018 takes a look at how innovation has combined traditional sleeping bag features and insulated hiking clothes. You can even save space in your bag since you’ll be practically wearing your house all day!
Let’s take a look at some of the best and coziest wearable sleeping bags.
Best Wearable Sleeping Bags
1. The Selk’bag 5G
Temperature: 20-50 F | Season: 3
The Selk’bag wearable sleeping bag may look a little funny, but it is a fully functional sleeping bag that incorporates a bit of novelty. For these reasons it has found its way into the hearts and bags of backpackers around the world.
The Selk’bag has arms and legs that enable you to walk around during cold days or nights when camping outdoors. All you have to do is open the zipper at the front, step into the legs, insert your arms, and then zip yourself in. It acts as a pair of insulated jacket and pants, and is designed to be like a piece of clothing that keeps you warm and comfortable. It even incorporates reinforced nylon shoes to protect your feet from the hard ground. Considering that the Selk’bag combines all your clothing gear into a single item, it will definitely save you some space in your suitcase.
Since camping sometimes requires some fine motor skills, the arms are sealed with Velcro straps which can be removed easily to allow you to use your fingers. This way you are free to do any activity you want from cooking to setting up camp. At the end of the day you can go to bed in your tent knowing that your sleeping bag is ready and warmed up. The hood can also act as a pillow if you stuff a travel pillow into it.
Honestly, the Selk’bag takes some getting used to. The fact that your limbs aren’t in contact with your body as you sleep can feel a bit odd at first, but you’ll soon wonder how you ever camped any other way. The fill is polyester, which does a great job of trapping body heat. Getting up and out of your tent in the cold winter morning will no longer be an issue now that you can wear your sleeping bag while you build a fire and get your day started. However, the biggest challenge may be trying to go to the bathroom at night.
Here is a short video of the bag in action if you want to take a closer look:
2. Poler Napsack
Temperature: 50 F | Season: 1
Poler Napsack (see details and check price on Amazon)
Unlike the previous two wearable sleeping bags, the one is more like domestic slumber-wear.
It is lighter, looser, and is designed with greater practicality and mobility in mind. It is like a sleeping bag that you can actually wear to the store or mall during winter.
The Poler Napsack is designed with a pocket on its chest that can hold an mp3 player or smartphone. It also contains hidden holes for earbud cords in case you want to listen to some tunes while snuggling during those cold winters. Unlike most other wearable sleeping bags on this list, the Napsack is perfect for summer camping, couch surfing, or simply relaxing at home.
You can actually fold the bottom up and cinch the sleeping bag at waist level which allows you to walk around in it as if you were wearing a long jacket. The zippers at the shoulders allow you to remove the sleeves, thus giving added mobility and comfort. This sleeping bag is so roomy on the inside that you can wear added layers of clothing underneath and still be able to move around easily. Sleeping in the Poler Napsack is a very comfortable experience. It is not restrictive enough to prevent you from tossing and turning when asleep. It reaches all the way to the floor and has side zippers for added ventilation.
The Napsack is extremely durable. It has a rating of approximately 50°F and can handle anything from light and strong rain, powerful gusts of wind, to severe winter conditions. The fill is synthetic insulation made from microfibers. Even after years of use, it will still retain its shine.
In terms of size, the medium version will fit a person up to 5’7” while the large version will fit someone up to 6’3” tall. If you need to carry it, just roll it up into the included compression sack.
3. EXPED DreamWalker 650
Temperature: 25 F / -4 C | Season: 1
This is one geeky-looking (and sounding) wearable sleeping bag. However, it incorporates a very practical design with a drawcord at the bottom and zippered arm holes. The EXPED DreamWalker 650 is a combination of a sleeping bag, coat, and blanket.
If the drawcord at the bottom is cinched and the full-length zipper closed, the DreamWalker can be used as a sleeping bag. To use it as a short coat or parka, you will have to secure the bottom end around your waist using the built-in cinch cord. You can also use the full-length zipper to open up the sleeping bag and form a blanket large enough for two people.
The DreamWalker also incorporates insulated draft tubes for protecting the arm holes and preventing the zipper from snagging. The draft tube collar is made with soft fill material to provide adequate comfort and prevent loss of heat. The pockets located in the front of the sleeping bag are handy for warming your hands when it gets too cold. They can also be used to hold personal gear.
A medium-sized DreamWalker weighs about 2 lbs 6 oz, while a large sized one weighs 2 lbs 14 oz. The maximum user height is 6’11” for the large sleeping bag and 6’3″ for the medium one. The lining material is made from Ripstop Polyester and is not water-resistant.
The DreamWalker is designed to greatly enhance mobility whenever you need to move about or use your hands. The hood is quite comfortable, easily adjustable, and well insulated. When adjusted properly around the face, the hood will not hinder vision at all. It has a tuck stitch design and zippers that are designed to glow in the dark, which definitely adds to its Star Wars-ish appeal.
4. Nunatak Raku
| Temperature: 40° to 0° (can be customized) | Season: 3
If you are searching for a high-end, high performance wearable sleeping bag, then Nanutak Gear LLC have something for you. The Nanutak Raku is able to keep you very warm and dry no matter the kind of environment you are in. There are a variety of versions available on the market which cater to the different weather conditions that you expect to experience. Nanutak offers a standard 20°F version, as well as 0°F and -30°F versions for more extreme conditions.
The Raku may remind you of a softer version of a deep-sea diving bell. It has sleeves that are invertible and a footbox at the bottom. The footbox is to be used when sleeping, so in the event that you want to walk around, you just unzip and remove it.
Compared to some of its rivals, the Raku provides better performance and durability. It is a pretty tough and durable sleeping bag that can withstand rough handling. Even dragging it along a granite rock surface doesn’t seem to do it much damage. The Raku weighs a mere 2 pounds and features a hood and an insulated zipper draft tube. The nylon exterior shell is waterproof as well as breathable, thus ensuring your warmth and dryness in windy conditions, subzero temperatures, and wet environments.
The hood works with two differential drawcords. One of the cords is flat and the other is rounded. This design aspect is meant to ensure that the hood fits snugly over your face and seals you in nicely. The collar is also designed to seal the sleeping bag well without leaving you feeling claustrophobic.
Winterial Body Sleeping Bag (Discontinued)
Temperature: 20-50 Degrees Fahrenheit | Season: 3
The Winterial Body Sleeping Bag is a full body sleeping bag that allows you to walk around during winter without suffering the effects of extremely cold weather. Weighing just 4.4 pounds and made with polyester fill, this lightweight sleeping bag is perfect for your next camping adventure.
This wearable sleeping bag is noted for its high level of comfort and its ability to keep you ultra warm. The exterior of the polyester shell is water resistant, and the hood is insulated to keep your head warm and comfy when you sleep. Unlike other wearable sleeping bags that have a zipper on the front, the Winterial is designed with a special quick release zipper which ensures that your hands and feet can go in and out of the shell as fast as possible.
The soles of the feet are made from rubber, so you are free to walk on any surface without ripping a hole in the sleeping bag. The height of the sleeping bag is 6’5″, which means it will fit most people. It may be a bit bulky at first but once you get used to it, you will love it.
If you are going camping then you are going to need to bring a tent, right? Not with the JakPak! Active Engineering has created the world’s first innovative wearable sleeping bag that can also work as a tent. The JakPak was poised to be a favorite among camping enthusiasts, but unfortunately this product did not meet expectation.
This is a waterproof all-in-one sleeping bag, tent, and jacket. It also contains an integrated mosquito net to keep away those pesky little bugs away. The JakPak is so versatile that it can be used anywhere outdoors. From watching a sports event in the rain, to finding shelter in an emergency situation, or just hanging out; the JakPak is guaranteed to keep you dry, comfortable, and safe.
The functionality of the JakPak is truly ingenious. If you need to lie down and rest, simply fold down the JakPak and it will encase you in a waterproof, breathable sleeping bag. If you require full shelter, then a tent covers your head up to your neck, and the mosquito netting covers the rest of your body to your knees. This ensures that your entire body is fully covered and protected.
Weird ideas coming to life as real products, that’s what you get from the Doppelganger Outdoors Wearable Sleeping Bag. This interesting wearable sleeping bag serves as a coat, jacket and a sleeping bag. You can wear this during all your outdoor trips whether you are fishing, sleeping, or hiking and it will definitely keep you warm.
Do you want a coat, a jacket, or a full sleeping bag? The Doppelganger Outdoor Wearable Sleeping Bag gives you all three. For active outdoor types, this is multi-tasking at its most compact, efficient and stylish. It is also a handy item for emergencies since it serves as both outer wear and sleeping gear to keep you warm.
How to choose wearable sleeping bags:
- Temperature rating
- Insulation (fill) type
Wearable sleeping bags cater to a special niche of people who don’t mind wearing their sleep clothes all day as they walk around, and are then ready to take a snooze at any time. They are also great for staying warm during wintry nights outdoors, or even indoors around the house. Remember, before you pick your first wearable sleeping bag consider the size, design and temperature rating to best fit your outdoor trip.