For anyone who has ever used a sleeping bag and wished that there was a middle ground between being cocooned inside and being cold outside, the SLPY wearable sleeping bag might just be the answer you have been looking for!
Using a simple ‘why has no one done this before’ idea, the SLPY has essentially taken a normal 3 season sleeping bag and inserted cleverly situated zips to allow for arm and leg holes. Simple in concept, genius in execution!
Basically this means you can use it as a normal sleeping bag when you want to sleep, unzip the armholes to make practical activities such as reading or having a drink a little easier and more comfortable, or you can hoist the bottom up around your waist and wear it for those times you need to step outside your tent or wander down to the hostel bathroom!
The technical specifications.
This version of the SLPY is a three season sleeping bag, which means it is designed for mild or cooler climates for use in early spring to late autumn. Three season sleeping bags have a comfort range of 5 degrees and a limit of -5 degrees, with an extreme emergency limit of – 15 degrees.
The sizes are actually really generous and the bag feels quite roomy inside compared to some others. The medium SLPY fits up to 5”11 and the large reaches a generous 6”6. I’m a largely built 6”2 and I found the large to be quite generous and roomy.
It is made from a soft feel, brushed 300T polyester with a thermolite filling, which makes it pretty lightweight whilst retaining the warmth you need in cooler climates and has the added advantage of being machine washable. Unfortunately it isn’t waterproof or have the added technical specs of some bags designed for extreme expedition bags, but for what it was designed for – a fun sleeping bag for camping in mild to cool climates or indoor use – it works very well.
How it looks.
The SLPY bags come in a range of bright primary colours as well as the practical black and not exactly designed for the outdoors white. I love these colours, and whilst blue is my personal preference I’m sure that there is a colour to suit most people’s needs.
Part of the SLPYs uniqueness is that you can hoist up the bottom half of the bag, tie it with the drawcord and wear it as what is essentially a gillet. I’m not sure the look would be suitable for exploring a city’s sights and you would definitely get a few funny looks if you went out for something to eat in it, but it is perfectly suited to moving around a campsite on a cool morning or lounging around in front of the campfire of an evening, or even getting breakfast from the hostels or couchsurfing hosts kitchen with your fellow backpackers. At the very least if you don’t know anyone it’s also a pretty awesome icebreaker when you sit down looking like a dayglo Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!
Whilst the SLPY is not suitable for more adventurous backpackers on an Everest expedition or those heading to tropical climates, it never pretends to be. Those wanting a more extreme technical sleeping bag for expeditions or tropical climates would be better advised to look for something more suited to those needs.
I am used to using sleeping bags in a range of climates and have several ranging from one season to five season that I have used in various locations as diverse as trekking through Taman Negara rainforest or the jungles of Belize, to camping in the Sahara desert and sleeping in a tent at Everest base camp. It is important to remember that you have to get the right type of bag for the right purpose.
The SLPY is a fantastic midrange bag that works very well in the climate it was designed for. It is far superior than the average sleepover sleeping bags, but not quite as technical as specialist adventure bags, and it occupies this middle ground very well as well as taking on a more fun, social mantra with it’s wearable uniqueness. It is perfect for those backpackers heading to milder climates such as Western Europe for example, and is almost specifically designed for those who just want a comfortable, warm bag for camping or sleeping in a hostel, or want their own comfortable sleeping arrangements when couchsurfing.
When sleeping in it, although the temperatures didn’t drop to anywhere close to the maximum limit, I have no doubt I would stay warm in temperatures coming close to that. In fact I found it a little too warm at one point and was grateful for the central zip that opened up to half way down the bag which cooled me down.
The central zip as opposed to the more common side zip is a great feature, as you can cool yourself down without exposing just one side of the bag to the elements, and useful for guys in particular the double zipper opens up from the top or the bottom, which means you can – ahem – go to the loo without taking the bag off or exposing too much of yourself to the elements.
The lined hood makes for a comfortable, warm cocoon when the bag is sealed up and the temperature starts dropping, and acts as a fair cushion between your head and the ground if you have nothing else.
The only real negative I could find when using the sleeping back was the bottom zip that is used to open up the leg hole. When outside of the bag I had no problems opening or closing it, yet when I was inside the bag and tried it the zip snagged frequently on the lining despite the branded anti snag baffle strip that is supposed to stop that happening. This isn’t a deal breaker, but was still pretty annoying when it happened.
One of my favourite features of this bag however is the arm holes. Simply unzip the two zips at the side and you can stay as cocooned inside your sleeping bag as you like with the added benefit of being able to actually use your arms! This is perfect for sitting up when you aren’t quite ready to sleep and want to read a book or hold your tablet to watch a film or something. Even something as simple as getting a drink is so much easier and more comfortable when you don’t have to expose half your upper torso to use your arm.
When combined with the two zippered chest pockets and the two generously sized waist pockets, these arm holes make lounging around a campsite in the SLPY a very comfortable experience. The left hand zippered pocket even has a media eyelet on the inside of the bag for your headphones, which means you can keep your phone, phablet or ipod hidden in the chest pocket and wear them should you need music to help you to sleep.
These pockets are extremely welcome features on a sleeping bag, but what would have made it perfect for me was if there was a fifth secret pocket inside the bag itself. Being quite security conscious, I always keep my valuables in a little stuff sack inside the bag with me, and whilst I can still do that, an inside pocket would have been perfect.
When packed away into its own colour coded stuff sack, the SLPY sleeping bag is very light for its size which is definitely a huge bonus for anyone wanting to save on additional weight in their packs. It does however take up a fair bit of space – as most sleeping bags tend to do – so a further compression sack may be a good idea.
In general I am really impressed with the SLPY sleeping bag. It works extremely well as a standalone sleeping bag, but also has so many added benefits for those who want a bit more practicality when camping, or want to wear it whilst still retaining the social side of campfire evenings or social hostel rooms. I’m not sure I would declare it as a fashion statement, but as an extra novelty the wearability factor is definitely fun.
For those needing more technical bags then more specialist options would be a better bet, however for those in the market for a mid level three season sleeping bags then the SLPY is a fantastic choice. It stacks up very well against similar season bags in its price range and has a whole lot of extra benefits other sleeping bags don’t as well.
Ready to buy? You can get your very own SLPY wearable sleeping bag here.
This review was possible with a product supplied by SLPY. The views and opinions expressed are the authors own and are honest and factual without any bias. No incentives are ever accepted in return for positive coverage, and in the instances where assistance has been given by travel industry professionals and services, full editorial integrity is maintained and all reviews will remain honest and forthright.