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September 28, 2014

Review: SLPY – The Wearable Sleeping Bag

I was very lucky to be contacted, recently, by a company called SLPY. I was asked if I would like to review a new style of sleeping bag. The company kindly sent me links to information about the sleeping bag, and how it even becomes a wearable clothing item to suit different scenarios. For more info, visit  www.slpy.com

I usually spend at least two (or more) nights per month on a camp, and a sleeping bag is a very essential and well-used piece of my kit. The SLPY is just like a ‘normal’ sleeping bag, the only difference being that it can be worn in three different ways.

To sleep in. It can be used as a traditional sleeping bag, but it has a hood. It also has zips where your arm area is, and this allows you to sleep with your arms out of the sleeping bag.

It can be worn. The zipped additions at the arm and feet areas, means that the SLPY can be worn as a clothing item, allowing you to move about. That’s the interesting and very unique difference to this effective and functional sleeping bag.

Explore in it. By engaging the zip-cinch system found at the base of the bag, it can be pulled up to the waist and secured. This allows you to wear the bag more like a coat, allowing more movement whilst still within the warmth of the bag.

Designed in Yorkshire, the SLPY is machine-washable. It has a soft outer fabric which is then filled with “Thermalite Extreme”, providing a Comfort Rating of -5 and an Extreme Rating of -15. This means that it’s a fucntional three-season bag for outdoor use. It easily becomes a four-season bag, if you want to use it indoors as a really cosy, snuggly blanket!

The Original SLPY comes in six different colours. I had one in orange, which is very brightly colourful and is very appealing to young, trendy campers! There are five other colours available, each to suit a range of tastes and sizes.

I was intrigued at this uniquely new and different design of sleeping bag, so I jumped at the chance of being able to put it to the test. Coincidentally, I had a D of E assesment weekend coming up, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to try it out.

I was sent one in medium size, and it was just great for my body shape. I’ve had problems, in the past, when trying to find a sleeping bag with a generous fit to allow unrestricted movement to a girl of my proportions. But, I have to say, I found that the SLPY gave me room to move comfortably, and wasn’t too tight around the top area. It was amply long enough to cover me from top to bottom, with a little room left for comfort and movement.

After a long day of getting to checkpoints, and making sure that all the young adults were ok, we got to the campsite at about 7.30 in the evening. It was definitely time for tea and biscuits for the staff. It was also a great time to test out the SLPY, as the sun was starting to sink, and the evening temperature began to plummet just as rapidly.

Here I am, at the end of a long day, enjoying a well-earned snack and hot drink. In the SLPY, I could easily walk over to our kit-van, collect my mug of tea and treat myself to a couple of biscuits!

It wasn’t too long before some of the young people from my group wandered over to see what I was wearing, (I think it was the colour that drew them in!). A couple of them tried it on, and immediately loved the comfort of the SLPY. Most of them go to music festivals, and said how useful it would be to keep warm, yet still be mobile, after a day of dancing. Others said that it would also be lovely to have a SLPY to relax in on the sofa while watching a movie, especially now that darker nights are drawing in.

I kept the SLPY on for about an hour, and I was so warm. While my colleagues were putting on warm jackets and hats, I ended up wearing a t-shirt with a thin jacket, and was plenty warm enough not to even have to put gloves on.

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Warm, toasty, cosy and snug!

The biggest issue, for me, was how I was going to feel when I had to get to sleep at night. By the time the group had settled and we’d tidied up, it was nearly midnight, as usual! In the open countryside, it gets deceptively cold very quickly, so keeping oneself warm, while asleep, is really important. I’d put my SLPY inside my tent, as we were camping by a beach and the air had become quite damp. It would have led to disaster, if I’d had to sleep in a cold, wet cold sleeping bag.

When I sleep in a tent, I usually cocoon myself in loads of chunky layers. I also wear a hat to bed, as a big percentage of body heat is lost from the head. However, I found the hood on the SLPY was quite big, so I thought I’d just use the hood “sans chapeau”. I rarely wear socks to bed while camping but, as I had the option of zipping open the bottom part of the SLPY, I tried thick bed socks and opted for movement over restriction. It’s usually quite an irritation to me, as don’t like the feeling of my feet being trapped at the bottom of the usual sleeping bag format, so it was nice to have a choice, in this instance.

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I was able to sleep with thick socks on, and feet outside for once. Freedom!

I was happily surprised and very impressed at how warm and comfortable I was. I wore a light thermal shirt to bed, and was warm enough to have my arms outside the SLPY, which was amazing. It was like having a thick quilt on, but also having the snuggest qualities of a sleeping bag. It really was very warm all night, and I didn’t notice not wearing a hat or having my feet outside of the sleeping bag.

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My friend sneaked a photo of me sleeping away, very comfortably indeed!

It was a very comfortable and warm nights’ sleep and, put simply, that’s all you want and need from a good quality sleeping bag.

I also managed to try it out, while I was waiting at my checkpoint the next day. Staffing a checkpoint usually means waiting around (for an age) in a mini bus, while all your groups check in and then move off. You see if they’re ok, check that they know their route and fill up water bottles, if needed. You can be at a given checkpoint for anything from half an hour, up to three hours it it’s a long day.

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I knew I was in for a long wait, so I put my feet up and got comfy. I enjoyed the Sunday papers and I really was very cosy, with total mobility, wearing the SLPY

As a sleeping bag, the SLPY is great. It offers all the qualities expected from a standard format sleeping bag, in regard to warmth and comfort. I really did enjoy having zips built into the design, as it gave me the opporunity to move more and find a comfprtable sleeping postion.

Unlike a standard format sleeping bag, you can benefit from all these qualities on the move while wearing the SLPY, in a whole range of different scenarios.

When it comes to the”sack race”, thanks to it’s unique and innovative deign, the SLPY wins hands (and feet) down !!

I was sent a SLPY product to review. My opinions are my own, honest and unbiased. For retail info,  www.blackleaf.com

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10 thoughts on “Review: SLPY – The Wearable Sleeping Bag

  1. Nicole Webber says:

    loving that. ideal for me who is always cold. Def investment for next camping trip.

    1. kim says:

      The Sleepy was so comfortable and warm. It would be great for you, I think it may never come off!!
      Such a greta idea for camping when your sitting around on those cold evenings.

  2. A cracking review Kim. I”m sure a lot of people are going to be grateful to you for that. I suspect a lot of orange ones will be sold now though.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Thank you David, I had so much fun trying it out when camping.
      Isn’t the orange a fab colour!
      I am having to fight my daughter for it, she loves wearing it while she’s watching television.
      Take care,
      Kim

  3. Have to say, this looks brilliant! Love the versatility.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, so comfortable and I loved being able to stay warm and walk around in it.
      Great idea for camping, will be great for the winter as well!

  4. I have looked at different styles of sleeping bags and like the design on this one, that the arms have a zipper instead of sleeves. Look really comfortable.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it is such a unique sleeping bag and the addition of zips by the arms is great. It gave me so much freedom and room to move.
      Very comfortable indeed!

  5. Lorraine Shepard says:

    Hi there, can I ask how tall you are? I’m 5ft and size 16 to 18. I’m looking to buy two of these and want to make sure of the fitting. Going to use it at the next Scout camp.
    Many thanks

    1. kim says:

      Hi. I’m about 5 ft 2, the sleeping bag was big enough when I was laying down to have room for my feet which I like in a sleeping bag. It was long when I was walking around but not uncomfortable. I’m a size 16 to 18 as well and for me the size was great. I didnt feel to ‘closed in’ when I was sleeping and it fitted great without being too baggy and too snug. It felt like a comfy blanket when I wore it in the mini bus. The bonus for me was the hood which fitted nicely as I do feel the cold in the night and normally have a hat on for bed when camping.
      I really liked the sleeping bag, thought it was a clever and I am still using it.
      Hope that helps, good luck.
      Thank you for looking in.

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