Why We Chose The Selk’bag Nomad Sleeping Bag Suit: Great eco credentials, innovative design
Created in Chile in 2009, Selk’bags are essentially wearable sleeping bags. They are a bit like onesies in this sense, but with more specialist insulation and cushioning for a life spent outdoors.
They are also uniquely built with arms and legs to give you freedom of movement when you’re out camping. This means you can wear your sleeping bag suit when sitting around your campsite as well as in your tent at night. Getting ready for bed, then, requires no effort at all.
Who Is The Selk’bag Nomad For?
This isn’t really the kind of thing anyone’s going to be taking on a backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail. Instead, it’s a great option for things like camping holidays and festivals, where you want something to keep you warm while chatting around the campfire long into the evening. OK there’s nothing stopping you from taking it on a multi-day hike, but we’d say it’s a touch on the heavy and bulky side for that.
With a comfort rating of 6°C, and a recommended comfort limit of 2°C, there’s enough insulation there to keep you toasty in warmer climates, though you might want something a bit heftier if you run cold. For UK summers though, this should more than do the job.
Design innovations aside, the Nomad also has some incredible eco credentials. In fact, both the outer shell and linings are made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials including recycled PrimaLoft Black Insulation ThermoPlume. This, in theory, gives the same kind of warmth as 550 fill power down, and coupled with the Nomad’s seamless baffle construction, should reduce the amount of cold spots when compared with traditionally stitched sleeping bags.