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I'd been banging on to anyone who'd listen that I wanted a Selk' bag, ever since I saw them being sold by one of them teams in an episode of The Apprentice this year. Fortunately for me I have a great girlfriend who suprised me on my birthday and had bought me a one!
In a nutshell, a Selk' Bag is a sleeping bag with arms, legs and a hood, giving you feedom of movement that a traditional sleeping bag just doesn't. How many times have you tried to shuffle around your house in a sleeping bag, only to fall flat?! You can move your arms and legs freely, und unzip the end of your arms so that your hands are free (particularly useful if you're wearing it around the house and are curled up on the sofa wanting to use the TV remote!)
The Selk' Bag is available in 3 differents specs, depending (as with other slepping bags) on season:
Lippi Selk' Bag 1
The Lippi Selk'Bag1 has been developed with warmth and value for money in mind. It's ideal for summer festivals, a comfortable option for couch potatoes and a fantastic choice for everyday camping.
The temperature ratings are a particularly strong point of the Lippi Selk'Bag1:
Extreme Temp: -8.4 Degrees Celcius
Limit Temp: +5.5 Degrees Celcius
Comfort Temp: +9.7 Degrees Celcius
The Lippi Selk'Bag2
The Lippi Selk'Bag2 is lighter in weight, slightly higher in extreme temperature, and more comfortable than the Lippi Selk'Bag1. This would be the best option for those frequent campers who would like a good extreme temperature sleeping bag with an equal comfortablity factor. The Lippi Selk'Bag2 is more comfortable than the Lippi Selk'Bag1.
The Lippi Selk'Bag3
The Lippi Selk'Bag3 is the ultimate in sleeping comfort and is the highest in quality of the Lippi Selk'Bag range. For those who would like to treat themselves to the comfort of a combination of white duck down and feather. The Lippi Selk'Bag3's light weight and natural down allows for a more comfortable sleep on those longer trips.
Prices vary from about £79 for a Selk' bag one to £229 for a Selk' bag 3.
So far I have only used my Selk' bag around the house (I have a Selk Bag 1) and it is absolutely superb. It's great when you get back from a night out and dive straight into it. I'm sure that over the winter months it'll be a great alternative to having the heating on full blast. I've been to a few festivals this year too and have seen people wearing Selk' bags.
A few points to note:
1) It is not waterproof - but to be fair few sleeping bags are
2) It has no zip down below so if you want to go to the toilet lads you need to take it off!
3) It's washable, great as i've already managed to spill kebab on mine!
4) It rolls up as simply as a standard sleeping bag.
Overall a great quality sleeping bag with a twist, that does not compromise on any aspect of a warm, comfotable night's sleep. Makes a unique gift. But make sure you buy the correct size and buy the appropriate model according to what you intend to use it for.....
As I'm writing this review I'm wearing my selk. Like some of my favourite presents that I've received over the years, it was something that I would never have bought for myself, but love!
Essentially the selk'bag is a sleeping bag, but before you think that I'm a weirdo for sitting about the house wearing it, let me tell you a bit more about it.
The Basic Idea:
Rodrigo Alonso, the Chilean inventor who designed the selk'bag, took his inspiration from the Selk'nam of old. Ahh, so that's where the name came from. The Selk'nam were a nomadic people who lived in Chilean's Austral Extreme, also known as Tierra del Fuego, and were characterized by their height, physical strength and toughness to adapt to the most hostile environments. The freedom of the Selk'nam and their resistance to the most adverse weather conditions have been the main concepts for the selk'bag's image.
The selk'bag covers the whole body in a lovely mantle of cosiness, but because the arms and legs are separate, allows the wearer to walk, sit, roll, stand, hug someone, or do whatever they might feel inclined. I suppose it looks a wee bit like a space suit (without all the breathing apparatus and helmet), but is comfy and warm, and according to my husband, makes me look very cute!
The opening at the front of the selk'bag has inner and outer zips. There are also zips around the knee area which, when opened, provide leg ventilation. Also the soles on the feet of the selk'bag are made of a more resistant material, so walking about isn't a problem.
The hands can be freed by unzipping them from the inside as well as out, so you have the freedom to scratch your nose, use the remote control, or type a review on dooyoo, for example, whilst still enjoying the warmth of the selk.
The selk'bag comes in two sizes, S/M (for those under 6' approx), or L/XL (for those taller folk). I haven't yet seen any in children's sizes.
They also come in three different specifications, so be sure to look out for the one which most suits your needs. For you people who like all the details, here's the breakdown of the three different types, otherwise feel free to skip the next part:
This has been developed for camping use in places such as beaches, forests, lakes, cabins, etc. Its technology/material combination permits a good performance, respecting extreme and comfort temperatures.
Total Weight: 1970 GSM.
Filling: Polyester hollow fibre bonded, 1x200g/sqm, good
Shell / Lining: Nylon 210T / 70 Deniers, soft touch.
Extreme Temperature: +5°C / 41°F
Comfort Temperature: +8°C / 46.4°F
Cost: Approx £90 online.
Colours: Yellow, light blue, green, dark red, or dark brown.
More comfortable than the selk'bag 1, this has been developed for camping or outdoors such as beaches, forests, lakes, cabins, mid mountains, etc. Its technology/material combination permits an excellent performance, respecting extreme and comfort temperatures.
Total Weight: 1900 GSM.
Filling: Polyester Micro Fibre, 2x100g/sqm, soft pre-formed
padding, extreme even and soft, high performance,
Shell / Lining: 66 Nylon 310T / 40 x 40 Deniers, soft touch.
Extreme Temperature: -10°C / 14°F
Comfort Temperature: -5°C / 23°F
Cost: Approx £130 online.
Colours: Green/grey, or navy blue/light blue
The highest in quality of the selk'bag range, this has been developed for the coldest zones such as mountains, deserts (night) or other low temperature zones, as well as any other place such as lakes, forests, beaches, camping, cabins or other open spaces. Its technology/material combination delivers a high/outstanding performance, respecting extreme and comfort temperatures.
Total Weight: 1800 GSM.
Filling: White duck down. 90% Down / 10% Feather, 650g/pc.
Shell / Lining: Nylon 320T / 44 x 33 Deniers, soft touch,
Extreme Temperature: -20°C / -4°F
Comfort Temperature: -15°C / 5°F
Cost and Colours: Not sure - arriving early 2008.
My Experience of the Selk'Bag:
I have a selk'bag 2, and although I haven't been on any camping trips since owning it (I did only receive it at Christmas after all), I have worn it round the house on many occasions and have enjoyed its comfort and warmth. You don't have to be a fan of camping to own a selk'bag - if you are anything like me, that is someone who gets cold easily even when the heating is on, or enjoys a lazy weekend lounging about, then you will enjoy chilling out in your selk!
I have also slept in it, which I suppose is its main purpose. Gone are the days of feeling restricted in a sleeping bag; in fact, I was able to sprawl about like I would do if sleeping in my bed! And don't you hate it when, sleeping in a regular sleeping bag, you turn over and the bag gets all twisted (or is that just me)? You need to try the selk!!
When I'm walking about in it - (you all still think I'm a weirdo, don't you?) it is slightly too big for me, I'm only 5'4" after all, however I warm up fast when I'm wearing it, and have I mentioned before that it's really comfortable!? Ok, it's maybe a tad expensive to buy one just to lounge about the house (the only reason I have given it 4 stars instead of 5), but if you like camping, or are looking to purchase a new sleeping bag, then you really should consider buying a selk'bag.
Basically I think it's great.
Selk'bags are produced by Lippi Sports, a Chilean outdoor company with more than 25 years experience. Have a look at lippiselkbag.co.uk for more information.
This review writing really takes it out of me - I think I'll have a snooze in my cosy, warm selk'bag...zzzzzz.
This sleeping bag allows you to stay warm and mobile at the same time. Available in 3 different seasonal specifications depending on your requirements: trekking in the mountains, snuggling on the sofa or for simple outdoor warmth.