If the thought of drifting off in a sleeping bag, only to wake up in the middle of the night all twisted and constricted, leaves you feeling anxious and claustrophobic, Sierra Designs wants to help. With its new Backcountry Bed 800 sleeping bag it’s banished constricting zippers, instead opting for a double layered design that feels more like sleeping in your comfy bed.
The bag’s outer layer is packed with 800-fill down that’s been treated with a water-resistant chemical called DriDown so the feathers don’t clump together if they get damp. In other words, it will keep you plenty warm. But instead of completely sealing you inside with a zipper, the bag’s inner layer works more like a duvet, letting you pull it up to keep warm, or kick it off in the middle of the night to cool off. Brilliant.
At $US400 for a 15C version, and $US350 for a 30C one, it’s not considerably expensive, at least compared to other ultralight but ultrawarm sleeping bag options. But for those of us who cringe at the thought of crawling into a sleeping bag, it’s worth every cent. [Sierra Designs via Gear Junkie]