Gear Review: Selk’Bag Patagon

13Nov15

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I have to admit, I thought the wearable sleeping bag thing was ridiculous when they came on the market a year (or so) ago. It just looked hokey. Definitely not a “real” sleeping option. BUT, when I had the opportunity to try out a Selk’Bag Patagon for the #EpicDangerRoadTrip, I was intrigued enough to say yes.

On our first hike, up the first trail on the first day, Stuart and I got caught in a torrential downpour for three hours all the way to the Spence Field Shelter on the AT. Once we arrived and peeled off our soaked layers, being able to hop in the Selk’Bag and walk around the shelter and warm up immediately changed my tune. With Stu still shivering in the corner, I was wringing out the water from clothes and gear, drying off the stove for dinner and within five minutes I was warm. Done. Sold. I am not a nay-sayer anymore.

The Patagon model is billed as the most technical offering of the Selk’Bag line. The temp rating is around 40-degrees, so it’s a three-season system. Added bonus: it’s synthetic fill which is fantastic for allergy sufferers like me. The bag offers plenty of vent zips: one on each thigh and a two-way zipper on the chest (which also folds completely out, above) for sufficient control. On the functional side, the feet have reinforced soles for walking around camp and hand slots for freeing your fingers. If it’s wet, the feet zip completely off so you can wear boots or shoes.

But the true beauty of the system is not being confined to a bag to sleep. I was able to roll around, cross my legs and sleep on my side with no issue, no tangling or getting twisted in the bag. It was great.

Being a new technology and synthetic does have a couple of minor downsides. It’s not as light or packable as a standard bag: compressed it’s 15×10-inches and weighs in at 4.3-pounds (size L). But I truly think the mobility and functionality of the system more than compensates for the added weight and bulk. It was a lifesaver for me.

The Patagon retails for about $200 and can be purchased online via Selk’Bag or other retailers like REI.

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Full Disclosure: I was provided the Selk’Bag system through Verde Communications for testing purposes. I was not compensated in any other form, and my opinions/thoughts/praise are all my own.

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