One winter in Australia
After spending a couple of years around tropical SE Asia and North Australia, my backpack consisted of 0 long sleeves and warm pants. That wouldn’t be a problem if I was not planning to hitchhike around Australia during winter. Mornings "down under" sometimes come around 0C.
I’m on my hitchhiking mission to tropical Bora Bora so I'm not planning to buy a new winter wardrobe just for Australia. I came up with an alternative that has done wonders to my (always cold) body and budget.
I came across a wearable sleeping bag with the arms and legs that was supposed to keep me warm during cold Australian winter nights and mornings. Selk’bag people sent it to me for testing.
The plan was to use it 24/7 and test if it’s possible to live my usual hitchhiking lifestyle in it and survive Australian winter without ever buying any winter clothes.
I tested model The Selk'bag Classic and here are my pros and cons...
My sleeping bag with legs is warm as ef!
It stops the traffic and makes people laugh.
Many other colors are available but yellow is my thing. In case a giant yellow bee is not very you, there's a super-hero and Star Wars edition available.
I can sleep, walk, hitchhike, write, sand board and hide in canola flowers while staying warm.
My friend came up with the saying that my bag is “penis proved”. It protects me from any kind of poking or touching. In other words, if your camping buddy suddenly decides to make a move on you when sleeping in the same tent, he will not succeed. The layer is thick like a big yellow wall. 🙂
It’s super easy to clean it, because all I need to do is stick it in a washing machine.
This sleeping bag saved me lots of money, because I only wore the leggings and a t-shirt underneath it all. My little experiment worked and I didn’t have to buy any winter clothes!
No one and nothing is 100% perfect so here are the things I would improve on my bag:
My Selk’bag model doesn’t have a zipper around the ankles that would let me take off my “boots” and put on my hiking shoes without taking off my sleeping bag. Selk’bag has solved that problem with another bag model called Patagon – check it out here:
Being 180cm tall I picked the bag size L. That was a perfect size for any activity in daylight as well as sleeping in a fetal position, but if I wanted to stretch my legs during night, I couldn’t do it. I was missing about 1 cm of space around my toes. To get the additional centimeter around my toes, I had to take the sleeping bag off my arms and pull it down a bit when sleeping straight. I think that a bigger size XL would suit my 180cm frame much better (or a Patagon model without "shoes" - photo above.)
The bag itself is quite robust and it takes almost half of my 65L backpack space. The bag is not very heavy though – only 1,97 kg.
All in all, I’m very happy with my wearable bag. It kept me warm. It made hitchhiking easier for me, because people would stop just to take a better look at me. It saved me money for traveling, because I didn’t have to buy any winter clothes.
That was one awesome winter in Australia!