Wool is the most comfortable and luxurious outdoor weather fabric. This fiber allows the skin to breathe without condensing (trapping moisture). When sleeping beneath wool there is a calming effect which is noted by natural fiber aficionados such as Rudolf Steiner.
Wool has lost its place in the outdoor industry due to the myth that synthetics can take its place. However, although synthetics (plastic) are lighter, they compromise the quality of sleep.
Wool also has an amazing ability to stay warm even when moist or wet, which is what makes this a choice option for outdoor use.
I know this was the biggest NO NO in the outdoor culture. I was about to violate some taboos: “Thous shalt NOT use wool for sleeping bags.” It was a sacrilege. TOO HEAVY! was the mantra. Well…I did it anyway.
This sleeping bag is unlike anything in the past. It is light, fluffy, retains it’s loft, and is so soft you would think it is silk.
It is so comfortable some people complain they feel guilty.
This new wool sleeping bag weighs approx. 4.5 pounds and goes down to 20-30 degrees F. This three season bag also has other features–it is expandable and contractable.–allowing it to excel in a wide range of temperatures.
In other words, this sleeping bag brings the comfort of the best bedding on the planet in a light enough package to carry on the trail.
This new wool sleeping bag also is designed for versatility and comfort from a seasoned backpacker who thinks and lives outside the box.
I have tested it up against synthetic bags with the same rating and found I felt warmer but also another quality, I don’t sweat and feel like I’m in a plastic bag. Even with down bags, the outer fabric is synthetic, so you don’t get the breathability benefits of natural materials.
What is the essential GEAR in outdoor GEAR–it is the BODY. When we consider SLEEP QUALITY, wool is king. The fact you also feel comfortable is just an added bonus.
Now it will weigh somewhat more than space technology fabric–not a lot more–so it depends on one’s goals what is the best choice. Does that extra beauty sleep provide you with more stamina to make up for the extra weight? Or are you out there to savor every breath of fresh air and that amazing feeling of having the best sleep in your life?