Congratulations and welcome to your Lucky Sheep™ Sleeping Bag!
You are about to discover a new sleeping experience. This bag is a game changer and will extend your sleep and adventure limits in several ways. This bag should last you many years and to ensure you get the most mileage out of it, please read and follow these care and use instructions.
1–When stuffing into the stuff sack and pulling out, be sure to always grab the bag through both sides of the fabric. In other words, avoid grabbing just the inside or the outside layer of fabric. Grab through all layers. First zip up the zipper and stuff the feet section first into the stuff sack. Then continue pushing the remainder of the bag into the stuff sack.
2–Placement of Zipper:
The zipper should be placed underneath you in cold weather. The area where there is notstuffing on either side of the zipper allows a lighter bag without compromising the warmth factor because insulation isn’t needed underneath you when you have an insulated sleeping pad.
In warmer weather place the zipper either on top or to the side depending on what feels good.
3–Use as a Quilt or Sleeping Bag
During cold weather it is nice to zip the bag completely.
During warmer weather you can use the sleeping bag like a quilt by unzipping completely or only zipping the lower area.
Loosen the drawstring which holds the foot box in its shape. In this way, the bag can also be used at home on your bed.
In circumstances where you might overheat in a down or synthetic fill bag, you won’t in a wool bag. You will sleep right through extreme changes in temperature because wool is both heating and cooling and this helps regulate an even body temperature. To further the temperature adjusting abilities, you can drape the bag loosely in warmer weather. Unzipping all the way is appropriate in warmer weather. In colder weather zip the bag completely.
5–Wear a Merino Base Layer when sleeping, or alternatively use a merino sleep sack. This is similar to a sheet which you can wash regularly and will keep the sleeping bag clean longer. You can also use the Dust Cover for this. However for the lightest weight option, just wearing a merino base layer will do the job. You can also wear extra sweaters to extend the temperature range according to your likeing.
6—Don’t be afraid of the dew.
You can sleep under the open sky when it’s not raining because dew does not soak the bag. Instead, your body heat keeps the bag dry on the inside so you wake up high and dry, even if the outside of the bag is wet. This also works in fog mist and frost. You don’t need to hide inside a tent anymore. This is perfect for sleeping under a tarp with open sides where a bit of moisture blow in will cause no harm. This puts you right up against nature so you can be at one with the moon and stars!
8—Extend the temperature by 10 degrees.
Pull the wool over your eyes! Go ahead. In fact pull it over your whole head. This will keep your face warm as well as raise the temperature by 10 degrees. You have been told your whole life not to do this. That is true in a down or synthetic bags where the moisture will make you clammy and cold. However wool is a game changer. In a wool sleeping bag the moisture will be wicked away. There is also a sleep enhancing effect of breathing inside the bag like this. You are increasing your CO2 which lowers serotonin and reduces inflammation leading to deeper sleep.
To do this while lying on your back, just pull your knees up so there will be more room. Or you can lay on your side in fetal curl position. Experiment to see what works.
When covered completely by the bag, you are away from the bity things like mosquitoes and no-see-ums. You can sleep peacefully protected using this technique as a defense.
10—Comfort in humid weather.
You often feel cooler and dryer with the bag than even in the open air. The reason is: wool wicks the humidity away leaving a layer of dry air next to your skin. You create a micro-climate bubble which takes damp and clammy conditions and makes you feel warm and dry.
11—Change positions easily.
Sleep on your back or your side and shift to any position you like. One big advantage of this is to either conserve heat or to cool down. The most heat-conserving position is the fetal curl. Also when your feet get cold you can pull them in and place them against your legs and warm them with your hands.
Wear your wool hat or bandana and place an extra piece of clothing over your head during colder weather. This feature allows more ease of movement and adjustability for varying conditions. Since during colder weather it is recommended to crawl all the way into the bag and cover your head, it doesn’t need a hood.
13—Stuff sack pillow.
Place extra clothing inside your stuff sack to create a pillow on the go. Our 100% cotton stuff sack is soft and breathable to add luxury to camping without extra weight. (We also carry a tiny wool-stuffed camp pillow).
When lounging around camp wrap the bag around you by unzipping so the bag is flat. Use the flap side to pull up tight around your neck. Some people even walk down the trail like this during unusually cold weather.
15—Feel free to compress the bag when needed with compression straps while it is in the stuff sack. When at home you can store the bag in the stuff sack because the bag is extra roomy. Just be sure to extend it out so the stuff sack is completely full and not stuffed tightly or compressed. You can even use the sleeping bag in the stuff sack as a pillow or yoga bolster.
16–Use it at home on your bed. You may find this is more comfortable than any of your other blankets. You can experiment with turning the heat down or off and opening the windows depending on your climate and the time of year. The point is, this sleeping bag can save you energy and money and also help you sleep better because cold weather is ideal for sleeping. You get negative ions and grounding from the fresh air.
The Lucky Sheep Sleeping Bag is easily freshened by placing in the sun and air. Wool has a natural ability to sanitize itself in the elements. For further washing, here are instructions:
Hand Wash only!
Some people find that with proper care, they never need to wash the bag. However, when you do, here is how:
Wash by hand in a wash tub or bath tub using warm water and biodegradable soap.
1) Place product in warm soapy water (Mild biodegradeable soap) and gently work up and down by hand through the water.
2) Drain the water and then squeeze out water by hand by rolling from foot to head while pushing down to release the water.
3) Repeat as above for the rinse.
4) Lay flat to dry, preferably outside on a tarp, turning occassionally until done.
Tumbling in the washer or dryer will shrink your wool, as will hot water.
To prevent moth damage if storage is necessary store in a cloth bag such as the stuff sack that comes with your sleeping bag.
Our product list:
Lucky Sheep™ Sleeping Bag
Wool Felt Sleeping Pad
Wool Camp Pillow
Merino Sleep Sack
The Chi Pack (Canvas daypack for city or trail)
Expedition Pack (Backpacking Pack)
Merino Bandana and Scarf
Crystal Moon Tent
Lucky Sheep Q. and A.
Q. How does your Wool Sleeping Bag compare with down and synthetic fill bags?
For weight and volume during dry weather, wool is about the same as synthetic and heavier than down. However when it comes to performance wool wins hands down.
We believe there is more to sleeping outdoors than weight. The other factors are:
1—Humidity Factor (same as Wind Chill Factor only this applies to humidity)
2—Breathability (ability to ventilate and not feel stuffy and clammy)
3—Sleep Quality (ability to go through all four sleep stages easily.)
4—Comfort (perceived softness and warmth)
5—Versatility (Works through a wide range of temperature and weather extremes)
6—Health and vitality (you wake up feeling great with a ton of energy)
7—Ecological impact (renewable resource that doesn’t pollute or exploit animals).
When considering these factors, wool wins in all counts. What wool lacks in weight and volume advantages (compared to down) it makes up in all the other areas. Continue reading to find out why wool is worth its weight.
What is the Breathing-Inside-the-Bag-Technique?
Crawl into the bag. When back sleeping do this by pulling the knees up. When side sleeping just scoot down into the bag and pull the top down over your head so you are completely covered by your Felt or Bag. Your breath will warm the bag eventually to 10 degrees warmer than you were before. It does this because you are conserving the heat you would normally loose from your breathing. Your body doesn’t need to constantly warm the air because the air is already warm. It is not an instant effect. It may take 30 minutes or more to achieve this temperature.
Advantages (in cold weather where this applies):
1—Besides keeping you warmer, your body does not need to heat the air you are breathing in (as much). This preserves cellular energy so your body can use that energy to keep you warmer.
2—You are getting more efficiency out of the weight you are carrying, using every available resource to make it extend it’s maximum range.
3—You will sleep deeper because when you breath back in the CO2 from your breath it 1–Reduces serotonin , 2–Increases melatonin, 3–Reduces stress response and inflammation and 4–Gives your metabolism an extra boost. This can have an effect of deep delta sleep and the accompanying feelings of euphoria. Also breathing the moist air from your breath has another relaxing effect which further hydrates your body.
4–This works as well to protect yourself from mosquitoes and pesky insects.
Q. Doesn’t the moisture from your breath make it damp and thus colder inside the bag?
No. It would in a down bag or synthetic fill bag but not in a wool bag. The reason is that wool naturally wicks moisture away from the heat source of your body. So the moisture created there will constantly flow and migrate out of the bag and this keeps the wool dry next to your skin. Wool is designed to do this to keep the sheep at the right temperature and it works even when not on the sheep.
Q. What kind of sleeping pad do you recommend?
For backpacking an every day closed cell foam pad seems to work the best. For other camping you can use our Wool Sleeping Felt.
Does this work in a hammock?
Q. Yes the quilt design works well in a hammock making it easy to get into and out of the bag.
Q. Why do you use cotton on the outside shell? Isn’t cotton moisture absorbent?
We use cotton because it provides the necessary wind protection and does not hamper the ventilation or breathability. The cotton fabric is thin and light (5 ounce) with a high thread count (240) so it dries quickly. However for an even better choice, choose the beeswax option at checkout.
Our sleeping bag is designed to help you sleep closer to nature. It has everything you need to stay warm and dry without zipping yourself inside a closed tent. This way you can enjoy nights under the open sky even in in fog and dew and sleep under a tarp in rainy weather so you can experience nature in a more direct way.
Q. What is my best choice for backpacking and bicycle touring camping?
If temperatures are falling around 20 F. get the Rewilder with 2” loft For lower temperatures get the Rewilder with 3” loft.
Q. How long do they lastThe Lucky Sheep™ Wool Sleeping Bags are built to last many years with proper care. Wool batting actually gets stronger with age due to microfilaments creating stronger bonds. Wool is hypo-allergenic and repels dust mites, fleas, mold and this further helps the longevity.
Q. What is insensible perspiration and why should I care?
It is the moisture your body releases that you cannot perceive. It is not sweat. We release a pint or more per night and wool allows this to release but synthetic fabric does not.
Q. Why did wool die out if it is so good?
Synthetic fabrics were promoted as the new best thing as corporations competed in the textile industry starting in the 1930s. A big propaganda campaign pushed natural fibers including wool out of the market until they almost completely died out. A resurgence in health and organic clothing and bedding has brought wool and natural fibers back on the map.
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Burnsville, NC 28714