There’s no getting away from it, The Sleeping Bag Suit, is probably one of the greatest inventions for anyone who is outside in the elements. It helps keep you warm, dry and looks extremely cool as well. But did you know the sleeping bag suit has been around for centuries? OK, the earlier types weren’t made from modern fabrics, which allows your skin to breathe, keeping you feeling comfortable and snug when traditional traditional sleeping bags might not be up to the job in hand.
Centuries ago, indiginous tribes who lived at the southernmost tip of South America, in a group of islands known as the Tierra del Fuego, endured freezing conditions by covering their bodies in grease. This allowed them to walk, hunt and sleep in polar conditions with little or no clothing.
When the first Europeans arrived in the mid 15th century they were obviously impressed by this tribe whom walked around in extreme weather with little or no clothing totally oblivious to the harsh weather.
However, when the first settlers arrived during the 19th century, the Selk tribe were driven from their land as room was made to farm sheep and also prospect for gold. Sadly, the tribe was hunted to extinction and the last true-blood Selk’nam died in 1974.
The Sleeping Bag Suit is a testament to those nomadic hunters who learned to live and hunt in hostile and extreme environments.