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Why sleeping bags and mats designed and built for women actually help women to sleep better.

You may have wondered why it is so difficult to find sleeping bags, sleeping mats and liners that truly take account of your shape and physiology. You may have gritted your teeth and put up with the ‘one size fits all’ mentality behind sleep products built primarily for men (and put up with less-than-ideal sleep as a result).

If any of the above describes your experience, don’t worry - we’ve got your back.

As our Lead Designer for Sleep Systems, Brendan Sando says: “Some women will be so used to making compromises that they can’t imagine how much better the ‘perfect sleep system’ can feel and how much good sleep can add to their performance”.

Instead of building a “women’s version” of men’s products, Brendan and his team have taken a very different approach to creating women’s sleep system products. They knew that a new perspective was needed; and this was exactly what the design team got. The closer they looked, the more things they found that could be tailored to women. A combination of consultation and biometric data revealed how to better cater for a woman’s size and weight distribution, the way they store heat and the way they sleep (on their side, mostly). Then, they put their designs to the test with their female ambassadors.

First, What do we mean by ‘sleep system’

In order to get a good night’s sleep, think of the gear you will need in the same way you think of a layered clothing system.

  1. The Sleeping Pad is the first component as your ground insulation and comfort layer. This layer has to provide adequate insulation in the conditions you will be camping in, or the warmth for your sleeping bag will be lost to the ground.

  2. The Sleeping Bag is the second component for insulation around your body. The shape, construction and placement of insulation within the bag are going to to be key, or your warmth will be lost into the air.

  3. The Sleeping Bag Liner is the third component as the next-to-skin layer. This has the same function as a clothing base layer, wicking moisture and retaining warmth.

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