As a blogger, I get a dozen or so emails a week wanting me to check out this product or mention that company. I received an enthusiastic email the other day from a guy who wanted me to take a look at the dog sleeping bag he invented. I liked this guy’s attitude so I thought I would check it out.
If those of you who have been reading my blog for a while haven’t guessed already, I will admit it. I am a gear snob! I’ve seen a dog sleeping bag or two. Quite frankly, they are no more than glorified dog beds made out of sleeping bag material. They’re not something I would buy or use except for novelty.
I’ve worked over 10 years in the outdoor industry so I know a well made, quality piece of gear when I see it. This sleeping bag, my friends, is genius!
My dogs are small so I can fit them inside my mummy sleeping bag when we camp but its a REAL tight fit. Not too get too technical on you but when the sides of the sleeping bag are stretched to capacity, the stuffing get’s flattened out. It’s the air pockets within the stuffing that provide the insulation needed to stay warm. Flattened sleeping bag insulation means that it doesn’t keep you as warm as it should.
The Barker Bag is more like a sleeping bag appendage. It zips into the existing zipper of your sleeping bag and creates this extra sleeping compartment to accommodate your dog. These aren’t just for small dogs either. They come in different sizes to accommodate medium and large dogs.
Chester and and Gretel are more than happy to crawl deep in my sleeping bag and stay there but this dog sleeping bag is made with a hole for your dog to poke it’s head out. I could see Chester or Gretel wanting to stick their head out if they wanted to be warm in the bag but still keep an eye out for treats. When we are all inside the bag, I can stick my foot out of the hole when it gets too hot too!
This genius dog sleeping bag is not available to the public yet though. It’s only got a few days left on Kickstarter and it’s not funded yet. If this is something you could see yourself using, or you just want to support Seattle guy trying break into the corporate dog camping market, please visit the Barker Bag Kickstarter page and back them. The deadline to pledge is .
By the way, the inventor was nice enough to loan us a medium Barker Bag to take on our upcoming road and hiking adventure trip.
Check out our announcement to see where we are going!