By Jude Garvey
We know how much you love spending time in the great outdoors but it can get tiring (and a little annoying) when you have to lug all your sleeping and camping gear with you. What if you could carry all your sleeping gear in one handy package? That’s the thinking behind the Inflatable Sleeping Coat. The design concept by Lin Tsui-Wei not only keeps you dry and warm during the day – it inflates to provide a comfortable sleeping bag for when it’s time for bed.
You probably wouldn’t win any fashion awards in this sleeping coat – but who’s going to see you in the middle of the woods anyway? Besides, this design is all about comfort and function – not looks. Not only does it protect you from harsh winds, it is also waterproof and lightweight enough to wear during the day if required. There are also multiple pockets to store and protect all your personal items.If you’ve camped in a particularly rocky spot, you can detach the lower part of the coat to make a mini-mattress – just the right size for sitting on during the evening meal. When it’s time for bed, the coat can be inflated to make a warm, snug and comfortable sleeping bag.
If the weather looks unpredictable, you can attach the bottom half of the jacket to protect your legs from wind and rain. Plus, the convenience of a dual purpose piece of equipment, makes it perfect if you don’t have a lot of space to spare.
The Sleeping Coat was an entrant in the 2009 Red Dot Awards and won a Design Concept Red Dot Award in the Protection category.
Great idea – we’d love to see it in production.