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BarkerBag sleeping bag lets dog owners and man's best friend share body heat

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May 12, 2014

BarkerBag connects to most sleeping bags to keep owner and pet toasty while camping

BarkerBag connects to most sleeping bags to keep owner and pet toasty while camping

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There's nothing like snuggling up in a sleeping bag at the end of a long day's hiking. Seattle-based designer Andy Storms is extending that pleasure to man's best friend with the BarkerBag. It's an insulated sleeping bag for dogs that connects to mummy-style sleeping bags via the zipper, allowing both dog and master to share body heat while sleeping in the great outdoors.

Designed in a teardrop shape, the BarkerBag zips to either side of a standard mummy-style sleeping bag. It can also be attached between two sleeping bags that already mate together. A reinforced cinchable collar keeps the furry friend secure inside the bag and prevents not only heat escaping, but the dog from wandering off by themselves into the night.

The designer says that because sleeping bag zippers are more uniform that we would imagine, the two zipper sizes he has chosen will match most of the bags currently available. He adds that as long as the zipper on the side does not go all the way around the foot to spread the bag into a comforter, the BarkerBag will fit. Storm has also designed a double version for those people camping with two dogs.

As a dog lover and camper, Andy says his idea was inspired by personal experience. “I was tired of crowding my sleeping bag and actually making my feet colder since over-stuffing the bag compresses the insulation,” he says in his Kickstarter video.

BarkerBag comes in three different sizes ranging from US$69 to $89. The small version has a 5-in (13-cm) hole, is 16 in (41 cm) at the broader end of the teardrop and 32 in (81 cm) in length. In the medium option, the hole grows to 8 in (20 cm), while the broader end of the drop expands to 22 in (56 cm) and the length goes up to 40 in (102 cm). Finally, the large version has a 10-in (25 cm) hole, is 28 (71 cm) in width and 60 in (152 cm) in length.

Storms has got a patent for his design and successfully raised funds on Kickstarter. BarkerBag is now in the production stage and the designer estimates deliveries will begin in July.

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Antonio Pasolini Brazilian-Italian Antonio Pasolini graduated in journalism in Brazil before heading out to London for an MA in film and television studies. He fell in love with the city and spent 13 years there as a film reviewer before settling back in Brazil. Antonio's passion for green issues - and the outdoors - eventually got the best of him and since 2007 he's been writing about alternative energy, sustainability and new technology.   All articles by Antonio Pasolini
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4 Comments

My dog has a bad flatulence problem. This invention is not suitable for me and my pet.

Babaghan
13th May, 2014 @ 06:50 am PDT

Cuz "One is the Loneliest Number."

Bruce H. Anderson
13th May, 2014 @ 08:14 am PDT

Could be pretty entertaining if the dog is attached and decides to chase a wild animal.

Ed Reed
13th May, 2014 @ 08:59 am PDT

The dog gets its own bag if it needs it. I prefer to sleep at night and having my dog wake me up with kicking, stretching and moving around is not compatible with sleep.

Raffe
13th May, 2014 @ 10:06 am PDT
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