2006: Optimising materials
Created from observations made in the field, the original idea was simple: create a sleeping bag that you can sleep in as well as you would in your own bed. First, Benjamin, the engineer, and Abi and Rosane, the prototype developers, took away the textile section of the bag that the sleeper lies on while resting: the underneath gets squashed and loses insulating ability. In the creative prototype workshop in Domancy, they developed - then patented - a quilt system with elastic flaps to prevent the heat escaping between the mattress and the cover. The Sleepin'Bed was born.
2007: Prioritising comfort
As well as its insulating qualities, the system designed to hold the quilt around the mattress provides the added benefit of increased freedom of movement; you can move around in the wider space and turn over without rolling the bag. Comfortable sleep then became a priority: an inflatable pillow was added to the mattress and quilt, an essential accessory with a removable, washable cover. The space designed for the head was made much larger, like in a real bed. Finally, Alexis, the designer, also worked with the appearance of the sleeping bag, making the quilt look like real bed linen.2009: Taking your bed to the mountains
The Sleepin'Bed was implanted in stores from 2008 and within a year of release it underwent considerable developments: a bivouac version was created. In order to be carried in a back pack on a long summer hike, the Sleepin'Bed Ultralight had to be both compact and warm. To make it more compact, Benjamin, Abi, Rosane and Alexis redesigned the mattress for the new sleeping bag after studying different sleeping positions. The 3/4 mattress follows the contours of the body. There is no excess material. A quilt and a mattress: it’s much more than a sleeping bag - a real bed that you can take into the mountains.