Exped Dreamwalker Review

by Kirsten Tuesday, December 3rd 2013

Summit Hut has a very unique bag from Exped called the Dreamwalker. We love carrying it because it is a big conversation starter and most people, including myself, get a good giggle out of it the first time you see it.

Before you laugh too much and write it off, think about how never having to get into a cold sleeping bag again sounds.  How about waking up in the middle of the night when nature is calling, but not having to get out of your bag?  What about sitting in a chair by the fire –IN YOUR SLEEPING BAG – and still being able to stand up to roast a marshmallow?  If those sound like ideal situations, you should consider replacing your down jacket, scarf, gloves and hat with this amazing bag.

I recently took a Dreamwalker to a 24hour race in the McDowell Mountains.  I get cold easily, and I was just super eager to put this puppy on, so we had them out early in the night.  While the sun was going down I remember laughing as Summit Hut Co-Owner Jeremy went to get some water in his Dreamwalker, he was stopping some foot traffic! I couldn’t laugh long because all those folks were walking past the Summit Hut tent a few moments later to find me proudly waving from inside my insulated cocoon of awesome.

Let me tell you though, when 10pm hit we were not getting goofy looks – people were pretty envious. One girl saw us sitting by the fire and said “I bet her FACE is so warm!” Uhh yeah, it was.  It hadn’t even occurred to me that I did not have my hat on because the dream walker has this awesome insulated hood and collar that cuddled my face and kept my ears nice and warm.

In conclusion, I LOVE this bag and its versatility.  Beyond the features I got to use, it can unzip into an awesome blanket to use on warmer nights for yourself or to share with a companion.  You can sleep with your arms through the sleeves to easily adjust your pillow, read or if you are a side sleeper you can still use your arm pillow! You will be the center of attention for a few moments but just remember that you giggled a little too – before you thought about what a great idea it really is!

P.S. My second favorite camping piece is my ENO Hammock… but it does get chilly sometimes with zero insulation… unless I wrap the dreamwalker around the hammock!

Check out the Exped Dreamweaver on our website!

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