The Woods Arctic Sleeping Robe – the Woodcrafter’s Winter Warmer


The Woods Three Star Arctic Sleeping Robe



Today, outdoor folk depend on lightweight, efficient mummy shaped sleeping bags for a warm sleep.  Today’s mummy bags are truly a marvel.  Using high fill-power down, ultralight shell fabrics and advanced construction techniques, these light and lofty calorie trappers weigh less than four pounds and compress smaller than your pillow, yet are comfortable to well below 0°.  But what came before the modern mummy bag?  How did campers sleep comfortably in frigid conditions during the woodcraft age?

From the first traders to explore the North American continent until after World War II, outdoor folk used wool blankets, the most desirable being the Hudson’s Bay Company Point blanket.

A Canadian hunter packs up camp and his Hudson’s Bay point blanket  in Unloaded!”, the cover illustration for the November, 1921 issue of The Beaver, the Hudson’s Bay Company magazine for employees.)


















Yet, even the wonderful Hudson’s Bay blanket had its limitations.  The weight and bulk of blankets necessary to sleep comfortably in frigid weather was excessive.  Two blankets were required for camping at around freezing.  Much below that and even more blankets were needed.  As a single 4-pont blanket weighs a bit over six pounds, you can see that a cold weather setup, even when using the best blanket available, the camper had to deal with quite a bit of weight and bulk.  Of course, this problem did not go unnoticed by the old-time experts.  Warren H. Miller in particular, was concerned with how to sleep warm using something other than the blanket, devoting an entire chapter of his book Camp Craft to the problem (Ch. 3: Eliminating the Blanket, 1916).  Miller was more concerned with the great bulk of trying to pack multiple woolen blankets than weight.  He devised a pack bag lined with quilted wool batting that could be laced up into a sleeping bag.  Experimenting with various linings including a caribou skin, he found that he could sleep comfortably below 0° at a weight of just above 4 pounds.  He and others also described sleeping bags that were recommended or denounced depending on the writer’s experience or biases.

All of the early bags were rectangular (like a blanket folded lengthwise) in shape and insulated with layers of blanketing, wool batting or goose feathers.  The fill was encased in an envelope that closed with laced grommets, buttons or clasps.  There were debates about which insulator was best but no matter the fill, all were relatively bulky and heavy.  Nearly all were only moderately successful, most being soon forgotten.  However, one particular model captured the market and soon embodied the characteristics the public came to associate with the term “sleeping bag” – the Woods Arctic Eiderdown Sleeping Robe, manufactured by the Woods Manufacturing Company, LTD, of Ottawa, Canada.

The Woods Company, founded by James W. Woods in 1885, started out as a canvas products supplier but within a few years had evolved into a manufacturer.   Woods produced canvas tents and other canvas goods for prospectors, surveyors, lumbermen, and the military.  Sometime around 1898, the company introduced a new type of sleeping bag designed for extremely cold weather.  Externally, the bag was unremarkable but the insides were a different story.  The bag was revolutionary for being the first to use *duck down plumes for the insulation, stabilized with “Harwood patented” internal compartments.  The use of some kind of internal compartment to prevent the migration of down continues to be employed today.





















The Sleeping Robe bag was a 90” x 90” rectangle of tightly woven Egyptian cotton, lined with Kersey wool (later, Junior models with dimensions of 78″ x 84″ and 80″ x 80″ were also offered).  When folded in half lengthwise and secured with snaps, it became a sleeping bag.  A flap of wool was sewn to the open end of the bag to protect the head and shoulders of the sleeper.  The new bag proved to be warmer and more efficient than blanketing, batting or feathers for the weight carried (6 times warmer than wool, 3 times lighter according to Woods Ltd. advertising).   Today, the Woods Arctic Eiderdown Sleeping Robe is generally recognized as the first modern sleeping bag.

*The term “Eiderdown” in the product description referred to down plumes being used as opposed to feathers, which were in common use for pillow and mattress stuffing at the time.  Woods never used the down plumage of the eider duck.












The Sleeping Robe in open and closed positions

Interestingly, the Arctic Sleeping Robe was not mentioned in the early camping literature.  Perhaps it was not known to American camping writers as Woods was a Canadian company.  In any event, Americans eventually learned of its existence after the Robe was selected for use by the Amundsen Northwest Passage Expedition (1906) and the Steffansson Canadian Arctic Expedition (1913-1918).

During the 1920’s the Robe was chosen by the American mountaineer and scientist Bradford Washburn for his Yukon Expeditions and was included in the survival equipment carried on the polar flights of U.S. Navy explorer Richard E. Byrd.  It was also chosen by members of the Simpson-Roosevelts Field Museum Expedition to Central Asia and the First Canadian ascent of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak.


Expedition leaders in the 1920’s heaped praise on the Woods Arctic Sleeping Robe

With a growing awareness of Woods products in America, Woods opened a factory and sales office in Ogdensburg, NY (most likely to avoid import duty and taxes).  By the 1920’s, the Robe was carried by the best sporting goods stores including Abercrombie and Fitch, Griffin and Howe and Von Lengerke & Detmold (of these, only Griffin and Howe survives).  These shops served a very wealthy clientele that included Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Shackleton, Col. Townsend Whelen, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Clark Gable and Gary Cooper. The Robe was an ideal product to be carried by these high-end shops.  At an average price of $65.00 ($1,101.69 in 2013 dollars!), it was quite expensive and out of reach for all but the very affluent.

1920’s Woods Sleeping Bag pamphlet from Griffin & Howe, then located at 234 East 39th Street, New York, NY (the shop moved from that location in 1932).























By the 1930’s the Robe was firmly ensconced as the image of a modern expedition “sleeping bag” and was finally described in the outdoor literature when it was recommended by Labrador explorer Dillon Wallace (1863-1939) in “The Campers’ Handbook” (Fleming H. Revell Co., New York, London & Edinburgh, 1936).  Wallace noted that the Robe was part of the standard issued equipment carried by the Quebec Forest Rangers.

However, the most famous reference to the Woods Arctic Sleeping Robe in literature was in Ernest Hemingway’s novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, NY, 1940) ~

“He doesn’t know about that robe, Robert Jordan thought. Good old pig-eyes doesn’t know why I paid the Woods boys sixty-five dollars for that robe.”

“It is very beautiful the snow,” Pablo said. “You won’t want to sleep outside with the snow falling.”

So that’s on your mind too is it? Robert Jordan thought. You’ve a lot of troubles, haven’t you, Pablo?

“No?” he said, politely. “No. Very cold,” Pablo said. “Very wet.”

You don’t know why those old eiderdowns cost sixty-five dollars, Robert Jordan thought. I’d like to have a dollar for every time I’ve slept in that thing in the snow. “Then I should sleep in here?” he asked politely.


“Thanks,” Robert Jordan said. “I’ll be sleeping outside.”

“In the snow?”

“Yes”…“In the snow.”


















The book also includes a memorable love scene involving the Sleeping Robe but you”ll have to read that for yourself.

Hemingway made numerous references to the Robe in the book.  He was obviously knowledgeable of it.  His familiarity with the Robe was due to his owning one, no doubt purchased from one of the great shops described above.  A review of 1930’s era catalog descriptions and prices make it quite likely that Hemingway owned a “Three Star” Arctic Eiderdown Sleeping Robe.  The Three Star was the most popular model that Woods offered and retailed for an average price of $65.00 in the 1930’s.

The Arctic Sleeping Robe in its duffel bag. WOW! Just look at that logo!




















The Robe remained essentially unchanged from its inception through the 1960’s when it was updated with newer shell materials and a lighter lining than the Kersey wool.  Eventually however,  it was surpassed by a new generation of efficient mummy bags.  A good mummy bag filled with 3 pounds of 550 fill power down, encased in a nylon shell and closed with a nylon tooth zipper, weighed around 5 lbs. and was as warm as the 16 lb. Sleeping Robe.  Mummy bags quickly became the dominant type among serious outdoor folk, relegating the “old-fashioned” rectangular Robe to the “has-been” category.

Yet, the Arctic Sleeping Robe remained popular among a small cadre of enthusiasts and incredibly, remained in production along with other very historic Woods products (the #1 and #200 canoe packs and “Prospector” canvas wall tents) until 2008 when the company folded.  Today, the Woods name has been revived by Infinity Sports Group of Langley, British Columbia, Canada.  The new company brought back the Arctic Sleeping Bag though sadly, the canoe packs and Prospector tents are gone.  The latest iteration of the Arctic sleeping bag appears unchanged and prices are actually down from what they were 75 years ago (the current“5-Star” and ”3-Star” Arctic sleeping bags retail for $899.99 and $699.99, respectively).  Woods does not state the fill power of the down used in these bags and do not say if the bags are produced domestically or imported.  If they are made in Canada, using 600-fill goosedown or better, the price may be about right as the bags are quite large.  The “5-Star” in particular is made with two separate quilts filled with 1 3/4 pounds of down and that adds up to the equivalent of purchasing two sleeping bags and their attendant labor and cost.

Of course my interest is in the vintage Woods Sleeping Robes fitted with snap closures as they were an important part of the traditional winter campers’ kit, owned by some of the greatest explorers and outdoorsmen of the first half of the 20th Century.  And of course, I’ve always wanted to own one.











These old Arctic Sleeping Robes go for more than you’d expect.  Being the cheapskate that I am, I was willing to wait until an affordable Robe came along.  And wait I did!  For nearly seven years.  Then one day, a co-worker said he’d found an old sleeping bag among his father’s belongings and as I was a camper, would I want it?  Sure!  No matter what it is or what shape it’s in, I never turn down old camping gear.  To my surprise, the bag turned out to be a genuine Woods Arctic Three Star Sleeping Robe fitted with a snap closure!  This is the same model owned by Hemingway.

My Robe is of ‘50’s or ‘60’s era production, fitted with the poly/cotton canvas shell and closed with rectangular, nickel plated snaps.  It is lined with Kersey wool.  In most respects, it is nearly identical to those models made at the turn of the century.  Sure, I wish it had been made early enough to feature an Egyptian Cotton Shell but considering that it was free, I’m satisfied.

Note: The Robe was photographed on a 60+ year old Hodgman PakLite brand canvas air mattress, another wonderful piece of vintage gear. At my age, an air mattress is a necessity for sleeping on the ground and it would be incongruous to pair the Woods Arctic Sleeping Robe with a modern model.  For cold weather camping I recommend that you spread a Hudson Bay blanket over the air mattress before placing the sleeping bag on it.  The blanket serves to insulate the sleeping bag from heat loss due to conduction.

Hodgman PakLite canvas air mattress, circa 1948
Note: The mattress was greatly overinflated for photography purposes.













If you have the wherewithal to Woodcraft it in winter, then you’d best locate one of these Woods Arctic warmers with haste!






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113 Responses to “The Woods Arctic Sleeping Robe – the Woodcrafter’s Winter Warmer”

  1. Don Callahan Says:

    I have a Woods 3 Star bag in new condition with the exception that it has my father’s name in marker pen on the snap flap and the original owner’s name (my father’s pioneer friend that gave it to him) on the bottom of the canvas storage bag. My father passed away in 1995 and the bag has been in dry storage since. He never used this bag because he had another one. Unfortunately before he passed he lent that bag to a friend and never had it returned.

    I am interested in selling the bag. Photos are available.

    Don Callahan
    Alaskan 73 years

  2. Robert Stitt Says:

    Is the bag still available? If so, please send photos, including close-up of tag. I live in Yukon, Canada. Thanks

  3. Crystal Says:

    Does anyone know how to properly clean these bags? Information is sketchy at best . With the canvas , down and wool elements I am worried about ruining the bag. I have a Pioneer Yukon sleeping robe, it seems to be of similar construct to the woods sleeping bag. Thank you

  4. Brent Payne Says:

    Back in the ’70’s, dry cleaning down was regularly recommended IF the bag or garment was taken to a trusted cleaner that did NOT use perchloroethylene to clean down products as it would strip the natural oils from the down. Instead, the cleaner should have a good reputation for cleaning down, use a mild petroleum based solvent for down cleaning and start with fresh, clean solvent and change it after cleaning each batch of down products, otherwise, the next batch would simply absorb the dirt from the tank of solvent and end up dirtier than when it went in. Sadly, changing solvents is expensive and you just can’t find that kind of personal service anymore, so even if the cleaners says they clean down, they will most likely NOT use fresh solvent.

    Instead, you can clean the bag yourself by handwashing in a bathtub. I’ve had good luck using Nixwax Down Wash to handwash a sleeping bag but another product is Perwoll for Wool & Delicates (it used to be called Perwoll Wool and Silk). Perwoll will safely clean the down, wool liner and canvas shell. Fill the tub with very warm water. Add the cleaner. Place the bag in the tub and fill with more water to cover if need be. Gently push, massage and squeeze the bag and gently agitate the bag. When the water begins to look very dirty, drain the tub and refill with warm water and repeat until the water does not darken and turn dirty. THEN, fill the tub with cool water and gently squeeze and agitate the bag and drain. Repeat until you can see no more suds and the water remains clear. At this point, you can treat the down and the bag in general to be moderately water resistant by refilling the tub and adding 7 capfuls of Nikwax Down Proof to the water and gently squeezing and agitating the bag in the Down Proof until you think it has soaked the entire bag. THEN, leaving the bag in the Nikwax wash for about fifteen minutes, then drain the tub. NOW, gently push the remaining water from the bag by pressing it down against the bottom of the tub. Then gently roll the bag from the foot end toward the head end to squeeze more water out. Unroll the bag and re-roll to remove more water. Repeat until no more water appears to drain from the bag. Then, cradling the bag in your arms, place it in a laundry basket and take it to a laundromat. Using a large front load dryer, dry on the lowest setting until about half dry. DO NOT USE A DRYER SHEET!!! Now, place three or four clean tennis balls in the dryer with the bag and continue to dry until done. BE SURE TO USE A DRYER THAT DOES NOT GET TOO HOT WHEN ON LOW. It will take many cycles of drying on low to dry the bag but you’ll end up with a very clean, lofty, mildly water resistant sleeping bag. Finally, after the bag is dry, dry, dry – spray the canvas shell with a good coat of KIWI Camp Dry Performance Fabric Protector (Blue can). Apply a second coat a couple of hours after the first. That will REALLY boost the water resistance of the bag without affecting the breathability of the bag. Good Luck!!!

  5. Alex H Says:

    Came across this page after reading Hemingway brag about the Three-Star through Robert Jordan in “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” He mentions the price a few times, and after figuring out that it would be over $1000 in today’s dollars, I couldn’t believe it. Some Googling brought me here and I’m happy to have learned about the history of the sleeping robe. Thanks man!

  6. Rose Says:

    Thanks for your fascinating article. We just found a vintage Woods 3 Star at a yard sale (Western Maine) last week. Hadn’t been aware of them before, just couldn’t pass up such a fantastic, obviously high-quality piece. We’re thrilled to have it. We’re trying to figure out the time frame for this one, but can’t find any detailed info online. This article is the most-detailed we’ve found, and it makes us think we have one of the earlier ones. For instance, the duffel has a much simpler logo of 3 plain red stars. Under that is a simple red triangular banner with WOODS in it. The rest of the lettering is black. The shell of the “robe” itself feels to me like all cotton, the lining is wool, and it closed with snaps. They’re not rectangular though, but rather, oval on one end and rounded corner rectangular on the other. Any ideas about the age of this bag, or can you point us to info that will help us ID its age? Thank you!

  7. Brent Payne Says:

    WOW! It sounds like you have an older Woods Sleeping Robe. As far as I know there is no history of these bags in books or photographs. I do know that the older models had a storage bag with a much simpler logo and the shells were made of Egyptian cotton “balloon silk” fabric that weighed about 4.5 ounces per yard. It was woven like a sateen so it was not a canvas or rough material. The lining was a wool kersey fabric that was virtually unchanged in weight and weave as long as wool was used for a lining. You might search online for old advertisements or historic photographs and see if you can find a robe that matches yours. You are fortunate as I’ve wanted an old one like your very much. Congratulations on your find!

  8. Barry Says:

    I just picked one of these up at a yard sale today. I’ve been trying to find info about them. I paid $20 for it. The duffel bag has a tree on it that says woods. The robe itself has a zipper but also has snaps. I’m wondering if it’s missing some parts because the snaps are all male and can’t snap to each other. Other then that it’s in great shape. I wonder if it’s ever been used at all.

  9. Brent Payne Says:

    If the zipper is around the opening it may be a later robe with a snap-on hood and the hood had the female snaps. If it closes with a zipper, I’ve never seen one that also had snaps.


  10. Dan G Says:

    Wow. Ok. I have a Woods 3-Star Bag that I pulled out of a base supply depot in 1974. I used it in the snow at altitude; temps about -24F and could not have been more comfortable. Took the thing home and forgot about it. For the past 25+ years it has been the winter comfoter on the master bed. Has snap and the zipper; probably dates from the late 50’s early 60’s.

    About 10 years ago, I ran into a rep from the Woods Company and told him about the bag. There was some moth or mouse damage to the grey wool liner and I inquired about getting it repaired/replaced. They were able to replace the lining with a similar wool but the color is now black. They sent back the label which was sewn to the inside of the liner, but I haven’t yet had it reinstalled. Soon. Maybe.

    Shortly after that I heard that the company folded or was sold.

    Not sure whatever happened to the duffel; it may be stashed away somewhere. It is identical to the one in the photo but nowhere near that condition. Holes from being dragged across the tarmac, mold stains and fading etc. Might look for that too.

    Never knew about the Hemmingway notoriety so that’s kind of cool too.

  11. Chris Mohn Says:

    Some of the bags had snaps for a removable liner that is made of cotton flannel. As noted above, cleaning these bags is a project and the liner can be easily washed. I prefer the feel of the Kersey Wool and don’t use a liner.

    The bags come in 2 star, 3 star, 4 star and 5 star. The 2 star is similar construction but with a permanent flannel liner and less down for summer / fall usage. The 4 star is the same as 3 star but with a zip-in hood that snaps together. I have not seen a five star but assume similar in construction to a 3 star but with more down.

    They also come in three sizes with 90 x 90 being the most common when open. Due to the unique overlap when closed the finish size is smaller than 90 x 45. Closure systems are typically lift-the-dot snaps or zipper.

    Cleaning is not so bad if a commercial (coin) laundry facility is close by. I use a combination of white vinegar, ivory soap (liquid dish type) and cold water. I would not suggest using warm / hot water with wool. The new tumble dryers actually reverse their direction every few minutes which dramatically improves the drying process. I also use dryer balls as noted above. The bags come out incredibly fresh with amazing loft to the down.

    These bags are timeless and as long as you are not backpacking would strongly suggest over a mummy bag.

    Hope to hear other thoughts on history of the bags and use / experience!

  12. Chris Mohn Says:

    Can we post pictures to this discussion? I have a bunch of photo’s that I could share?

  13. Brent Payne Says:

    Chris – I just added Sumome Photo sharing to this site. You should see several new links at the bottom of each post for emailing me and one to share photos. I would love to see your Woods Sleeping Bag pix!

  14. Bryan Says:

    I bought my 3 Star in 1974 & have used it annually on fly-in moose hunts every year since. The cost in 1974 was $99. Cdn. Chris ( above) is right. The bag has a heavy duty zipper & the inside snaps all around the bag hold a wool liner that is removable. The rating on the bag is -40 degrees but I’ve not used it that cold, but its perfect well into the “minuses” . I am so fond of it I never had the heart to wash it preferring to dry clean. Just bought a very old “mess” of a 3 Star (for no good reason) & was looking for ideas on how to get it clean & rejuvenate it. I might try the Laundromat idea on this one. Looks quite ugly / any “hard case” ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
    Bryan / Manitoba

  15. Sherri Boatman Says:

    I have a Vintage Woods 3 star Arctic Sleeping Robe and was thinking it was from the 40’s or 50’s. The ones pictured in this article are tan or camel colored. Mine is Army Green with a black duffle bag with red stars and red and yellow printing. It has some snaps, but also a zipper. Stamped 90 X 90. It also was stamped by the State of Wyoming Game and Fish on the duffle bag. would this be from the 40’s or 50’s?

  16. Sherri Boatman Says:

    … to add to my previous post, it is also stamped Zipper Special. It does not have snaps all around.

  17. Chris Mohn Says:

    Bryan I would say try the coin wash approach with the bag you just purchased? If it’s a mess you have nothing to lose and will gain confidence if it works! Trust me no worse feeling than when you take this bag out of the washer and it’s a big lump of down!

    I just washed my two 4 star bags over the weekend and they came out great! A few notes on them I did not share above. They have lift the dot fasteners all the way around that overlap the zipper closure that goes all the way around as well. The wool liner is removable with two zippers that each go half way around. And it also has the inside snaps to hold a flannel liner. Amazing construction on these bags! I removed the wool liners when I washed them this time but washed the wool liners in the same washer as each bag. With the liner removed the drying process was really easy about 72 minutes (lowest heat setting) for each bag. I used a little bit of chap stick on each zipper when putting the wool liners back in.

    I have matching 2 star and 4 star bags so they can be zipped together, we have a three season porch that we use all four seasons with these bags!

    Brent I did not see the added links for photo’s show up? I will try rebooting, I use Chrome, not sure if that makes a difference will try opening in Explorer too.

  18. Brent Payne Says:


    I misunderstood how the image thing worked. I thought readers could share images but instead, it allows readers to click the photos posted on the blog and share them to facebook etc. You can email me the photos and I’ll post them to this thread. Brent

  19. Chris Mohn Says:


    Can you send me an email address?

    I am

  20. Bryan Says:

    I tried a “modified” approach. I bought 2 bottles of Nikwax Down Wash & did a double pre-wash in the tub. Washed & numerous rinses & then a second time. Then I rung out as much water as possible , put it in a basket & took it to the Laundromat. Ran it through a wash in the heavy duty machine & dried it on medium heat (recommended by the attendant who had done a number of them. Put it in the dryer with a couple of old running shoes to breakup any feather clumps. Turned out great. Hung it over the deck in the sunshine for a couple of days to finish it & I think it worked fairly well.

  21. Bryan Says:

    I just bought a really good older bag in perfect shape. It has a “nylon” type shell (green) & 2 separate duvet type down filled liners with a cotton inner liner. It has a dual snap close system. It has twice the “loft” of my 3 Stars & is an excellent bag. The tag is hard to make out but says “S.E. Woods Ungava” model. Does anyone have any idea or history on this bag. It beats all my others & as noted above, I’ve used the 3 stars for 40 years.
    Bryan / Manitoba, Ca.

  22. Pete Says:

    I’ve got a bag which I feel may be the direct predecessor to the Woods-branded bag: on the carry sack is screen printed (just like the Woods bag) with “The famous Polar Winter Weight down filled Sleeping Robe made by The Holden Manufacturing CO. Limited, Hull, QUE. Canada, size 78 x 84″

    From what I’ve been able to discover in old documents online, Holden operated from at least 1917, when they were called Grant-Holden-Graham, Limited, Ottawa, Canada. I’ve seen a catalog of theirs from that year with a listing for a ‘Polar Eiderdown Sleeping Robe”.

    I’ve not found an end date for that particular company, but it sure seems that Holden turned into Woods, or Woods bought much of the Holden business – including product designs.

    I’d love to learn more of the history of this bag; it’s really quite exceptional in design and function. I sleep under mine every day in all but the warmest weather.

    Ontario, Canada

  23. Claudette Rainier Says:

    I have one of the older model 3 stars, 90 x90, with the snap closures. My husband, who, if he were alive today, would be 108 years old, used it while fur trapping in Alaska when he was a young man. Is anyone interested in purchasing it?
    Claudette/Mendocino CA/USA

  24. Pete Says:

    Hello Claudette,

    Yes, I’m interested.
    Please contact me directly at corvidesign1 (at) gmail (dot) com


  25. Peter B. Says:

    What would a fair price be for one in good shape ? anyone ?

  26. Brent Payne Says:

    It would really depend on the era of manufacture, the condition, the model Three Star? Four Star? Regular size or Junior? Snaps or zipper closure, Egyptian cotton, canvas or poly/cotton outer shell, etc. I’ve seen very good early 60’s era regular-size Three Star arctic bags go for as little as $100.00 but WWII era and older usually start at $200.00 and go up from there. I often see 60’s through mid 80’s versions offered for $350.00 – $500.00 because the seller believes that since new models go for around $700.00, used one’s should still be expensive. I disagree. While the best Feathered Friends or Western Mountaineering sleeping bags often sell for more than $700.00 new, used models rarely go for more than $250.00. Personally, unless it was a very early Woods bag in exceptional condition (or was Hemingway’s personal bag), I wouldn’t spend more than $250.00 max.

  27. Chris Mohn Says:

    The prices typically run between $100 and $300 based on condition, size and number of stars. Clean bags have more value due to difficulty / expense in cleaning these bags? I think we have discussed that quite a bit in this blog. The 90 x 90 carry considerable value when compared to the 78 x 84 bags. 2 star have less value than the 3, 4 and 5 star bags (I have never seen a 5 star for sale…). Shipping cost is also a challenge due to the weight typically 20+ pounds shipped. A super clean 90 x 90 2 star runs about $200 and a super clean 3 / 4 star 90 x 90 runs about $300 (plus shipping in both cases).

  28. Chris Mohn Says:

    Another thing to keep in mind (when thinking about resale value) is that these are not mummy bags. There are many mummy bags in the -20F range to choose from. Mummy bags are meant to be carried in a backpack and intended for overnight / travel camping. Hence the lower resale pricing… The Woods bag is intended for base-camp / stationary use and “they just don’t make them like they used to”. The new 5 star bags have the eiderdown of an old 3 star and are made in China with synthetic materials.

  29. charlton Says:

    I have a arctic sleeping robe that is 90 x 90. I believe it is from the 50’s. In great shape and comes with the canvas bag. Any idea what I should ask for it?

  30. chuck Says:

    I have a 3 star woods sleeping robe i want to sell. Anyone out there be interested? it is in great condition!
    please let me know.


  31. Chris Says:

    Is it a 90 x 90 bag?

    I am interested if yes…

  32. Chris Says:

    Charlton did you sell yours?

  33. charlton Says:

    I still have it. (930)242-7099

  34. Paula Says:

    For sale
    I have a grand Holden down Robe bag bought in the 1970s, in Ottawa It needs cleaning. But is in great condition. Feathers are not leaking thru.

  35. Paula Says:

    For sale
    grant Holden Robe sleeping bag. Bought in Ottawa late 70s. Good. Comdition, feathers are not leaking.
    Needs cleaning.

  36. Paula Says:

    I have a woods Ungava Eidrdown Robe 5 Star Sleeping Bag for sale. Bought new in late 1970s. Hardly used . Great condition.

  37. Chris Says:

    Can you send some pictures of the 5 star to

  38. Paula Says:

    I can send you pics upon my return home run March 20
    Thank you

  39. Chris Says:

    Thanks looking forward to seeing pictures of a 5 Star bag and would interested in purchasing based on condition and price.

  40. Jim Ellestad Says:

    I have a 3 star Woods Sleeping robe from the 1940’s. I would say the bag is in excellent shape. My father owned it, and he was married in 1951 and I know he had it years before he was married. I have pictures of the robe and bag (green) and would like to sell it if I can get a fair price. Please contact be at Thanks Jim Ellestad

  41. Doug carmichael Says:

    I have a late 1950-early 1960 Arctic3 Star for sale, comes in original duffel and has the original straps for securing rolled up and more info ny request.Located in Nova Scotia.cheers Doug.

  42. Chris Says:


    Can you send pictures of the 5-star bag to



  43. Chris Says:

    Brent did you ever send your email address? I have some 4 star pictures to send you for posting.



  44. Jim MacDougall Says:

    I have been reading about these bags since I decided I can’t winter camp in a claustrophobic mummy bag. I answered a couple of Kijiji ads trying to purchase one, but to to no avail, either sold or too far away seller won’t ship. Finally I got a call from a gentleman I had contacted weeks before, he agreed to meet half way. He said he was a bush pilot years ago in northern Quebec , the company he worked for ordered him to purchase this bag,he had no choice. This 3 star has a different duffle, no fancy logo, just a Woods patch and a sewn in label. It has 2 leather handles, and a zippered top. The duffle was so badly stained, faded, and tattered I thought this wasn’t worth the drive and certainly not worth $200 Canadian dollars. When I opened the duffle I was surprised by a beautifly immaculate military green canvas cover. The kersey wool liner was in great shape although slightly stained. The bag has no zippers only standard and dark green odd shaped snaps. The only bad thing about the bag is it smells and needs a wash, or four,and is missing quite a few of the odd shaped snaps. I think I may have lucked out cause this cover material feels so silky smooth it feels like fine sateen Egyptian cotton sheets, no polyester blend ever felt like this.Could it be?

    Jim. M

  45. Tom Says:

    I have a 4 star bag in pretty decent shape. Email for pics? Not real sure what its worth.

  46. Chris Says:


    Nice find in a bag! There are some pretty good suggestions for washing the bag noted in some of the previous posts. For getting smells out I would suggest purchasing a bottle of Fabreze and pouring about half of into the wash. I have had decent success with getting some smells out of WWII era bags. The lift the dot fasteners are easy to replace on the bag. If you look on eBay you can buy 10 to 20 pretty cheap. All you need to install is a pair of needle nose pliers. I had a bag similar to yours and had to replace at least half the fasteners. Because it already has those fasteners, the holes are already in the right place. And you should just have to replace the female piece, the male part is not typically a problem. You won’t have the OD green covers anymore but not really an issue.

    Tom, who knows on the prices these days… Typically $200 to $300 plus shipping. But last week a perfect 4 star sold on eBay for $80 with $40 shipping. I was watching it but on travel when auction ended. I would have bid otherwise.

  47. Tim Says:

    My back and my legs just don’t work the way they used to…there fore.. I have a complete Woods bag..with insert and original duffle…excellent shape for the age. make a reasonable offer…can send pics if you like

  48. Tim Says:

    All zippers and buttons are perfect

  49. Robert Basta Says:

    I have a 3 star Woods sleeping robe purchased in the 1940’s and was used sparingly, has been carefully stored and is in excellent condition. It has the wool lining as above and a zipper closure. It has a few small discolored areas on the exterior cotton canvas cover. The bag used for storage has no external identification markings but there is a nearly impossible to read tag on the inner edge. The bag has a large round flap to go over the bag, but the open grommets have no closing strap and we have just used a piece of rope.
    I am willing to sell for $300 OBO plus shipping. Weight of robe and bag is about 22 lbs.
    Photos available upon request.
    I live in Washington State, USA, my phone is 1 425-710-0324 (PST)

  50. Lou Ann Norris Says:

    I have (2) Woods Artic sleeping bags rated to minus 20 for sale, in EXCELLENT
    Includes the case, flannel sheets. The two zip together to make a king size bed.

    They are perfect.

  51. Ramona Says:

    Very recently rescued a sleeping bag from being hauled to the dump. It’s crime : smelled bad.

    Husband and I spent considerable effort removing it from several layers of canvas wrapping to discover it is a Woods Three Star, 90×90 zipper special. It has its original military green (dark green) canvas bag and the printing looks the same as those pictured, but it does not have the words ‘eider down’ printed on the bag. Aside from a musty smell from being in storage for goodness knows how many years, it appears to be in almost pristine condition. The former owner has written his name on it in some sort of marker. And one spot looks like water might have dripped on the zipper, corroding it. I think that can be cleaned up. Aside from needing to unstink, nothing about his bag requires laundering.

    The wool liner zips in and out, and the bag closes with a zipper. It is not flat like an envelope, but rather has gathered corners, so it forms a ‘box’ shape when closed.

    I CANNOT imagine this item being packed anywhere on anyone’s back! It is very heavy! I would say the bag weighs close to 30 pounds. We are airing it over the railing outside and it takes two of us to muscle it around. Well, I can do it myself, but it’s awkward and difficult. Aside from the smell and one small wet spot, it’s in immaculate condition, having been stored wrapped and out of sunlight for a very long time.

    We have not decided what to do with this item. We are not campers. But it is an awesome reminder of a time when good materials went into a life long product. I have appreciated this site!

  52. Jill Abrams Says:

    I have a woods arctic sleeping robe with a zipper 90 x 90 that I’m going to post for sale on eBay! Anyone interested ? Jill

  53. Jim MacDougall Says:

    Does anyone know if the the woods logo with the red 3 star and red banner is older than the tree logo? Also are the older bags the ones withe lift the dot fasteners or were zippers offered on the older bags? There is also variations of the duffle bag, some contain Ottawa and Ogdensburg NY and some with just Ogdensburg. Some with vivid colors and some not, some with a top loading duffle and some with a 2 handled, zippered duffle bag. Which is the oldest design?

  54. Chris Mohn Says:

    Lou Ann I am interested in the two bags you noted above.

    Please advise to with pictures, detail description and price?



  55. Bryan Says:

    Ramona, I’d be interested in a challenge just to try to save it & learn something along the way. Not sure if you are USA or Can. but if Can maybe we can work a deal. I have a few now & am getting better at “renewing” , if it’s reasonable etc.
    E-mail me brymin@hotmail if interested.
    Thanks Bryan / Manitoba

  56. Ramona Says:

    Hello Bryan:

    I am in British Columbia. Is your email complete? Is that .com? Or .ca? Will try .com and see if I hear back from you.

  57. Chris Mohn Says:

    Lou Ann,

    Do you still have these bags?


  58. Mariana Says:

    I have 3 of these bags…2 from the 50’s….. 1 from the 70’s…how much are they worth….they are in perfect shape….all the wool liners are like brand new…duffel bags still in great shape….These were used 2 months every year on Canadian Rockies Hunting expeditions done on horse back…LOTS of history…used by the European Hunters !!…anyone interested to buy them ??

  59. ray Says:

    I have three woods 3 star and one 5 star for sale. these items are clean and stored
    in dry plastic containers in new condition.

  60. Heidi Says:

    I have one of these beautiful sleeping robes. In exceptional condition, I am wanting to sell it, but don’t know where the best place to post is?? Any ideas would be great.


  61. Ruth Marble Says:

    I have a Two Star Woods Arctic. 80xa84 I believe. Are the snap in’s what ever they are, still available? Bought it at Meier and Frank Portland, Or. decades ago. All hardware in excellent condition as I Ihave cared for it like a little old lady, which I am now.

  62. Tuthsok Says:

    Incase anyone is interested and looking for one

  63. Chris Says:

    I would like to know why I got a bunch emails today one these updates that are from September???

    Ray if you still have the 5-star bag I may be interested…



  64. Dany Michaud Says:

    Hi there I found one of these in near mint condition however it doesn’t have the full stitched logo in it telling me exactly which model it is.
    The only identification patch on the entire bag is 2 small orange rectangles sewn on the bottom corner of bag near the straps

    Thanks for any assistance anyone could give me to help identify this bag

  65. George Starkovich Says:

    Hi Everybody,
    I have a 3 Star that is one of my most prized possessions. I remember my Dad using it as a comforter to cover me and my mom when we were camping in our 12×14 sheepherder’s tent in the mountains of Utah. That was when I was 4 or 5 years old. My dad used the bag until he died 22 years ago. It then became MINE. I have used it ever since. I am 72 years old and live in northern Minnesota and still use “old faithful”. It is still in PERFECT shape. I had to replace the zipper a couple of years ago, but that’s it. This bag has kept me warm in -40 at the deer shack. My nephew told me that when I’m sleeping in my sleeping bag he’s never seen anyone sleep so peacefully. I love this bag, and would part with any of my other camping gear before giving it up. It’s part of the family and has been in use for almost 70 YEARS!!! I’ll use it until my dying day and hand it down to my son. I wouldn’t part with it for any price!!

  66. craig hewett Says:

    I have a sleeping bag that was my fathers that we both slept under when opened up in ice out conditions in northern ontario fishing,super warm. It is a Falcon Robe by S E Wood. model Forester 78×84,it is light green with green plaid wool liner and has only snap fasteners to close,rope bag carrier.I am sure it has to be late forties or so ,can anyone give me some information on it.

  67. Lloyd Slonski Says:

    Wanting to buy a woods 5 star bag please call 3069294684

  68. Lloyd Slonski Says:

    Ray do you still have the bags for sale thanks

  69. Breanden Says:

    I also have a Falcon Brand S.E Woods Winter weight sleeping robe 90×90 made in Hull P.Q. it has the green plaid lining has only green odd shaped oval snap closure. I have been looking for information on it. I cant find any others online I also thought maybe it could be a Quebec forest ranger model Looking for any info on it Im also interested in selling it.

  70. Mr.Lindsey Watson Says:

    I have a SE Woods UNGAVA four in one Trail Blazer SLEEPING ROBE 84/84. Made by the Holden Co. Very good condition (clean) snaps no zipper (2 snaps need replacing) with a red plaid flannel liner, two high loft down duvets, and a nylon shell/bivi like the one Bryan describes above Nov 9th 2:14.

    I would like to trade for a decent newer down mummy bag -0 rated. I am 6ft. 2inches, 200 lbs. so the bag will have to be a large. I will send photos on request. Mr. L.Watson 6 Willow Ln. Rensselaer NY. 12144. (518) 462-1979 EST e-mal me

  71. Paul Fraser Says:

    I have a 90″x90″ Woods Eiderdown sleeping robe in the original bag for sale .Really nice shape. No staining or rips,or tears. All stitching is sound. It could use a cleaning to freshen it up, but otherwise is pretty minty. No buttons anywhere, just a really heavy-duty zipper to close it up. I camped a fair bit in the past, but I’m getting old, and can’t move very well anymore, so my camping gear (sadly) is being sold. If anyone is interested, I’m near Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have pictures if wanted. My email is:

  72. Angel Says:

    Hi, I have a woods sleeping robe and wanted to sell it but after reading all this I am not so sure…
    Just out of curiosity…does someone know how much they are worth nowadays?

  73. Brent Payne Says:

    The only collectable Woods sleeping bags are the Arctic sleeping robes. There’s not a real market foe vintage Woods sleeping robes as they do not compare in warmth, efficiency, packed size or weight to good modern sleeping bags. In fact, they are remarkably inefficient by modern standards. Note that the robes produced by Woods in the 1990s were going for more than $700.00 new but were significantly overpriced compared to a high-end modern bag that would be far warmer for an eighth of the weight for around the same price. Down fill power of modern high end bags of the same era generally used 750 fill power down. Though Woods never stated what the fill power of their duck down was, most duck down averages around 600 fill.
    So, vintage Woods sleeping robes are worth what a collector will pay for them. Obviously, older robes in good shape are generally worth more than robes made since the 1960s. I’m interested in traditional camping and thus, the Woods bag appeals to me. I’ve bought 1950s era robes over the past five years for less than $60.00 and wartime robes of equivalent condition for around $100.00.

  74. Chris Says:


    There are a couple of posts in this thread that speak to pricing? They are still pretty accurate. If you look in eBay (assuming you are a member) you can see what they actually sell for today. But you will need to look at woods: bag, robe, arctic etc… to see all of them. Shipping is always a challenge as these bags weigh 20 pounds and that influences what somebody will pay. I collect these bags, clean them up and then resell after using for awhile. Two recent purchases for me were a 2-star 90×90 (lift the dot) in perfect condition for $90 shipped price and a 3-star 90×90 (zipper) in perfect condition for $200 shipped price. When I sell these they will bring $200 plus shipping and $300 plus shipping respectively but it will take awhile once I post them. I am always interested in 2-star thru 5-star bags, 90×90 in excellent condition but need to purchase at a discount…

  75. Chris Says:


    I still have the 4-star pictures if you want to add them? Good reference and the two bags together is quite unique. It would be good if you could find some 5-star photo’s too? And maybe the different label styles and their era’s?

  76. DC Reeve Says:

    I have a 2 STAR ARCTIC JUNIOR Woods Sleeping Robe in like new condition, purchased late 50’s. It is complete with bag and straps. Used it while dahl sheep hunting in the Yukon Territory as a teenager. Kept in dry storage and in excellent condition. Pictures available. Hate to part with it, but it is time for me to start cleaning out the closet. Any interested parties?

  77. John D. Laskowski Says:

    I possess a “two star” tan canvas bag stating “Woods Artic Junior Sleeping Robe – Harwood Patent – Woods Manufacturing Co., Ltd. – Ogdensburg. N.Y. – 78 – 84 – with zipper . The bag is empty with no robe available. It is in excellent condition.
    From research I have done online I assume since it does not have the Canadian link that it may be dated to a time when the product was only produced in N.Y. I cannot find any additional information to determine whether the “Junior” designation indicates size or thermal quality.
    Any information of this would be appreciated. I could sell it or have considered framing it for a “man cave” !
    John D. Laskowski
    Carsonville, PA 717-307-5447

  78. Chris Says:

    DC Reeve what size is the bag? If 90x 90 I might be interested? Please send photo’s to and I will respond directly. Thanks!

  79. DCReeve Says:

    Hi Chris,

    The bag is 78″ x 84″. Like new, with original bag and straps and separate cotton liner. Will send pictures to your private email. Thank you.

  80. Jared Says:

    I came across 2 of these made by Holden Manufacturing. Any idea what they’re worth and where I’m best to post them for sale?

  81. Brent Payne Says:

    There were other Canadian companies that copied the Woods Arctic style bag and Holden was one of them. All of these bags are worth what someone is willing to pay for them. Note that none of these come close to the warmth of a modern down sleeping bag in warmth. Down quality is much better today than when these bags were made. So, folks interested in vintage Canadian sleeping robes are not purchasing them for backpacking or camping. I would post it on eBay and email and leave a note with me as to when you posted the robe for sale.

  82. Angelica Says:

    So if I found one that seems to be mummy style and has an Abercrombie and Fitch tag as well as the woods tag is it real? I can’t find any info on this style, the inside tag says woods skyline “down” filled bag ogdensburg, ny. It has a duffle bag it came in with that info stamped in military style black ink. Thanks!

  83. Ed Schlumpf Says:

    I have a Woods 3-Star robe that I believe was only used for three days by my Dad when we camped on an island on Lake Superior in 1963. He used it once in deer camp after that, but never used it thereafter, complaining that “it was too warm.” It measures about 78″x70″, has a grey what I’m sure is wool liner and is teal green in color. It has snaps, no zipper. It has been in storage in its original Woods grey storage bag with leather handles in a dry closet in my home since my dad’s death in 1999. The bag has a stitched-on label that shows a pine tree in green with Woods stitched on it vertically. Label says’ “Arctic brand 3 Star all-down filled Slepping Robe, Harwood patent, sole manufacturer Woods Bag and Canvas Co. Ltd. Ogdensburg, NY and Toronto, Canada. Label inside storage bag says Woods (on a pine tree) canvas products, Woods Bag and Canvas Toronto-Winnpeg, Made in Canada. As I’m nearing 80 and have no use for it, am interested in selling it. It is virtually in new condition.

    Ed Schlumpf
    Hartland, WI 53029
    262-538-4024 (H)
    262-617-4024 (Cell)

  84. Jackson Says:

    Looking for a decent 90 x 90.

  85. Matthew Says:

    I have an Arctic sleeping robe with a partially damaged tag an not original sack. It’s in fantastic condition considering I believe it to be fairly old. No stains on the wool and only minor spotting on outer cover. It appears to maybe be a 3 star?
    Measurements laid out are roughly 72″W x 76″L, wool liner, zipper closure with snaps at top to access the down internals.

    I’ve got pics of the tag remnants if a pro here would be willing to help identify. One of the other tags that’s still in good shape has the following excerpt:

    “This article is made in compliance with an act of: Dist. of Col. approved July 3, 1926; Kansas approved March 1923; Minn. approved April 24, 1929; New Jersey revised Statutes 26; 10-6 to 18”

    Any help would be gladly appreciated. It’s an amazing piece and I’m curious more of its history.


  86. Paul Fraser Says:

    I have a very nice 90×90 3-Star w/ zipper for sale. Pictures if you want…

  87. Leigh Says:

    I am in the process of putting one (3 Star) on Craigslist. My father had it before I was born. He used in the N.W. T. when he was prospecting and before that when he was a member of the R.C.M.P. northern detachment. I slept in it many times when I was little. Often it was too warm but I curled up inside to get away from mosquitoes.

  88. Chris Says:

    Paul did you sell you robe? I know Jackson was looking for one…

    Leigh you should try eBay if you have an account? Also research your shipping as that makes / breaks many deals…

  89. Paula Says:

    No, I still have it. I’m not sure how much to ask for it. Do you have any idea in this regards

  90. Chris Says:


    Please send photo’s to and I will respond directly.



  91. Eric Says:

    Has anyone found a replacement snap that can be used to fix/replace missing or damaged snaps on the three star sleeping robe?

    Have a few missing and would like to find a way to fix this sleeping bag.

    – Eric

  92. Paul Fraser Says:


    No I still have it. Not sure what to ask. It really is in fabulous condition.

    Paul Fraser

  93. Chris Says:


    I have seen two types of fasteners on the Woods robes, one is internal and I think for snapping in a flannel liner and the other is to open / close the robe in place of a zipper? Both were open / close options for many years…

    Assuming you are speaking to the open / close the robe then these are “lift the dot” fasteners. eBay is an easy way to find these and they can typically be purchased in quantities of 10 to 12.

    The failure usually happens to the female side of the fastener versus the male? If this is the case pretty easy to repair, I do not have any experience with male side replacement. A small flat head screw driver and needle nose pliers are helpful to fix. Remove the old fastener and cover (assumes female repair) with screwdriver and use existing holes in duck cotton cover to align the new pieces, crimp into place with needle nose pliers. The only problem is you don’t get the nice “cover” piece that Woods used from the factory but the robe will be fully functional.

    Hope this helps; I had a beautiful robe once with the same problem and a local canvas repair person helped me figure this out!

    Kind Regards,


  94. Chris Says:


    There is some pretty good info in this blog around pricing? It depends on size (three sizes were made), rating (2 star thru 5 star) and shipping (can be quite expensive based on where you live and how you package it). eBay is also a decent source of info if you are a member.

    I am always interested in 90 x 90 robes in very good to excellent condition myself but do need to purchase at a discount. I will cold wash (also noted in the blog), use for a year; we have a three-season porch and I like sleeping “outdoors” in the winter and then resell as a ready to go robe to someone that does not want to mess with cleaning etc… Woods robes and Hudson Bay blanket trading are a hobby of mine.

    That being said I have never owned a 5-star robe and would probably pay full price (tbd) for a 90 x 90 in excellent condition.

    Kind Regards,


  95. Edward Poczatek Says:

    I have a Woods Bag
    The Lable reads
    WOODS Arctic Brand
    Sleeping Robe
    Five Pounds of Woods Everlne Down

    The bag is green heavy canvas with large hood. The lining appears to be a synthetic like nylon or Dacron. Missing storage bag and removable liner

    Any ideas on it’s age or value?
    Are the liners or storage bags available for purchase ?\

  96. Steve Says:

    Hi. I am a seasoned camper hunter, fisherman ,outdoorsman and love vintage quality North American made products.I have owned, and restored alot of Woods Arctic Series bags and have alot of knowledge and experience in tips on restoration of 2, 3 4 and 5 star bags and vintage canoe packs. Actually there was a 1 star bag labeled the downlite, 2 star, 3 star, 4 star. and 5 star bags. You could get bags in different sizing and either lift the dot fasteners or zippered, I prefer lift the dot as they are easily replaced and a fraction of the cost of a new zipper that has to be sent out to a good seamstress. I have owned and sold more than 40 bags mostly Woods but there were other companies producing a knock off of the iconic 3 star bags and some were very well made like the Pioneer yukon made by jones tent and awning out of vancouver BC. The 90 x 90 sleeping robe was the flagship on down bags at the time. The early “eiderdown” bags from the 1940s and 1950s were heavy beautiful bags with the iconic duffle bag with rope closure and sewn in kersey wool liner that moths loved. Ive restored at least 20 of those and after a good cleaning and few snap replacements there good for another century, THE WORST TORTURE FOR A DOWN BAG IS TO KEEP IT COMPRESSED. Alot of the time a proper cleaning and relofting you should hang bag or lay on bed or Ive stored them loosely rolled in a new hockey goalie bag. The 5 star robes were cool and typically the leather tabs that hold the 2 quilts and flannel or wool liner depending on vintage will dry out and crack needing replacement, I lubricate them with a quality leather cleaner. I still buy and sell good bags and have alot of knowledge on the Mount Blanc series of bags. The Mount Blanc was a semi mummy bag produced in the early 1980s and was basically a cut down 3 star in nylon shell , A serios cold weather bag one third the weight of a 3 or 5 star. Mount blanc was the first paycheck purchase along with an 1100 remington in 1980 from my first high paying job. The Mount blanc came in 3 sizes the 2, 3, and 4 1/2. They came as a Mount blanc or Mount Blanc supreme, The supreme had 100 % goose down compared to the “arctic” down. I just recently found a mint 4,5 and it has 13 inch loft. I also have a brand new 5 star and vintage 5 star that weighs 28 lbs and was custom made for a guy that worked at Woods. Im more than happy to help anyone with questions on any Woods products if I could help you. The Tents and Packs are another storie Cheers

  97. Corinne Gawriluk Says:

    I have a Woods Arctic Brand 2 star all down filled sleeping robe in excellent condition! Don’t think my father even used it! Green with snaps and flannel patterned liner. I would love to sell this item as I do not camp period. Don’t even know what it is worth.

  98. Cpl Murray Bates Ret. Says:

    Have 1974 original Woods 3-Star issued to me when I was an Alberta/Canada game warden 1974 – 2008. Bag used for only 5 years when stationed in northern Alberta. Then transferred south. Bag is like new only a few grommets missing. Is the outer canvas, inner 600 # fill down, with fleece removable liner and wool head warmer flap. Believe new replacement price – ‘800.00.’ Would like to sell to someone who appreciates warmth and value, but definitely too heavy (30#) for backpacking. Slept in it in a fierce cold rain storm on Great Slave Lake for 3 days outside. Covered it with heavy black 2 mm garbage bags and was warm and dry. Thank you. MURRAY BATES, GAME WARDEN # 76 RET., BEARBERRY AB, RR 2, TOM 1X0

  99. Matt Says:

    Anyone interested in purchasing a like new 3 star sleeping robe. Like new no repairs. I believe this model is from the 50’s. The item came from a great camp in the Adirondack Park and was likely purchased simple because it was the best not to actually use. The bag was given to me after the original owner passed away. There seems to be a real appreciation for this item here. This is the full sized model not junior. All original.

  100. Norm Says:

    Hi I just got a Woods 3Star bag in great condition. It certainly appears to be egyptian cotton outer. It has the kersey wool inside and metal snap closures painted green on outer side. The label on the bag says 3Star Arctic Brand and has a mountain scene with the “Woods Evergreen” tree and a person sleeping in a bag…very cool label. It has the original bag (I think) with 3Star and Ottawa and Ogdensburg on it exactly as pictured above in blog. Below the yellow and orange writing on the bag is printed in black 90 X 90 and 1951 just below that. It weighs about 16 lbs.

    The bag appears to be 84″ X 84″. When I really stretch it with somebody holding it is about 87″. The kersey wool inside is about 80″ X 80″. My question is: Is this a 90 X 90 bag?

  101. Sara Geiger Says:

    Hi- I have an Artic Brand Junior Woods Sleeping robe with a snap in flannel and separate snap in cotton liner with bag in great shape- would you be interested in this? I can send you a photo it several.

  102. G. Scott Novotny Says:

    Is this still a viable blog. 02/04/2019

    Please let me know through email if anyone has read this post.

    Thanks, Scott

  103. Tom Says:

    Hello Woods aficionados. Is anyone still interested in these wonderful bags? I have two in great condition. My father worked for a high end sporting goods business and received them as gifts. They’ve seen very little use.

    Post is at Bozeman Montana Craigslist. Feel free to email me : from [dot] montana [dot] use [at] gmail [dot] .com

    Cheers — Tom

  104. Grant Sisk Says:

    Hi. Is this blog still active? Hope so. I have 4 of these bags from various years and have spent a lot of time outside in the cold in them. Wonderful product.

  105. Joyce Says:

    Wondering if this site is still active.
    I have a 90×90 3 Star Sleeping Robe from the ’50’s we have been using. Missing 3 female grommets but otherwise in excellent shape. Some staining but nothing nasty. Green canvas outer shell, grey wool lining, Eiderdown fill. Still have the original duffle sack and ties.
    Anyone interested?

  106. Bradford Hunt Says:

    I am interested

  107. Chris Says:


    I am always interested in Woods Sleeping Robes…

    Would really like to purchase a 5-Star if anybody has one.

    cdmohn at verizon dot net

  108. Steve Kay Says:

    I have a MINT 5 star bag A hard find and complete with storage bag and hood Brown outer with sewn in pocket @ down quilts and red flannel liner Stored uncompressed since new
    London Ontario Canada

  109. Joe Head Says:

    I grew up not far from the St. Lawrence River and Canadian border in upstate NY. My dad was a physician with the 89th Infantry Division during WWII serving in France and Germany. The sleeping bag he used overseas during the war was a Woods Arctic Robe purchased from the Woods Company in Ogdensburg, NY which is located on the St. Lawrence River. I had the opportunity to sleep in it once on a winter camping trip. It was much warmer and more comfortable than the down mummy bag I currently use.

  110. Diane Says:

    I have an Arctic 2 insulated down North Star sleeping bag dated from 1968 , dimensions 72 x 84
    It’s 100% down insulated, cover hardwood shelter heavy twill, government rustproof snap enclosure, unequalled warmth and comfort for winter Arctic use.
    Company is Quality Quilt Inc, Montreal

    One snap is missing.

    Anyone interested?

    Dicast73 at hotmail dot com

    Montreal …..

  111. Diane Says:

    I have an Arctic 2 insulated down North Star sleeping bag dated from 1968 , dimensions 72 x 84
    It’s 100% down insulated, cover hardwood shelter heavy twill, government rustproof snap enclosure, unequalled warmth and comfort for winter Arctic use.
    Company is Quality Quilt Inc, Montreal

    One snap is missing.

    Anyone interested?

    Dicast73 at hotmail dot com

    Montreal …..

  112. Jim Rosteck Says:

    I just won a 3 Star Arctic Sleeping Rob from an auction. It has U.S.A.A.F (United States Army Air Force) along with some other military identification and also a brass tag with the information sewn to it, from what I could easily find on the internet regarding the military info it was from 1942 which coincides with USAAF which was their name from 1941-47. Other than a few moth holes in the wool it appears to be in perfect condition and is pretty clean other then some dust.
    If some collector is looking I’d sell it otherwise it’ll become the winter bed spread in the camper.
    I’d add a few pics on here if I could figure out how.

  113. Chris Says:

    Steve Kay if you still have 5-star robe I am interested.

    cdmohn @ verizon net

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