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 Sleeping Bag Care Guide

  • Donít store your bag rolled up tightly in a compression sack.  Bags stored for a long time that are compressed tightly can loose their loft.  Store your bag in a breathable sack made of canvas rolled up loosely.  Take your bag out every three to six months and fluff it up to help maintain its loft.

  • Donít pack your bag wet. If your bag does get wet hang it out to air dry or fly dry it in a dryer without heat.

  • Hang your bag out after each trip and allow it to air out.  Washing your bag after each trip is not necessary (unless each trip is one month in the backcountry).  When your bag needs a bath follow the directions provided by the manufacturer.  Washing your bag in a large laundry mat style machine (you know, the same one you wash your bedspread in) is better than using your home machine.  A machine without an agitator is best (front loading) so drawstrings and straps donít get wrapped around the machine in the washing process or worse torn off.

  • When hiking or going into the backcountry, store your bag in a waterproofed compression sack.  Trust us, you will be glad you did.  The bag will stay dry, even if you take a dump into a river by accident when traveling the backcountry.  Having a dry bag and the ability to make a fire can greatly aid you in the event weather conditions sour.  Also, the compression sack will reduce the amount of space your sleeping bag takes up in your pack by as much as fifty percent.

  • Remember the best secret weapon when in the outdoors, duct tape.  Your six to twelve feet of emergency duct tape can be used to patch a tear or seal up a broken zipper.

  • Donít be lazy with your zippers.  If your bag has two zippers that meet at a middle point donít use one end to go all the way around the bag.  This puts a lot of strain on the zipper and increases the chances of a zipper jumping off of its teeth and jamming.  Try to have those zippers meeting at a near halfway point to balance the load and the distance the zipper has to travel.