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Postby rlshattuck » Thu May 06, 2010 6:47 pm

my bags live under my bead, all stretched out and happy, while not in use. I've ha done since '73 and it's still got what it takes to keep me happy up high. Yeah, don't compress your down.
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Postby aemter » Thu May 06, 2010 7:51 pm

I keep my down stuff (for now just one 15-deg sleeping bag and a jacket) in a rubbermaid container. It's a little more volume than the cotton bag that came with my Marmot sleeping bag and it's fairly mouse proof. Never have had problems with mice, but I don't want to run the chance.

When I prepare for a trip, I take them out and hang the jacket up and hang the sleeping bag upside down for a couple days. It helps to loft things up. I do the same for a few days after I get back from a trip.
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Postby Hotoven » Thu May 06, 2010 8:41 pm

Good points, but the reason I bumped this circa 2007 thread was the find out if the extreme heat and cold would have a bad result on my sleeping bags storage.
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Postby AndyJB444 » Fri May 07, 2010 12:45 am

Somewhat related question: whats the best way to fluff a down bag after its been compressed?
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Postby aemter » Fri May 07, 2010 1:41 am

Hotoven wrote:Good points, but the reason I bumped this circa 2007 thread was the find out if the extreme heat and cold would have a bad result on my sleeping bags storage.


Sorry man. I just realized this was an old thread. But if it were my down gear, no way I'd put it in an attic. Not to mention extreme heat and cold, but they can get pretty humid if you don't have good ventilation.
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Sleeping bag care

Postby redcell6613 » Fri May 07, 2010 2:51 am

Here is a decent article regarding care from Prolite.

http://www.prolitegear.com/site/ultrali ... -bags.html

I don't know how hot a dryer gets, but my attic has hit 140F easily.
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Remedy

Postby peterline » Fri May 07, 2010 10:40 am

Ooops have been having my $700 bag compressed for the last 5 months.is there anything u can do to reverse the damage done to the loft?
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Remedy

Postby peterline » Fri May 07, 2010 12:16 pm

Ooops have been having my $700 bag compressed for the last 5 months.is there anything u can do to reverse the damage done to the loft?
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Postby Autoxfil » Fri May 07, 2010 1:52 pm

It doesn't usuall really "damage" high quality down - it just takes very long time to get the loft back. If you pulled it out in your tent tonight, it would be very flat and cold.

Put it in a dryer on "no heat" and let it ride for 45-60 minutes. It should come back nicely.
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Re: Sleeping bag care

Postby Hotoven » Fri May 07, 2010 2:39 pm

redcell6613 wrote:Here is a decent article regarding care from Prolite.

http://www.prolitegear.com/site/ultrali ... -bags.html

I don't know how hot a dryer gets, but my attic has hit 140F easily.


Ok thanks a lot. That's what I wanted!
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