Hyke & Byke Blog

Duck and goose down provide the same level of insulation, and they both have the required structure that makes down a good insulator. Both kinds of down have the ability to retain their warmth and loft for several year if they are well taken care of. Here are a couple of aspects to consider when choosing: Durability There is no major difference between the durability of goose down and duck down. Furthermore, down is an organic product and its durability...
Stuff sacks vary from bag to bag, depending on the size and shape of the sleeping bag, as well as on the fill. Sleeping bags filled with down are more compressible than synthetic filled ones, and need lesser volume stuff sacks. You can use a regular dry sack for a down sleeping bag, except for winter weather sleeping bags where a more complex compression sack is needed to reduce volume that the sleeping bag takes up in your backpack. Here are the...
Compression sacks are one of the camping gears that could make your packing either a breeze or a challenge. These sacks compress and reduce the volume of your sleeping bag, so you could easily stuff it in your backpack without eating up too much space. They are the most preferred to compress large down-filled winter sleeping bags or bulky three-season sleeping bags. While a lot of compression sacks use extra straps to mechanically scrunch up a bulky sleeping bag, some...
Backpacks, no matter how they are advertised as super durable; the daily wear and tear would eventually take a toll on them. Regularly wiping them down with a non-abrasive cleaning cloth could minimize dirt accumulation, and add up to its longevity, but if your backpack starts to smell or appear really dirty, it’s time to give them a good old spin in the washer or wash them by hand. For machine washing, please take note that not all backpacks are...
Down soaps are cleaning agents specifically manufactured for items with down filling. These specially formulated cleaning chemicals will help to preserve and maintain the natural oils and fiber in the down while still getting your item clean and restoring the loft of your sleeping bag.
Properly storing your sleeping bag is an essential skill to make sure that your bag is always in tip top condition and that you get the most bang for your buck. Here are four simple steps to store your sleeping bag: Take it out of the sleeping bag sack Make sure that the bag is completely and thoroughly dry Loosely put it inside a mesh sack or a breathable cotton bag Store it in a place that’s cool and dry....