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Yes, fortunately, a lot of sleeping bags in the market could take a few spins in the washing machine.  However, it is best to use a front-loading washer (or top-loading machine without an agitator) instead of a regular top-loading washing machine. Please be advised, though, that some home front-loader machines are usually small and would not give your sleeping bag enough space to tumble and clean properly. Also, make sure to wash the bag in a gentle cycle, using an appropriate...
Whether you have a new spanking sleeping bag, or you rely on an old trusty bag to keep you warm on your backpacking trips, we have some tips on how to help your sleeping bag keep you warm and toasty: Avoid Major Causes of Heat Loss – You can add to the warmth and defend against heat loss by using a sleeping liner, an insulating pad, a good tent, and finding the right campsite.   Your body emits a natural...
Like the temperature rating, sleeping bags are also labeled by seasons to help you choose which bags would suit for your needs. A 3-season sleeping bag has a temperature of +10° to +35° and would be best suited to use during the seasons spring, summer, and fall. Winters require a sleeping bag that’s designed withstand much colder temperatures, though. Some of the features to look for in a quality 3-season bags are the following: cinch-able hoods, draft collars, and zipper...
Comfort temperature in sleeping bags refers to the lowest temperature a bag is intended to keep the user warm and comfortable, without the need for any additional blankets. When a bag is designed as a “15-degree bag” it means that the average sleeper would remain warm and toasty inside the bag unless the air temperature drops lower than 15 degrees. These sleeping bag temperature specifications assume that the sleeper is wearing long clothes and is using a sleeping pad underneath....
Question: Can Down Sleeping Bags be Washed Answer: Down sleeping bags could be washed, but it needs more time and careful attention. It is pretty costly to have them professionally cleaned, but you could also do it yourself. First, you have to assess whether your sleeping bag needs a full-wash or if it could be remedied by a little spot cleaning. Frequent washing could subject your bag to wear and tear, and it could damage the down inside, thereby decreasing...
Yes, down is warmer than synthetic. Down is the soft, fluffy, and lofty stuff under the feathers. Considered as nature’s insulator, down (made from duck plumage, not feathers) it is effective in trapping air and body heat, while still being breathable. Hence, it wicks unwanted moisture away from your body. The effectiveness of down can be measured through “fill power”; the more it lofts, the higher quality it is. If you take one ounce of 800-fill down, it will supposedly...