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What is the difference between down and feathers?

What is the difference between down and feathers?

June 13, 2018 1 min read

Contrary to popular belief, down is not made from fowl feathers, but rather from duck plumage. It is the soft, fluffy, and lofty stuff under the feathers. Down is found beneath this protective covering – usually on the belly of a bird - and is light and fluffy.  It provides the insulation birds need to keep themselves warm.  Instead of quills, a cluster of down has a round center called a plumule. Soft, fluffy, and airy, it has thousands of tiny fibers that radiate from its core. Considered as nature’s insulator, it is effective in trapping air and body heat, while still being breathable. Hence, it wicks unwanted moisture away from your body.
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Can you put a sleeping bag in the dryer?

Can you put a sleeping bag in the dryer?

June 13, 2018 1 min read

After washing the bag, yes, you could put it through a dryer; most sleeping bags are designed to withstand industrial dryers. Dry in a front load industrial dryer at the Laundromat, since a lot of home dryers are too small for your sleeping bag.
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Can I put sleeping bag in the washing machine?

Can I put sleeping bag in the washing machine?

June 13, 2018 1 min read

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.
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How do you stay warm in a sleeping bag?

How do you stay warm in a sleeping bag?

June 13, 2018 2 min read

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:

  1. 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.
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What temperature is a 3 season sleeping bag?

What temperature is a 3 season sleeping bag?

June 13, 2018 1 min read

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 draft tubes.

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What does comfort temperature mean in sleeping bags?

What does comfort temperature mean in sleeping bags?

June 13, 2018 1 min read

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.

 

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Can you wash a down sleeping bag?

Can you wash a down sleeping bag?

June 13, 2018 1 min read

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.

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Is Down Warmer than Synthetic?

Is Down Warmer than Synthetic?

June 11, 2018 1 min read

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.

 

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Stress Free Travel Tips

Stress Free Travel Tips

June 03, 2017 2 min read

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Key Food Handling Tips for Backpacking

Key Food Handling Tips for Backpacking

June 02, 2017 3 min read

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How to Stay Hydrated While Hiking

How to Stay Hydrated While Hiking

May 31, 2017 3 min read

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How to Sleep Well on a Hike

How to Sleep Well on a Hike

May 31, 2017 4 min read

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