How to Fix Sleeping Bags
More than half of our readers said they planned to keep their sleeping bags for five to ten years, and 25% said they hoped to keep their bags for ten years or longer.
Maintaining your sleeping bag
In humid or wet conditions, dry your bag by draping it over a rock or simply laying it on the ground. Zippers require special care. If a snag occurs, don’t try to yank the slider free; instead, pull the obstruction out perpendicular to the track.
Cleaning your sleeping bag
Once your bag starts to smell bad, run it through a Laundromat washer and dryer. Use a special soap (Nikwax Down Wash or Tech Wash) and wash it alone on a cold, gentle cycle. Dry on low heat.
Repairing your sleeping bag
If your tent is filled with feathers in the morning and there’s no visible tear, it’s time to replace it; if synthetics aren’t warm, the fill has compressed, which is a one-way street to irreversible damage.
How to fix small tears in your sleeping bag
The standard patches are tear-away tape and Gear Aid’s Tenacious Tape, which should be applied to the outside of your bag and allowed to cure flat before storing.
What is the best filling for a sleeping bag?
Synthetic fill is also a good option because it is easier to clean, provides better insulation when wet, and is less expensive than down. However, it is slightly bulkier, heavier, and may have a shorter user life.
What is a draft tube in sleeping bag?
Side Seams – The side seams of a sleeping bag connect the front and back of the sleeping bag shell together. Draft tube – An insulated tube that runs along and behind the zipper to keep cold drafts out and warm air in.
Is a down sleeping bag worth it?
The advantages of down sleeping bags Fluffy, light down provides the most comfortable sleep; low quality down mixed with feathers or damp does not perform better than a synthetic sleeping bag; down sleeping bags last three to four times longer than synthetic sleeping bags when properly cared for; down sleeping bags last three to four times longer when properly cared for; down sleeping bags last three to four times longer when properly cared for; down sleeping bags last three to four times longer when properly cared for; down sleeping bags last three to four times longer when properly care
Are mummy sleeping bags better?
Mummy sleeping bags are lighter and less bulky than rectangular sleeping bags of comparable rating, making them ideal for backpacking and backcountry camping. Keep in mind that rectangular sleeping bags’ heat efficiency is compromised due to the more open, non-conforming cut.
How do you fix a tear in fabric?
Thread a needle twice and knot one end. Insert the needle underneath the fabric at the bottom of the rip and come to the top. Take a small stitch to secure the end. Move across the rip and take another vertical stitch.
Does REI repair sleeping bags?
Although REI does not perform repairs, we collaborate with a company called Rainy Pass to help our customers get their gear repaired.
What side should my sleeping bag zipper be on?
Most right-handed hikers prefer left zip bags because it’s easier to reach across your body to your left side to use the zipper while lying on your back; if you’re left-handed, the opposite is true.
Can you side sleep in a mummy bag?
The mummy bag has a sheaf for the pad that keeps it in place, which is great because you can turn around as much as you want and it’s all one unit; you can’t fall off the pad no matter how much you turn, which is great because I sleep on my side.
Is a 30 degree sleeping bag warm enough?
Get a goose down sleeping bag with a temperature rating of at least -20u00b0 Fahrenheit for winter camping, but -40u00b0 provides a much larger margin of safety due to changing weather conditions. For camping in very warm climates, bags rated to 30 -40u00b0 Fahrenheit work well.
Do sleeping bags expire?
Sleeping bags have no expiration date, but with proper care, they can last for years, which is why they often come with a large stuff sacku2014they need to breathe.