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gear care
gear care Anonymous 03/22/14(Sat)17:51 UTC+1 No.290732 Report

apparently keeping sleeping bags stuffed tightly in long-term storage hurts the down. but where do you find the bigger storage bags? i bought the white mesh bag in pic related, but it's barely bigger than the original stuff sack. what should i be looking for? i'm tempted to just make my own and be done with it.

also, general gear maintenance & storage questions/tips thread.
Anonymous 03/22/14(Sat)17:54 UTC+1 No.290735 Report

down bags shouuuuuuld come with the storage bag.

however.... A very large pillowcase will do the trick, or anything else of that size. The mesh bag that came with my down bag is that kind of size.
Anonymous 03/22/14(Sat)17:56 UTC+1 No.290736 Report

I think you're supposed to let it hang opened. Ideally, that is.
Same for those self-inflating sleeping mats - when you buy them newly, you still need to inflate them yourself, but if you keep them open for a while, it starts to work.
I have a compressible stuff sack and I just uncompress it normally and only compress it when I'm hiking.
Also, fuck my life, my hardshell clothes all require different kinds of waterproofing. My pants can only be used with liquid detergent, my jacket only with spray.
Anonymous 03/22/14(Sat)17:57 UTC+1 No.290737 Report

apparently down isn't such a risk because the fibers don't actually break. you can give it a few shakes and it relofts. synthetic fibers can break when overcompressed and they don't come back to life afterward.

for long term storage a lot of people actually hang the sleeping bag up in the back of their closet or something

pic not altogether related
Anonymous 03/22/14(Sat)17:59 UTC+1 No.290738 Report

Anonymous 03/22/14(Sat)18:14 UTC+1 No.290744 Report

well, my bag is from 10 years or so ago when the separate storage sack wasn't really a thing. i should probably just buy a new bag and be done with it.
Anonymous 03/22/14(Sat)20:08 UTC+1 No.290800 Report

Or you buy a meter of mesh or whatever from your local fabric shop fold it in the middle and sew 2 more sides together.

Unless of course you need a new sleeping bag anyway.
Anonymous 03/24/14(Mon)00:08 UTC+1 No.291572 Report

your sleeping bag probably has 2 loops at the foot end designed to fit perfectly on a hanger. put it in your closet
Anonymous 03/24/14(Mon)00:13 UTC+1 No.291577 Report

hang it up dude.>>291572

if its a cold weather bag and your trying to squeeze every degree from it possible, your gonna want to hang that bad boy up. synthetic fibers will be fucked as mentioned above, but down should be fine as long as its not crushed as small as you can get it.
i leave my bag spread out, if space were a factor, i would hang it up in the closet.
HandSolo 03/24/14(Mon)00:26 UTC+1 No.291585 Report

I hang mine in the closet and only roll it up when I'm out.

Not sure if that's the best advice, it's just what I do.
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