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Can I refill a down sleeping bag myself?

Has anyone refilled his own sleeping bag? Mine has a few cold spots. I tried washing it again, drying it with tennis balls,... Not as good as I would want. I don't want to throw it away. In my country,...
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Air drying down sleeping bag in high humidity vs stuffing immediately?

When camping in rainy/high humidity weather (without direct sunlight) should you still air your down sleeping bag in the morning or stuff it directly? Obviously not in direct rain, but what about ...
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Any way to save down sleeping bag after washing?

My down sleeping bag began to smell not so good, so I washed it. I used lowest spin cycle possible 400 rpm and it ruined it. There were no cleaning instructions added. Some say low spin cycle on ...
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Can you get allergies to an old (35 years) down sleeping bag?

Do the feathers in a down sleeping bag deteriorate over time, causing fine dust and potential allergies to its user?
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How can you judge the warmth of a synthetic/down insulated jacket?

I'm looking for a down jacket that will keep me warm in the winter for having stopped walking and setting up camp, taking a break, but also for sitting outside at the pub and queueing in the cold, i.e....
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Down sleeping bag with 200 g fill temperature ratings [duplicate]

The advertised down sleeping bag has fill: 200 g grey duck down 90/10.700 Cuin. Other material is 20D 380T nylon. Total weight is 630 g. Temperature ratings are 9°C, limit 4°C and extreme -9°C. I don'...
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What jacket should I choose for winter trekking?

I can't stay in house much more this winter I need to go on longer hikes. I am used to longer hikes up to 14 days, but not during the winter. I want to do 1-5 day hikes in winter in dry weather, ...
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winter hammock camping

What's the warmest underquilt I can buy for an asymmetric 1 man camping hammock? My hammock is the Hennessy expedition. I'm thinking of the warbonnet wookie (Scandinavian) but that is custom built for ...
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How does the R-value of goose down compare to cattail down?

I know that goose down is warmer than cattail down. But what are the R-values of each? How much warmer is the same weight/volume of goose down compared to cattail down? Is cattail down better than low-...
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Is an old but new down sleeping bag as good as a recent and new one?

I recently purchased a new western mountaineering sleeping bag (Puma MF) from Moosejaw. Long story short, I found that the bag was manufactured more than 4 years ago, in 2014, the price tags have ...
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Down is escaping my jacket, especially over a wool sweater

I recently bought a down jacket and noticed that some down is leaking, especially if I am wearing a wool sweater underneath. Everytime I wear my jacket with my (dark, which makes the down very ...
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Is it possible to partially change color of down jacket?

I own several down jackets but my favorite and warmest doesn't have the best colors. It's black which is great but shoulder area is orange. It's an LL Bean jacket. Is it possible I can dye and ...
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V-chamber vs trapezoid construction

I am searching for a down sleeping bag and found two alternatives. They are from one manufacturer so data should be comparable. bag ("A"): T_limit = -13°C weight = 1000g filled with 600g of 850cuin ...
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Quality of duck vs goose down

While searching for a sleeping bag I was told that goose down is clearly superior to duck down in terms of quality. I guess that means e.g. the fill power (measured in cuin). What exactly are the ...
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What can be done to restore a Down Sleeping Bag after compressed storage? [duplicate]

I, unfortunately, am in the situation where my down sleeping bag has been stored in a compressed state for approximately 11 months (it was bought and used once before this). I have read in many ...
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Down feather species, which is best?

I've seen several down jackets stating what species of down the jacket is filled with, i.e. Duck, Goose, etc. What are the differences between the various species' down and which is best?
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Numbers on down jackets

I'm looking for a down jacket. They all seem to come with numbers but I'm not sure what they mean. For example : 90/10 Down Fill Power 700 What do they mean?
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Will a down sleeping bag recover 100% after being squeezed if it's not for a long time?

It is well known that a down sleeping bag should be stored as open as possible when not in use, but that can be squeezed and compressed to a very small fraction of its size when necessary (that ...
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Shall I buy a Large size shell if I am wearing Medium size Down Jacket?

So that I can have some spaces to wear Down or Fleece inside the jacket? Normally Large size shell is too large for me, or I should buy the same size so as fit as possible?
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Old Down Sleeping Bag performance

I hear that because down feathers are so delicate, a down sleeping bag that has gotten a ton of use or rough use has significantly less insulating performance -- the feathers are broken down into bits ...
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What is Arc'Teryx Technical down?

Today I received an e-mail from Arc'Teryx stating that Fall 2013 ushers in the arrival of technical DOWN and NEW GORE-TEX® Pro technology. What is technical down? I assume it is some sort of ...
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What is water resistant down and how is it made?

Water resistant down has interesting properties which make it appealing for outdoor applications. However, it is not widely available and seems to be only offered in certain fill powers. How is the ...
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