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Can you get allergies to an old (35 years) down sleeping bag?

Certainly, however, as the linked paper confirms, that you are much more likely to get have an allergy to dust mites rather than feather allergy alone. Dust mites are commonly found in bedding and ...
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V-chamber vs trapezoid construction

The answer to "it is considered in the temperature rating" can be yes, no and maybe... Really it depends on the manufacturer and how they test it. It also depends where the manufacturer market is: in ...
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Quality of duck vs goose down

Down is a natural product, so fill quality, odour and durability can vary quite markedly within a species depending on the breed, age and condition of the bird. Practical performance is also ...
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Any way to save down sleeping bag after washing?

Any way to save down sleeping bag after washing? I would try rewashing, rinsing thoroughly (see below) and dry/fluff/dry/fluff/etc. I wash down sleeping bags, down pillows and down comforters, and ...
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Any way to save down sleeping bag after washing?

It all comes down to using the right approach in the first place. Theory The primary goal of down care is to preserve the fluffiness of the feathers. There are three enemies to it: Dirt: fat and ...
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What jacket should I choose for winter trekking?

Down has worked well for me. My experience includes fall hiking at medium altitudes (10,000 to 12,000 feet), hence snow on the ground and snow falling. I've always had a down jacket with a water ...
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How can you judge the warmth of a synthetic/down insulated jacket?

Let's start with some general technical info, and then we'll get to the specific questions. One way to judge the warmth of a down/synthetic "down" jacket is the type and amount (by weight) ...
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Can you get allergies to an old (35 years) down sleeping bag?

You can have allergies to a brand new down bag. If you have down allergy it doesn't really matter the age. Old might be worse (don't have evidence either way), but an allergy is an allergy. Down "...
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What jacket should I choose for winter trekking?

My experience is in the UK. Your problem isn't the -5, it's the 0. Once the temperature freezes and stays there, all the humidity drops out of the air. Above or close to zero, you've got general ...
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Is an old but new down sleeping bag as good as a recent and new one?

If the bag was compressed most of the time during the storage it may provide less insulation than a recently produced one. The other thing is, if the bag has caught mildew, you might not be able to ...
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Down is escaping my jacket, especially over a wool sweater

Down will inevitably pierce through thin fabrics (an thicker ones too, just less frequently). It's in the nature of quills to do so and even if very fine, there are quills nonetheless. The lighter the ...
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Is it possible to partially change color of down jacket?

It looks like the answer is no, The biggest problem you face in dyeing a coat is that it probably has a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish. This is a coating that is applied to the outside of the ...
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winter hammock camping

Well after more research I think the warmest hammock underquilt available is the Revolt v2 from enlightened equipment. The rating goes down to -10F... I hope that helps someone!
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Is an old but new down sleeping bag as good as a recent and new one?

You should consider water repellency. Down does not hold heat once it is wet. Unlike synthetic fillings. This is particularly true of older down products. The only real innovation in down technology ...
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Air drying down sleeping bag in high humidity vs stuffing immediately?

You should still air it. Your body heat will, indeed, help evaporate some moisture but will generate more over the night. A human body generates the same heat as a 100-watt light bulb but it's also ...
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How does the R-value of goose down compare to cattail down?

I had never heard of "cattail Down" but after a quick google, it sound like it is significantly heaver than duck or goose down. The R-value dose not measure a substances insulation value, rather the ...
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