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Ed Barkowski
(edbarkowski) - F
Compression Damage? on 01/18/2009 09:50:57 MST Print View

Rethinking the use of my compression sack...

Anyone out there have any experience with damage to their sleeping bag from constant over-compressing? My gut thought is that down bags should only be smashed down so much, so many times (before loft elements and shell fabric are compromised).

What other/better techniques are there to get size down AND keep your sleeping bag dry?

(I use the Marmot Hydrogen with a Sea-To-Summit eVac 4L dry sack)

Joe Westing
(pedro87) - F
Re: Compression Damage? on 01/18/2009 12:56:55 MST Print View

I have not personally tried this but many have recommended this method on this site. First, insert a waterproof pack liner into your bag. Next, push your bag (not in a stuff sack) down to the bottom of liner. Finally, put all the rest of your gear into the liner. The gear on top of the bag will keep it relatively compressed but not so much that it damages the bag (like it will in a compression sack). Because the bag is in the bottom of your backpack, it will fill in all the empty space/corners that are typically wasted. Some have reported that their sleeping bag takes up less space using this method than when they used a compression sack. Especially since you are planning a long thru-hike, do NOT use a compression sack if you want to make sure your bag has a long, productive life.

Edited by pedro87 on 01/18/2009 13:19:07 MST.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Compression Damage? on 01/18/2009 15:32:43 MST Print View

I might use a compression stuff sack for my clothes bag. Never for any high loft insulating gear.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Compression Damage? on 01/18/2009 16:07:13 MST Print View

A 4 L sack sounds far too small to me. I use a 13L dry bag (also Sea-to-Summit but without the "eVac" feature) for my sleeping bag. I try to leave the sleeping bag in there as short a time as possible (i.e. I pack it just before taking the tent down and unpack it as soon as the tent is up).

John Sixbey
(Wolfeye) - F
i use them, but... on 01/18/2009 22:06:11 MST Print View

I've been compressing my synthetic summer bag each camping trip for the past 5 years. It's lost some of its fluff, but the difference in insulative properties probably isn't consequential given the climate it gets used in. I wouldn't want to do the same with a nice, volumeous down bag, though.

I too only keep a bag stuffed as long as it needs to be; sometimes I'll even unpack it and let it air out during long lunch breaks.

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
"Compression Damage?" on 01/18/2009 22:09:04 MST Print View

I do the same thing as John with my synthetic bag.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Compression Damage? on 01/19/2009 18:14:02 MST Print View

Me, too, Mary D. Minimum time, minimally compressed = more warm nights in the sack.