I just purchased a 20degree down bag from a big-box store. It's a decent bag... nothing super high end. Got good reviews many sites.
Anyway, it was in the compression stuff sack in the box that it came in. The sack was NOT compressed (straps weren't pulled tight), but it was in the smaller compression sack rather than the larger storage bag.
When I pulled the bag out of the sack, a tag on the bag listed "Delivery Date: Y08 NO4" which I'm assuming means November 4, 2008.
Should I be concerned about the length of time this bag sat on a shelf in a compressed state?? If so, I'll return it.
Also, should down bags be stored in the storage sack, or can they be stored laid out flat? I generally store them in the spare room on the bed... laid out flat (as if to be used). If it's better, though, to actually stuff it in the larger storage bag, I will. This is my first down bag, so I wasn't sure and wanted to check. Thanks!