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Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
storing sleeping bags on 01/10/2012 05:06:25 MST Print View

Is there a benefit to storing bags in the large cotton sack provided over hanging them. I've read of folks doing both. Just curious, seems hanging them might put stress on the baffles or possibly shift the down???


John Le
(jplblue) - F

Locale: Northeast
Storage on 01/10/2012 07:34:14 MST Print View


I think manufacturers and retailers suggest you store bags by either hanging them or laying them flat, as opposed to storing them in the storage sack. As a practical matter, it can be difficult to find enough room to store your sleeping bag flat, so I hang mine. I've never had any problems with baffles or the down compressing.

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: storing sleeping bags on 01/10/2012 08:59:32 MST Print View

Actually, every manufacturer's instructions I've read says to store it, uncompressed, in a breathable storage sack and every "good" bag I've bought came with one.

I always store mine in a cotton storage bag on a wire shelving unit in a basement gear room that has the most consistent temperature/humidity in the house. Bags keep all the dust off and the bag name is usually printed on the bottom for easy identification.

Edited by DetroitTigerFan on 01/10/2012 09:00:24 MST.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: Re: storing sleeping bags on 01/10/2012 09:07:02 MST Print View

I just hang mine on the back of the gear closet door. This gets a bit bulkey with three or more bags, though. No problems.

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Storing sleeping bags on 01/10/2012 09:15:57 MST Print View

I store my down on the top shelf of my closet. I made a no see um curtain for it that holds it all in and let's air in as well.

Down storage

Steven Adeff
(TinCanFury) - F

Locale: Boston
Re: Storing sleeping bags on 01/10/2012 11:01:02 MST Print View

I like that Kat! I always wanted a bedroom ceiling with a fishermans net, part of the whole Tiki styling, but I may have to switch it to no-see-um and go with the backpackers styling...

I hang my quilt and sleeping bag in the cotton bags off hooks in my walk-in closet. they get shuffled enough that I'm not worried about sitting weight crushing one side.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: storing sleeping bags on 01/10/2012 11:06:25 MST Print View

I've been storing down bags in large sacks for decades. I have a pair of REI winter bags (good to 20 below F) bought in 1977 that still loft as good a new. Unfortunately they are quite heavy by today's standards, maybe 5 lbs. I believe I washed them once, but they no longer get much use.

Steven Adeff
(TinCanFury) - F

Locale: Boston
Re: RE: storing sleeping bags on 01/10/2012 11:29:20 MST Print View

that's not so bad for a -20F bag, it would be interesting to see what they actually weigh, you may be surprised.

Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
re:"storing sleeping bags" on 01/10/2012 14:25:55 MST Print View

Thanks all,
Cool idea Kat! Wish my upper shelves were deeper. I started out hanging them in the storage sacks, but they were so bulky that I took them out and hung them, just didn't know if there'd be ill effects from doing so. Up until just over a year ago I only owned one bag, a synthetic REI 35* bag used for paddling trips. Since then I've added a down quilt for the hammock, a down summer bag and down winter bag for "ground" trips. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing any harm storing them as mentioned. I'd considered storing them vertically, but that would take up considerably more room, and the only place I'd have that room is under my bed, but I have a dog and cat, so I don't think that'd work :)....well it would work for them :)

ed. for grammar

Edited by leighb on 01/10/2012 14:27:24 MST.

Steven Adeff
(TinCanFury) - F

Locale: Boston
source for cotton bags? on 02/14/2012 13:09:07 MST Print View

anyone know a good source for cotton bags? also, what's the volume that they generally come in when one buys a new sleeping bag/quilt? Seems like they're roughly 50L bags?


Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: source for cotton bags? on 02/14/2012 13:10:56 MST Print View

REI. They are pretty big.

Michael Cheifetz
(mike_hefetz) - MLife

Locale: Israel
AGG on 02/14/2012 15:03:58 MST Print View

methinks antigravity gear also have storage sacks

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: source for cotton bags? on 02/14/2012 15:14:03 MST Print View

You can get these at most stores,they are just big cotton laundry bags or you can pay a lot more to have REI's name on it.Just look at your local store and save time and money

Or if you have a local store that sells the cheap Coghlans camping gear

Edited by annapurna on 02/14/2012 16:59:56 MST.