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Yes, wearing long underwear and clothes keeps you warmer inside a sleeping bag. Your clothes are another layer of insulation that keeps your natural heat close to your boy and prevents it from escaping. However, there are some instances that wearing clothes inside your sleeping bag will not keep you warmer. Here are some: When you wear too many layers of clothes or if you fill your bag with other stuff that you compress the insulation in the baffles of...
Contrary to popular belief, down is not made from fowl feathers, but rather from duck plumage. It is the soft, fluffy, and lofty stuff under the feathers. Down is found beneath this protective covering – usually on the belly of a bird - and is light and fluffy.  It provides the insulation birds need to keep themselves warm.  Instead of quills, a cluster of down has a round center called a plumule. Soft, fluffy, and airy, it has thousands of...
After washing the bag, yes, you could put it through a dryer; most sleeping bags are designed to withstand industrial dryers. Dry in a front load industrial dryer at the Laundromat, since a lot of home dryers are too small for your sleeping bag. Make sure to dry the bag on the lowest heat setting available, while checking often to make sure the drum of the dryer is not getting too hot. If it gets too hot, the shell or...
Yes, fortunately, a lot of sleeping bags in the market could take a few spins in the washing machine.  However, it is best to use a front-loading washer (or top-loading machine without an agitator) instead of a regular top-loading washing machine. Please be advised, though, that some home front-loader machines are usually small and would not give your sleeping bag enough space to tumble and clean properly. Also, make sure to wash the bag in a gentle cycle, using an appropriate...
Whether you have a new spanking sleeping bag, or you rely on an old trusty bag to keep you warm on your backpacking trips, we have some tips on how to help your sleeping bag keep you warm and toasty: Avoid Major Causes of Heat Loss – You can add to the warmth and defend against heat loss by using a sleeping liner, an insulating pad, a good tent, and finding the right campsite.   Your body emits a natural...
Like the temperature rating, sleeping bags are also labeled by seasons to help you choose which bags would suit for your needs. A 3-season sleeping bag has a temperature of +10° to +35° and would be best suited to use during the seasons spring, summer, and fall. Winters require a sleeping bag that’s designed withstand much colder temperatures, though. Some of the features to look for in a quality 3-season bags are the following: cinch-able hoods, draft collars, and zipper...