Notice : Please give your new down sleeping bag a good 5 minute shake and run it in the dryer on no heat for 5 minutes to give it back its loft after being compressed during transit to save you money. Store your down bag uncompressed in a cool, dry place. Spread it out under your bed, hang it in a closet, or put it in a bag, breathable storage bag (like a laundry bag or a king-size pillowcase).
Fluff your new sleeping bag to restore loft. It may have been compressed a while.
Store hanging or in a breathable bag or sack.
Please consider spot cleaning first before fully washing your sleeping bag. If you must fully wash your bag, for the safest and best cleaning option, we recommend washing your down sleeping bag by hand. Do not use your home machine if it has an agitator in it. Agitators tear sleeping bags. Dry cleaning is not appropriate for sleeping bags, especially down. Solvents used in dry cleaning can strip the natural oils from down that help it retain loft. For machine washing, let our friends at Rainy Pass wash your bag. Rainy Pass is our professional cleaning and repair service company for all Hyke and Byke outdoor gear.
The type of soap should be a gentle, non-detergent soap that is made for washing down. We recommend Nikwax Down Wash Direct, which costs just under $11 and will add hydrophobic, water repellant qualities to the premium down.
Restless adventurers have defied the familiar comforts of home for centuries, have spent countless nights under the stars, and have sparked some of the most innovative inventions in history. One of the most essential pieces of outdoor gear, the sleeping bag, has continuously been improved, shaped, designed, tested, and reinvented to achieve an effective product for sleeping in the outdoors. But for many backpackers, convenience is simply not enough. Hyke and Byke sleeping bags push the boundaries of innovation, delivering excellent comfort, protection, durability, and reliability - and at a very reasonable cost.
The days of a wanderer are greatly defined by the quality of sleep he or she gets the night before. Waking up refreshed, healthy, and in optimal condition is important and mostly depends on the quality and type of sleeping bag they choose to use.
Being one component of the “big three” of backpacking gear, together with the backpack and backpacking tents, choosing the perfect sleeping bag requires knowledge, experience, and understanding of your budget. If you are someone who looks to gear up before getting a taste of adventure, or already has had too many unpleasant experiences with sleeping bags, where do you turn? Fellow outdoor enthusiasts with immense camping experience who happen to be engineers, maybe? And forget about expensive pricing reflecting the quality of gear, with us it’s all about proper engineering!
The number one criteria to consider when choosing a sleeping bag suitable for backpacking is compressibility. A sleeping bag that can be compressed is an optimal choice in order to conserve space and reduce weight, however, this should not compromise warmth and insulation. The insulation filling is often what predetermines the compressibility of the bag. Down is by far the lightest, most comfortable, and most durable filling that makes a sleeping bag cozy and compressible. A down filled sleeping bag provides the steady insulating properties required, as well as softness, warmth, and durability.
A down-filled sleeping bag packs down to the smallest size out of any type of sleeping bag. Overall, it is important to account for the fabric, design elements, and compression straps when considering the size of a compressed sleeping bag. Taking all elements into account, our designs feature smart hacks that allow our sleeping bags to pack down into the smallest sizes possible.
Apart from avoiding bulkiness when backpacking and hiking, you ultimately want to choose the most lightweight outdoor gear. As it’s a piece of gear you’ll always be carrying, the sleeping bag should weigh as little as possible. Choosing an ultralight or lightweight down sleeping bag can guarantee a convenient-to-carry bag. The light weight of the down fill, optimized with a smart and innovative design, makes for an ultralight sleeping bag that does not compromise comfort and room.
Down itself is an insulator highly praised for its warmth, however, its insulating power mostly depends on the fluffiness of the sleeping bag. The fill power of the sleeping bag is measured by the volume of the bag, i.e. the amount of cubic inches per one ounce of down that it occupies. The warmth of the down is determined by the amount of air trapped inside the bag and it is measured by how well the down feathers expand after being compressed. Therefore, the higher the fill power number, the greater the loft of the bag. This allows for the down’s optimal performance, resulting in excellent weight to warmth ratio and an ultralight product.
For a sleeping bag to be as comfortable as it is convenient to carry, it should boast a superior weight-to-warmth ratio. To be as comfortable as possible, it should be designed to be spacious. After a long and active day, you would need a sleeping bag with a suitable length and width to relax and sleep comfortably.
We designed our ultralight down-filled sleeping bags with proper space that considers the user’s weight and size. Smart innovations in the design of the sleeping bags deliver maximized space around your body for freedom and movement, without compromising the light weight and size overall.
Another dynamic feature we’ve engineered is for some of our down sleeping bags to be used as hammocks too! Choose whether you want to sleep on the ground or swing your way to a pleasant outdoor slumber with quality, reliable sleeping bags for after a day of outdoor activities designed by our experienced team at Hyke & Byke. Check out our sleeping bags that boast an array of features, making them the ultimate combination of value and comfort at reasonable prices.