How to Pack a Sleeping Bag
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How to Pack a Sleeping Bag

Howdy folks, Ben from Snowys. I want to
talk to you today about a common question that comes up and that’s
whether to stuff or to roll your sleeping bag to get it back into its
compression sack. Now, got 2 bags with me here today. Synthetic bag, that’s for just general camping and and a down bag for hiking. Now they’re both about the same temperature rating, just over one degrees comfort.
What we recommend is to stuff the bag, now there’s a few reasons for that. I’ll
start with a synthetic bag, so when you get your synthetic bag from new it comes
folded in half like this and it’s really tightly rolled, like this.
Now over time that does two things, you’ve got a repetitive fold that runs
down the middle of the bag here, so you’re consistently folding the
synthetic fill inside the bag and then when you roll it you’re also creating
tension through the bag because you’re always trying to get it tighter and
tighter, so you’re creating stresses on that, on the synthetic filling here. Over time
that can break the synthetic fill down particularly up and down the middle of
the back and front of the bag here. Stuffing it gets around that because you
can just grab the bag, stuff it inside here with an irregular pattern and it
creates kind of an irregularity within the synthetic fill, there’s no regular
folds on there and it lofts up better when you go to use it again next time,
plus it’s much easier to do. So the first thing we wanna do is grab the foot
end of the bag, scrunch it up in our hands, get the compression sack and push
that right down the bottom of the bag. Now as you go, you want to make sure
you’re compressing it right down the bottom, don’t put it in loosely at the
bottom because then you’re having a lot of hard work to try and pack it in tightly
at the top. Now put it between your feet, grab it up a bit under your arm and just
start punching the bag down into the compression sack. Once it’s full on one
side, give it a twist, keep punching it right down to the
bottom, work your way around keep giving it a twist, supporting it with your feet,
hold your fist in the top there and do the top up. That’s a whole lot easier
than trying to roll it and feed it back into the compression sack. This one’s got
a little cap to go over the top, a compression cap – if we want to use the
compression feature. For a general camping bag not so important. Now a down
bag is the same, same process. You got to be a little bit more careful with a down
bag because it’s made with a lot of extra fabric and battles inside but we want to stuff that as well, rolling a down bag is, is difficult but if you roll it you can tend to sort of
create sheets of down that don’t want to loft up against, same as with the synthetic, if you roll it, you flatten that, it creates flat sheets of, of insulation
rather than allowing it to loft up. With a down bag, once again, stuff it in just
like the other bags. One tip is to turn it inside out before you start. A lot of
down bags have a water-resistant shell, they don’t breathe as easily. If I go and try
and stuff this inside this compression sack now I’ll end up with big balloons
of fabric up out the top, so the first thing I want to do is turn this inside
out, just undo the zip a little bit, get my hand down to the foot, pull it through.
The same process, start with the foot end, nice handful there and stuff it into the
bottom. Between the feet if you like, it’s a little bit easier with the down bag,
don’t necessarily need to pinch it between your feet, you just
keep stuffing and working your way around the bag, pushing it right down to
the bottom. Keep going, just being gentle, don’t pull the fabric
as you go, you don’t want to tear any baffles or anything inside. Tighten it up,
same deal we’ve got a compression cap over the top of this one. Do that up and
we’re done. So the answer to your question, “Do I stuff or roll my sleeping
bag?” Stuff it in. It’s easier for you, it’s better on the bag, it gives it longer life and it makes it warmer to sleep in. Thanks for watching We’ll seeya next time.


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