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Old 09-09-17, 07:11 PM   #1
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Tonight's the night....

...that I try out my new-to-me Gerry down sleeping bag. 😁 Scored this one for $10 in a thrift store, because the stuff sack was pretty grody, car grease & such, already washed. I found a couple similar bags online, mint green, that look to be from the early '70s, so probably mid-70s for this one.
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Good luck!

Although to me, buying a used sleeping bag is kinda up there with buying used cycling shorts
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Sleeping bags can be washed, even down ones. Unless you find a previously experienced with down commercial laundry I suggest doing it yourself in your tub. You might be surprised at the difference after. Andy (who doesn't own a synthetic bag, any of them).
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I'd be afraid of bed bugs or bed bug eggs.

117 f for one hour kills the bugs and eggs and so any used textile brought into the house should be run through the clothes driver. An hour on high will do the job.


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Maybe I didn't say that clearly, lol. 😁 When I said already washed, I meant by me. It looked like it was in a garage or car trunk or something, where grease and dust can accumulate. For a really long time. The sleeping bag is like new, the stuff sack is already discarded. 😎
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Sleeping bags can be washed, even down ones. Unless you find a previously experienced with down commercial laundry I suggest doing it yourself in your tub. You might be surprised at the difference after. Andy (who doesn't own a synthetic bag, any of them).
I just used a big double loader washer, when a single probably would've been fine. 4 quarters got it about 95% dry, but I need a tennis ball next time, for loft. Still, it's very comfy, and I use a military Gore-Tex bivy, to keep it dry. Haven't had it long enough, to really try that. 😉
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If a down bag is stored for a long time in a compressed state it may lose it's loft.

But properly stored & cleaned down (100% goose-down) should last a very, very long time. The nylon shell is more likely to age-out before the down.

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I just used a big double loader washer, when a single probably would've been fine. 4 quarters got it about 95% dry, but I need a tennis ball next time, for loft. Still, it's very comfy, and I use a military Gore-Tex bivy, to keep it dry. Haven't had it long enough, to really try that. ��
Double load is the way to go, mostly for the rinse. Hopefully you used gentle soap (e.g. wool-lite or down-soap). 100% dry is required. +1 to tennis balls.
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My wife has two balls...

...made of wool. They are solid wool, and about the size and heft of a softball. She adds a few drops of some essential oils on them and tosses them into the dryer. They do work quite nicely, and forgoes the dryer sheet. Next time I clean my bag, I will do this and report back to you guys.

So @stardognine - How did your sleeping bag work out for you anyway? Like it?
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