How do I wash my sleeping bag?
Washing your sleeping bag too often can damage the insulation (down or synthetic). For most cleaning, we recommend spot cleaning the bag with a damp sponge. If the bag does need a deeper cleaning, use a front load machine only (no agitator!) and use a down wash liquid cleaner from Nikwax or McNett.
To start, zip the bag fully closed. Use the cold water and delicate cycle on a front load machine and do a second rinse cycle once the wash is complete. This will ensure all detergent is removed. Once that is complete, two spin cycles will help remove excess moisture.
It is best to hang and air dry the bag whenever possible. It may take several days to completely dry, depending on humidity. If you need to dry it faster, use a tumble dryer on low heat. Check in on this often and re-loft the bag as it dries. Feel for any clumps of down and shake the bag before drying again or massage the clumps to break them up. You can also put in a couple of clean new tennis balls to help loosen the down clumps.
How should I store my sleeping bag when not in use?
When not in use, we recommend storing your sleeping bag in the large mesh storage sack that was included with the bag when purchased. This ensures the bag's insulation retains the maximum loft and warmth in use. When traveling it is okay to compress the bag and keep it stored in the provided waterproof dry bag.
When you first return from a trip it is very important to let your sleeping bag dry out completely. Unzip the bag, spread it over a couch or several chairs and make sure it’s dry before storing it in the mesh storage bag. You then want to be sure it’s stored in a dry and temperature controlled room away from a spot where any pets may have access.
What are EN ratings for sleeping bags?
The EN (European Norm) rating is a strict test designed to provide measurable objectives and standardize how sleeping bags are marketed. It is meant to help the consumer make an informed choice using independently derived temperature ratings.
Each EN sleeping bag test produces four temperature ratings-Upper Limit, Comfort, Lower Limit and an Extreme rating, with the following definitions:
- Upper Limit - the temperature at which a standard man* can sleep without excessive perspiration. It is established with the hood and zippers open and with the arms outside of the bag.
- Comfort - the temperature at which a standard woman* can expect to sleep comfortably in a relaxed position.
- Lower Limit - the temperature at which a standard man can sleep for eight hours in a curled position without waking.
- Extreme - the minimum temperature at which a standard woman can remain for six hours without risk of death from hypothermia (though frostbite is still possible).
*For the purpose of these measurements, a "standard man" is assumed to be 25 years old, with a height of 1.73 m and a weight of 73 kg; a "standard woman" is assumed to be 25 years old, with a height of 1.60 m and a weight of 60 kg.
The three ratings commonly advertised are Comfort, (Lower) Limit and Extreme. For Men's bags, most companies advertise the Limit rating, and for women's bags, the Comfort rating, though even this can vary.
Where does the down in Exped sleeping bags originate?
We guarantee that our down originates from ducks and geese reared in a livestock friendly environment. They are given access to outdoor grazing, a constant supply of water, fodder and shelter and are free from force feeding for liver production and live plucking. The down originates from Poland, Ukraine or Russia. Our German supplier is a traditional, well established company with a 120 year history in the field and is independently certified for the above criteria.