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.
Will a bear canister fit in the Lightning and Thunder backpacks?
Yes! The BV 450, BV 500, and Garcia 812 will all fit horizontally in the Lightning 60 and Thunder 50/70 packs. The BV 450 will also fit in the Lightning 45 pack.
Are Exped backpacks waterproof?
The Exped pack line includes both waterproof and weatherproof models. Waterproof is defined as keeping water out of the pack in all conditions other than when submerged. Weatherproof means that fabric and seams are fully waterproof but zippers and hydration ports are water-shedding and not 100% waterproof.
Here is the list of waterproof packs along with some highly weatherproof models.
Waterproof: Torrent 20/30/40/50 , Work and Rescue 50, Typhoon 15/25, Kid's Typhoon 12, Cloudburst 15/25, Splash 15, Black Ice 30/45, Tempest Duffel 70/100/140
Weatherproof: Expedition 65/80/100, Mountain Pro 20/30/40/50, Backcountry 45/55/65, Serac 35
All other packs in the Exped line are built with heavily coated fabrics to resist water penetration. These packs do not have factory sealed seems and typically emphasize other attributes such as durability or weight reduction and are designed to be used with our waterproof stuff sacks to keep contents dry.
What is torso length and how is it measured?
Torso length measures a person's back length from hips to shoulders and is an important consideration when fitting a backpack. Ideally, the pack's suspension system length (hip belt to shoulder strap attachment point) matches the torso length of the user.
Depending on pack volume and intended use, the suspension system of a backpack becomes an essential feature. Determining torso length is not as critical on a hiking or everyday pack, but crucial on expedition, trekking and alpine touring packs where only a proper matching of torso length and suspension system length can correctly transfer the pack weight to the hips.
The center of the hip belt ideally rests on the hip bone crest (pelvis) and sacrum in order to bear the bulk of the load, especially on large internal frame backpacks. There are exceptions where a shorter pack length is better, such as in alpine or mountaineering situations where a shorter overall pack length allows easy access and improved comfort when wearing a climbing harness.
To determine your torso length, use a measuring tape to measure the distance between the top edge of the shoulders or C7 vertebrae (the one that protrudes) to the top crest of the hip bone (pelvis). This is best done by a friend who can properly place and read the tape measure on your pack. Any EXPED retailer should also be able to assist in determining your torso length.
What is the torso length of your backpack sizes?
Medium (M): 19 - 20.5”
Long (L): 21 - 23”
Adjustable Men’s: 16” – 22.5”
Adjustable Women’s: 14” – 21”
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Will EXPED sponsor my adventure?
EXPED USA is a small organization and we have a very small marketing budget. Because our emphasis is on developing and building gear of the highest quality we simply don't have the resources to support the many expeditions and individuals who contact us about sponsorship and donations. We have a few long-standing relationships with adventurous friends, in Europe as well as the USA, who help us test gear and spread the word about the brand, but for now we aren't expanding this group.
Please understand that we cannot respond to everyone who contacts us about sponsorship. Our marketing department sees all the emails and if something fits with our goals they will reply.
How do I find replacement parts for my EXPED gear?
Send us an email! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let us know what product you have and it’s approximate age. If you can send a picture, that helps too. Please just make sure it is under 1MB in size. We will also need the information below:
Who is EXPED USA?
EXPED USA is the Seattle based subsidiary of EXPED AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. We are a small group of outdoor adventure loving individuals handling all the sales, marketing, customer service, and warranty service needs for US based customers. We play corn hole at lunch, close for powder days, and most importantly get outside and use our gear as much as humanly possible so we can provide you with first-hand knowledge and experience as you decide which of our products is best for your next adventure!
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm (PST)
Phone: 866.326.4586 (toll-free) or 206.900.7583
How do I store my sleeping mat?
We recommend storing the mat unrolled with both valves open in a dry and cool area e.g. under the bed