Sleeping Bags – Use

Down distribution

Before climbing into your sleeping bag, take a few moments to spread the fill material evenly across the panels. This will prevent cold spots from forming, especially during prolonged use.

Some of our tapered rectangular and rectangular down bags allow the fill to be moved within each baffle to make the bag warmer or cooler as desired. Gently pat the down in each baffle, moving it to the bottom of the bag to make it cooler, or shifting it to the top if you need extra warmth.

Leave your sleeping bag to loft for as long as possible before you retire for the night as this will add to your warmth.

Moisture

Moisture will not age or damage your bag but it will temporarily affect its performance. When down gets wet, it radically reduces its ability to loft, dramatically affecting the warmth of your bag. Always keep your bag as dry as conditions will allow. When bushwalking, pack your bag in its stuff sack inside your rucksack whenever possible. If wet conditions are expected, take further measures to keep your bag dry.

Keeping warm

Careful attention should be given to your environment (where you are sleeping and what on) and your individual circumstances (clothes, metabolism, eating and drinking patterns) before you even climb into your bag – these factors will make a massive difference to your warmth and comfort. All One Planet bags (except the Booster, Down Under and Robin Hoodless) have three-dimensional neck muffs that stop the warm air from escaping from the bag. In cold conditions, ensure this is snugly fastened and remember that you only need your nose outside the hood – it can be cinched very tight!

Liners

Using a liner inside your sleeping bag will help to keep it clean, reducing the need for washing. They are available in a variety of fabrics (silk, synthetic, cotton, fleece), representing a huge range of price, packed size, warmth, comfort and ease of care.