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Old 01-20-2013, 05:46 PM
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How do you put / stow / pack your sleeping bag or quilt in your pack?

How is your sleeping bag or quilt stowed in your pack on backpacking trips?

At times, I've used a waterproof stuff sack, but for some trips, I prefer to simply stuff my down quilt into a large, ultralight plastic bag. This tends to somewhat minimize the compression of the down, and it allows the quilt to fill out my pack a little better (which distributes it into areas it wouldn't normally reach in a conventional stuff sack).

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Old 01-20-2013, 07:11 PM
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I use a telecompressor stuff sack of a diameter an inch or two more than the depth of the pack e.g. if my pack is say 7" x 16" on the bottom I use a sack 8-9" in diameter. I then telecompress the sack to fit snugly in the bottom of the pack. This neatly fills the bottom and provides shape and a degree of rigidity to the pack. I seam seal the stuff sack. If I'm really concerned about the bag getting wet I use a plastic trashbag over the stuff sack.

I don't compress anything rock-hard but leave all compressables with a bit of spring to them. This way the contents of the pack lock together, don't shift around and don't feel like a sack full of bowling balls.

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:15 PM
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I use the Gossamer Gear pack liner bags. After I put the sleeping bag and sleeping clothes in the bag I compress it down to remove a lot of the air. Then I twist the top closed and fold it over. By not tightly compressing the bag it will conform better to the bottom of my pack and also items placed on top of it.

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Old 01-21-2013, 12:20 AM
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These days, I usually use an ultralight silnylon stuff sack that's just the right length to fit in the lower section of the pack, and the right diameter to barely fit the bag. For me, the trick is to be sure I've got exactly the right length stuff sack to begin with. I don't use compression straps - I just stuff and stuff till it's in, but I can still get reasonable compression on the sleeping bag that way, enough for a fit into the pack similar to Ralph's "no shifting" idea (except I probably have to work harder and get less of a custom fit).

While I dislike the extra couple of ounces the compression straps add, the real reason I gave them up was because I was afraid I was shortening the life of my sleeping bag's loft by using them.

I do like the water resistant quality of the silnylon, and have used ultralight waterproof drybags for sleeping bag carry in the past. I like protecting the sleeping bag from a potential pack dunking during a stream crossing.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:04 PM
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Like others, I stuff my sleeping bag, not too tightly, into a silnylon stuff sack, that fits snugly at the bottom of the main compartment of my internal frame pack. I have experimented with various dimensions of stuff sack to try to make it fit "just right" so as not to waste room in the pack. I also do not like fighting to get the last bit of bag into the stuff sack for fear of either tearing out a seam on the stuff sack and/or doing permament loft reduction to my sleeping bag.

If extremely wet weather were predicted, I would take extra precautions to keep the bag dry (most likely a garbage bag, a multi-use item in rainy weather), tho I haven't yet (prob'ly cuz I wimp out with that kind of weather report ).
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:03 PM
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I use one of several waterproof stuff sacks, between two and five times the volume of the one that came with my sleeping bag. I don't have anything against compression, I'd just rather avoid the effort unless I really need the volume.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:21 AM
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For my 20ºF down bag, I have a waterproof stuff sack. It fits just perfectly across the bottom of my pack. I also have a 40ºF down bag, which weighs just over half the other one and I use the same stuff sack but it's not nearly as compressed. If I'm using the lighter bag in colder temps, I just wear more of my clothing when I sleep.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:26 PM
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i have a treated water-shedding stuff sack for keeping my bag. as it's a synthetic bag that's typically sufficient given how water-resistant my pack is. the stuff sack is really for keeping it dry/clean while i'm setting up camp. and for compressing it while it's in my pack i suppose...
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:15 PM
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For my 20 degree bag, I just put it in the stuff bag it came with. It then goes into the bottom (sleeping bag) compartment of my backpack.

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:01 PM
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My quilt and down jacket go into a GG Riksack which I stuff in the bottom of my GG Gorilla pack. This keeps my down items dry and I get a small daypack for explorations away from camp.
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