Sleep like a pro.
Use these tips to master your setup, and sleep comfortably every night.
Compress Your Bag
No matter how you're getting out there, space is always at a premium. Save precious cubic liters in your backpack, pannier, or trunk by compressing your sleeping bag using a Superlight Girdle, cam strap, or compression sack. While down insulation is generally more compressible than synthetic, both can get much smaller with a little encouragement.
Master Your Zippers
Your sleeping bag has a locking horseshoe zipper. These zippers are unique to Big Agnes sleeping bags. You may notice a little extra resistance when you are are unzipping your bag - don't worry, that is normal! Locking Horseshoe Zippers have a special internal design feature that allows you to partially unzip your bag from the bottom up for ventilation, without keeping it fully open all night.
Big Agnes sleeping bags feature draft linings along the zipper, to keep cold air out and warm air in. If you are having trouble getting into and out of your bag due to your zipper catching on your bag's material, use two hands and pull the top of your bag taut while clearing the draft liner from the path of your zipper.
How To Store Your Bag
Lay your bag flat or hang it in a dry, temperature controlled environment. Don’t store your bag in an attic, garage, or damp basement! Synthetic and down insulation can be damaged if compressed too tightly during extended storage. That is why your Big Agnes bag comes with a mesh storage sack. If you don’t have an area to lay or hang your bag it is okay to store it in the provided storage sack.
If it has been a while since you have taken your down bag out of the sack, hang it for a few hours and lay it out overnight before taking it out into the backcountry. This will help restore the loft. If you feel your down bag has lost a little loft you can put it in a dryer on no heat with tennis balls for 15 minutes. Remove the bag and shake it out. Hang or lay out the bag and allow it to loft for an hour.
Be sure to take any bag out of its storage sack every so often and give it some fresh air to prevent mildew. This is especially true if you live in a damp or humid environment. Mildew is not covered under warranty.