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Waterproofing Sleeping Bags

Waterproofing sleeping bags

The standard outer fabrics on our mountain sleeping bags are Drishell and Ultrashell. These fabrics are water resistant, highly breathable and very light. We think this is the best way to keep the down or synthetic insulation we use in our sleeping bags dry. However proofed outers are not perfect. Bags made with Drishell, Ultrashell and similar fabrics do carry a small weight penalty, and they do let water in at the stitch line (e.g. if you are sleeping in a puddle). Bags can also be made with complete taped outer shells, which will be proof against nearly all situations, but the weight penalty of an extra skin is considerable.

Our ultralight Minim sleeping bag range uses 10X, M1 and MX microfibres, fabrics that are extremely light. For customers who require a greater degree of water-resistance some the Minim range is offered with the option of a Drishell outer.

For a much higher level of weather protection, the Xero, Diamir, and Hispar ranges are offered with the option of a fully taped shell in waterproof HS2.

If there's a serious danger that the sleeping bag will get wet we recommend using synthetic insulation such as is used our Zeta synthetic sleeping bags. They are designed for big wall bivouacs in damp conditions.