Tips & Tricks Sleeping Bags
We are proud of our products and develop every product detail so that you can enjoy them for as long as possible. Here you will find useful tips for handling your VAUDE products and instructions for handling as well as background information.
VAUDE sleeping bags are adapted to average sizes, as these are the most commonly used. We distinguish five lengths: Children, Youth, Small (incl. the variant: short sizes), Regular and X-Large (incl. the variant: long sizes). In case of doubt, you should always go for the larger sleeping bag if the ideal length is not available.
Tip: The rule of thumb for the ideal sleeping bag length is: body height + 30 cm = ideal sleeping bag length.
Note: The model Rotstein has a special, infinitely variable length adjustment, which allows you to determine the ideal length yourself at any time or the sleeping bag can also be used by other family members.
To find the product that best suits your needs, especially with regard to the expected temperatures, you should test a few models in advance. During the test lying you will quickly notice which sleeping bag comes closest to your expectations.
Proper storage ensures that the functionality of the sleeping bag is maintained. Before storing it is important that it is unfolded, aired and dried so that no residual moisture remains and no unpleasant odor develops or the insulation performance is not damaged. On tour, the sleeping bag is stowed in a pack sack to save as much space as possible. For the duration of the tour, this is no problem at all, but it should not be stored for a long time so tightly compressed. At home, your sleeping bag should always be stored in a dry place and at room temperature.
If the sleeping bag is always well aired before stowing, the warmth and insulation properties are retained for longer. The body releases a lot of water (= condensation) during the night. If you are on tour, you should therefore always air out the sleeping bag in the morning with the inside turned inside out – ideally during breakfast or when taking down the tent. If the sleeping bag becomes damp due to rain, dew, frost, condensation or sweat, dry it carefully to prevent the formation of mold. If it still needs to be packed in a damp state, it is advisable to dry it at the earliest opportunity.
Sleeping bag “rag out”
To maintain the warmth and insulation properties for as long as possible, the sleeping bag should be aired out immediately after each tour and shaken out well. In this way, the down will re-establish itself and the bulking power will be preserved.
Tip: If you have set up your tent in the evening on the tour, the sleeping bag should be unpacked directly so that it can loft and its full insulation potential is available when you snuggle into the sleeping bag.
A storage bag is suitable for storing your sleeping bag. This is supplied in addition to the compression stuff sack of certain VAUDE down sleeping bags. It is larger than a stuff sack and is made of a lightweight, breathable material. We go for cotton, as mesh material runs the risk of dust or dirt getting trapped. The sleeping bag can be compressed to this size without compromising the bulkiness of the down filling or the insulating material. Thus, the pack size is also ideal for storage of the sleeping bag.
Sleeping Bag Inlet
Whether used as a warmth booster in a sleeping bag or solo in huts and warm regions, the incredibly soft polyester stretch fabric
offers unrestricted freedom of movement and sleeping comfort at the highest level. Green Shape certified, easy-care, hypoallergenic and maximum pollutant-free.
For a comfortable sleeping position we offer inflatable pillows in two different sizes. Thanks to the combination of foam core and elastic top material, it optimally adapts to the shape of the head. If necessary, the pillow is washable.
The combination of cabin sleeping bag and bed sheet is simply pulled over the mattress during the next visit to a hut or while traveling and protects against bed bugs and other imponderables. The Cabin Sheet fits mattresses from 70 to 100 centimeters wide and up to two meters long and can be easily adjusted thanks to the practical drawstring. Thanks to the close-meshed weave and the additional, environmentally friendly coating against bed bugs, small crawling creatures don’t stand a chance – and the fabric is also wonderfully soft against the skin. The product developers have thought of everything with the Cabin Sheet: it has an integrated pillowcase, for example, in which the Pillow L can easily fit. The Cabin Sheet can be used either alone or in combination with a sleeping bag when it is colder.
Down sleeping bags should be cleaned regularly, preferably with a suitable down detergent such as Nikwax Down Wash. Simply put the sleeping bag in the washing machine in the gentle cycle and then in the dryer.
Extensive tips and illustrated instructions on how to properly clean your sleeping bag we have compiled here for you.
REPAIR & SPARE PARTS
We design every product detail to give you the longest possible enjoyment and leave the smallest possible environmental footprint. However, sleeping bags are subject to a lot of wear and tear.
Wear and tear or damage doesn’t have to mean the end of your product. Below you will find a few things you can do yourself to make your VAUDE products last longer:
For all VAUDE products there is a statutory warranty period of two years. For all ” Made in Germany ” products, we have even extended this to five years.
Here you can read whether a warranty claim exists for your defective product.
It may well happen that a seam on your sleeping bag comes loose or even opens up – your local tailor can quickly remedy this. Tailors have precise and strong industrial sewing machines and simply put you a new seam.
You can often do minor repairs yourself. Try our do-it-yourself repair guides on iFixit.
If you need help with repairs, you can also visit a “Repair Café” near you. There you can order VAUDE spare parts directly.
If your VAUDE product cannot be repaired on its own or at the Repair Café, you can always contact the VAUDE product service through your trusted retailer.
We are happy to repair your favorite products and offer – regardless of complaints – a repair service. In this way, we help you to extend the life cycle of these products and to conserve resources. Here you can find all necessary information about the repair service.