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Tips & Tricks Sleeping Bags

We are proud of our products and develop each product detail to help you to enjoy them for as long as possible. Useful information about your VAUDE product, instructions and background information can be found here.

Size Selection

VAUDE sleeping bags are designed for average sizes as they are the most commonly used. We differentiate five lengths: Kids, Youth, Small (includes the variant: Petite), Regular and X-Large (includes the variant: Extra Long). When in doubt, you should always choose a larger sleeping bag if your ideal length isn’t available.
Tip: The rule of thumb for choosing your sleeping bag length: Body height + 30 cm = ideal sleeping bag length.

Note: The Rotstein model has a special, continuous variable length adjustment, which allows you to determine the optimum length yourself at any time or to use the sleeping bag for other family members as well.

Testing Sleeping Bags

In order to find the perfect bag for your needs, especially with regard to expected temperatures, you should try out a few models in advance. When you try them out, you will quickly notice which sleeping bag comes closest to your expectations.

Storage

Storing your sleeping bag correctly will ensure that its functionality is maintained. Before storing it, you should unfold it, ventilate it and dry it well to ensure that absolutely no residual moisture is left and no odors can develop. This will also ensure that the insulation performance of the bag is maintained. When you’re out camping, you should store your bag in a stuff sack so that it takes up as little space as possible. For the duration of your trip, this storage won’t affect your bag, but for long-term storage, you shouldn’t keep you bag tightly compressed. At home, your sleeping bag should always be stored in a dry place and at room temperature.

Airing Out Properly

If you always air out your bag sufficiently before storing it, its thermal and insulating properties will be retained longer. While you’re sleeping, you body releases a lot of water (= condensation moisture) during the night. So when you’re out camping, you should always turn your sleeping bag inside out in the morning and air it out – preferably during breakfast or while taking down your tent. If your sleeping bag becomes damp due to rain, dew, frost, condensation or sweat, be sure to dry it thoroughly to prevent mold or mildew from developing. Of course, sometimes you just can’t avoid packing it up when it’s still wet. In this case, you should dry it at your first opportunity.

Airing out your sleeping bag

In order to maintain the thermal and insulation properties for as long as possible, the sleeping bag should be aired out and well shaken immediately after you return from your trip. This fluffs up the down or synthetic fill, and maximizes the loft.

Tip: Once you set up your tent, you should always unpack your sleeping bag right away so that it can air out and reach its full insulating potential before you settle in for the night.

Storage Sack

It’s best to store your sleeping bag in a storage sack. This is larger than a stuffsack and is made of lightweight, breathable material. Your sleeping bag can be compressed to this size without any chance of impairing the fill’s loft so it’s ideal for long-term sleeping bag storage.

CARE & MAINTENANCE

 

Down sleeping bags should be cleaned regularly, preferably with a product specifically designed for washing down such as Nikwax Down Wash. Simply put the sleeping bag into the washing machine using a gentle cycle and then into the dryer.

We’ve compiled additional tips and illustrated instructions on how to clean your sleeping bag properly here.

REPAIRS & REPLACEMENT PARTS

 

We develop every product detail so that you can enjoy it for as long as possible and leave as small an ecological footprint as possible. Nevertheless, the challenges that sleeping bags have to meet are incredibly high.

Wear and tear or damage doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your product. Read on to things you should take into account to help your VAUDE product have a longer life:

Guarantee

All VAUDE products have a statutory warranty period of two years. For all “Made in Germany” products, we have even extended this to five years.

You can find out whether there is a warranty claim for your defective product here.

Open Seams

If a seam on your sleeping bag is loose or opens, your local tailor can easily fix this problem. Tailors have very precise industrial sewing machines and it’s easy for them to just repair the sewing.

Repair Instructions

You can often make small repairs yourself. Try out our do-it-yourself instructions at iFixit.

Storage Sack

It’s best to store your sleeping bag in a storage sack. This is larger than a stuffsack and is made of lightweight, breathable material. Your sleeping bag can be compressed to this size without any chance of impairing the fill’s loft so it’s ideal for long-term sleeping bag storage.

Repair Service

If you need help with repairs, you can also visit a Repair Café near you where you can also order VAUDE spare parts.

If you can’t repair your VAUDE product on your own or in the Repair Café, you can still contact the VAUDE product service via your trusted dealer.

We’re always happy to repair your favorite products at our repair service – regardless of whether they’re still under warranty or not – because this extends the life cycle of our products and helps conserve the planet’s resources. You can find all the information you need about our repair service here.