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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:46 pm 
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I'm in a bit of a rush to get to a friends house, so I'll cut to the chase:

Just got back from a winter camping trip in the White Mountains and my MSS is soaked from sweat (both condensation from my body heat and high humidity, and my own body's secretions). I tried googling and searching ZS but can't quite find out what setting/how washable these things are. What I'm most worried about is the Gore-Tex bivvy cover. Is there anything I need to do to make sure it retains its magical properties?

If nobody knows, I'm going to put it on my machine's hand wash setting with only a dash of high efficiency detergent. I'll do three loads for each section, and the Gore-Tex is going to get an extra rinse cycle for safety.

God damn this thing was warm the past three nights.

-Sam

EDIT: As far as the Gore-Tex layer, I don't know why I didn't find this my first time through:

http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Satellit ... structions (Machine Wash warm, no bleach, no wash in water-proof treatment)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:55 pm 
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home (top-loading, agitator-driven) washing machines are real bad news for sleeping bags.

Go to a laundromat and use an industrial-sized front loader with no agitator. They're much better for your bag, since it wont get wrapped around the agitator.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:50 pm 
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Read the tag in the bag, it tells you how to wash it.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:57 pm 
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JollyRoger762 wrote:
Read the tag in the bag, it tells you how to wash it.


I guess I had one of those moments. I pulled the bag apart to air out and found that...

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I have a brand new front LG front loader that should do the trick nicely.

Thanks, all.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:44 am 
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Front loader, warm water temp, gentle cycle, mild detergent = No problem, that's what I do.

Tumble dry low heat or air.


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Tennis balls in the dryer cycle to help break up clumps.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:55 am 
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Broken1 wrote:
Tennis balls in the dryer cycle to help break up clumps.


I would say that's a good idea for a down based bag, but these are made of polarguard/primaloft continuous filament so I'm not sure it's necessary as the fiber doesn't clump like down.


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There is a special soap I used to buy and have to get more of from EMS that was used to wash the Gortex material. If you use plain laundry soap it will clog the pores in the membrane of the material and render it useless for breathablitiy/water repellant.
Tumble dty with little or no heat as you do not want to melt the layers of the material and make it useless.
Its called if memory serves me right: Revivex and Nikwax or something along those lines.

I hope this helps you out!


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savage wrote:
Broken1 wrote:
Tennis balls in the dryer cycle to help break up clumps.


I would say that's a good idea for a down based bag, but these are made of polarguard/primaloft continuous filament so I'm not sure it's necessary as the fiber doesn't clump like down.


I've always done it for both. Maybe it's not needed, but I like my tennis balls extra dry too... :lol: One thing is for sure do NOT use a tennis shoe it can rip the stitching it the baffles, then you have insulation moving our of where it's supposed to be.

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