Down Sleeping Bags
There is nothing nicer than zipping up in a
toasty warm cocoon after a hard day of
pedaling.  Goose down bags are coveted for
their ability to compress to a small bundle then
fluff up to trap in the heat.
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We purchased our down bags at the Veterans
Thrift Store.  They are a few years old and
needed a good washing but are as functional
- albeit with less status - than their adventure
store counterparts.
Saratoga (by Wesco California) Down Sleeping Bag
D o w n  T i p
Rolling up a down bag and
packing it in a waterproof stuff
sack every day is a sure
recipe for a stinky tent.  It's
best to place a moist sleeping
bag in a breathable bag and
clip it to your rear rack.  Let it
dry out for a while before
stuffing it away in a
waterproof pouch.
Rich paid $10 for his and Amanda's was only
$1.65.  We washed them on the delicate
cycle then ran them through the dryer on low
heat for a few cycles.  If you put a running
shoe (make sure it's clean) in the dryer with
the bag it will keep the down from clumping.  
We hung them on the line for two sunny days
and now they look and smell brand new - or
close enough.
UPDATE:  After a while on the road Rich's bag began to stink...so we
washed it with the rest of the laundry.  It seems we will need to find a
way to vent it regularly.
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sponsored by any
company.
If a product stinks,
we'll tell you.
Vintage REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) Blue Down Sleeping Bag
SOUTHEAST ASIA UPDATE: We did not take our sleeping bags with
us to Asia.  Once here we found we needed something to protect us
from the bed bugs in the cheap hotels in which we had to stay in the
"in between" towns.  Below are links on eBay to silk sleeping bag
liners like the one we purchased in Vietnam.  For some unknown
reason these cost a fortune at the outdoor supply shops.  
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