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    How long would you allow your down quilt to be cramped in your stuff sack?

    Is there a point to where the down would be damaged in your quilt staying stuffed rather tightly?

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    Well, I've never had my quilts stuffed for more than 24 hours, and I'm not sure I ever got anywhere near 24 hours. There's not much of a reason to keep your quilts stuffed: at least I can't think of one.
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    I have a couple of items which I store compressed, makes no difference what so ever. None. Take them out, shake them out. Enjoy. But there's other hysteria I don't believe either.
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    Couple days, if I'm packing up for a weekend trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawldaddy View Post
    Is there a point to where the down would be damaged in your quilt staying stuffed rather tightly?
    When I'm not using them they're in the large cotton storage sacks.

    The big quilt killer is moisture. Store them even slightly damp and mold/mildew will ruin them fairly quickly. Storing them compressed retards the drying process, so if there's even a tiny amount of moisture it can't escape and, voila!, quilt trashed.

    On the trail, of course, they'll get stuffed and yanked on a regular basis. When arriving at camp I always set up hammock/tarp/quilts right away to give everything a chance to air/dry out.

    Psyculman is probably right about long term compressed storage, but just make sure they're good n damm dry before doing so.

    Many years back, circa 1977, I saw a demonstration with a pilot survival system (lovingly called the "butt kit") opened for a show-and-tell about its contents, one piece of which was a sleeping bag. It was probably made of 40D material and 550 feathers, and it had to have been packed with a hydraulic ram to get it down to the size, shape and weight of a typical house brick. It looked pretty sad when it was first opened but within about a half hour it had fluffed up quite impressively and looked as if it would actually keep you warm.
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    I've gone on several trips that start out as a visit to see family for a week then become a backpacking trip for a week. I leave the quilts packed in their sacks in my backpack while visiting family then go backpacking. They fluff up just fine and I don't notice any reduction in performance.
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    During the trail days it is stuffed; removed for night time use; stored or in constant use at home. Easy peasey.

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    I’d go no longer than a week or two. Let it breathe~~~~
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    Not sure how long you're thinking about, but for reference, a couple years ago I sent my top quilt into Hammock Gear to add some overfill. It was compressed in a small box for about 7 days before it got there. Harry said it started lofting up right away when they got it out and came right back to life. Of course, I still store my quilts in the big cotton bags when they're at home.

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    My sons been using the same 20 degree down sleeping bag for over 10 years. That thing has been abused every which way you can imagine living most of its life stuffed in the sleeping bag section of his pack. Hes used it everywhere in all seasons. Refuses to even consider a new bag hes so satisfied with it.

    I think they are much more resilient than we give them credit for.

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