Originally Posted by Slo
I hear you on the being anal about keeping down dry. However, I can vouch for the DRW coating on HG's quilts at least. Used in a soaking fog under a leaking tarp. So long as there's no spot for the water to collect it does a pretty outstanding job of shedding water.
5 in the morning when I woke up and realized the tarp had been leaking and was now resting directly on me. Thought for sure, since that was night one, that I was screwed for the rest of my trip. Was not the case. Now I'm not advocating getting your down wet. But you have to know the limits of your gear, including it's moisture tolerances.
Now, I'll probably end up with a synth underquilt eventually. Especially for the summer months when I'm likely to see rain. I'm not an advocate for one or the other, but Bilbo has it right, you need the right tool for the job.
Guess my point was the relationship between down and water isn't quilt like Superman and Kryptonite if you have a weather resistant treatment on your quilts.
My gore-WM lynx sleeping bag was similar, I only used it in very low temps were rain would not be an issue, but I am sure it would work about the same in shedding water.
I am all for everyone going with what works best for them, I just do not agree with the logic of using synthetic over down based on wether one is wet or not, the answer to me seems to be keep it dry. I think everyone with extensive experience in the backcountry has had a wet or damp bag, wether it is from rain, condensation, or stream crossing gone wrong. These experiences teach us how to better use and handle our equipment.
I have down and synthetic both get damp on me from condensation or a leak, the outcome was no different, the damp spots were cold in both. I am much more careful now based on where i am hiking, if I may get extensive rain or the pobability of a wet bag is increased, I use a dry bag and then put it into a 5 mil contractor bag. When dealing with condensation, I use a vapor barrior or hang the bag in the sun in the am.
Anyway good inmormative topic here.