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    I noticed the same thing on my 20 degree Burrow when it arrived. The best way to solve this issue is to hang in your backyard/testing area every night for at least a week (or as long as your wife/spouse/significant other will let you).

    I only lasted one night, but it did the trick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumbs View Post
    Brand new stuff right off the manufacturing line has a smell. Plastics, fabrics, treated down, rubber. Some gas out faster than others. Give it a week hanging or laying flat then check it.
    Down is a natural animal product. Natural animal products can smell like natural animals. Add to that the sizings and treatments that are used in the material during manufacturing and you can get quite a snootful of odors straight from the box. I have never seen the newer hyrophobic down which is treated to repel water but I would imagine it has a smell all of its own. My down sleeping bags can still smell if it is humid or they have been closed up for while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canoebie View Post
    I had a down sleeping bag that would get funky easily and it seemed fresh air made all the difference in the world. Tossed a bit in the dryer with 3 or 4 tennis balls might help as well. Be sure it is very low heat.
    Thanks for the tips. I gave Adam a call and that was his recommendation, to toss it in the dryer on no heat for a little bit. He was also very insistent that if that doesn't work I should send it back and he'd be happy to fix or replace it! Definitely confidence-inspiring.

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    I just used my 40 Burrow for the first time, or at least outside on a real trip. I noticed the wet dog immediately. Not horrible though. I have lots of down gear and this is only the second time I had this. The other was a Marmot Sawtooth sleeping bag a few years ago; I sent it back.

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    I guess I'm lucky! I work in a taxidermy shop, and dead/alive animal smells don't even register in my mind!
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    I ordered something from another vendor and when it arrived it smelled a bit funky. I called the vendor and he told me the smell was most likely from the plastic roll used to wrap items prior to shipping. So I smelled the product then the plastic it came in. The plastic was very funky and the item not so much. I got it home, spritzed it with some Febreze and no more smell.
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    I just got a new quilt from one of our cottage industries and inside the package it says that the "wet dog" smell can happen if moisture has gotten into the down. Even humidity can trigger it. Placing the quilt in the dryer should alleviate this issue.

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    I'll eventually wash my TQ anyway so it's OK. That may help. As for the UQs, they don't smell at all. They're perfectly clean anyway so if I ever wash them it will just be for the heck of it and maybe restore any lost loft.

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    FWIW it is my understanding that it is not the "cheap" down than smells. As a natural substance down has oils on it from the birds. Preening is actually spreading the oils in the feathers and down to make them healthy. Once the down is harvested it is cleaned to remove dirt but not to strip all the oil. The same with good wool. Both materials can be stripped by washing in solvent but it shortens the usable life of the material. However it does loft more and smell better. ;-)
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    Mine smelled a bit right out of the box. Smell goes away... until it gets damp. then it smells like wet goose again.
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