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    Over compressing down quilts?

    I just picked up a shiny new summer burrow top quilt from HG, and I was wondering. I know that the instructions say not to store it compressed for long periods of time, but even in the stuff sack it comes with you can squeeze it down a lot. Will compressing this quilt further than the stuff sack already does (for short periods of time) damage this quilt?
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    Ideally you don't want to compress it allot as it takes longer to puff it back up again but having said that most of the time even after a long period of time they will puff back up with some coaxing in a dryer with tennis balls. Some folks just put their quilts loose in their packs filling up the spaces .
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    I wouldn't go not compressing it beyond the original stuff sack.
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    Great piece of gear ya got their, I love my summer burrow. As for compressing the burrow, The more compressed it is the longer it will probably take to loft up. When I pack my quilts in my pack, I just stuff them in and they fill up any dead space I have in the pack. If my quilts do go into a dedicated stuff sack I pack them pretty loosely As for storing them I just store them in those huge tupper wear bins and keep the top off. As for stuffing them as small as they can be stuffed for a short period of time (from morning to night while hiking lets say) will it damage them, some may say yes other may so no I say I don't think so (but I am no expert) as long as your storing them un compressed for long periods of time while the quilts are not in use. But personally I try to compress my down as little as possible all the time.

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    Thanks folks!
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    that's the beauty of the 900 fill. the resiliency it has (meaning it relofts SO fast) compared to lesser downs. i wouldn't sweat that at all. when you take it out of your pack at camp give it a few good shakes.

    as other said, i wouldn't smash it down as small as possibly, but don't be afraid to pack it.

    of course, store unstuffed...

    enjoy

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    I like to use over-sized stuff sacks for all my down stuff. I use a homemade spinnaker sack for the burrow and use the sack that came with the burrow for my underquilt. I store them in a large plastic trunk at home (after letting them air out and get out any moisture). I have a couple of down sleeping bags that are quite old and they still have nearly all their original loft.

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    The biggest reason I got down insulation was due to it's compressibility. I put my down products in compressible stuff sacks in order to save pack room. I've never had any issues with them lofting back up. When in storage they hang on a wall fully lofted.
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