April 27, 2015
So you’re starting to put together that next bike tour. You’ve loaded and unloaded everything multiple times. Always trying to streamline your gear. It seems that everything packs well except for that sleeping bag. It’s big, bulky and you bought it years ago trying to get the best bang for your buck by purchasing a bag designed for 3 seasons. You’ve always wanted down but what if it gets wet? No good, right? Well, look no further. Kelty’s DriDown is the solution in its down sleeping bags.
This year Cyclosource picked up Kelty’s Cosmic 41 degree DriDown sleeping bag. This is a great 2 season bag, perfect for summer camping. Rated for temps down to 41 degrees, this bag saves you from hauling that extra insulation only needed for colder seasons. Because the bag is designed for warmer temps and constructed of down, it packs very small. Packed alone it comes in at 11” x 7”, and with a Kelty compression stuff sack, you could get this bag down to 10’ x 6”. That makes for nice packing!
DriDown. What makes it different from regular down? Kelty obviously uses natural down feathers that are lightweight and very warm. The only drawback with down is that if it gets wet it loses all warmth retaining qualities. DriDown is a process where every feather plume is treated with a molecular level polymer to create a hydrophobic barrier. This means each plume resists moisture. With no moisture, the feather down retains its loft, stays drier, and dries faster. Overall, the bag continues to stay warm and dry no matter what the conditions are. With DriDown technology and the basic qualities of down, its a win win for everyone.
If you’re looking to slim down your bulk, start by considering the Kelty Cosmic 41 degree summer weight bag. Cyclosource also carries compression sacks from Kelty. We have these in multiple sizes depending on what sleeping bag you have.
For more information and technical details, check out the Adventure Cycling Cyclosource website or give us a call here at 1-800-721-8719.
photos by Geoff McMillion
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