Last Update: 12.Nov.2020
Lineloc ultra compression
Ultralight microcord and cordlock
Eliminates dead air that occurs with round stuffsacks for added stability
A variety of sizes meets all your packing needs
The strings (cinch cords) don't really lock
Watertight roll-top closure
Larger bags compress to 50%
Four secure straps
Easy storage and unpacking
Includes a secret pocket
Small sizes compress to just 25%
Compressible down to 40%
Simple and quick packing and de-compressing
Keeps your sleeping bag dry
Available in 5 sizes
Ultra-light and easy to carry
Great for storing sleeping bags and clothes
Low compression (only 30%)
Water and dustproof
Easy to press and release
Compresses up to 50%
Compression sacks for backpacking and hiking help save space while traveling. Most people like to fold their sleeping bags to save space, but this is the wrong way to do it. It creates a lot of creases, and hard work. Plus, there’s still a lot of space to compress.
They provide an easier workaround. They let you compress your sleeping bag down up to 50%. And you don’t even have to fold it. Just stuff it in. That’s why it’s called a “stuff bag”.
The main benefit here is the low amount of effort and the increased space-saving. You shouldn’t use it for products that are not made from fabric or foam. So it’s not for jewelry, smartphones, food items, or other devices. You can still sandwich your electronics between fabric and foam-based items.
Buying a stuff sack that features compartments for various objects is always a good idea. You want to keep your clothes separate from your food, especially in case there’s a leakage. If your pack doesn’t have compartments, you can still use smaller bags for separate items.
Some compression sacks for sleeping bags also feature small pockets for other items. When making compartments, use zip lock packs. They are easier to vacuum the air and your items will have an additional layer of protection.
Water protection is a major concern with stuff sacks. Check out the material and special coating. A nylon or polyester exterior with a high denier/thread count and a special waterproof coating is a good choice. Always test your pack before using it.
You should buy a stuff pack that doesn’t weigh too much. While the weight of the mere fabric doesn’t seem like much, every gram counts. Try not to use factory-provided sacks as they tend to be quite heavy. Note that compressing your items may also reduce their weight since you’re getting rid of air pockets inside them.
Also note that lighter weight may also mean a lighter thread count, which is not what you want. Sometimes, heavier weight is good as it ensures your pack won’t rip or soak.
This is where many poor compression packs fail. A good pack should compress 40-50% of its original size. Most bags only compress vertically, but some also have a horizontal strap for horizontal compressing. Small stuff sacks have a lesser compression ratio, as low as 25%.
Stuff packs are meant to be placed inside a bigger pack. This is why they hardly have handles for carrying. If you do use one, you can still use any one of the straps as a handle, though this may not always be efficient.
If you want your bag last long, you need to have quality material. This doesn’t mean buying any sack slaps the word “waterproof” over it. You need to look at the tear-resistance and strength of the seams. Also, check the quality of the straps, as many come loose due to the tension created from compression.
Look for the denier or thread count of the pack, whichever is mentioned. A higher thread count and denier mean the material is stronger and will survive tension and water. You may be compromising on the overall weight of the pack, but it’s always worth it.
Next, check out how much you can store in the pack. You can easily find one model of the bag in up to 5 sizes. A size of 15 to 30 liters is good for sleeping packs. However, for food items and clothes, smaller sizes will work too, as well as for kid’s sleeping packs.
Keep in mind the size, your need depends on what type of insulation your sleeping pack has. Synthetic insulation bags will be harder to compress packs.
A roll-top lid is good for storing food and other items that require a completely airtight enclosure. However, for sleeping packs and items that require immediate usage, go for a drawstring bag. These are easier to open and can be used for food too.
Here’s a handy chart of the sizes you should use:
|Temperature Rating in Fahrenheit||Recommended Volume for Down Sleeping Bags||Recommended Volume for Synthetic-Insulation Sleeping Bags|
|40||6-8 liters||9-13 liters|
|20||8-12 liters||16-20 liters|
|0||14-20 liters||25-35 liters|
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