79908Re: EDIT - Western Mountaineering Sequoia sleeping bag - Lyon
- Jan 3, 2011Hi Richard
> I believe an OR of the Sequoia, even though I have the taffeta fabric, isThat's fine then - I could not understand what was intended.
> quite appropriate.
> The design is the same, and has been since before I bought my bag.
> The design's the same, the weight's about the same, the features are the
> same (down to the
> separate zips for side and foot), it's still offered by its manufacturer -
> today's buyer gets pretty
> much what I got but for a 2010 fabric.
In which case the OR needs to make it clear right at the start, that
* you are reviewing the Sequoia bag in general
* it hasn't changed in 20+ years apart from different (improved) fabrics
> XXXXX So Atko Sport Wash works for down? Are all the down-specificYes, Atsko Sports Wash works just fine on down.
> products merely
> soap-free detergents?
Yes, Sports Wash is detergent, but with a difference from ordinary laundry
detergent or any 'consumer' shampoo or dish-washing detergent. The
difference is that all the consumer detergents have added scents, bulking
agents, brighteners, enzymes, and hordes of other chemicals. Most of the
added chemicals stay in the fabric after being washed, and that severely
compromises some outdoors features. The main one is that they block any
user-applied DWR from adhering, which is a disaster when you are trying to
revive rainproof gear. The added chemicals can also decrease the action of
factory-applied DWR - like on a sleeping bag, and let it wet out more
As for washing down: you don't want to strip the remaining oils off the
down, so harsh detergents are a bad thing. Neither do you wish to clag up
the extremely fine fibres of the down with added gunk. Sports Wash works
very well here: it is quite mild.
The 'soap-free' bit is however irrelevant: there usually is no 'soap' in any
detergent. 'Soap' is just sodium stearate - plus all the gunk they add to it
for perfume etc.
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