While out on adventures, everyone is going to have their own way of doing things, and that's ok! We hope that everyone can find new and cool ways to use our products while out, and we encourage everyone to let us know the awesome ways they are being used. There are some normal uses that people ask us about which is what we want to cover in this article.
"Can I use a compression sack?".
Absolutely. Down especially can be compressed a great deal with little or no long-term damage as long as it is dry when compressed. You won’t be able to compress a synthetic item as much as down, though if not abused it can still be done safely. This is a great way to store your quilt while out, other than the provided stuff sack, though it is not the only way. Check out how other users store their gear in our community forums.
"How do you keep gear dry while in use?"
While packs typically are made with waterproof fabric, time, abrasion, and UV light will eventually reduce their ability to repel water, and many packs lack the seam sealing required to fully repel water, to begin with; we recommend always being prepared for water reaching the inside of the pack. Pack covers offer some limited protection, though at EE we’re a big fan of using a large plastic bag (trash compactor bags work great) to hold everything that needs to stay dry inside your pack.