Expedition Tales

  • Introducing Y Fuse, Our Newest Shell Fabric

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    This month, we’re introducing Pertex Y Fuse, the newest outer shell fabric for our 3-season sleeping bags. Y Fuse will replace the Nano fabric, which will be phased out. We’re making the switch because of recent improvements in fabric technology: the Y Fuse fabric uses yarns with unique Y-shaped filaments that create a tightly interlocking structure.

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    This structure makes for a highly stable fabric with increased downproofing and water beading properties. We’ve put it to the test, both on the design floor and on the trail, and love the added durability of Y Fuse. It’s designed to handle years of wear and multiple washes, and comes with some added softness too.

    The Y Fuse is a 20 denier fabric, the same as the Nano fabric we used previously, but is slightly lighter weight. We still recommend that those looking for the lightest, loftiest sleeping bags check out our UL line, which features 10 denier Pertex Endurance fabric and 950+ fill down, but the Y Fuse bags will shave a few grams from the Nano generation’s weight. Great for all-around use and made to last, the Y Fuse fabric adds a fresh set of features to some of our best-loved bags.

    Which sleeping bags will be offered in the Y Fuse fabric?

    Sleeping bags we currently make in the Nano fabric will be offered in Y Fuse. This includes the following models: Flicker, Hummingbird, Swallow, Swift, Osprey, Merlin, Kestrel, Lark, Raven, Grouse, Egret, Petrel, Puffin, Penguin, and Condor.

    We’ll be phasing the fabric into our line throughout the summer, so if your model of choice isn’t available in Y Fuse yet, it will be soon!

    Will anything else change about the 3-season sleeping bags?

    In addition to new shell fabric, the Y Fuse bags will feature a new 20D nylon lining that is softer and lighter than the previous lining. We will continue to use high quality European 900+ fill down in all sleeping bags with the Y Fuse fabric, and the design and sizing of the bags will remain the same.

    What colors will the Y Fuse come in?

    We’ll make Y Fuse bags in four classic colors: Iris, Fir, Cardinal, and Marine. We’ll offer each sleeping bag in 1-3 of these color options.

    Where can I see the technical specs for the Y Fuse fabric?

    You can find more information on our fabrics page.

    Want to know which Y Fuse bags are currently available?

    You can find the latest bags on our Y Fuse page.

    Have another question?  Send us an email at customerservice@featheredfriends.com.

  • Loneliness, Warmth, and Finding Home in South Dakota’s Black Hills

    Guest post by Korrin L. Bishop. 

    korrin-bishop-feathered-friends-sleeping-bag Photo: Stephanie Rockwood

    A -10 degree night is the kind of cold that settles deep into your bones and finds a way to creep into your heart. A chill in the heart serves to over-activate the brain, and left unchecked, can spiral into loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Luckily, the antidote is fairly simple—warmth.

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  • Climbing at the Edge of Nowhere

    This post is one of a series highlighting the outdoors experience of Feathered Friends employees. Written by Mandy Godwin. 

    DSC_0103-2 Mike Burns with photo slides.

    The first I learn about his Aconcagua trip, Mike Burns is standing behind the desk at the Feathered Friends flagship Seattle store and holding a sheet of photo slides up to the light. He passes me the loupe, and holding the lens to the page, I see with incredible lucidity an image of him twenty years younger, wearing bright primary colors at high altitude in South America.

    Those who meet Mike in the store could be forgiven for not immediately guessing his mountaineering background. Despite his extensive climbing resume, Mike isn’t the type to hold forth on the gravity of his accomplishments, and is much more likely to be found mid-deadpan, his quick grin hinting at a tendency to treat life as one long-running private joke just waiting to be shared.

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  • One Season, 28 Volcanoes: Two Women Take on the Cascades

    This post is one of a series that takes a closer look at the lives of Feathered Friends Ambassadors. Written by Mandy Godwin.

    Kate and Madeline together in the mountains. Kate Carothers and Madeline Dunn.

    Madeline Dunn picks up the phone a few minutes after getting off a plane in Utah. She’s just flown in to meet Kate Carothers, her friend and 2018 Volcano Project climbing partner, in the Wasatch Mountains for a day of spontaneous training. After an entire season of living in different states, planning together but training separately, today marks their first day back in the mountains together—a milestone in the preparation for this summer’s ambitious ski mountaineering project.

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  • Down Care Guide

    Down is an absolutely amazing material, and with a little extra love your gear can be the gift that keeps on giving for a long time.

    Below are the best practices to keep your favorite jacket, sleeping bag, or comforter fluffy and warm for years to come.

    Gear in the Southern pickett range photo by sammy davis Feathered Friends gear in action. Photo by Sam Davis.

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