The Best Down Clothing, Sleeping Bags and Comforters

Check your label, does it say 100% prime white goose down?

About us

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Kluane Moutaineering was created in 1971 by outdoor enthusiasts who were fed up with the poor quality of equipment and clothing on the market.  They set out to create garments and sleeping bags that actually kept you warm, would not let you down AND WOULD LAST!!  Our products have been to the top of the highest mountain peaks in the world and at least one of the planets poles.  (by the way, some of our equipment is heading to the South Pole in 2016 – good luck Henry – please send us a picture or two!!)

Born in imagination of some very talented people and tested in the laboratories of the University of Alberta, our sleeping bags were created to nor have cold spots, be light and be very compactable .

All products are 100% Canadian made in our shop in Edmonton, Alberta to the highest standards with the best materials available.

Questions to ask when buying a sleeping bag or parka

If shopping for a mummy bag, does it have a foot box?  The foot box is an important part of a mummy bag.  Our foot box makes it impossible to for your foot to find its way to the cold outside shell of the sleeping bag ensuring warm feet through the night.

Whether you are a fan of fiber or down (each has it’s strong points depending on who you talk to – we are just concerned about a manufactured product that’s major argument is that it is ‘almost as good as down’) you should give some thought as to how you are going to use your gear.

How important is weight?   Will you be packing it?  Our bags use a minimum 850 fill  (we’ve had as high as 900) premium quality prime white goose down. The best available (produced in Canada).  This means greater warmth, less weight and longer life.

How much room do you have for everything you need to carry?  Our bags and parkas compress into manageable (almost magically) small stuff sacks.

What temperatures are you expecting to use the gear in?  We make bags and parkas for all temperature ratings.

Is it blue/red/pink/purple?  If color is your concern, we actually want you to pick your color scheme.

Does it have a trendy patch?  Although we think our label is the coolest ever, if this is your main concern you may be looking in the wrong place.

What about fit?  Is your body not ‘average’ (like mine).  We can adjust our products to fit.  I’m 6’5″, it’s so nice to have sleeves and body of a garment that fit and a sleeping bag were I don’t have to sleep in the fetal position to keep my shoulders warm.

A sidebar story – 

I was once in a trade show and found myself having our product being verbally attacked by a passer by who claimed one of the other displays had a sleeping bag with almost as good temperature ratings for less money.  I was surprised as no other manufacture makes a product comparable to our Logan Double.  Once the gentleman had moved on, I collected my bruised and shaken confidence and wandered over to, what I believed was our competitions, display.  I was about to start asking questions and prepared to be schooled about what, ten minutes before, I had been so confident in.  As it turned out, I didn’t need to even open my mouth, there on display was their ‘flagship’ sleeping bag.  A massive fiber/batten filled, two foot thick, non compressible, 30 pound behemoth, that would fill most mini vans to the ceiling and take two grown men to fold in half, let alone roll up.

With all my faculties restored, I wandered back to out little booth.  Several others brought up the competitions bag that day.  My simple reply was ‘yes I looked at that, it would probably keep you almost as warm but it may be difficult to get it out of the motorhome once you got it in’ and I wouldn’t want to carry it any further than that…If moving it didn’t exhaust you, sleeping under all that weight would.

email at:  kluane1@shaw.ca

Phone: (780)433-9986

or come in and browse around  (or mail) at:

10324 – 82 (Whyte) Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta

Canada

T6E 1Z8

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Ordering Information

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Please remember that constructing the best sleeping bags, quilts and clothing takes time.  Although we try to keep at least one of each item on hand, our stock is limited.  If we have what you are looking for in the shop we will ship immediately.  If you are looking to order something specific that has to be made we will give our best estimate on delivery at the time of ordering.

When ordering mummy bags (except Kaskawulsh), specify left or right hand zipper.  The right hand zipper is on your right when lying on your back in the bag.  All of our bags can be zipped together for those who tend to get lonely.  Due to the tendency of zipper manufacturers to change zipper design, it would be wise not to wait too long before ordering the second bag (or order and extra zipper with your first bag).  If you have one Kluane bag and wish to order the mate, please advise us when ordering.  Regular Kluane bags fit people up to 6’2″ tall.  If you are significantly taller or shorter you may wish to have your bag made longer or shorter than standard.  Although some extra length can be nice, especially for winter camping when boots, water bottles and other freezables may be stored in the extra space, some may find the bottom of the bag colder if it is too long.

Sizing

When ordering parkas, Cagoules and vests – please send measurements for the chest, waist, hips, shoulder width, nape to waist, size of neck, weight and suit/dress size.  For chaps and pants, please send the above plus thigh circumference and inseam.  For booties, a foot outline will do.

  • For bags with increased length (up to six inches) there is a charge of $45 to cover the costs of extra down, fabric and cutting.
  • For the Logan Double and Kaskawulsh add $55.
  • Prices for bags with increased girth vary and can be provided upon request.
  • Basic apparel alterations usually run $10 to $15 (at time of manufacture).

Down

Down fill specified is optimum on the basis of our experience and increased fill will not necessarily increase loft or warmth; however, if you do wish additional down, it can be added (at time of manufacture) for $15 for each additional ounce (28 grams) ordered.

email at:  kluane1@shaw.ca

Phone: (780)433-9986

mail or come in and browse around at:

10324 – 82 (Whyte) Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta

Canada

T6E 1Z8

Downstairs

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About Down

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Kluane has built it’s reputation on the quality of it’s products.  Our products are, quite frankly, the finest obtainable anywhere.  No other sleeping bags or garments offer the design and construction features or quality of on Kluane products.

Why Down and not Feathers?  Once you have seen a down pod floating in the air you will instantly know why.  Virtually weightless, lots of loft and very clean.  Feathers (very different from down) are inherently heavier and pack together.  They have less insulating properties and can be less ‘healthy’ to wear.

Be careful where your jacket or sleeping bag is made and where the manufacturer gets their ‘down’!  Our suppliers take great care to ensure our down is clean!!  We have had customers who say they are allergic to down, turns out they were allergic to improperly cleaned ‘feathers’ and the dander that came with it.

The Rules That We Live By

In Canada a garment must be 75% down to be labeled ‘Down’.

If it is less than 75% down then the percentage must be shown (ie 50% down, 50% feathers).  But Be Careful!  Only 75% of that 50% has to be down.

Example: 

A jacket that has 120 grams of down and 120 grams of feathers, has a total of 240 grams.

75% of that 120 grams of down = 90 grams

90 grams of 240 grams = 37.5% .  That is to say, that jacket may have as little as 37.5% actual down.

A garment, sleeping bag or quilt, that has a label reading:

90% down, 10% feathers has 67.5% actual down

80% down, 20% feathers has 60% actual down

70% down, 30% feathers has 52.5% actual down

60% down, 40% feathers has 45% actual down

50% down, 50% feathers has 37.5% actual down

But at Kluane:

We only use the finest obtainable PRIME GOOSE DOWN in out sleeping bags and garments, and we invite comparison with downs used by other bag and garment makers.  Our down fills 850 cu.in. per ounce (we sometimes have as high as 900).  To increase the efficiency of the down fill, the down for each compartment..in Kluane products is calculated in advance… and weighed to within 1 gram accuracy before being placed in the compartment.  As a result…there are no overfilled or under filled compartments…..in a Kluane product you get Quality!!!

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