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 and would last more than one season (or camping trip).

Born in the laboratories of the University of Alberta, our sleeping bags were created to have minimum cold spots, be light and pack compactly. .

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 winter 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 bag.

How important is weight?  Are you carrying it in yourself?  Our bags use an 850 fill goose down.  Higher fill equals less weight for more warmth.

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

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

I was once in a trade show and found myself having our product being attacked by a passer by who said one of the other displays had a sleeping bag with a comparable temperature rating 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 ego 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 be 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, foot and a half thick, non compressible, 20 pound behemoth, that would fill most car trunks and take two grown me 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 warm but it may be difficult to get it out of the motorhome once you got it in’.

email at:  kluane1@shaw.ca

Phone: (780)433-9986

or come in and browse around at:

10324 – 82 (Whyte) Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta

Canada

T6E 1Z8

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Ordering Information

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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 tighter 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).  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 storted 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.

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About Down

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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 has 120 grams of down and 120 grams of feathers, total 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:

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