The Benefits of Down
Down provides approximately two to three times the warmth per ounce compared to even the best synthetics, which can mat and lump together. Over time this can leave empty cold spots, while Down continually re-lofts and moulds itself to the body.
Down has the marvelous ability to breath and “wick away body moisture, which keeps the user, dry and warm. Most synthetics do not allow perspiration from the body to escape to the outside, therefore the user experiences clamminess and becomes cold.
Down is also the most eco-friendly product on the market, as everything from harvest to final production is a practice in eliminating waste. All by-products of the processing are biodegradable and the product itself is naturally occurring. The difference between the Synthetics and Down in respect to their carbon footprint is staggering.
Ounce for ounce, Down is the warmest insulating material available and given the proper care, should last as long as you do. You can wash it, dry it, scrunch it up tight and it always bounces back to its original fluffy form.
Down Fill Power
The fill power of goose down is an indicator of two important features: warmth-to-weight ratio and compressibility, both critical to retain warmth and furnish comfort. True fill power is measured by placing one ounce of goose down in a graduated cylinder and measuring the volume the down occupies in cubic inches. Good quality down garments are insulated with high-fill power goose down ranging from 550 to 900 fill. While a higher fill down is warmer per grams as lower fill garment can still be as warm by using more down.
- Goose Down Fill 900
900 fill down is the highest quality down commercially available and considered the absolute gold standard of insulation—with an unmatched warmth-to-weight ratio, it is highly compressible, ultralight and amazingly warm. Available in extremely limited quantities, this down is only used in top end garments./li>
- Goose Down Fill 800
Outstanding warmth from a high cluster-to-feather ratio, 800 fill down features increased loft and compressibility for superior warmth and performance.
- Goose Down Fill 700
700 fill down features a strong warmth-to-weight ratio and provides lightweight insulation across a range of temperatures.
- Goose Down Fill 550-600
550-600 fill down is warm, lightweight and durable. Ideal for general outdoor and day-to-day use.