Tips for choosing the right kind out down and fill for your seasonal jacket.
Now that the days are becoming shorter and the temperatures have begun to drop rapidly, it's almost time to begin picking out a big, warm jacket to bundle up in for the rest of the fall and winter seasons. While there are many different types of jackets to choose from
--from activity specific jackets for snowboarding and skiing, to trendy jackets that will keep you looking stylish even in the dead of winter--there is only one type of jacket that is guaranteed to keep you toasty until spring appears.
A good quality, down insulated jacket is an essential staple in your wardrobe when it comes time for winter to strike and the temperature to drop to unbearable lows. With their length and ultra-warm lining, these coats are one of the best insulators for winter and have no equal when it comes to maximum warmth and comfort.
However, there are many different styles, options and downs to choose from. In order to help you choose the coat that is best for you, we here at Clear Water Outdoor have broken down the advantages and basic information about down insulated jackets
so that you can make a quality, informed purchase that will not leave you shivering in your boots.
What Is A Down Coat Made Of?
While many people are under the impression that down insulation is made of feathers, this is not actually true. Instead, down is made up of the fluffy undercoating of a bird's plumage (a mix of feathers and puffy clusters). This mix helps to keep you warm by trapping in non-circulating air and retaining the warmth of your body heat with its tiny clusters.
What Are The Different Types Of Down?
Down is considered one of the very best insulations for cold, dry weather and comes in a variety of different makes and fills. Some of these include:
- High Loft Goose Down - This type of insulation is made from the very finest of down and provides the best type of filling, as it traps the most amount of air. High loft down is used for a number of different items, including expedition sleeping bags and outerwear.
- Goose Down - Insulation that is made using regular goose down is very fine and more reasonably priced than high loft goose down.
- Duck Down - While duck down is less fine than goose down, it typically comes at a significantly less price.
Down also comes in a few different qualities or grades. For instance, when an insulated jacket says that it is 80% goose down, this means that it will consist of 80% goose down and 20% feathers. The higher percentage of down, the purer the insulation will be.
What Is 'Fill Power'?
The quality of a down coat is directly related to its fill power rating
, which is the number of cubic inches that one ounce of down will occupy in a set space. For example, if an ounce of down fill takes up 700 cubic inches of space when compressed, it is given a fill power rating of 700.
Down that is of high quality will have a much higher fill power and is much loftier than down of a lower quality. Therefore, it requires much fewer ounces of down to create insulating warmth.
If you are looking for a great quality down jacket to will keep you warm for many winters to come, be sure to check out our gorgeous line of Patagonia down jackets
. These high-quality down coats will not only keep you toasty and comfortable year after year, but they will also make sure that you look good doing it.