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What Is Natural Down?

Down is made up of two types of soft feathers, Usually duck or geese. This is why they use the term "Duck Down" and "Goose Down". As you can imagine both breeds of birds can survive harsh winters outdoors, so over time their feathers have evolved to be super warm. When you pack these feathers together the air will get trapped between each tiny strand (or barbs if you want to use the technical term) it acts as a layer of insulation. It then traps all of this air so you can stay warmer for longer.

What Is Fill Power?

Sometimes you might here or see the word Fill Power being used a lot. This is the amount of ‘loft’ or fluffiness of the down insulation. Usually the numbers will sit between 450 and 900. As you can guess the higher the number, the higher the loft is or the warmer the down will be. Unless you are planning on adventuring to extremely cold regions a Fill Power of 450 to 650 should do the trick (UK winter).

What Is Great About Down?

  • Down jackets are warm and lightweight - Feather down has a high warmth-to-weight ratio. so it provides a lot of warmth but without being bulky and retains heat for a longer periods of time.
  • Compresses - It is very easy to pack away and and has fantastic recovery (it will spring back to its original shape after being compressed). This is an massive advantage if you need to pack your jacket away on long walking trips or when you are traveling abroad.
  • Durable -Feather down has a long lifespan and performs year after year making it a longterm investment thats worthwhile.

Whats Is Not So Great About Down?

Down sadly does not perform to well when wet. The feathers will flatten out and lose their fluffiness. However; you can treat your down jacket with a water repellent spray known as Isotex, this help guard both you and the down against showers, but its not recommend in heavy rain. 

What Is Synthetic Down?

synthetic down technology called WARMLOFT. Which was developed by Regatta is engineered to replicate the benefits of natural feather down and is made up ultra-fine synthetic fibres that will trap pockets of warm air just like down to keep you insulated.

Unlike feather down WARMLOFT has a advantage and that is it insulates even when it gets wet and its also quick drying. Although it is not as light or compressible as feather down, it also does not retain heat as well. But this can be an advantage during exercise that is fast pace. 

What Kind Of Down Jacket Is For Me?

There are three things to consider when selecting a down jacket, Underneath are some of the things to consider.

Durability

If you are after a jacket that is durable and take all the hits whilst out on the trails you will want to look for a more heavier robust jacket such as the "Regatta Highfell"which is made from polyamide fabric or parkas that incorporates down feathers, tough-wearing outer fabrics are the key to stand up to every day wear and tear.

Rain

Down jackets were designed for warmth. some will protect you from lights showers or snow, but they will not protect you against heavy rain. If you are planning on going out into wet weather you are better to choose a lightweight softshell jacket. It might be worth remembering that we stock WARMLOFT by Regatta that insulates even when wet, so if you are looking for an everyday jacket it could be a better option.

Note: Down jackets are not designed to be fully waterproof because they need to breath this is how the feathers trap air and keep you warm.

Budget

If you are on a budget then Synthetic down is typically lower in cost than natural down, it wont last as long but still has a long life span. 

Down Jackets We Stock

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