If you live in a cold area or you are getting to winter, you need to have a warm jacket. This is a jacket that is filled with soft duck or goose feathers. The outer layer of the jacket is made from nylon, polyester, and other materials. The feathers are known as down and they provide the insulation that makes the jackets warm and retain heat. The more the feathers that the jacket has, they more the air gets trapped inside it and the higher the ability of the jacket to keep out cold.
How to buy a down jacket
For you to buy a high-quality jacket you need to consider a number of tips. These tips include:
The quality of the feathers: As mentioned, the feathers (down) are the ones that keep the jacket warm. For your jacket to be of the high quality you need to have high-quality feathers. The quality of the feathers is measured in “fill power.” Fill power depends on a number of factors such as the type of down used and how it was installed in the jacket. As you must have guessed, the higher the fill power, the better the quality of the jacket. When making the purchase, go for a jacket with a fill power of at least 550. If you want excellent insulation, go for one with a fill power of 750 and above.
Fabric used: The fabric is the one that holds everything in place. It also protects the feathers from exposure to moisture while at the same time shielding the tiny warm air pockets from being blown away by the weather. To ensure that your jacket is of high quality you should ensure that the fabric used is of high quality.
Style: Just like any other piece of clothing, down jackets come in different designs. Different styles look good on different people. Just because you are keeping warm it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to look fashionable. For a great look, go with a jacket that looks great on you.
Taking care of the down jacket
For your jacket to retain its look for long and continue providing you with warmth, you need to take good care of it. Some of the ways of taking good care of your jacket include:
Keep the jacket clean: In addition to keeping the jacket looking great, regular cleaning also removes grime thus enabling it to fluff up more. This ensures that the jacket traps more air thus providing you with more warmth. For ideal results, follow the cleaning instructions given by your manufacturer.
Patch it up: When the jacket gets torn by ski edge, tree branch or wayward knife toss, you shouldn’t leave the jacket like that. You also shouldn’t waste money buying a new jacket. The best way of going about it is to patch the jacket using nylon repair tape or fabric glue. When patching the hole ensure that it’s done professionally.