During the cold seasons of fall and winter, we like to stay warm. And to get there, there are several ways. We can start a good fire at home or wrap ourselves under a woolen blanket. But when you want to poke your nose outside the house, which is warmer between down coats and those made of synthetic materials? Let's take a quick look at these 2 very different products.
Down jackets stand out
Contrary to popular belief, feather down insulation is not made of feathers. No. In fact, it is instead made up of the fluffy undercoat that warms geese, ducks and some other birds.
Down's own structure provides warmth by creating tiny air pockets. Ounce for ounce, very few synthetic insulations can match the warmth-to-weight ratio of down. The same goes for its longevity. A down jacket can last for years and years if cared for properly.
What is interesting with down is that it is very compressible and light. If you have a down coat , you probably already know that it's the perfect travel companion because it folds, folds and folds (again) until it's very compact.
However, down does not like humidity. Under its effect, the down tends to lose some of its insulating power, and it can take a long time to dry. It also requires special care when cleaning. Sometimes down jackets can also be a little less economical than their synthetic counterparts.
Synthetic materials: insulators that have come a long way
Now let's move on to synthetics. There are a number of synthetic insulations available today, and many of them demonstrate a warmth-to-weight ratio almost comparable to down, but not quite equal.
Synthetic insulation is basically polyester yarn that mimics down, and unlike down, synthetic insulation demonstrates better water resistance. Some of these materials even dry faster than down.
But, unlike down, down jackets made of synthetic materials do not compact as much and will therefore remain more voluminous.
Down or synthetic down jackets: a not-so-obvious choice
So, who is the big winner of this match between down and synthetic materials? Well, before the down would have won hands down. However, with the latest technological advances, down jackets made of synthetic materials have taken on a life of their own and compete with down better than before.
When choosing your down jacket, just remember that down is warmer (weight for weight), lighter and much more compressible. Synthetic materials, on the other hand, tolerate moisture better and are much easier to clean.
And if, despite these few tips, you still don't know which insulation to make your choice, contact us or visit us in store . We are always here to help you choose the best down jacket.