Down Jackets – What You Need to Know

Baffles and coatings, wax and warmth; we dive deep into choosing the best down jacket for you

It’s easy to get caught up in the new-fangled tech talk associated with cutting edge outdoor clothing, but when it comes to down - one of the most essential warmth-providing materials in the world – most of the credit goes to Mother Nature. Head to the Arctic, climb Kili or just go into the countryside for a winter weekend away and you are going to want to have a down jacket of some sort on your body. A byproduct of poultry, down is made from the feathers of geese and ducks. It works by trapping air between the fibres, allowing you to wear what is ostensibly a relatively light and compressible garment (even though it looks puffy), that can keep you warm in the coldest of conditions. Read more