How to choose a down jacket?

When the temperature drops below zero, we are no longer up to fashion. We put on a down jacket, a hat, gloves, ultra-comfortable ugg boots and "voila" - the winter image is ready! No, of course there are ladies who, in severe frost, like to show off in nylon tights, skirts and without a headdress, but that's a completely different story ... And we'll talk about choosing a down jacket! Which one to buy and what to pay attention to? 

Let's start with the fact that the down jacket is not so anti-fashionable. Looking through fashion chronicles with Hollywood stars in a down jacket, you can see Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, and Paris Hilton. Fashion houses also demonstrate their designer creations in the form of original down jackets. 

We used to call any jacket or coat a down jacket, but the name comes from the filler. If the tag says "down", then this means that your jacket is filled with swan, duck, eiderdown or goose down. the warmest of the options provided is, of course, eider down, but do not rush to run around the shops in search of such a down jacket, because it will only come in handy at the North Pole. And if you saw a product filled with chicken down, then you should be wary - they are extremely poor quality. 

Many people think that synthetic winterizer jackets are much more practical, because they are light and easier to care for. But this is a myth. A good down jacket will last you much longer if the down is chosen correctly. For example, a product made of duck down will serve you 5 years, and goose down in general 20! Carefully read the information on the tags and labels of the down jacket. For example, if you choose a jacket for the winter, then the percentage of fluff in it should not be less than 75. And the CLO value indicates thermal insulation - the higher it is, the warmer the product. For example 2 CLO can withstand temperatures down to -30! 

Pay attention to whether the feathers in the down jacket crawl through fabric and prickle. This phenomenon indicates that the product is not of very good quality. Self-respecting firms use a special technique to avoid such nuances. They put the fluff in a special bag of protective Teflon-containing impregnation, construct blocks and then cover everything with waterproof fabric. Note that the blocks on the jackets are needed so that the fluff does not roll in one place, but is distributed evenly throughout the product.