Down jackets often accompany us on our adventures. After standing up to the rigors of the trail, the slopes and untold campsites, puffy coats can start to show wear. You might be facing:
Or maybe you want to know how to properly store your down jacket to maximize its warmth and lifespan?
Here are some
tips on taking proper care of your down jacket.
Sometimes the stiff quills of individual down feathers can
poke out through the shell fabric of your trusty jacket. Don’t panic – these
down plumes can easily be returned to their home inside the jacket without
Pulling out a feather can create a larger hole which could
become a problem later. By using this method, you can minimize any damage to
If you do end up with a small hole in your down jacket, you can use a product like Seam Grip or other types of seam sealer or fabric glue to bond the edges of the hole together and repair your jacket.
For larger tears, a fabric repair tape product such as Tenacious Tape is more suitable. Make sure to cut the fabric tape larger than the hole you’re trying to repair and round the edges as much as possible to help reduce possible peeling. (Trying to sew a patch on a down jacket is not recommended. Using a standard needle and thread on your jacket’s face fabric can create more holes over time).
The duck and goose feathers that make up down insulation vary
in color. Sometimes, darker colored plumes can be seen through the exterior
fabric of lighter colored jackets. These dark feathers can appear to be stains.
You can move the insulation around inside your jacket to get
the darker-colored down feathers away from the surface fabric with a little
hand-massaging. If you find this situation is bothersome, you may want to
consider a darker colored jacket.
If you find an actual stain, you may be able to use a
down-safe surface cleaner to clean the spot without necessarily washing the
If spot-cleaning and feather rearrangement doesn’t help, we’ll show you how to safely wash your down jacket.
Down is highly compressible so your jacket may come with a
stuff sack or a storage pocket. While squeezing your jacket into a tight little
package may work well for backpacking or traveling, it’s important to avoid
leaving a down jacket compressed for long periods.
The best way to store your jacket is the simplest: put the jacket on a hanger in your closet.
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