Taking proper care of your down jacket can increase its warmth and lifespan, whether it’s minor repairs or washing.
Don’t be tempted to air-dry a down jacket. Hanging a down
jacket to dry will take a long time, can result in excessive feather clumping,
and has been reported to cause unpleasant smells.
Washing down jackets too often can weaken seams and
accelerate the natural decomposition of the down feathers, so there’s something
to be said for being judicious about washing your down jacket.
Washing once or twice a year is likely sufficient for average
use. For those who spend months camping and working hard in their jackets, more
frequent washes might be needed.
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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