Down vs Feather vs Synthetic filling

It is generally accepted that goose down is better than duck down. The reason for this being that goose down is lighter, so it’s able to keep you warm without weighing you down. This is possible because the goose down clusters are larger than the duck down clusters, making them have more air volume to absorb body heat. Feathers are larger, heavier and more rigid, having fewer air pockets to retain the warm air and are therefore less insulating. Feathers also have quills which can pierce through the feather proof fabric. Feathers have quills that can poke you and they’re larger – therefore less insulating.

Goose Down

Advantages:

  • Nature’s best insulator.
  • It’s warmer than duck down, yet much lighter than all other fills.
  • Can last a lifetime as nothing causes it to break down.
  • Better fill power – it remains "fluffy" for longer than feathers.
  • More comfortable (no quills).

Disadvantages:

  • Goose down costs more.

Goose Feather and Down mix

Advantages:

  • Added feathers provide extra support.
  • Feather and down mix costs less than full goose down.

Disadvantages:

  • The feathers have quills that may poke you.
  • Feathers don't last as long as down.

Duck Down

Advantages:

  • Better insulation.
  • Good fill power – remains fluffy for longer than feathers.
  • More comfortable (no quills).

Disadvantages:

  • It doesn’t last as long as goose down.
  • Duck clusters are not as strong as goose down clusters - so they tend to shift.

Duck Feather

Advantages:

  • Duck feathers cost less.

Disadvantages:

  • Doesn’t last as long as down.
  • Less fill power.
  • Feathers have quills that may poke you.

Synthetic Down

Advantages:

  • Synthetic down costs less.
  • Feels better than fibre puff.

Disadvantages:

  • Less fill power.
  • Less insulation.

 

 

 

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