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A down coat is a popular companion in the colder seasons. Both in winter and in the transitional season, the down coat is very much in demand. In this article we have summarised what you should look for when buying a down coat and what the differences are.
In our big down coat test 2022, we took a closer look at a variety of down coats to list the best alternatives. We also took a close look at what really matters when buying a down coat.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The best Down Coat: Our Picks
- 3 Buying and evaluation criteria for down coats
- 4 Decision: What types of down coats are there and which one is right for me?
- 5 Guide: Frequently asked questions about down jackets answered in detail
- 5.1 How do I wash a down coat?
- 5.2 Alternatively, where can I get my down coat cleaned and how much does it cost?
- 5.3 Can I put a down coat in the dryer?
- 5.4 What is the best way to store a down coat?
- 5.5 How much does a down coat cost?
- 5.6 What are the alternatives to a down coat?
- 5.7 Can I have my down coat resized?
- 5.8 Why is my down coat losing its feathers?
- Down coats are known for their excellent insulation. By choosing the right down coat, you won’t get cold even in the coldest months of the year.
- There are two different types of down coats. On the one hand, there are down coats for winter, which are particularly warm. On the other hand, there are down coats that are a little thinner and not quite as warm. These are excellent for the transitional season.
- There are different types of down. The higher the insulating capacity, the higher the quality. Of course, this is also reflected in the price.
The best Down Coat: Our Picks
Buying and evaluation criteria for down coats
In the following section, we have compiled the most important buying and advice criteria for down coats. You can use these to guide your purchase decision.
The criteria you can use to compare down coats include:
The individual categories are explained in more detail below.
You can distinguish between three different types of down. These are duck down, goose down and eider down. In the following, we will show you the differences between the various types of down.
Duck down is the cheapest type, but it keeps you surprisingly warm. There are also differences within duck down. The larger the feather, the more insulation there is. This is especially popular with outdoor sports enthusiasts, as duck down can be compressed to a very small size and still unfolds beautifully afterwards. This is called the bulking power.
Goose down has slightly larger feathers than duck down. This means that fewer feathers are needed for the same amount of insulation. This makes a down coat lighter and more comfortable to wear.
Eider down is the highest quality down. It is about 50% lighter than goose down. In addition, the down of the Icelandic eider duck is even finer and therefore correspondingly more expensive.
With all three different types of down, you should take a close look at the bulkiness, the mixing ratio and the animal welfare when making your decision.
Land birds such as chicken or turkey do not have down.
Basically, the higher the quality, the higher the insulation capacity. This means that the feathers are larger and therefore the end product is lighter because fewer feathers are used.
Size is obviously also a decisive criterion when buying a down coat. Basically, you can start from your normal clothing size.
For women, however, the bust and hip circumference is decisive.
The best thing to do is to go to a specialist shop for advice. You can also try on different coats and find out what your perfect fit is.
Warmth is also a crucial factor when buying a down coat. First of all, you should ask yourself for which season you would like your down coat. We distinguish between down coats for the winter season and down coats for the transitional season.
The warmth depends primarily on the thickness of the down coat. The thicker, the warmer it is. Quality is also a decisive criterion when it comes to warmth. It’s important that you don’t save on the wrong things. After all, you don’t want to freeze with your down coat.
Later, we will go into more detail about the difference between down coats for the winter season and down coats for the transitional season.
You should also think about how important the weight of your down coat is to you.
Do you attach a lot of importance to a coat that is as light as possible, or is the weight relatively unimportant to you? Many people prefer light down coats because otherwise they often get physical pain from the weight of the coat.
As mentioned above, eider down is the highest quality down and also the lightest. And as we all know, quality is reflected in the price. It’s best to find out for yourself what a light, high-quality down coat is worth.
Sustainability is also playing an increasingly important role in our purchasing decisions. Here it is especially important to pay attention to how the animals are treated. There are certain animal welfare guidelines that should be observed in any case.
Decision: What types of down coats are there and which one is right for me?
When it comes to down coats, two different types are compared. On the one hand, there are the down coats for the winter and on the other hand, the down coats for the transitional season.
|Down coat for winter||This product is a down coat that has particularly good thermal insulation. This means that the warmth is retained for longer and you don’t get cold so quickly. In addition, down coats for winter are usually a little thicker, as this keeps them even warmer.|
|Down coat for the transitional season||Down coats for the transitional season are coats that are perfect for the months before and after winter. These down coats are usually a little thinner, but still do an excellent job of keeping you warm.|
In the following sections you will learn more about the different types of down coats. We will also show you the advantages and disadvantages of each category.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about down jackets answered in detail
We have summarised additional information that can help you when buying a down jacket in the final paragraphs.
How do I wash a down coat?
- The first step is to close all zips and turn your down coat inside out
- Use a down detergent, which is gentle on the down
- Do not use fabric softener, it damages the down
- Wash your down coat alone in the washing machine
- Use the washing machine’s wool programme and the lowest spin setting
- Take your washed down coat out of the washing machine very carefully to avoid
- Machine very carefully to avoid unnecessary tears in the down coat
Alternatively, where can I get my down coat cleaned and how much does it cost?
The costs vary from cleaning company to cleaning company, but there is a rough guide. The average cost of a down coat cleaning is between €25 and €35, which is a guide if your down coat is not excessively dirty. If special procedures or several repetitions of cleaning have to be carried out because the down coat is so heavily contaminated, the costs may be somewhat higher.
Can I put a down coat in the dryer?
The best alternative is to ask your family or friends if you can use their dryer. Or you can go to a launderette to dry your down coat.
However, if you don’t want to or can’t use any of these options, you can dry your down coat on a clothes horse. In this case, however, it is essential that you do the job of the tennis balls. This means that you should regularly loosen up the down so that it doesn’t stick together and regain its full density.
What is the best way to store a down coat?
To begin with, you should know that down needs a lot of space. Therefore, you should not store your down coat somewhere in the far corner and hope that it will still be as beautiful next year. You should also not store any other objects on top of your down coat, as this will compress the feathers too much.
The best thing to do is to put your down coat in a cotton bag and hang it up with enough space.
It is also important to know that you should store your down coat in a dry place. Moisture also damages the down and you will no longer have the same wearing comfort. Therefore, the cellar is usually not the best place to store your down coat. It’s best to store your down coat in a cotton cover in your wardrobe with enough space.
How much does a down coat cost?
If you’re looking for a transitional coat, it’s easier to find one at a reasonable price than a warm winter down coat.
There are no upper limits for down coats either. Most of the time, you’ll get much better quality if you dig a little deeper into your pocket. This is reflected in a down coat that keeps you warm much longer and better. Prices up to over € 1,000 are quite possible, but these are usually designer brands where you also pay for the brand.
What are the alternatives to a down coat?
If you are a down lover, we recommend a down jacket as an alternative to a down coat. You’ll still feel the same and the down will keep you warm even on very cold days.
However, if you also like to cover your torso, we recommend a coat made of other materials as an alternative. Examples are fur coats, fur coats, jersey coats and many more. It’s best to find out what appeals to you most on the internet.
Can I have my down coat resized?
We did some research and found out that you can shorten your down coat. Especially for smaller women, the length is often a problem. But the sleeves are also often too long.
So if you would like to have your down coat altered, we recommend that you find a tailor shop near you. Either call or go directly to the shop and ask for advice. However, it doesn’t hurt to give them a call, because not every tailor changes down coats.
Why is my down coat losing its feathers?
However, if you lose a lot of feathers and it doesn’t stop, this could be a sign of a hole or tear in your coat. If you notice this, try to stuff the lost feathers back in if possible. In any case, do not pull the feathers out.
To prevent losing more feathers, you can tape the tear or hole shut. You can also try to sew the broken area. If that doesn’t work or you don’t want to do it yourself, you can take your down coat to a repair service.
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