When we try to buy down jackets, we will pay attention to the quality of down jackets. A good quality down jacket will be more comfortable and warm to wear, and will have a longer lifespan. In addition to choosing well-known big brands, we must learn to distinguish ourselves.
How to judge the quality of down jackets
Take a look: see if there is a product quality label, test report, etc., and whether the down type, down content and down filling amount are clearly marked on the label.
Second touch: a good quality down jacket feels soft to the touch, has a complete piece of wool, and has feather stalks but not many. At the same time, ensure that the stalks are soft.
Three presses: Press the down jacket with your hands and release it immediately. If it rebounds quickly and returns to its original shape, it indicates that the down has a good bulkiness. Poor resilience and a heavy feeling in the hand indicate that the amount of velvet is low, or a certain amount of raw flakes or crushed hair may be mixed.
Four beats: Take a hard shot on the down jacket. If there is down running out, or dust overflows at the stitches, it means that the fabric has poor down resistance or the sewing needle is too large, and the down jacket will be thinner and thinner. Some down jacket fabrics are not velvet but also waterproof, but they have poor air permeability and are not easy to emit water vapor. They are not easy to dry after washing. When the down is damp, it will produce different degrees of deterioration, or breed microorganisms, and emit a odor.
Five smell: the nose is close to the down jacket and smell it carefully. If there is an obvious peculiar smell or odor, it may be filled with inferior down jacket. It is recommended not to buy it.
Sixth: The weight of the down jacket. In comparison, the lighter the weight and the larger the volume, the better.
The solution of down jacket running fluff
1. The fluff is too large and stiff and stalked: If the fluff of the down jacket is larger and has stiff stalks, the main reason is that the material of the fluff is poor and it pierces the inner gall and causes fluff.
Solution: For this kind of running fluff, be sure not to pull out the fluff, it is best to push it back. Before putting on clothes, remember to pat the clothes to make the fluff smooth and avoid the feathers from standing up and puncturing the clothes and running out.
2. The fluff is small, soft and stalkless: If the fluff that runs out is soft and stalkless, then the needle thread, fabric and machine at the needle hole are not up to standard, so the pores on the cloth surface should be reduced, and the needle hole should be reduced.
Solution: Just blow it with the hot air of a hair dryer before putting on the down jacket, and be careful not to overheat or blow it for too long, so that the pinholes can be reduced to a certain extent.
3 Small fluff is easy to be drawn out by static electricity: In winter, it is not only severely cold but also very dry, so static electricity is prone to occur, which leads to down jacket leakage.
Solution: When cleaning the down, adding some neutral soft laundry detergent can effectively reduce static electricity and prevent the down jacket from running down.
The difference between down cotton and down
We know what down cotton is. Cotton is no stranger to us. When we were young, the cotton clothes we wore were made of cotton by our mothers. The two have the same warmth retention performance, but down cotton clothes are lighter than cotton clothes, and down cotton clothes are easier to clean than cotton clothes. After washing, the former is easier to dry than the latter. Dry. But in terms of texture, the texture of down cotton is not as good as that of cotton. Which one you like depends on your hobby.
How to choose a good down jacket
There are huge price differences and different designs of all kinds of down jackets in the market. How to choose and how to choose to find the perfect down jacket for you? Below, I will help you choose the key points, remember to take notes!
1. Down quality test
Fold the down jacket in half and flatten it forcefully to see the rebound speed of the down. The faster the recovery speed after squeezing, the more fluffy the down; if the rebound speed is not good, the down quality is poor, and the actual amount of down contained is not high.
2. Feather common sense-FP value
The FP value refers to the expansion coefficient of down. In terms of the weight of one ounce, the down of 500 FP can reach about 500 cubic inches. The higher the value, the higher the expansion degree and the warmer the down; the higher the relative value, the lighter and the higher the quality of the down. Better, of course it will also be reflected in the price. Generally, about 500 FP is enough for daily wear against the cold; if it is required for near-zero temperature and warmth in mountaineering and skiing, it is recommended to choose a value of 700~750 FP.
3. Down production test
Down is taken from the soft fluff below the abdomen of waterfowl. Because the fluff fiber has small pores, it can effectively lock the heat energy and expand and contract with the temperature change, producing the function of warming up and adjusting temperature. If you want to check whether the harvesting process is good, you can sniff the down single product close to the nose to detect whether there is any peculiar smell or animal smell. If there is a peculiar smell, it means that the down harvest has not been strictly disinfected and treated.
4. Down Turner Test
Touch the surface of the down jacket with your hand to feel whether it is soft and smooth to the touch? Then you can shake or pat the surface of the clothing to see if there is any down coming out of the line of the coat, and check whether the line of the coat is handled securely and properly.
Supplement: It is inevitable that there will be fish that slip through the net if the down is meticulous. If it is not very serious, it is normal. In recent years, major brands have become more and more mature in sewing and fabric technology. Consumers can make trade-offs and compare them according to the purchase price. Whether a lathe worker meets the standard, after all, you get what you pay for.
5. Large grid VS small grid for outer casing
The car line of down jackets is also one of the key points of procurement. Many down jackets launched by many brands like the design of multiple car lines, and the interval is about five centimeters. If the narrow car line encounters a low temperature and strong wind environment, the warmth retention effect will be reduced, because the cold wind is easy. Into the wind from the sewing thread will cause the problem of poor warmth retention. If you are wearing an outdoor environment with a lower temperature and strong wind, you also need to take this issue into consideration.
Supplement: In recent years, major manufacturers have added a lot of seamless stitching designs to the stitching process. Consumers can touch and feel their stitching with their hands, whether it is fit inside and out (general stitching) or there are gaps or gaps in the middle. The thickness feel can be easily distinguished.
6. Do you want to buy a functional type
Consumers can follow the needs of wearing occasions, such as motorcycle commuters, mountaineering, skiing, or being in a near-zero environment. If the budget permits, they can consider adding functional fabrics that are waterproof on the surface. The water-repellent and rain-resistant features can effectively make You wear warmer and more comfortable clothes on these occasions.