How to Choose Insulated Jacket

The insulating jacket or “jacket” is the ultimate protection against the cold, bringing warmth and comfort. The growing number of offers on the market, these are the elements that allow you to find one that best fits your needs.

1. Down Or Synthetic

This is the kind of debate that has already been much written and seems eternal. However, here are the advantages and disadvantages of the one and the other:

Duvet :

Advantages: very light, more compressible and more cozy.
Disadvantages: loses its warmth when wet, difficult maintenance and high price.

Synthetic:

Advantages: provides warmth even when wet, dries quickly, easily maintained and accessible prices.
Disadvantages: less compressible, less light and less cozy.

To summarize, we can say that beyond the financial aspect, we tend to favor down for mountaineering and activities where weight and size are important factors, while synthetic is perfect for a more versatile use and travel in wetlands.

2. Refine Choice Between Down And Synthetic

The fabric:

Although this is not the main factor determining the heat input, do not neglect the outside fabric.

The weight of the fabric will influence in particular on the weight and the compressibility of the jacket, as well as its strength. In general, the more the fabric is lighter, your jacket is compressible, while over the fabric is thicker, your jacket will be resistant.

Almost all fabrics are windproof and with a water repellent treatment.

The differences between the duvets:

Beyond the origin of down and animals (mainly goose or duck), it seems important to know the specific terms set down in order to quantity and quality.

The swelling power or “fill power”:

It is the ability of down to inflate air. The higher it is, the more the down will be warm and insulating. The value is given in cuin (cubic inch). You just pay attention to the variation existing between the American and European data (for the same value, a US 800 cu corresponds more to a European 700).

The amount of down:

Indicated in grams is the weight of down used in the design of your jacket, not to be confused with the weight of the down jacket for winter listed on Topmbadirectory.

To compare the heat input of several jackets, down from various swelling power, a method of multiplying the fill power by the weight of down used.

For example :

A garment 1: G = 140 000 x 200 700 agrees with
a garment 2: 800 agrees with g = 128 000 x 160

The jacket 1 is the hottest final.

The distribution between down and feathers:

It is often given in the form 90/10, which means 90% down and 10% feather. The down is a better choice than the feathers, the more its proportion is, the better the quality of your insulation.

Various synthetic packings:

The synthetic insulation is made of polyester filaments supposed to recreate the blowing of down. Heat input thus depend essentially on the amount and density of the synthetic used.

  • <80g / m2 for an extra compressible jacket but with limited supply of heat.
  • 80g / m2 to 120g / m2 for a versatile jacket
  • > 120g / m2for shipping or cold jacket.

Subsequently, the synthetic used affects the property of the jacket and its price.

  • Primaloft One: one of the warmest synthetic, very good but quite expensive.
  • Primaloft Sport: intermediate product offering a good quality / price ratio.
  • Primaloft Eco: made from recycled plastic, a little cooler than the One or the Sport but greener.
  • Polartec Alpha: Not as hot as the One or the Sport, but extremely breathable, developed to evacuate your perspiration during your sports.

3. The Impermeability

Almost all of the insulation jackets have a DWR DWR provides protection against small flakes or light rain. Despite this treatment and even if there are some waterproof insulation jackets, most are not.

A waterproof jacket is heavier because less compressible, less breathable and more expensive, so it is often better to associate your jacket to a protective jacket when needed, that to opt for a waterproof model that will be less versatile.

Once these aspects taken into account, your final choice will depend on the cut of your appreciation of the different brands, your tastes and price …

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