The puffer jacket is the warmest winter outerwear you can have in your wardrobe. An essential during the winter periods, while there are many decorated in high street stores, it is a key to understand the difference in padding material that makes up each style.
What can the padding contain?
Padding can contain down, and polyester.
What is down?
Down is a fine soft feather found closest to a bird’s skin. The best quality puffer jackets will contain down as it is a thermal insulator, the perfect padding material for puffer jackets.
What should I look for when buying a down jacket?
The down to feather ratio. There are different levels of down that you should be aware. Each variation will provide you with a different level of warmth.
90% down and 10% feather ratio will give you the warmest insulation.
What is the down to feather ratios?
90% down / 10% feather
80% down / 20% feather
70% down / 30% feather
The higher the down ratio, the warmer the insulation.
Why are there feathers included?
Small parts of feathers that are not separated from the down during the manufacturing process.
Are all downs the same?
You can get goose or duck, with goose being the superior insulation material.
Padding can also contain synthetic insulation. While not as warming as requires more bulk to keep you warm. Also, synthetic fibres will eventually break down requiring you to replace your synthetic padded jacket.
What should you do with all of this information?
When buying a puffer jacket, check the online description or the inside label. It will specify whether the wadding/lining is down, or polyester filled.
If it is down, it will give you the down to feather ratio.
[An example from zara.com of a down-filled jacket product description]
Now that you are clued up with everything down related you can now make an informed decision when buying a puffer jacket!