Loose down supplier?

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by racer66, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. racer66

    racer66 Trail Blazer

    I would like around 100g of extra 800 or 900 FP down for stuffing my Nunatak Quilt with as it has lost some loft from the torso area. And the extra stuffed footbox is good still.

    Seen a few online UK places offering the servie for around £40 to fill 100g into a bag, just wondering where I can get it myself to do.
  2. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

  3. racer66

    racer66 Trail Blazer

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  4. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Last time I did a boost to a SB, was after I'd been given a GreyLag and had plucked, washed, sorted and dried the down by hand :smuggrin::whistling::whistling::whistling:. Whilst the down was of the highest quality I cannot recommend it as a time efficient way of doing things :eeker:.
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  5. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

  6. racer66

    racer66 Trail Blazer

    Thanks Adz, I might go for that one, and then I will have enough left over to make a down cap and booties prob.
  7. paul

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  8. racer66

    racer66 Trail Blazer

    I did mean to add, I have washed the bag on monday and now it is thoroughly dry, the loft has increased quite markedly from before, and especially the chest area. I think I should be ok for loft now and the spring summer, maybe looking at something for next winter or just find a warmer winter quilt. I was really surprised with the dirt in the water which came out on washing with some nikwax down wash, as I have only used the quilt maybe for a dozen nights.
  9. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    And tbh it's most likely unethically sourced.
  10. stokrenden

    stokrenden Summit Camper

    Actually there is a higher chance that high fp goose down are live plucked. Most of the low fp duck down are byproducts of the meat industry.
  11. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Live plucked :( ?

    That does not sound like any bit of OK....is that common?
  12. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    In China - yes.

    There was a programme (TV) about wild Iceland at the w/e - very very good - showed a guy who earned his living collecting wild Eider duck down from their nests (- he replaced it with hay) - that was entirely ethical but goodness knows how much the end product would cost.
  13. Evan Davies

    Evan Davies Trail Blazer

    I was told by someone who used to work for Rab that to achieve 900+ FP the down "has" to be live-plucked.
    As for the cost of Eider down - see this - unsurprisingly discontinued.
  14. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    The better quality down comes from older birds that live in colder climates, their down clusters are bigger and more robust than younger birds and this yeilds the highest fillpower down.


    They don't get to be older birds if they aren't live plucked.....
  15. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    That's not the half of it. There is a video of the process and it's disgraceful. Sometimes they end up ripping the birds skin and stitch it back up ready for more down to grow.
  16. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    That is a bad comparison. Sheering sheep is like getting a hair cut. Live plucking down is like your hair being pulled out by root and quite often your skin ripping and been stitched back up. There is a HUGE difference.

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