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    Duck down VS goose down

    How does duck down compare to goose down?

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    I have duck down tq's and goose uq's and i think the duck is alittle denser, it took more to get the same result as goose and my duck down has a more powerful smell to it after being in the tote all summer

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    If you do a search on this subject, there is no difference. I have used both, and, have experienced only a vast difference in price. Wish I could find some more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psyculman View Post
    ...Wish I could find some more.
    http://ripstopbytheroll.com/products...0-fp-duck-down

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    down is down. And high quality down is measured by fill power; a higher number means less is needed to fill a certain volume. So 4 oz 800 FP would fill a standard size quilt (around 44"x72") but it would take 4.5 oz of 700 FP, regardless of what bird it came from. Geese, however, are larger birds so it's more likely they yield higher fill power down.

    as far as the price discrepancy, I believe Goose Down is more expensive than Duck Down simply because marketers have made it seem more desirable, so the demand is higher, and the supply is smaller.

    White down is also more desirable because it looks "cleaner"; when your shell is a white duvet, white down won't cause dark spots. but with outdoor gear, often times the shell color is dark and the color of the down is irrelevant.
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    Fillpower is fillpower. It is easier to find larger down clusters (ie higher fillpower) from larger waterfowl. Small ducks just don't have large clusters. For that reason high fillpower down is more likely to be goose down, and that leads to a perception that goose down is better than duck down. Statistically speaking it is true, but small clustered goose down from a gosling of a smaller goose breed could have a lower fillpower than large clustered down from an adult duck from a larger breed of duck, and in that case the duck down would be better.

    In the modern age of standardized fillpower testing methodologies, just trust the number.

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