Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    New Member dougout's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Coquitlam, BC
    Hammock
    HH Explorer Ultralite (Scout, Expd)
    Tarp
    HH Hex
    Posts
    8

    Question Old goose down...

    Hi
    First post, a question....
    Does anyone know if goose down deteriorates over time? Will the down in a 30+ year old bag still be good? I'm tempted by an old bag I saw on Craigslist. Wondering if I could cannibalize it for an underquilt.

    Thanks
    Doug

  2. #2
    Dutch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Reinholds, PA
    Hammock
    Bridgeskin
    Tarp
    DIY Blackcat
    Insulation
    DIY Quilts
    Suspension
    Whoopie sling
    Posts
    5,253
    Images
    196
    Quote Originally Posted by dougout View Post
    Hi
    First post, a question....
    Does anyone know if goose down deteriorates over time? Will the down in a 30+ year old bag still be good? I'm tempted by an old bag I saw on Craigslist. Wondering if I could cannibalize it for an underquilt.

    Thanks
    Doug
    I have salvaged old down with good and bad results. I think the fill of the down when it was new has more to do with the present quality. The next thing is how was it stored and cared for. Washing it will prbably help restore a lot of abuse it has seen. Lastly I don't think real high quality down wasn't as prevelent as it is today since the UL craze hit. So I just wouldn't expect more then 600 fill. If it is more then you can be pleasently surprized. Perfect trees has down so inexpensive these days I just go for the better quality, but I played around with salvaged down for quite a while and still have and use that gear.
    Peace Dutch
    GA>ME 2003


    http://dutchwaregear.com

    Visit Dutchwaregear on facebook (and like it)

    8th Annual Mt Rogers Winter Hang Spreadsheet

  3. #3
    Senior Member Beast 71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Big Lake, MN
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.7 dbl.
    Tarp
    WBSuperfly w/doors
    Insulation
    JRB TQ&UQ quilts
    Posts
    1,358
    Many, many years ago my sister brought my dad's very old surplus mummy bag up camping and the down was so old it was pulverized into powder. The more she used it the more it pulverized and acted as a large powder puff. She had an allergic reaction to it that made her eyes swell shut
    "In your face space coyote"-HJS

  4. #4
    Ramblinrev's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Milton, PA
    Hammock
    Hennessey Explorer Ultralight
    Tarp
    Hennessey Hex
    Insulation
    HH Super Shelter
    Suspension
    ring buckle
    Posts
    7,298
    Images
    101
    Old down is a crap shoot. You pays your money and you takes your chances. If it is <$10 it might be worth looking at. Otherwise, I'm not sure I would bother unless you 1) have a feel for good down and 2) know the person getting rid of it.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
    Mrs. Loftus to Huck Finn

    We Don't Sew... We Make Gear! video series

    Important thread injector guidelines especially for Newbies

    Bobbin Tension - A Personal Viewpoint

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •