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    Quick down question

    Just wondering if down degrades over time? I have aquired a few down comforters and coats over the last few months and was thinking of buying a "vintage" down sleeping bag but was curious if a 30 year old batch of down was worth having or not.
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    What I've heard is that yes it does degrade. This does all depend on how it's been stored and used. I've got 30 year old down comforters that as far as I can tell, seem to be as warm now as they ever were. And they fluf as good now as they did when new. Course I'm probably wrong and if I really cared to, I could somehow do test's and find out how much loss of loft is really going on?? But I don't care.

    Some issues you'll have with the vintage down might be that it needs washing. And it probably does. Also, you have to think about how much you'll have to pay for it and what kind of quality the down is. If it's priced cheap enough and the bag seems to fluf up pretty good then you need to think about how much work it's gonna be in recovering the down out out the bag and then reusing it.

    The only other thing I can think of is that most coats and comforters seem to use a lower quality of down than what the quilt makers that make under and top quilts for our hammocks use. Meaning that you will need to use a lot more of this recovered vintage down inside a quilt to stay warm. It will be heavier too.

    Mostly it comes down to how much it will cost, your labor and if the down is even worth messing with.

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