Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Coquitlam, BC
Hammock: HH Explorer Ultralite (Scout, Expd)
Tarp: HH Hex
Old goose down...
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.
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Big Lake, MN
Hammock: WBBB 1.7 dbl.
Tarp: WBSuperfly w/doors
Insulation: JRB TQ&UQ quilts
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
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.
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