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DOWN

Ad­van­tages

❚ Best warmth for weight of any in­su­la­tor.

❚ More re­silient than syn­thet­ics so tends to last longer.

❚ Com­pacts well for easy stor­age.

Dis­ad­van­tages

❚ Ini­tially more ex­pen­sive, how­ever, if well cared for, it can be a life­time in­vest­ment.

❚ Be­ware of mois­ture — down loses much of its in­su­lat­ing value when wet and it is slow to dry.

❚ Some folks don’t like the “puffi­ness” of down be­cause it makes them look heavy.

SYN­THETIC

Ad­van­tages

❚ Good per­for­mance in wet con­di­tions. Main­tains much of its orig­i­nal in­su­lat­ing value when wet and dries quickly.

❚ Less ex­pen­sive than down (how­ever, tends not to last as long). ❚ Easy care. ❚ Non-al­ler­genic.

Dis­ad­van­tages ❚ Can be heav­ier and bulkier. ❚ Not as re­silient as down and will break down quicker.

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