The outdoor industry is convinced that the best solutions come from nature.Despite the cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions merino wool still overtakes synthetic linings in terms of thermal comfort, leather trekking boots do not give way to those with membranes, and synthetic down cannot compete with natural down in terms of thermal insulation properties. The last one - Polish goose down is considered to be the best in the world. This article will help you understand why you should choose Polish down jackets and sleeping bags.
What will you learn from this description?
- What properties is geese and duck down famous for?
- Why is Polish down recognised worldwide as being of the highest quality?
In a nutshell
The best Polish down is obtained from the White Koludzka Goose. This crossbreed occurs only in our country and is extra fed with oat, which is a valuable source of many microelements. This down is distinguished by high loft (of approx. 900 cu.in. per ounce), ultralightness and excellent thermal insulation properties.
Goose down - polish national treasure?
The Polish down is recognized all over the world, but it is particularly appreciated by the Japanese. More than 100 tons of this material is delivered to the Land of the Cherry Blossom every year. Apparently, it is not a coincidence or an effect of a big marketing campaign, which would encourage its import. The Japanese are famous for their meticulousness and they have actually compared goose down from many corners of the globe and as a result of these tests they selected the Polish down as the best one. They use it mostly for the production of pillows and duvets. The most expensive down is a real luxury and their prices reach even five thousand dollars.
What are the advantages of Polish down? Specialists ensure that it is the way of breeding birds. The best quality down is obtained from the White Koludzka Goose, especially the one fed with oat, which is rich in valuable microelements. Geese are mainly on a grass diet i.e. they eat whatever they find on a pasture. It is the same as it used to be on small, ecological farms in the good old days.
However, in order to obtain good quality down geese must not only be well-fed but also be bred in good conditions. Egg producers often boast that their products come from ‘happy hens’. It may sound funny, but it cannot be denied that living conditions are very important. Polish geese live in a truly stress-free environment, they have a free run and big farmsteads. Down and feathers, which are obtained from birds bred in such way, are of very high quality. As the old saying goes… the best comes from nature.
Down - a brilliant invention of mother nature
It was thousands of years ago when people noticed that ducks and geese tolerate even the most freezing winters perfectly. When they became domesticated, it soon appeared that this exceptional resistance to low temperatures is not thanks to their feathers that make up their outer covering, but to the tiny down that grows right by the skin. The scientific world is constantly trying to create a lining that would match its thermal insulation properties. And although there have already been many of them invented, including the well-known and valued synthetic down called PrimaLoft®, natural down is still unrivalled in this respect.
Excellent thermal insulation
The secret of the excellent heating properties of down lies in its structure. A single piece of down has irregular, three-dimensional structure slightly resembling the shape of a snowflake or a blown fluffy dandelion ball. There is a lot of free space between its curves, in which air is accumulated, creating a natural barrier against the cold. Thanks to this natural down has such excellent thermal insulation properties. It doesn’t actually heat, but isolates from the cold coming from outside, retaining the heat that the body produces at the same time. No wonder that down is so often used in outdoor clothing and equipment. The best down sleeping bags, in particular the Polish ones, are high-performance outdoor gears even in the most extreme conditions. Radical 16H sleeping bag provides full thermal comfort at temperatures reaching
-31°C for women and
-43°C for men, meeting ISO 23537 and EN 13537 standards.
Natural polish down – as light as a feather
High thermal insulation is among many advantages of down insulation. Natural down is also ultralight – a single down feather weighs about 0.001g. Weight of your backpack is of great importance on hiking trails. After many hours of walking during long expeditions with a backpack, each gram of a jacket or a sleeping bag counts.
Natural Polish down remains also unrivalled in terms of its ability to be compressed. This is due to its extraordinary loft. Even the thickest down clothes can be compressed into a tiny piece and packed in a backpack.
The increased loft of the down filling is expressed in cubic inches per ounce and determined by the cu.in unit of measure. The labels of good manufacturers of down jackets and sleeping bags usually show a value of 550-650 cu.in. The best quality down lofts 750 cubic inches per ounce. However, Polish goose down gives even more in this aspect. The loft of Polish down jackets and sleeping bags offers a record level of 900 cu.in. per ounce. And this obviously translates into even better thermal insulation parameters and lower weight. The greater the loft, the more air it can store.
It's good, it's polish! - a polish manufacturer of down jackets and sleeping bags.
Where should you look for jackets and sleeping bags filled with the Polish down – the best in the world? We will give you a hint… visit our website www.pajaksport.pl. Our products are made at the foot of the Beskid mountains in Poland. Obviously, we use Polish down, including the most lofty one, which is marked with 900 cu.in per ounce. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our sleeping bags or jackets. We will be happy to offer advice on equipment you may need for your expedition.
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