Thursday, August 30, 2007

How to Buy Down Jackets

You know when you want to buy a Down Jacket; and when it is time to buy one, you are clear that you can compromise on none of the goodies you would want to have from it. Look at the men's Down Jacket market; you would sure agree that it is hard to tell the fake one from a genuine Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero?

All jackets, whether it is The North Face Nuptse Down Jacket or Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero in Men's Down Jackets category or Patagonia and Arcteryx in Women's Down Jackets collection, are made from genuine soft feathers of geese or eider ducks filled in layers for efficient warmth even at subzero temperatures. The fabric itself is water resistant and in dual tone color.

Now, how can you tell a genuine down jacket? For one, quality shows allover the product and not in bits and pieces. The finish is with ripstop polyester with Deluge®. Its low weight-warmth character uses 700-fill-power goose clusters and the loft retention is superior. Check the quilted body panels, drawcord hem, and the concealed zipper hand warmer & interior pockets complete with non-snag zipper flaps. The inner lining is supple for maximum skin comfort and don't forget to check the polyester knitted neck lining.

Take a trial; wear it to see whether it feels comfortable, before you buy. Zip-up till neck; see how the neck fits; the zipper must sound like a sword when pulled out of its holster. The hand warmer pockets must not show bulk in the front even with your hands in. Cuff closures have elastic Velcro and Centaur Elastic option.

Is this all? No, your selection trial ends only after you have checked two more things. Are you comfortable wearing the jacket? Try out an appropriate size and contour; move your hands as you would actually do. Down Jackets have different contours for men and women.

Make an informed choice; buy at a known place.

Alevoor Rajagopal is an MBA and an industry reputed business consultant and has tried his hands at many things. He shares his experiences in earning dollars here.

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