Welcome to the cosy, highly insulated world of the down jacket. The tried and tested combination of fluffy down and heat retaining feathers has been used for centuries to protect from the cold weather. In store we have a fine selection of goose and duck down jackets in a range of styles, all perfect for keeping the elements at bay. Keep reading below as we run through a few staff favourites from the likes of Belstaff, Norse Projects, C.P. Company and Holubar.
Let’s start with Patagonia, a brand with a rich heritage in producing clothing for the great outdoors who are considered by many to be masters of the down. Their Down Shirt, shown above, is a lightweight, water resistant mid-layer that keeps bulk to a minimum despite being filled with 600 fill down. Crafted for rigorous use, a funnel neck, zip fastened front, two hip pockets and a Patagonia patch logo on the chest finish the look.
Another great offering we have is the Holubar Deer Hunter Parka, a winter take on the classic jacket worn by Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter. The iconic dark orange colourway has been paired with a water-resistant 82/18 Italian made outer and duck down and feather lining. Holubar celebrate their 70th anniversary this year and this special jacket, with its four large exterior pockets, large adjustable hood and two-way zip, is a celebration of everything they have become renowned for.
Down isn’t just confined to jackets as the Gilet Down Padded Imini from Italian label C.P. Company shown above demonstrates. Eschewing sleeves, a gilet tends to me much more versatile and manoeuvrable, and, as most heat is lost through the body, you sacrifice little to no loss of warmth. This version comes in a black colourway, features a funnel neck collar and the iconic C.P. Company lens logo detailing is also present on the chest.
Whilst British label Belstaff have a long and involved history with motorcycle culture and are associated with their classic leather jackets, they still produce modern clothing with contemporary fabrics. The Halewood Down Blouson above packs in an incredible 790 power fill down making it suitable for extremely cold conditions. Replicating the silhouette of a café racer with its snap fastening collar and shoulder paneling, the exterior has been cut from high-density nylon, a fabric selected for its resilience and water-resistance.
Whilst down typically refers to the feathers from a goose or a duck, there are progressive brands like Norse Projects who like to experiment with new fabric and material technologies. The Thor, shown above, is a modern take on a classic mac style that has been fully lined with Polartec Power Fill wadding, a viable, environmentally friendly insulator. Constructed from a soft and pliable matrix of recycled polyester yarns, thousands of small air pockets continuously capture and contain body heat while maintaining a resilient thermal layer between the colder air on the outside and the warmer temperatures inside.