/ Refilling a Down gillet or jacket
it shouldnt lose that much down, ever
Indeed, and if it has, it may not be worth re-filling if it's only going to leak again...
The other possibilities are that it's been stored damp, and the down had degraded and no longer lofts as well, or it's had massive amounts of use, and been repeatedly stuffed and re-stuffed into a tiny stuff sack so that the down clusters have fractured.
Or it may just have been crap down in the first place...
As for losing efficiency, well, if you lose down, the item will just be less warm. It will still work, but it won't be as warm as a new jacket of the same type; it will be about as warm as a different jacket with about the same amount of down filling in it...
I spoke to Mountaineering Designs and they offer the whole chibang service depending on your needs - I have a very old TNF jacket that has lost lift in some areas and they said they would clean it and refill bits if necessary and that the whole lot would be no more than around £70 which given I was thinking of replacing it not a bad deal.
They were reccommended to me by a nice lady in Needlesports.
I managed to puncture an Alpkit sleeping bag after a year.
Alpkit sent me a repair kit and I asked if I could buy some down. They mentioned that even though it looks like you've lost a lot (my hair was full of down in the morning!), it's not as much as it seems.
They suggested taking apart a down pillow as a cost effective way of replacing down if I really felt the need to.
You can get a small duck down pillow from John Lewis for £15.
Elsewhere on the site
Urban climber James Kingston will be on stage at all UK screenings to answer questions about his remarkable film... Read more
The Lakpa Rita and Kriti Tech jackets are a pair of shell products from the Sherpa Adventure Gear brand – the... Read more
Last year, Finn McCann wrote an article about climbing El Capitan with his terminally ill father Seamus, who had been... Read more
Save £20 when you buy a Petzl Elios Helmet!! The Petzl Elios helmet (2013 Version) is tough & durable,... Read more
The usual suspects and dark horses have been in play across Scotland over the rock season of 2014. One of the main... Read more