Processing...it's what makes premium down, premium.

The foundation of any quality product is always paramount, and we take no exception with our down offerings. By sourcing our down from the coldest regions of Eastern Europe and China with sourcing offices around the world, we are confident that we are always getting the finest material and can trace that material all the way through the supply chain. This allows our partners the peace of mind that they are not only going to have the best performing product, but that the down inside can be traced all the way through the largest responsibly sourced supply chain on the planet.

But that is not the complete story. The finest raw material can be destroyed through improper processing. At ALLIED, we understand the synergy between raw material and processing to create the lightest, warmest, cleanest, most durable and sustainable ingredient for our partners.


cleaning the raw material not as easy as it sounds

Cleanliness is one of the most important features of a premium quality down. As a natural by-product, it is important that the material is properly cleaned to remove any unwanted residue, contaminants or other organic elements that could cause a reaction to the material. The trick is to process the down in a way that provides a clean product but does not strip the clusters of their essential oils or cause it to become brittle through the use of bleaches, harsh chemicals or drying it too quickly.

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but i think i am allergic to down.

An example of the importance of properly cleaned down is highlighted when looking at “the down allergy.?Down allergies are very rare. Down is comprised of Keratin, a protein similar to the composition of our hair. While true down allergies DO exist, almost 99% of people who suffer a reaction to the use of down is reacting to down that has been improperly cleaned. As a natural product, down can be a breeding ground for dust mites and other allergens such as mold. We take great pride in providing a down that far exceeds all cleanliness tests for hypo-allergenic products.


what is actually in my down insulation?

Content can be considered in a couple of different ways. The primary view involves taking the raw material, processing and separating the down cluster from fiber, feathers, etc. In some cases, different countries require certain requirements for down cluster percentage in order to fulfill labeling laws, but generally speaking it is not always beneficial to simply have the highest cluster content. In a lower fill power, it can be beneficial to blend larger clusters with smaller ones to create a product that maximizes the performance of the insulation. This might result in a product with a slightly lower down cluster percentage, but better performing with the addition of the larger clusters.

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blended, but not aged

Down is a bit like wine and whiskey in this way that blends are often created to achieve a very particular result. In many cases, it is not just different fill powers that are blended. With decades of experience, we are able to create infinite possibilities of blends utilizing down with different fill powers and from different regions. This also allows our partners to provide the most consistent products season after season using ALLIED down.


keep it clean and store it properly and it will last longer than you will

How to help your down product last a lifetime.

washing

Machine wash on normal cycle with a mild (preferably down product specific) detergent in cold water followed by an extra rinse cycle without detergent if possible.

drying

The primary element in the destruction of down products lies in improper drying. Drying too fast and too hot will make the down brittle, but not drying thoroughly will cause the potential build up of mold and bacteria which will destroy the loft. Tumble dry low until completely dry (may take several cycles). Add three clean tennis balls to dryer to help re-fluff the down as it dries

storing

Your down products should be stored in an area away from high humidity. The product should also be allowed to breath and stored uncompressed to retain the down’s resiliency and high loft.

dry cleaning

While we will always suggest washing your down products, if you must dry clean your product, make sure that the dry cleaner has experience with down products. Harsh chemicals sometimes used in the dry cleaning process will strip the essential oils from the down causing the insulation to be brittle and lose much of it’s loft.

do not iron / do not bleach

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