Down is nature's finest insulator. Down keeps you cozy in winter and also
provides a light breathable layer in warmer weather. Unlike feathers, which are
flat and 2-dimensional, down clusters are structured somewhat like snowflakes
with dozens of soft, fine filaments. High quality down comforters such as Scandia Down, St. Geneve and Sferra only use premium down from
mature birds that have superior down clusters. As the filaments
"loft" (expand and fluff), they create thousands of tiny warmth
pockets, trapping air and body heat, keeping you comfortable and making our
down so luxuriously lightweight.
What distinguishes some
qualities of down from others?
All down is not the same. Down from larger, more
mature birds offers a higher "fill power" which simply means more insulation
and more warmth with much less weight. So, when comparing down comforters, fill
power is a good measure of quality. Read more about down in our links to the lower right.
Some information on Down Quality & Fill Power
Higher fill powers mean that the down clusters are larger.
The larger the down cluster the higher the quality.
The higher the quality the longer it will retain it's loft and firmness.
The larger the down cluster the more mature the bird from which it came.
The larger the down cluster the more air it traps.
The larger the down cluster the more it will loft and puff up.
The larger the down cluster the better the insulating power.
The larger the down cluster the lighter the down pillow, down comforter or feather bed will be.