Why wear a down gilet?
A gilet helps to keep the body warm: it protects the chest, neck and kidneys from the cold, as these areas a especially sensitive to chills.
It is sleeveless so it saves weight in your backpack, provides even more breathability during exercise and excellent comfort of movement when worn under a jacket.
Worn underneath the MT100 down jacket, it can provide 6°C extra warmth when compared to a down jacket worn without the gilet.
The advantages of a duck down and feather filling
The filling power of down has 3 advantages for mountain sports:
- Thermal insulation thanks to the air trapped in the down and feathers
- Ultra low weight: down is lighter than synthetic wadding while offering the same degree of warmth. This saves even more weight in your backpack
Inflating Power of down/feather filling
The fill power is a measure of the down's thermal insulation capacity and its potential to "trap" air. It is expressed in CUIN (cubic inches).
So, down with a higher fill power (higher CUIN number) will occupy more space, trap more air and provide greater thermal insulation.
For this sleeveless down gilet, with its 85% down/15% feather filling, the fill power is guaranteed to be 660 CUIN or more (international standard).
What is RDS certification?
RDS or “Responsible Down Standard” is a worldwide certification issued by an independent organisation to volunteer brands.
This standard enables us to guarantee the origin of the feathers in accordance with our commitment to use responsible materials. Our suppliers commit to using only feathers from geese and ducks raised for their meat and slaughtered before down and feathers are collected.
Weight of the filling
S: 67 g
M: 71 g
L: 75 g
XL: 80 g: 85 g
XXXL: 93 g
How to care for a down and feather gilet?
The down gilet can be worn throughout the winter and will certainly need to be washed. Follow our guidance by copying the link below:
1/ machine wash, 30°, with 2 or 3 tennis balls. Gentle spin cycle.
2/ tumble dry with 2 or 3 tennis balls, repeat 2 or 3 times until it is completely dry
HOW TO REPAIR A GILET?
A tear on a padded gilet can happen when trekking! The good news is that it can be repaired so the tear doesn’t get any bigger or to stop the feathers from escaping.
Don't you feel at ease carrying out this repair yourself? Don't worry! Our in-store Decathlon workshops offer a repair service to mend your padded gilet using a heat-bonded patch.
Water-repellent property of component (not to be confused with waterproofing)
The water repellent property of a fabric is its ability to make water run off its surface without absorbing it. This prevents the fabric from swelling, and keeps it lightweight and warm.
The material of this down jacket is water-repellent; we recommend wearing a waterproof jacket over it in the event of prolonged exposure to rain.
The fabric is made water-repellent by treating its outer surface, however this property may deteriorate with use.
We recommend that you restore it after each wash.
How do I reactivate the waterproofing properties?
After washing your padded gilet, we recommend that you use a water-repellent reactivator spray to preserve the hydrophobic properties of the outer fabric
It restores the water-repellent properties of the fabric and optimises the performance of your garment throughout its lifetime.