All of the down we purchase is a by-product of the food & meat industry. The waterfowl (ducks and geese) that provide us with our down being raised either for their meat or for eggs. Typically waterfowl that are raised for meat are matured to full-size over a period of several months before being slaughtered, whereas those used for egg production may live for several years.

We have a network of supply chains that provide down for our clothing and sleeping bag ranges. We use both collection-based supply chains (where many small farms provide down to local collectors who then sell it on) and slaughterhouse-based supply chains (where a single large or defined group of farms supply a slaughterhouse directly).

Duck Down

By continuing to champion the use of Duck Down, we are choosing to purchase our greatest volumes of down in one of the ‘lowest risk’ farming sectors – which even without audits, reduces our exposure to the issues of live plucking and force-feeding which are more commonly associated within geese farming.

Our research has also shown that the majority of ducks reared in our supply chains are done so for eggs, with birds living longer lives, resulting in a significantly higher quality down cluster.

We now operate just two supply chains for Duck Down, both of which are within Asia and have been audited to current DOWN CODEX® requirements.

Goose Down

For the very highest quality products we are continuing to use only the very best qualities of Goose Down, commercially available.

Each of the two sources we have for Goose Down have now been audited to current DOWN CODEX® requirements. One supply chain is based in the Western fringes of Russia, the other within Asia. We do not mix these two sources, and their use is confined to specific product groups which are clearly marked.

Goose Down versus Duck Down: The Age-Old Debate

According to research published by the IDFL, whilst Goose Down typically has average fill power levels 5 to 10% higher than Duck, their research consistently shows that superior quality duck down has fill performance consistently above that of mediocre or poor Goose Down.

93-7 850 Russian Goose Down

Our highest quality Goose down and fully traceable with raw material
sourced from the Rostov region of Western Russia. Our audit shows that
there are 2 farms located within a 30km radius which supply raw material
to a processor. The processing site includes a single slaughterhouse,
integrated hatchery and mother goose farm.

Transportation of birds from the farms to slaughterhouse takes less than 1 hour.
Both Grey and White geese are reared, being fed on corn and grains in truly free-range
conditions with free access to natural grazing and water. Veterinary support
is available on-site daily. After pre-washing down is sent to Germany for final processing.

This Goose down is used exclusively in our Extreme, Extreme SL
and Xero range of sleeping bags

Date of last audit: 11/2014

90-10 750 Chinese Goose Down

A premium quality Goose Down with raw material sourced from Eastern (Anhui) China and Southern (Guangdong) China.

A collection of small farms (6) and collectors (6) supply raw material to two processors. Birds are typically slaughtered on individual farms using by-hand traditional methods and sold in local markets. Birds live free-range lives with access to roaming areas and water. After pre-washing down is sent to Taiwan for final processing.

This Duck down is used exclusively in clothing. It can be found in Gasherbrum Jacket, Vega & Sigma Jacket and Xero Jackets.

Date of last audit: 11/2013, 12/2013

90-10 725 Chinese Duck Down

Our highest quality Duck Down with raw material sourced from Northern (Heibei) and North-Eastern (Heilongjiang) China.

A collection of small farms provide birds to a single slaughterhouse who then supply raw material to a processor. The ducks are reared on small farms, typically for egg production with mother ducks being kept for in excess of 2 years before being sold-on for their meat. Weighing 3.5 to 4 kg they provide a much higher quality of duck down than is normal.

This Duck Down is used exclusively in our Glacier, Helium
and Classic range of sleeping bags

Date of last audit: 11/2013, 12/2013

90-10 675 / 675 WR Asian Duck Down

A high quality Duck Down with raw material sourced from Taiwan (Zhang-Wha) and Southern (Guangdong) China. Raw material comes from local collectors who supply down to two slaughterhouses. Ducks are typically reared on small farms for both meat and egg production.

This Duck Down is used exclusively in Annapurna, Lightline,
Triton, Lumin, Dewline and Arete range of Jackets

Date of last audit: 11/2013, 12/2013, 06/2014

80-20 625 WR Duck Down

Date of last audit: 11/2013, 12/2013, 06/2014

A quality Duck Down with raw material sourced from Taiwan (Zhang-Wha) and Southern (Guangdong) China. Raw material comes from local collectors who supply down to two slaughterhouses. Ducks are typically reared on small farms, for both meat and egg production.

This Duck Down is used exclusively in our Titan range of sleeping bags.

Date of last audit: 11/2013, 12/2013, 06/2014

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