Possible down garment build Deep cold parka question

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Possible down garment build Deep cold parka question

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 17 Jan, 2018 4:48 am

Not so much which is lighter because that will be baffles but which will be warmer over time.
I have had a succession of down parkas over the decades and two that stand out in my memory as being incredibly warm, warmer than my current heavy Expedition parka. One was a very heavy one form REI which was simply to bulky to carry around Europe while hitch-hiking and the other which I purchased in England in 1980 and which got lost in the post when I returned home which was from Egge in Switzerland and was part of their Esquimo Expedition series.
Both of these were of the double layered stitched thru construction, the differences were profound in materials and quality tho. The Egge being a third the weight and packed bulk of the REI but also almost 4 times the price.
I am thinking about using the down in my stash to make something warm for cold weather. I have a hundred grams of 800+ down here, not enough for a parka but enough for a vest and I am thinking about making a vest
With the Egge duvet the space between the UL mesh used to keep the down in place was also lightly filled with down. Interestingly the same technique is also used for the foot section of my UL winter sleeping bag and it works very well.
Naturally I’d use a larger shell size for the outer, you still need the differential cut
No-See-Em mesh is a half ounce/ 13GSM; that wouldn’t be much more weight than 25mm baffles and perhaps a lot less work.
Egge used a space-filler cut for the inner layers in their Expedition down wear to allow maximum lofting of the fill
I have another thought about clothing for deep cold also. There have been many instances of Antarctic expeditioners being evacuated because of frostbite while skiing and sled hauling recently. Mostly with severely frostbitten thighs.
It.s because modern LW and UL expedition gear used a high fill-power down that collapses under wind pressure. Several makers now use a layer of synthetic insulation in specific areas to counter this collapse, some use Thinsulate, some use Primaloft but some use Polargard Alpha
If I was to use a light layer of Thinsulate I would use it on the inner side but if I was to use Alpha would it be best there or as a layer in between the two down layers?
Mill Yardage currently has 60GSM Alpha which I think is as heavy as I would like to go
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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