Cleaning and repairing your trek down jacket

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Do you own one of our padded or down jackets and do you have a question about how to look after or repair it?
We give you all the necessary information so that you can keep your product for a long time.

First use

Down jacket : what does the rds certification mean?

The RDS certification - or “Responsible Down Standard” - is a certification that ensures humane treatment of geese and ducks throughout the entire down and feather supply chain.

Down jacket certified RDS
Down jacket : what do the cuin represent?

We measure the fill-power of a down jacket thanks to its cuin.
The cuin (cubic inches per ounce) represent the thermal insulation capacity of down, by trapping a certain volume of air.
The higher the cuin, the better the insulation and thermal performance of the down jacket.

What do the cuins represent
Why do the feathers of my down jacket sometimes escape?

Since down and feathers are extremely fine fibres and are pointed in shape, they easily poke through the seams or lining. Be aware that, in any case, the down and feathers inside will inevitably try to get out of the jacket. We choose the tightest possible weave (feather-proof or down-proof tested) to reduce this phenomenon.

This situation can happen especially when the down jacket is compressed by sitting down, folding in 2, or storing it in its cover. The air trapped in the compartments will produce pressure towards the surface, if the feather is in the pointed position ready to come out then the feather will come out, it cannot be avoided.

How do you fold up your jacket into its pocket?

Down jackets can be compressed into their own pocket for a trek, for example.  We recommend that you store jackets on a hanger to maintain its thermal performance.

Folding up your down jacket into its pocket

Why is the jacket's lining grey?

The fabric of this lining is innovative because of its bi-ton process:it mixes a black yarn dyed in the mass and an undyed yarn.
Compared to conventional dyeing, this process reduces CO2 emissions by 14%.
At FORCLAZ, we are proud to be committed on a daily basis so that the products you use while trekking are more respectful of the environment!

The Forclaz jacket lining
Down to what temperature can i use my padded and down jacket?

The thermal contribution of a padded and a down jacket is measured in 2 ways: in activity and in static.Each model has been tested in a climate chamber with a long-sleeved synthetic t-shirt and a fleece under the down jacket.
Our different trekking down jackets can keep you warm from 5°C to -10°C in static and up to -18°C in activity.

For example, the MT100 -5°C down jacket has been validated for an active comfort temperature of -5°C during a protocol test in a thermal chamber.
We also tested this model "in static":its comfort temperature is +5°c.

Down to what temperature can I wear my jacket?
Cleaning and repairing your trek down jacket

Cleaning my jacket

Washing your jacket

All our jackets, whether feather or synthetic, can be machine washed at 30°C. Be careful, however, not to wash your down jacket too often as this can affect its performances.

Down jackets require very special care both for washing and for drying to preserve their insulating and thermal properties.

Reactivate the water repellency of your jacket

Over time, the water repellent treatment applied on your down jacket may change. However, it is quite possible to reactivate the water repellency using a re-waterproofing liquid.

I want to get a snag or a hole repaired in the workshop

The objective of padded and down jackets is to combine warmth and compactness. As a result, the fabric is less resistant than other jackets such as parkas for example;
It may happen that you have a snag on your jacket. It is therefore important, by using a patch, to repair it quickly in order to prevent, for down jackets, that the feathers do not escape and that the thermal performance of your jacket is not altered.

Choosing to repair it means acting collectively to reduce our impact by extending the life of our products.
The workshops in Decathlon stores can repair the tear on your jacket, you will find below the service that you can request from your nearest store.
Nb: not all stores are equipped to carry out the repair locally. In this case, your product will be sent to a regional workshop so it will take longer to receive your product back.

> For the installation of a patch, our workshops carry out a thermal bonding. This ensures a quality installation that will allow you to extend the life of your jacket and maintain its warranty. However, if you decide to repair your jacket yourself, the product warranty will no longer be valid.

Placing a repair patch

I repair a snag or a hole on my jacket myself

On a trek, a snag on a jacket can sometimes happen, but the good news is that it can be repaired! Indeed, you can either mend it or apply an iron-on patch to it, in order to prevent the snag from getting bigger or the synthetic fibres or feathers from escaping.
- You want the repair to be inconspicuous, even pretty?
If the fabric isn’t too fine, take the time to sew up the hole with a thread of the same colour as your jacket.
Be careful, if you sew, don’t pierce the other side of the jacket, as this will create a thermal bridge and so reduce the performance of your jacket.
- You’re short of time and have no sewing skills?
The sticky repair patch comes to your rescue: cut a round-edged rectangle one or two centimetres larger than the size of the snag, glue it to the clean, flattened fabric and it's done - you're good to go!

I give a second-life to my jacket

You've stopped wearing your jacket and don't know what to do with it?
Rather than throwing it away, don't hesitate to resell it second-hand on the Decathlon Second-hand platform! Fill in all the information about your product online. We will therefore offer you the best sales solutions, then you can drop off your product in the store to finalize the procedure.