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Down vs. Feather?



What is Down?

Down is light, fluffy undercoating that geese, ducks and other waterfowl have next to their bodies, underneath their feathers that keep them warm in winter and cool in summer. It is three dimensional and round in nature.


What are Feathers?

Feathers are the principal covering of birds, have a flat construction and are two dimensional. A feather has the hard quill shaft running down the centre with a series of fibers joining them together into a flat structure on each side of the shaft.


The Difference?

Feathers are flat and two dimensional, and are grown for flying, while smaller feathers are for protection. Down is three dimensional, a soft round fiber grown specifically to protect the birds against the climate. Thus keeping them warm in winter and cool enough in summer.


The Takeaway

Down is wonderful. We use ethically sourced down from Canadian Hutterite Farms, which produces some of the most sought after down worldwide. Some of our product options combine the support of feathers with the loft of down, such as our Down Surround Pillows or Feather & Down Blended Pillows — which also helps keep the cost down.


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