Down Time: The story of a miracle material

Walk into any outdoor shop and you're immediately awash in a sea of synthetic materials. Nylon and polyester are everywhere, their virtues—Lightweight! Durable! Fast drying!—extolled in everything from tents to fleece to rain jackets. But when it comes to insulation, one natural material radically outperforms the best synthetic alternatives: goose down. This is its story...
This column originally appeared in the February online edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here.

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

(photograph courtesy IDFL)