Nearly 40 years ago, I purchased a Trailwise (Berkeley, Ca) sleeping bag with 10 inches of loft (As I recall, it was approximately $300, alot of money in those days). After a successful ascent of Denali, I have been using it as a comforter ever since. The baffles have deteriorated over the many years, but the prime goose down still keeps the heat in! What is the life-span of down? Is there a way to repurpose the down? Seems a pity to throw it in the trash. I live in the Bay Area and would be delighted to pay someone to fabricate a his and hers down vest!
Welcome to the group! I'm convinced down lasts forever. My first, and still favorite down bag was bought over thirty years ago and is still my go to three season bag. Re-tasking down is easy and economical. Maybe you would be interested in a new quilt project? That thing would make 20 down vests!
No, I cannot sew. I would go to a seamstress/tailor, but I think one would need specialize knowledge to know how to handle goose down. Are there persons in this country who specialize in this sort of repurposing? I figured this was a good site to find out.
Loc: Tacoma, Washington
I seriously doubt it....from my reading, it seems that this is done by diy'ers. And I can understand why....harvesting and handling the down is one serious pita. This is not to say there isn't a seamstress that'll take on the project, but the resulting price will probably be much more than the equivalent finished price from one of the big name manufactures. I 've used bulk down and and found it one huge pain. And the savings were just " oh hum"
Edited by the-gr8t-waldo (01/21/1701:24 PM) Edit Reason: though better of it
I agree with Waldo. Any savings would disappear in trying to handle loose down. You could talk to GooseFeet Gear or Enlightened Equipment to see what they would say. In general they handle requests for customized work with down, but I've never heard of them reusing down. As far as I know it is not worth it except for DIYers.