Shackleton produces a limited number of expedition-grade down filled jackets. These garments are handmade in the UK by the very same hands that produce performance critical garments for cold weather expeditions.
We have tested our Endurance jackets in Antarctica to minus 25 and beyond. At these temperatures down insulation and Coyote fur hood trims represent a performance upgrade versus synthetic materials.
All our products are made in the UK and all the materials we use, not just the down and fur, are ethically sourced, carefully selected and are all traceable throughout the supply chain
Shackleton’s current outerwear range includes one product, (the Endurance Parka) – which has a Coyote fur hood trim as it is designed for use in extreme weather conditions to minus 25 where fur contributes a performance upgrade.
The unique hollow structure of each strand of Coyote fur and the design of the hood helps to generate a heat exchanging microclimate in front of the wearer's face allowing warmer air to be inhaled. Air below minus 15c can damage airways and lungs. This microclimate helps to maintain core body temperature and protects the skin from wind damage. We currently use ethically sourced Coyote fur trims for the hood and down for insulation.
The Endurance Parka will not be continued into next season's range in its current form, meaning that Shackleton will be a fur-free brand going forward once the current products are sold.
Down is recognised as a much more effective and efficient insulator than synthetics, providing approximately three times the warmth per ounce as synthetic insulators. Furthermore:
- Down is a renewable resource
- It is a by-product of the food industry, in fact a waste product if not used for insulation
- It provides very long-lasting performance and superb value over time.
- When ultimately discarded, down is biodegradable.
- The highest quality of down, which we use, come from the oldest free range birds.
- None of the down in Shackleton products is ever plucked from live birds.
To clean the whole item, down and all, washing is the only way to do it yourself. Clothing can be put through a washing machine or hand wash.
Use a mild natural soap product (not detergent) you may need to buy something designed for the job from an outdoor shop. The package will carry its own instructions, so you can follow them, or carry on as below.
Set the washing machine for 'delicate' or 'wool' or the equivalent low temperature wash (usually 30 degrees). Use a side-loading machine.
After it has gone through the spin cycle, most of the water will be out. But it will still need drying. Hang to air dry and give it a shake from time to time until you are satisfied that it is completely dry. Dry very thoroughly.