When To Replace Your Insulated Jacket

Insulated jackets are durable, but don’t last forever. It’s important to pay attention to when your jacket stops performing at its best, so that you can revive (if possible), repair or replace it in time for your next adventure.


When to wash your insulated jacket

If your jacket doesn’t feel as warm as it used to, but isn’t visibly torn or damaged, it may just need a little TLC. Everyday dirt and grime collect on the fabric, and can get inside and affect the performance of the insulation. Washing your insulated jacket removes this dirt and can revitalize the insulation. Learn more about how to wash insulated jackets here.


When to repair your insulated jacket

Often, small faults in an insulated jacket can be repaired, restoring the jacket to peak performance. Features such as zips, hook and loop tabs or drawcords can be repaired by the manufacturers (if the jacket is within its warranty), a local alterations business or even at home.


When to replace your insulated jacket

If neither of these fixes are effective at restoring your jacket, it may be time to replace it. Over time, the synthetic fibres or down lose their lofting ability and insulation power, although the rate at which this happens depends on frequency of use and how well the jacket has been cared for.

 

Important considerations when choosing an insulated jacket include warmth, packability and the conditions in which you’ll use the jacket. Find out more about insulated jackets, their features and how to choose the one that’s right for you here