Jul 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm #1318722
I recently purchased some down from a source I have never heard of called smileyme on amazon. I was curious if anyone has experience with this vendor. After contacting the about the fill power I was informed that it was 800+. It is 100% goose down but I haven't had a chance to try a home test method before I try making a new quilt. Price was about $65 shipped for 1lb. Any thoughts?Jul 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm #2118229
Sounds like a great deal. I know many on here (including myself) have paid quite a bit more for down from DownLinens and other suppliers.
Any interest in testing it's fill power for the rest of us?Jul 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm #2118234
I am thinking of how to test it. Something along the lines of placing 1 oz of down (800 fill power will fill 800 cubic inches, if I'm understanding correctly, which equates to 3.463 gallons) into a 5 gallon bucket, slightly compress and then see how much it lofts. Around 3.5 gallons ( which sounds wrong–my math may be off) would correlate to the 800+ fill power I was told via email. Probably won't get a chance until tomorrow. Let me know if my calculations are off or a better testing method.Jul 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm #2118241
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
That's what I get – 800 cubic inches = 3.46 gallons
You're supposed to put a weighted disk on top that compresses it a little. Maybe just a piece of cardboard?
I would think a taller, narrower containers would give a slightly different result than shorter, wider container?
Fluff it up real good before you put disk on top.Jul 8, 2014 at 1:29 pm #2118245
Alright, wasn't too sure about the volume. Seemed a bit high for 1 oz. I'll post results either later tonight or tomorrow.Jul 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm #2118250
If you have some other down then, you can planning
a side by side comparisonJul 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm #2118270
I can't get anywhere near that price for 800 Goose Down. Also 90/10 down/feathers is the best I can get and I use hundreds of pounds of down each month.
Either I'm getting hosed or these claims may not be real.
-TimJul 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm #2118638
After completing my redneck test the fp only came to 550. I'll still use it but a bit disappointing. Guess you get what you pay for.Jul 10, 2014 at 5:23 am #2118675
@pastyj-2-2Locale: SE US
>>Guess you get what you pay for.
And that's all I have to say about that.Jul 10, 2014 at 6:41 am #2118690
Their blog claims their 100% down is 950-1000 fill power for $58 pound. 950 down cost 3 times that from a legit supplier for bulk ordering. I once tried to order 15# of 950 and they could only send 11# because its so hard for them to get. That's the biggest supplier in the USA. I just don't get why companies like this straight out lie about what they are selling. Of course some cottage companies do too sadly.
-TimJul 10, 2014 at 7:26 am #2118698
Yeah, sounded too good to be true. Make sure to leave a review on Amazon. Hopefully that'll help someone else have a more realistic idea of what to expect from it.Jul 11, 2014 at 6:46 am #2118932
Derek, I just wanted to thank you for biting the bullet and testing this out for us. I'm currently trying to source down for a budget bag for a friend and this was on my radar and your measurements are plenty good enough for me to make an intelligent decision now.
I can calculate a rough volume/dollar ratio to compare this against the $8/oz 850FP down…rather than just guess
-JordanJul 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm #2119106
Sure thing. It's fairly inexpensive for my first down quilt project so I didn't mind too much about the fill power being less than stated. I'll just have to use more of it to reach my loft goals which will increase the weight a bit. Anything is better then the current bag I'm using.
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