How to Dry a Puffer Jacket?

You plan to buy one of our men or women's puffer jackets, and you would like to know how to properly take care of it? In order to keep it in good shape as long as possible, you should learn how to properly wash it and dry it. Depending on the fabrics, some of our puffer jackets require special care. No worries, we're here to give you a hand, so you don't get lost in a pile of detergents foam that could ruin your jacket... Adventurers help adventurers.

The Best Tips to Properly Dry Your Puffer Jacket

Natural down insulation VS Synthetic down insulation

Foremost, you should know that whether your puffer jacket is insulated with natural feathers or synthetic polyester for example, the drying care will slightly differ. As a result, here are our professional recommendations to dry your natural down insulated jacket: "Dry on low to no heat, this might take a few cycles, but high heat can damage the feathers or the fabric. To help restore the fluffiness of the down, add two or three clean tennis balls to your dryer. Check the garment every 15-20 minutes to pull apart clumps. This process will help ensure that feathers are distributed evenly,ย  and the garment is completely dry, which will prevent moisture.".FYI, you can also buy dryer balls.

And here you'll find the recommendations to dry a synthetic down jacket: "Tumble dry on low heat, remove promptly after dry cycle.". It is not necessary to let your jacket any longer in the machine once the program is over. You'll find all the information you need on our content Care instructions for Columbia products.

Always Check the Care Label

If in front of a doubt, please make sure that you always check the care label on your puffer jacket to see if there are any specific instructions for drying. Some of our jackets, fabrics and inner technologies may require specific drying process, such as tumble dry low heat or air dry only, for example.

Avoid using high heat with a dryer

High to extra high heat might damage the filling and outer fabric of your Columbia's puffer jacket. When using the warmest heat, this can cause the filling to clump together, which can lead to cold spots in the jacket. It is better to set the dryer to low or no heat temperatures, if possible.

Check it frequently

If you use a dryer, then we recommend you check your favourite puffer jacket at least once to make sure it's not overheating or becoming damaged.

Shake the jacket

Last step! Quilted jacket are filled with feather or synthetic fabric, like polyester or recycled polyester, for example. Once you take it out from the dryer, shake it to help fluff up the filling to restore its original fluffy shape.

Do You Prefer Air Drying?

If you do not have any dryer, or you simply prefer the air drying, it is possible. To do so, we recommend you lay it flat on a towel in a warm area, but out of the direct sunlight. It is better that you choose a well-ventilated area, like a shady spot outdoor or an indoor area such as a laundry, for example. If it is lightweight, you can also hang it to a hanger.

Moreover, you should avoid sticking it to other clothes while it is air drying. Indeed, having space will help the jacket dry quickly and evenly. Make sure the air circulates freely.

Finally, we advise you to fluff the jacket from time to time. Actually, it is the best way to maintain its loft and redistribute the filling, so it can keep its perfect shape. You can shake it with your hands!