Skip to main content

Triple F.A.T. Goose Tells You How to Store Your Winter Coat

Triple Fat Goose-Feature
Image used with permission by copyright holder
If a sudden temperature change has you confused about what to do with your winter style gear, fear not — the outerwear experts at Triple F.A.T. Goose are here to help you clean and store your winter coat.

With 30 years of experience in making tough, winter-ready parkas  — filled with lightweight goose-fill and coated for water resistance — the New York City-area roots of Triple F.A.T. Goose have drawn legions of fans and loyal customers. The ever-changing winter weather of NYC and the brand’s recent resurgence (the line was reintroduced and updated last year) have also given them some serious street and style cred when it comes to weather-friendly gear.

As trivial as it might seem, putting away your winter coat — and even your rugged winter boots — is but one way to extend the life of said winter accessories. And when it comes down to it, you need winter gear that’s hardy — and in great shape — for battling the polar vortex and beyond.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

“Many people tend to overlook the importance of proper jacket storage procedures because they are unaware that a jacket has to be maintained — they just hang up their jackets in their closet at the end of a winter season and forget about them,” said Triple F.A.T. Goose owner James Chung. “… superior quality down jackets can last you many years if you take care of them properly.”

To that point, Chung notes that the simple things — even sweat — can significantly downgrade the quality of the goose fill and its loft, or insulation. And with loss of insulation comes strange unevenness and clumps within the jacket itself — making it unsightly and uncomfortable to wear, Chung said.

With that background info in mind, Chung recommends the following steps — pay attention!

1. Prep the jacket for washing

Before a jacket can be washed, all items should be removed from the pockets, and the fur should be removed if it is real fur.  Also, aluminum foil can be wrapped around any delicate accessories such as rubberized buttons to protect them from abrasion.  We recommend you to actually pull the pockets inside out when washing to allow the pockets to be thoroughly cleaned.  For any troublesome stains, spray a diluted detergent solution and let it sit for about 30 minutes to loosen the stains.

2. When washing

Wash the jacket in warm water on a wool cycle. Do not use hot water – this can melt the seams and outer shell fabric. Because a down jacket is comprised of air in addition to down, it may float in a top-loading washing machine.  Make sure to push the jacket down in the washer if it is floating.

3. When drying

Configure the dryer to the delicates setting and add tennis balls to the dryer (Editor’s note: Tennis balls!).  Tennis balls can help redistribute the filling in the jacket to avoid clumping.  After drying for half a cycle, take out the jacket and work out any air pockets or clumps.  Then place the jacket back in the dryer for the remainder of the drying time.  When the jacket is finally dry, turn it inside out and hang it in a well-ventilated area.  You can reverse the jacket again after it air dries overnight.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

4. Prep the jacket for storage

Make sure the zippers are closed and the buttons are fastened.  Doing so will help keep the jacket’s shape and prevent any wrinkling or creasing.

5. Store the jacket in a dark, cool place

Avoid storing the jacket in a humid area because moisture and heat can be detrimental to the condition of the jacket and also the fur. Never compress your jacket because this can cause feathers to clump and form unwanted lumps.

6. Cover the jacket

While storing the jacket in a plastic bag is acceptable, garment bags or a light paper enclosure is preferred as it allows the jacket to breathe while protecting it from light damage or dust.

Hopefully, those steps don’t prove too involved — after all, proper jacket care and storage can certainly pay off.

The most common mistake people tend to make is to assume that their jackets do not need any maintenance at all, and to simply throw them in the closet at the end of the winter season” he said. Well, the good news is that if you follow the steps listed above, your favorite winter jacket is going to be in great shape for years and years — and plenty of snowstorms — ahead.

Beau Hayhoe
Beau Hayhoe is a freelance men's style writer, consultant and PR pro based in Brooklyn. Beau's menswear and gear writing has…
This highly-rated Under Armour unisex athletic backpack is $14 off for Prime Day
Under Armour Hustle 5 unisex backpack Prime Day deal

Backpacks can be hit or miss. Some of them are super durable, but whether or not they'll fit all the gear you need is up in the air. The best backpacks are pricier, which makes sense. You tend to get what you pay for. If you're in the market for a solid backpack, Under Armour is offering an excellent discount on the Unisex Hustle 5.0 Backpack for Prime Day this year. Usually $55, you can get the pack for $41, saving you $14, and there are a ton of color options available. You should know, however, that this is a limited-time deal, and we have no idea how long it will stick around. We recommend shopping now if you're interested so you don't miss out.

Here's why you should consider getting the Under Armour Hustle 5.0 Backpack now
Prime Day officially starts July 16 and runs through July 17, so understandably, most people are probably waiting until the official event to do their shopping. If that's you, we get it. However, in recent years, the deals available on Prime Day haven't been much better than the early stuff floating around. Also, a variety of retailers are now involved, so it often pays to look outside of Amazon for deals. In this case, the Under Armour Hustle is available as part of a limited-time deal, and there's no countdown, so we don't know when it will end. It could be gone before you know it or even sell out.

Read more
Adidas Prime Day sale: Running shoes, clothing, and more, from $49
man wearing Adidas Superstar sneakers in blue

Prime Day has officially started, and it's the perfect time to snag some new Adidas shoes. There is a surprisingly large selection of running shoe deals from Adidas, as well as a few different types, which is why we've gone out and collected some of our favorites for you below. Also, be sure to check back regularly as we update this article with new and better deals as Prime Day progresses.
The best Adidas Prime Day deal
Adidas Duramo SL Running Shoes -- $49, was $65

If you want comfortable running shoes that will help unlock your potential, check out the Adidas Duramo SL. With a mesh upper and a soft neoprene heel, you'll enjoy amazing support while you're out for a run while making sure that your comfort isn't compromised. When you're ready to build up speed, the running shoes' Lightmotion midsole will help you accelerate efficiently so that you can try beating your top speed. The Adidas Duramo SL also features the brand's trademark simplistic design with three stripes, so everyone will know that Adidas is your weapon of choice for your running sessions.

Read more
Best Carhartt Prime Day deals: Jackets, shirts, work gloves, more
Man working in Carhartt jacket

Gear from Carhartt is pretty great, whether we're talking about clothing or work gloves and duffel bags, and if you're considering grabbing something from the brand, then you'll probably want to avoid the high prices and grab a deal. Of course, Prime Day is officially over, but there are still quite a few deals that you can grab from Amazon on Carhartt products, so it's not a total loss if you missed out on the actual Prime Day deals. To that end, we've collected some of our favorite Carhartt deals below in both clothing and gear categories, so be sure to check both out.
Best Carhartt clothing Prime Day deals

If you shop Carhartt clothing Prime Day deals, you'll be getting apparel that are functional and flexible so that you won't have any trouble working in them. Whether you want a Carhartt jacket, pants, shirt, or any other type of clothing, you should get it from Carhartt if you want versatile pieces that you can wear when hanging out with your friends or while carrying out tasks outdoors. These offers aren't going to last long though, so proceed with the transaction immediately if something catches your eye.

Read more