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In the video I show two jackets, one from North Face and the other from Under Armour. I could just as easily have shown garments from such notable companies as Columbia Sportswear, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sierra Designs and at least a dozen more that look almost identical with quilt patterns but are identical with respect to the thickness of the insulation regardless if it is chopped polyester fiberfill or in the case of Marmot and Columbia who are also using down. Marmot claims 800 fill power down, and it is filling spaces no larger than the 1 x 1/12 inch spaces seen in the North Face jacket. The question I have is; what is the reason to restrict the down in such a small space; and the answer is marketing. There are people who believe the non-sense about downs fill capacity working.

Technically the down is absorbing the moisture from your body and condensing very quickly so the chill sets in very quickly.

In literally all cases the garments are equally unacceptable as far as I am concerned for use below plus 40 degrees F.

What all of this says to me is the fact that the people charged with creating new garments copy each other and display a complete lack of knowledge about what they are being paid to create. These young people and they are young have no foundation and the real tragedy is the fact that those they are to answer too also have no foundation. The end result is if North Face comes out with a new look the rest of the industry follows like lemming, etc.


I owned a sail boat for 6 years and at one point was a live aboard for 15 months. Prior to sailing from N.Y.C. to the Bahamas I sailed Long Island Sound to Nantucket and every place in between. I had my share of experiences with squalls which in the sound could be ferocious and also in July and August during the day like the Dead Sea. In all of my experience I never found foul weather gear that would keep out the water. My answer to the question of what to do is just accepting the water, but wears clothing that will not be affected by the water.

As always wear fishnet underwear as the first layer. Over them wear a layer of quilted Lamilite such as the jacket liner as it will keep the heat your body is producing from escaping. Over the liner jacket I am recommending a garment that I have yet to produce that will have the DUCKSBACK material as its outer shell. However, I do recommend the pullover as an excellent garment for cold weather sailing, when the temperature is in the 30’s.


I am awaiting a second quality which is heavier that I will be using for a variety of garments as well such as an over pant. The possibilities for this fabric are almost endless.

So any and all suggestions will be considered, one suggestion was for use as the shell fabric for the leg jackets. Unfortunately it would just add cost but any benefit, but until some none offers a suggestion I can’t make a decision. So let me hear from you.

.Last one for this year!

Wiggy's Signature


SOCKS AND FISHNET UNDEWEAR TESTIMONIAL AND OTHER INFORMATIONDear Jerry,I am a 65 year old fella who has spent a lot of time outdoors in a variety of settings and seasons. Having survived and endured years as a Boy Scout and later a Scout leader myself dressed in cotton socks and long johns. The common thread has always been cold, cold, [...]

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#2zippered ducksback parka

you have seen the picture now for the detail.sizing XS to 3XLcolors; black and olive green Lamilite L-2.5 insulationcan be used in various climatic condition above 32 degrees Fmachine washable and dryable.cost $215.00all pre production orders will give you the same gifts as available with pullover.I will try to have this on the web site over [...]

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wiggy university

IT NEVER GETS OLDI want to send you a huge thank you for keeping me warm and certainly more comfortable than the people who have been around me for at least thirty years.I've spent countless warm and enjoyable sleeps in my Wiggy's sleeping bag, and many productive days while working in less than ideal conditions while dressed in your products.From warm feet [...]

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historical facts of fiberfill.

MORE HISTORICAL FACTS ABOUT POLYESTER FIBERFILLWhen polyester fiberfill was originally developed by a British company Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in partnership with DuPont of the USA. The ICI product was trade named Terelene and the DuPont product was named Dacron. This started in 1929 and during the ensuing years they determined the fiber thicknesses that were ideal for various purposes and [...]

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Test Laboratory Video

My new video is now on the Wiggy's website. Watch it below, click on the link above, or go to the homepage and scroll down until you see 'Wiggy’s YouTube Videos'. Click on the playlist icon within the upper left corner of the video and it will come up with the other 5 that I've made [...]

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wiggy's testing laboratory video

Sometime tomorrow December 22 the video will be posted on the web site.It will show all equipment and how it is used.ENJOY

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outerwear comments

OUTERWEAR TESTIMONIALSThe best cold weather parka I have ever owned!!For the past 30 years, I have used the Gore-Tex-Thinsulate combination to keep warm in cold weather. One thing that I have always noticed is that if I stay in the weather for more any length of time, I am always clammy and chilled on the inside. I wrote this off as [...]

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WINTER RUNNING AND OTHER OUTDOOR PURSUITSToday I read an article in the online publication of Sporting Goods Business about the popularity of running during the winter. The picture they show is a woman running on snow. About an hour later I received a call from a customer ordering the Antarctic mittens for his wife and fishnets for her to [...]

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