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Criterion sleeping bags contain only Polish goose down, which is known from its highest quality around the world. The down is sourced from non-polluted region of Poland – North Eastern region which suffers temperatures as low as -36°C. . It is to combat such severe conditions that the geese, whose natural habitat has been this region for thousands of years, have evolved their protective down to a quality which is unmatched anywhere, both for heat retention and for durability.
Criterion uses British Standard BS4745 and ISO 5087-1 to determine the temperature rating. The bags have been tested independently by Leeds University.
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WHITE DOWN, used in the Quantum, Prime and Expedition bags, is from live birds, which are specifically bred for this purpose.  These birds live for several years and are kept in good, natural conditions, with plenty of space and free access to water to ensure that the birds are healthy and produce high quality down. The down is only taken from adult birds at moulting time when it is fully developed. However, plucking does encourage new growth, speeds up the natural reproduction of down, and shortens the period to moulting compared with what it would be "in nature"
The down is plucked by hand and is taken selectively from the best parts of the bird, leaving the rest of the down and feathers in place. It is immediately sorted by hand at the time of plucking to ensure that different qualities are not intermixed, as happens with machine sorting
GREY DOWN, used in the Ultralight and Traveller bags is from birds that are bred for meat (not foie gras!!).Whilst their living conditions are not as good as those of the white geese, they are much better than in some other countries, being generally of the "free range" type in Poland. 
Force feeding is banned in Poland.
Significantly, Polish birds bred for meat are killed when quite young and are NOT plucked beforehand. All the down and feathers are then stripped off, washed, then sorted. In this process it is almost impossible to avoid leaving some of the small feathers mixed in with the down reducing quality.

 

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