Interesting article in the Wall St Journal about the rising price of down:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 10514.html
Looks like it's time to stock up (I'm glad I just bought my new sleeping bag with the last REI 20% discount and my dividend) . The numbers below would imply to me that retail price of a higher end sleeping bag containing ~2 pounds of down could go up as much as $80, though competition might limit price rises to say 10%-15%.
"The North Face, an outdoor brand...that is famous for its down-filled jackets, is expecting to raise the price of its down products for the first time in five years, said VF Chief Executive Eric Wiseman."
"A pound of white goose down that cost about $12 in 2009 sells for around $28 today. Prices of other down varieties and grades also have increased. Duck down, around $9 a pound in 2009, now costs about $19 a pound."
"Columbia Sportswear Co...created a new, synthetic insulation product in 2010 before it became apparent how much the cost of down would rise. Now, the company will try to use it more in product designs, said Matthew Hoeferlin, director of materials. Mr. Hoeferlin said higher-end outdoor jackets and sleeping bags that use white goose down will see retail prices rise. Now planning its fall 2013 assortment, Columbia will likely pass some of the increase along, he said."