OGALLALA COMFORT COMPANY

We revolutionized the bedding industry with our natural and luxurious line of comforters, pillows, and mattress enhancers. Our products are made with Hypodown®; a blend of the finest white goose down and Syriaca Clusters -- the soft, silky, hypoallergenic fibers found in milkweed pods.

 

HYPODOWN AND MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

Hypodown® is made from the fluffy white fibers found inside of the wild collected milkweed pods. Generations of Monarch butterflies depend upon milkweed for food and protection during their annual migration from Mexico through the United States to Canada and back again. However, milkweed stands are disappearing due to urban sprawl and farm management practices. By collecting milkweed pods to make Hypodown®, we help preserve the native milkweed stands and create demand for milkweed products.

OGALLALA COMFORT COMPANY

We revolutionized the bedding industry with our natural and luxurious line of comforters, pillows, and mattress enhancers. Our products are made with Hypodown; a blend of the finest white goose down and Syriaca clusters -- the soft, silky, hypoallergenic fibers found in milkweed pods.

ABOUT HYPODOWN

Hypodown® is an ingenious, creative, and totally natural product made with white goose down and Syriaca Clusters.

White goose down
Syriaca Clusters
Some say it's like being wrapped in warm whipped cream. Others say it's like sleeping on a cloud. Everyone agrees sleeping on lightweight, billowy, luxurious Hypodown® assures a cozy night's sleep.

Syriaca

is a hollow hypoallergenic fiber from the pods of milkweed plants and is non-treated. Milkweed traps and suppresses allergens found in down that cause allergic reactions, making the product naturally hypoallergenic. Syriaca makes the down more breathable, more durable, and helps the body regulate temperature by wicking moisture away from the body faster than down by itself or synthetic down.

DOWN EDUCATION

Down is rated by two distinct values – fill power and percentage of down clusters. Fill power is the amount of space one ounce of down will occupy, and refers to the size of the down cluster, or the “percentage” of down cluster. Down clusters vary in size. Down clusters are the soft, three dimensional puffs of fluff under feathers that keep birds comfortable no matter the climate. Larger clusters are fluffier and higher in density; thus they occupy more space and trap more air, creating a warmer and more durable product. A higher fill power and better down quality -- means the “percentage” of down cluster will be larger, and the cluster itself is bigger.

Visualize the size of down clusters in terms of M & M’s:
600-fill is similar in size to mini M & M’s
700-fill is similar in size to regular M & M’s
800-fill is similar in size to peanut M & M’s

Hypodown® is an innovative blend of 70% of the finest white goose down and 30% Syriaca Clusters. Syriaca is a natural, hollow fiber found inside milkweed plant pods. These fibers trap and suppress allergens often found in down; making the product naturally hypoallergenic. Syriaca also makes the down more breathable and durable; the hollow fibers act like a straw, wicking moisture away from your body and into the air.

WE ARE DIFFERENT

For nearly 30 years Ogallala Comfort Company, a division of Monarch Flyway, has been developing innovative products and programs to restore wild milkweed stands and preserve the habitat of migrating Monarch butterflies. We’re a family-owned business located in the rural ranching community of Ogallala, Nebraska.

Our founder, Herb Knudsen, has worked with milkweed for several years. In 1986, while working with Standard Oil of Ohio, Herb explored the development of crude oil from the milkweed plant. The crude oil experiment proved uneconomical but in the process the developers discovered that milkweed fibers, known as Syriaca Clusters, are hypoallergenic with amazing insulating properties. British Petroleum purchased Standard Oil of Ohio in 1987, and sold Herb the milkweed project. Herb did not have deep pockets but he had imagination and perseverance. Initially, he tried to sell Syriaca Clusters to down companies to blend with their goose down. When that didn’t work Herb decided to start his own company; the Ogallala Comfort Company. He focused on high quality, low volume bedding products made with Hypodown®; a combination of white goose down and Syriaca Clusters.

Herb’s vision and perseverance paid off. He’s shown that Hypodown® out-performs down as well as synthetics. Ogallala Comfort Company is known throughout the industry for making the finest down products on the market.