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Teleman, Where can I buy Merino wool long johns without going broke????greatgt wrote: ↑Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:15 amMerino is the way to go.....Back in the mid 1800's a Vermonter went to the Spanish royal court or.....Spain Royalty had the Merino under lock and key so to speak...but....they needed money....So this Vermonter got a few merino Sheep and many Vermonters put them on in the Winter and took them off in the Spring.....Merino longjohns...merino socks with big wool over that....Wool hunting pants....Wool sweaters....Merino vest....Have worn a coat a couple times this year but the above works well without the coat....Read in BC Mag way back that it was 37 times better than any synthetic...(37?)Far as i can tell there is nothing better....TM
You can buy really good merino wool socks at Costco. I have unopened packages. They’re so reasonable that I buy a pack every year. I give away socks, just because I always have extras.
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Though I have found it's not all created equal!
I bought a MEC merino top that started getting more and more holes in it after not even a season while an Icebreaker 200 top I bought in an end-of-season sale has lasted 6 years with not a single hole in it.
Similarly I bought a merino scarfy/tube/buff thing on amazon a few weeks ago and have already noticed small holes in it.
So it may be worth researching and/or spending more for something that lasts.
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I am glad that your your girlfriends (plural! You dog, you) are so appreciative of the extreme coolness that happens here! Do you go to casinos with your merino wool? What's your favorite casino?JarvisVOID wrote: ↑Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:48 pmYes, warm clothing made of merino wool is a must during the cold season, especially when minus temperatures outside. I usually wear my merino clothes when I go hiking or skiing, saving me from freezing. Sometimes I even wear it in everyday life, but most of the time, I dress inspired by it https://ootdadvisor.com/en/. I can say that thanks to this site with become more fashionable and in general became interested in fashion. I even showed my girl friends this site so they could appreciate all its coolness. Where else would I find such beautiful outfits?
Feel them; some fancy merino feels almost like cashmere, while the cheaper, big brands like Kirkland feel more like regular wool. I wear a thin tee shirt under them for comfort. If it becomes soaked then I can take it off.
Wool is theoretically the warmest fiber, but it holds moisture. Synthetic is drier so it warmer and also better in a survival situation. But people are talking about its wicking effect for dryness on your skin also, which wool undergarments do well.
Its also important to be wind proof, or to be able to be.
I'm not sure what's too expensive for folks, but this company makes some pretty darn good merino wool products, including underwear. Even with the VAT, they're not that expensive. My only gripe is that there isn't a fly sewn into the bottoms. A fly doesn't appear to be a necessity for the Finns and they don't seem to be annoyed with having to drop trou, a bit, to write your name in the snow. https://www.varusteleka.com/en/group/undergarments/1070
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This thread is relevant:Mountain Mitch wrote: ↑Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:24 pmMany of you routinely ski in colder conditions than I usually encounter. Around here winter temperatures are normally between -5 and -10 (about 15 - 25 F) with rare cold spells to -20 (-4 F). Of course wind can change the feel of any of those temperatures! We’re at -14 today which has me thinking about needing warmer than usual clothing. I need something that works for climbs of 800 metres (about 2600 feet) and for the downhill that I earned by climbing!
What have you found works best to a) keep you warm on the downhills; b) breath and not overheat you on the uphills; and c) stay flexible enough to allow smooth tele turns?
To summarize everything experience has taught me: breathable, layered, wind-proof not waterproof.