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post #31 of 35
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Wool is surprisingly excellent for activewear, as well as everyday socks and in very thin/fine knitwear, better than many cotton pieces for warm weather.
I agree - I'd much rather wear thin merino socks in hot weather than cotton or anything else for that matter. Cotton retains moisture and quickly becomes at least clammy if not sticky and starts to rub and give me irritation around the edges. Once it's damp it is cold, and by that time it's getting into night, so I typically have to change socks during the day if I wear a pair of cotton socks from the morning. I don't see why they are so popular, except for the cheapness and I guess durability.
post #32 of 35
Cheapness, durability, and comfort. They don't stand up to heavy use, but comparably comfortable socks cost a lot more in wool, and cotton/poly blends hold up much better over time. Of course, I wouldn't prefer them for heavy, active use either. Cotton is basically useless for that in every respect.
post #33 of 35
With regards to Woolite, I have heard stories about the detergent damaging the elasticity of a garment.

I definetely agree with the above comments about wool over cotton, especially for socks. I still have a few cotton Pantherella's in the sock drawer, but I am slowly phasing them out, and will soon wear wool exclusively. My wool socks wear far longer and better than my cotton ones.
post #34 of 35
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I pretty much agree, though Scottish cashmere seems generally to hold up a lot better than Italian or Chinese cashmere. I'd rather buy lambswool or merino wool. After a wash with Woolite lambswool feels almost as soft as cashmere, seems more durable, and costs what, 1/3-1/6th as much?
Cashmere for the most part comes from Chinese Inner Mongolian sheep and imported by Scottish or Italian mills to be woven. OK?
post #35 of 35
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Originally Posted by whoopee

Wool is surprisingly excellent for activewear, as well as everyday socks and in very thin/fine knitwear, better than many cotton pieces for warm weather.


I agree - I'd much rather wear thin merino socks in hot weather than cotton or anything else for that matter. Cotton retains moisture and quickly becomes at least clammy if not sticky and starts to rub and give me irritation around the edges. Once it's damp it is cold, and by that time it's getting into night, so I typically have to change socks during the day if I wear a pair of cotton socks from the morning. I don't see why they are so popular, except for the cheapness and I guess durability.
Hygiene. Cotton is washable at higher temperature. However, 100% cotton socks easily gets holes. So better with 10 to 30% synthetic.
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