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Originally Posted by Nicola View Post

Only because you don't grow up with wool undershirts. Wool hockey sweater etc

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Originally Posted by Patek View Post

I have plenty of technical rear that is wool. Good wool does not itch--I'm not sure how they do it.

tis is all very new and interesting. aside from suitung/jackets/pants/overcoats/sweater, i dont think i have owned anything in wool.
post #32 of 38
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

tis is all very new and interesting. aside from suitung/jackets/pants/overcoats/sweater, i dont think i have owned anything in wool.

Take a trip down to your local REI or outdoor related store. I forgot the brand but it has wool in the name and they make the softest wool wicking shirts. I use them when I go skiing.
post #33 of 38
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I forgot the brand but it has wool in the name

Woolrich.
post #34 of 38
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post

Take a trip down to your local REI or outdoor related store. I forgot the brand but it has wool in the name and they make the softest wool wicking shirts. I use them when I go skiing.

thanks. well, if ever decide to hike, ski or exercise, ill give it a shot. shog[1].gif
post #35 of 38
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

i assure you, i meant it endearingly. no joke.
I wasn't accusing you of vitrol. I was just answering your question: The diff. between this thread and a Reevolving one is that this one has no vitriol.
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Originally Posted by Xenon View Post

Ah, you're right and I failed to consider different weaves in poly. Was only thinking of plain poplin type weave. And there is definitely nothing worse than wet cotton. It just stays wet forever when its cold. In the summer though when cotton gets damp due to perspiration it seems to speed up cooling due to evaporation maybe?
Was trying to find stiffness values for various fibers of the same diameter, but can't locate anything except on high count cottons. The finest cottons are not just thinner put at given thickness are actually less stiff. This might come into play with poly, perhaps the structure is not as rigid?
I don't know. But I do agree that finer cottons are usually softer.
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Originally Posted by Xenon View Post

I thought this was changing now and that the new concensus was that wool was by far the best "wicking fabric" available. Cotton perhaps being one of the worst
I don't know if it's by far the best wicking fabric. But it is great stuff. I have things by Icebreaker and Smartwool and I like them a lot, particularly for cool/cold weather. But I'm not convinced it's best for hot weather.
post #36 of 38
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

I wasn't accusing you of vitrol. I was just answering your question: The diff. between this thread and a Reevolving one is that this one has no vitriol.

shog[1].gif oops, lol.

i see now. that is a good and important distinction. i was mostly just surprised that reev had no yet addressed this topic. its right up his alley. though with the change of OP, it lends to more serious discussion, no doubt.
post #37 of 38
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Originally Posted by Pawz View Post

Woolrich.

Actually it is Smartwool

http://www.rei.com/product/834628/smartwool-midweight-crew-top-wool-mens
post #38 of 38
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Thanks for all the insightful responses, guys!

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Originally Posted by black_umbrella View Post

Emptym is right, polyester fibers are generally between 12 to 25 microns. Even supima tends to only be approximately 17 microns at the smallest.
HH's comments make no sense. All of the technical "wicking" fabrics are actually polyester.

Is "microns" the same as "yarn number". And if so, would it be correct to assume that a yarn number in the 200s would make for a more velvety (= more polyester-like) cloth than one in the 100s?

Maybe I need to start checking out those outrageously expensive 300/2 shirtings after all ... smile.gif
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