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Poll: How many people wear wool?(23 posts)

Poll: How many people wear wool?Me Dot Org
Jun 5, 2002 8:36 AM
This probably isn't the time of year to be asking this question...

If the temperature is less than 75, I prefer wearing wool. Where I live, the temperature is less than 75 a lot of the time.

Now on a hot day synthetic wins, but a lot of the time wool not only performs better to me it feels better.

So I'm curious: How many of you like and wear wool? If wear wool, is it because you've never tried it, it's too expensive, or????
Makes me itch just thinking about it (nm)LC
Jun 5, 2002 8:40 AM
Merino wool does not itchagilis ti
Jun 5, 2002 9:34 AM
today's modern wool IE Merino Wool have a much longer strand and therefore can be woven much tighter, this is not rag wool. Plus it is a natural "coolmax" fiber in that wool is a water hater that wicks moisture from the body surface out to aid in evaporation. Many people who participate in outdoor sports such as kayaking (devoted follower) and hiking and climbing have found products such as Smartwool to be superior for comfort. Also it does not hold odor like synthetics such as Capilene does.
its all i wearSteveO
Jun 5, 2002 8:40 AM
(with few exceptions).

its about 90 degrees outside right now. im wearing my wool pants, wool socks, and feel much more comfortable than in cotton.

when i ride tonight, should i actually wear 'biking clothes', they'll be wool.

Wool isnt just a cold-weather fabric; it's natures cool-max,polypro, whatever.
its what the US revolutionary army's uniform was made ofishmael
Jun 5, 2002 8:47 AM
and the itch is nice. Somewhere on this board there was a study posted on wind resistance- wool leggings beat shaved legs. Makes no sense to me, Im just passing it on.
Jun 5, 2002 8:48 AM
I come from the era when all the best riding shorts and jerseys were wool. (And chamois were real leather). The wool stuff wasn't itchy at all, and warm-weather woolies were indeed nature's Coolmax.

Only downside was, they were a bitch to clean without shrinking or ruining them, so you tended to ride around in dirty clothes. (Still didn't smell as bad as polyester though.)

All in all, I'm just as happy with Lycra, etc. It's just easier to deal with, and comfortable enough. But if someone told me I'd have to wear wool for the rest of my cycling career, I'd accept that happily too.
ok, "You have to wear wool for the rest of your cycling career!"SteveO
Jun 5, 2002 8:51 AM
Bring on the Woolite!scottfree
Jun 5, 2002 8:57 AM
Love the idea, but it's so damn ITCHYSilverback
Jun 5, 2002 8:42 AM
I have one of those striped wool skullies from Rivendell and a bright orange sweater I got for a couple of bucks off a clearance table. They work great, but the sweater feels like it's woven out of cactus--I have to have something soft under it. One of these days when I have $70 lying around, I may order that merino wool jersey from Riv. I'd like to try some Kuharich (? close to that, anyway) wool shorts, too, but I've already got half a dozen pairs of shorts, so I have to wear some out first....
re: Poll: How many people wear wool?Dark Sonix
Jun 5, 2002 8:42 AM
who sells summer wool gear, jerseys, etc?
socks in wintermr_spin
Jun 5, 2002 8:57 AM
The only cycling clothing I own that is wool are socks.

I shy away from wool because I don't know how to deal with it. Years ago (1988) I got off a train in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (it was still Yugoslavia at the time). I had been in an unheated car since Greece and it was so cold my hands had almost stopped functioning. I had two hours between trains, so I walked around town to try to stay warm. I found a street market selling clothing and bought a really warm and heavy wool sweater that felt like sandpaper on the outside. I also bought some amazingly warm wool gloves. Total for both, less than $10! I was saved!

Next time I did laundry, the gloves snuck into the load. When they came out, they had shrunk to a quarter of their original size and would barely fit on a baby's hand! Damn. No more warm gloves.

That's why I don't have a lot of wool. I'd probably ruin it.
Wool: How many people wear poll?Ahimsa
Jun 5, 2002 9:07 AM
I tried wearing wool for awhile, but those darn sheep are heavy as hell. Hard to keep 'em on while riding too as they seem intolerant of high speeds and will just jump right off. Not nearly as bad as wearing cats though. Or voles. Sloths are good. They drape well. Very flattering.

Actually, I love wool and would wear it all the time if I could afford more of it, but I wear a mix of everything. Given my druthers I'd go wool jersey, wool socks and lycra shorts. Though wool shorts and cool max shirts are good too.

Problem with synthetics is the stink factor. And wool is classy.


Love SmartWool socks.SnowBlind
Jun 5, 2002 9:08 AM
When I had the Bianchi, I considered a wool Bianchi jersy. But who else makes wool jerseys?
Love'em too..look271
Jun 5, 2002 9:24 AM
Them and Defeet. Best socks you can buy.
another vote...heloise
Jun 5, 2002 3:58 PM
for the Smartwool and Woolie Boolies.

Off the bike? Cashmere is the best. Why no cashmere cycling jerseys???
Most of the timeRay Sachs
Jun 5, 2002 9:12 AM
I wear wool jerseys and socks on almost every ride. In cooler and cold weather I also wear a wool undershirt, sometimes long sleeved. Never like wool shorts though - I like a tighter fit and the synthetic chamois.

A good wool jersey is no hotter than a synthetic jersey in summer. And you can wear wool for a few rides before it starts to stink. I've accumulated about 8 wool jersies over the years (mostly Swobo, a couple of Lemond's, and a Molteni replica) and I end up washing the whole bunch of 'em about once a month. A minor hassle, but not bad.

-Ray "can't stand the feel of a plastic shirt" Sachs
In praise of SwoboMe Dot Org
Jun 5, 2002 9:13 AM
My earliest memories of wool are the wool dress pants I had to wear when I went to church or when our family went to fancy restaurants. (The "My-don't-you-look-like-a-young-gentleman" outfit).

Sitting on a church pew or in a red naugahide restaurant booth was hell in those pants.

When I first heard people sing the praises of wool cycling clothes, I was very skeptical. But after hearing a lot about Swobo, I decided to give them a try. Swobo's wool is combed so fine, it almost has the feel of cotton. I've tried Kucharik and Alessandro, but they don't quite have the same feel, although I gladly wear them.

I'm really sorry that Swobo went out of business. If anyone knows of anyone who makes wool with the same wonderful cotton-like feel, please share...

Yes, wool is more high-maintenance, but you don't have to wash after every ride. Synthetics get stinky pretty fast...
re: Poll: How many people wear wool?Kary
Jun 5, 2002 9:24 AM
All my jerseys are wool. I tried coolmax but ended up with a rash. I found I cannot wear sunthetics so I bought some wool jerseys and they are great. The only problem is finding new ones to replace these. I will say I have one long sleeve wool jersey that is about 10 years old and is still in good shape.
re: Baaaaahhhhaaaaahhhhhhaaaaahhhhhaaaaa..jrm
Jun 5, 2002 10:17 AM
Nope, allergic as all heck to wool.
I have a wool jersey that I use for cyclocrosslonefrontranger
Jun 5, 2002 10:22 AM
For days when my LS skinsuit isn't warm enough or it's hellish muddy I dig out the old plain blue Swobo jersey that a size XL buddy of mine shrunk in the wash. Fits my size S torso perfectly.

Wool is incredibly warm and breathable, even when soaked through. It also releases dirt and stains much easier than polypro / Coolmax does, and since mine is "pre-shrunk", I don't have trouble washing it; it just goes in the cold cycle with all the other cycling clothes.
re: Poll: How many people wear wool?Iseemo
Jun 5, 2002 1:15 PM
A wool jersey worn during cold weather cannot be beaten. Wool socks, also.
re: Poll: How many people wear wool?cyclotourist17
Jun 5, 2002 2:59 PM
I've got Swobo shorts and ss jersey--very nice and soft-lovely anytime although I prefer synthetic when it's really hot. Also a Santini "Legnano" replica jersey--very stylish, but too itchy without an undershirt.
Spot, the single speed specialty company, has introduced really classy looking woolies that have caught my attention. I also discovered a guy on ebay selling a bunch of old, genuine wool jerseys from Euro club and pro teams.
re: Poll: How many people wear wool?Trent in WA
Jun 5, 2002 7:44 PM
I gotcher wool right here. Two jerseys, a really thin wool undershirt, and a batch of socks. I sweat a lot when the weather warms up into the low 70s, but for anything cooler than that, it's perfect, and I'll wear the socks until the temps enter the grim zone.