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What material for long sleeve hiking shirt in hot summer days?

My experience is: The sooner you get rid of all the cotton when hiking, the better. Especially when it comes to longer or multi-day hikes. Merino dries faster and doesn't smell. You can get through a ...
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What are Filson hats?

Filson (C.C. Filson Co.) is a company that sells many types of outdoor hats. The particular style of hat you pictured in your question goes by several different names. Here in Canada it is ...
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What are the differences between alpaca wool and merino wool?

Alpaca wool is both lighter and warmer than sheep wool due to it being hollow. It also may be softer, depending on the specific herd of animals. This is a nice rundown of different types of wool. ...
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What are the differences between alpaca wool and merino wool?

The main difference between alpaca and merino (or any other) wool is the fur itself. Alpaca is not technically wool, as it has a different construction. It's fiber, which is more like hair. Because ...
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What would you call wool taken directly from a sheep (unprocessed)?

A raw fleece is the wool just shorn from a sheep. It's filled with grass and manure and possibly ticks, bugs, and worms, it smells bad and is greasy with lanolin. That's probably what you're looking ...
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What would you call wool taken directly from a sheep (unprocessed)?

I think raw wool / raw fleeces are already your best bet on researching this. At least e-Bay turns up some results that may be what you are looking for (based on where you live).
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What material for long sleeve hiking shirt in hot summer days?

Other answers have addressed the thermal issues well; I'll tackle something different. I prefer long sleeve t-shirts, since my skin and too much sun is not good. Bad news: bleached cotton is quite ...
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Why does a manufacturer recommend normal detergent instead of wool detergent?

The folks at Smartwool explain why you should not use fabric softener on Merino wool: Machine-wash on gentle cycle in warm or cool water (avoid hot water as heat may shrink wool). Use mild soap, ...
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What would you call wool taken directly from a sheep (unprocessed)?

As requested. So certain wools are worth more than others when it comes to breed, quality etc. For a lot of wools the wool itself isn't used in textiles, and as such it does not sell well. In these ...
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What are Filson hats?

Yes FILSON is a company. That is commonly called a stocking cap. That is kind of expensive for cap. But it is a nice cap.
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Using Lanolin for Merino Clothes

Do you mean washing with lanolin-containing wool detergent, or just chucking in some of your lanolin you use on your baby's stuff? If the latter, I think it may be hard determining the correct amount. ...
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What are the differences between alpaca wool and merino wool?

Alpaca socks are unique in that alpaca is a hollow core fiber. This means the yarns that make up the socks wrap your foot like a radiator carrying warm air to keep your feet warm when it's cold ...
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What material for long sleeve hiking shirt in hot summer days?

First off, 64 and 86F are VERY different temperatures. I'm ideally in completely different clothes for those temperatures. For the upper end my go-to is a 100gsm wool blend hooded shirt made by Voormi....
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What material for long sleeve hiking shirt in hot summer days?

I actually like cotton in these conditions - but not T-shirt material. Button-up shirts are made of a thinner, less stretchy and less absorbent material, and when travelling (day hikes more recently, ...
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What material for long sleeve hiking shirt in hot summer days?

Generally in the outdoors, cotton's rotten. Cotton is hydrophilic. When it gets wet it stays wet for a long time, sucking our heat and energy as it tries to dry. In short, wet cotton clothing is a ...
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What are the differences between black sheep merino wool and other merino wool?

Using the Way back machine for http://www.icebreaker.com/en/black_sheep (which used to exist, but search engines still link to) it said: The ultimate in luxury, soft merino wool clothing, the ...
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What are the differences between black sheep merino wool and other merino wool?

There are two possible explanations that I can think of, The wool comes from rare actual black merino sheep. Do you have natural colored Merino sheep? Yes, we do. Black Merino sheep are quite ...
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What are Filson hats?

I would comment, but I need reputation for that. That is a 'Touque'. the proper spelling. A significant amount of untrustworthy votes on CBC'S webpoll agree on the spelling of touque. Really, just ...
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