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    Synthetic vs. Merino

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    Firesafe, it is self-extinguishing and unlike synthetics, it won’t melt and stick to your skin.
    While this is very interesting info, I really hate to ask if there is a backstory as to how or why you know this. Hahah unless you are a firefighter I guess

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    Quick question for the merino guys. How do the light merino tops work in hot weather? Archery hunting in August here in NV can be damn hot, I really love my UH hot gear, it wicks the sweat and cools you down. I don't see myself switching to merino for this type of situation but I would like to hear if it's an option.

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    Light Merino does the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Root View Post
    I choose Merino wool, and I don't think I'll ever go back to synthetics for my base layer system in the backcountry.

    Resists odor, and can be worn for days, even weeks without washing.
    Lightweight and it has a exceptionally high warmth to weight ratio.
    Breathable, helps prevent overheating.
    Easy care, machine washable.
    Firesafe, it is self-extinguishing and unlike synthetics, it won’t melt and stick to your skin.
    Drys and wicks well. Not quite as fast as synthetics, but the world isn’t perfect….
    My thought exactly! Love that I can wear it on a two week hunt without having any odor issues.
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    I love how we re-invent the wheel?

    not that they had quality wool base layers in the 50's? perhaps they did, but I hear they're nicer/itch free nowadays?


    btw aren't synthetics with their super wicking abilities suppose to keep odor down? I would think they would be less odor than wool...? but I have heard wool handles odor better.


    also on a side note, synthetic dyes etc... we keep coming back to "natural" makes us wonder why we keep looking to alternatives simply for profit/cheaper goods? ie. the theory deer can see UV which most modern dyes synthetic glow under a black light but the older natural/wool type stuff doesn't, sometimes I wonder if back in the day those hunters were actually hunting "smarter" than we are today...?

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    Mine are totally itch free and you cant even tell they are wool. The FirstLite boxers are the best boxers I have ever had. If they were cheaper I would wear them daily. As mentioned above over 5 to seven days mine stay pretty much odor free.
    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyMusky View Post
    I love how we re-invent the wheel?

    not that they had quality wool base layers in the 50's? perhaps they did, but I hear they're nicer/itch free nowadays?


    btw aren't synthetics with their super wicking abilities suppose to keep odor down? I would think they would be less odor than wool...? but I have heard wool handles odor better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NVBird'n'Big View Post
    While this is very interesting info, I really hate to ask if there is a backstory as to how or why you know this. Hahah unless you are a firefighter I guess
    No, I'm not a firefighter, my son is studying to be one though.

    I have been known to get a bit close to the campfire at times to warm up though. Attached is my backstory on the fire though.....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGsLGWBQuMc

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    Good to know Kevin, I will keep it in mind next time I have had one too many cold ones around the fire back at camp!

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    merino all the way!

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    I have been one for UA but have worn out the couple I had. Last fall was terrible when I pulled my UA shirt out to wear it and I couldn't even stand to wear it when it was clean cause of the smell. I guess 4-6 years from that shirt was a pretty good life, but couldn't believe after it was washed how bad it still smelled. I will be trying merino this year and looking at First Lite Chama Hoody if I can find one.

 

 

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