If you spend any time online searching for hunting garments, you’ll know that there is no shortage of fabrics being used. Almost every day, there is something new and improved being introduced to the market.
If you think about it, the animals from which we get our wool clothing evolved over millions of years to have the most efficient type of coat possible for regulating their body heat.
When humans wear wool, they are getting many of the same benefits.
Here’s why you should choose wool every time.
Wool is an all natural protein based fiber that is formed from sheep. Wool has been proven to be one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection known to man, and science has tried to duplicate wool but has yet to match its unique properties.
If sheep have a good nutrient based food source, they will produce wool. It might be said that sheep have the easiest job of all…they eat, sleep and get their hair cut from time to time. Sheep farmers and wool producers alike make every effort to safeguard the environment, improving the welfare and productivity of the sheep and health of this resource.
As the humidity of the surrounding air rises and falls, wool fiber absorbs and releases water vapor. Heat is generated and retained during the absorption phase, which makes wool a natural insulator.
Wool fibers are crimped, and when they are tightly packed together, as in fabric for clothing, form millions of tiny pockets of air, allowing your clothing to absorb and release moisture without losing its thermal efficiency. In other words, Sleeping Indian wool can absorb up to 30 per cent of its own weight in moisture and still be extremely warm and breathable at the same time.
Because of the breathable properties of wool, it absorbs water and sweat and releases it into the air before any bacteria can develop, keeping unpleasant odors from forming in your clothing. Wool is strong and long lasting. Wool fibers resist tearing and are able to be bent back on themselves over 20,000 times without breaking. In comparison cotton fibers can bend back only 3,200 times. Wool also has elastic properties so clothing has the ability to stretch and return to it’s natural shape.
Wool is naturally anti-microbial. Bacteria are attracted to smooth, positively charged surfaces. Wool’s surface is coarse and neutrally charged, reducing floating dust that may cause allergies.
Wool fibers have a waxy coating on them that repels any kind of liquid. That’s why wool apparel from Sleeping Indian® will keep you warm even in the rain or during a heavy, wet snowstorm. Those same waxy fibers also keep stains away.