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  1. #1
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    Wool vest recommendations?

    I've done it, I've actually worn out a fleece vest that I've had for decades. I didn't think it could be done. I wore it lift served, touring, gathering wood, gardening, and even out to dinner. It was a 'go to' item in the closet for me.

    I thought I would update/upgrade it and try something other than fleece. Wool seems to pack better, stink less, keep you warmer, and can even be better for the restaurant. So what recommendations do folks have?

    Oh, and I looked but I'm going to eliminate this from the options

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    Forget wool anything becuase wool will wear out if you look at it funny

    I do wear a wool undershirt which is the only thing that will touch yer body, its also way cheaper

    I also have fleece that is decades old and it wears well

    https://www.google.com/search?q=fred...EI895sOHeFTWM:

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    Wool rocks!! Wool vest, jacket or pants. Wear it in the sun to stay cool. Under a wind jacket to stay warm. Wear it in the rain. Wool dries from the inside out so your skin gets warm and cozy first. Won't get a hole from sparks at the campfire or if a seed pops in the bong.

    Good wool lasts. Still sporting my Woolrich I paid $$$ for in 1978.

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    I'd recommend something from Stanfield (made in Nova Scotia eh) but unfortunately I don't see a vest in their catalogue. I rotate through 3 henley shirts, from fine dining at the campfire, to cutting trail or butchering. I get 4 or 5 yrs out of a shirt. I love the wool.

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    Patagonia, LL Bean and Woolwich all have great wool vests
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    Wool is awesome. I had a great wool vest with windproof fabric, but itís no longer made, and I lost it.

    I prefer an Icebreaker base layer, Pendleton shirt, and then a waterproof vest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCMtnHound View Post
    I'd recommend something from Stanfield (made in Nova Scotia eh) but unfortunately I don't see a vest in their catalogue. I rotate through 3 henley shirts, from fine dining at the campfire, to cutting trail or butchering. I get 4 or 5 yrs out of a shirt. I love the wool.
    I've never heard of them before, but damn, I'm going to be giving these guys some of my money this week. Nice looking stuff.
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    I wear a First Lite Springer vest a lot of the time. I think it might be out of production now but if you can find one, a great vest to have.

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    I have a thick Ibex wool vest and itís really nice. As long as I use wool wash and lay out to dry it stays like new. But I also have a cheap North face fleece for the dirty work.


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    smart wool eh, all my merino has holes, go into a BC hut with a group and notice how all their merino has holes

    when pa passed at the age of 84 I got all his old merino wool, 5 brands of merino have holes all he did was watch TV in his condo

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    S&C has good deals on merino blend vests
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    Take a ride up to Johnson when you move North.

    https://johnsonwoolenmills.com/produ...ory/men/vests/

    Used to be able to find deals @ the factory store. No idea nowadays.

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    Behold! A peruvian wool vest for Peruvian!

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    CC Filson Mackinaw Vest. They used to be made in Seattle

    https://www.filson.com/mackinaw-wool...-fco-000000111

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesj View Post
    CC Filson Mackinaw Vest. They used to be made in Seattle

    https://www.filson.com/mackinaw-wool...-fco-000000111
    Yep...they also make some sick wool trousers. Last you decades.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyGroomer View Post
    Take a ride up to Johnson when you move North.

    https://johnsonwoolenmills.com/produ...ory/men/vests/

    Used to be able to find deals @ the factory store. No idea nowadays.
    On the short list. Prefer the zippered models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conundrum View Post
    I wear a First Lite Springer vest a lot of the time. I think it might be out of production now but if you can find one, a great vest to have.
    Came in to recommend the same. switched most all of my base layers over to First Lite wool

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    Voormi.

    A bit pricey, but great stuff and it will last: https://voormi.com/collections/mens/...mens-core-vest

    More Basic vest: https://voormi.com/collections/mens/...ens-drift-vest

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    https://www.duckworthco.com/collecti...owcrest-vest-1

    Made in MT, I have some of their shirts and their great, $$$ though


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    I wore wool for years because that was all there was (see my avatar). When synthetics came on the market I switched and I've never looked back. The big problem for me is that if it gets wet it takes forever to dry. They say it keeps its warmth when wet and that may be true, but it's still wet. I think my first piece of fleece was the original Patagonia brown nubby jacket which I wore for many years and never wore out. I recently gave it away--Alpine Meadows was collecting warm clothes to send to Nepal or someplace.

    But don't let me talk you out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    I wore wool for years because that was all there was (see my avatar). When synthetics came on the market I switched and I've never looked back. The big problem for me is that if it gets wet it takes forever to dry. They say it keeps its warmth when wet and that may be true, but it's still wet. I think my first piece of fleece was the original Patagonia brown nubby jacket which I wore for many years and never wore out. I recently gave it away--Alpine Meadows was collecting warm clothes to send to Nepal or someplace.

    But don't let me talk you out of it.
    I agree with this ^^ also wool shrinks if dried improperly, smells like wet dog, anything > than lightest weight merino gives me a rash and I just don't believe a garment that thin really has any more warmth than plastic layers

    what wool IS good for is not absorbing body stink, so a fine merino t-shirt takes care of that
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    ebay or goodwill
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    Quote Originally Posted by bskin View Post
    https://www.duckworthco.com/collecti...owcrest-vest-1

    Made in MT, I have some of their shirts and their great, $$$ though


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    Dont have any of their stuff yet but have talked to some people involved with the livestock side. Have heard nothing but good things about those guys and hope to get some of their stuff when I have some coin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    I agree with this ^^ also wool shrinks if dried improperly, smells like wet dog, anything > than lightest weight merino gives me a rash and I just don't believe a garment that thin really has any more warmth than plastic layers

    what wool IS good for is not absorbing body stink, so a fine merino t-shirt takes care of that
    Word. Thin marino underlayers, even briefs, stay flower fresh on long rides, long weekends and ski tours.
    But dang, one wash and dry at the wrong temps and BAM - bobs not your uncle anymore.

    As for holey wool vs other fabrics, not that anyone would be stupid enough to wear Bamboo clothing in the winter, but don't buy that hype either. Bamboo is like exponentially faster to get holes than any other fabric ever conceived.
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