Since 1989

Nature is our greatest teacher. In the great outdoors we learn about ourselves and learn to care for the land we all use. At Sleeping Indian, we are dedicated through our highly functional products to help more people mindfully experience and appreciate life outdoors.

Proudly made in the Rocky Mountains, U.S.A.

Our clothing’s excellent reputation within the rifle hunting and bow hunting communities is based upon performance where it counts…in the field. Developed by the late Ted Ranck, our cold weather clothing system allows you to experience the outdoors from –40°F to +60°F with the least amount of layering and the greatest amount of freedom. Field proven by hunters throughout the United States and beyond, our clothing system will increase the quality of your outdoor experience and reward you with a level of comfort that you never thought possible.


WHY SLEEPING INDIAN WOOL?

The Sleeping Indian® advantage is not just a catch phrase but a way of life. It is about staying comfortable in all outdoor situations. The advantage is the longevity of the products, with users enjoying 25+ years of ownership. It is the stealth of wool, it is about helping to ensure your survival when temperatures drop to a frigid -30 degrees. Sleeping Indian® has gone above and beyond in every aspect of our clothing. From the engineering of our camo patterns to the research and development that goes into every garment. We invite any of today’s technical fabrics to compete in stealth, longevity, and comfort in harsh conditions. In addition, Sleeping Indian is
ALL AMERICAN MADE!

The Advantages Of Wool

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 it’s 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 a common heavy and wet snow storm. Those same waxy fibers also keep stains away.

TECH FIBERS vs. WOOL

If you’re serious about wool then let’s understand a few things about modern synthetics and how they stack up against wool. Wool is the original High Tech fabric! The fact that these synthetic fabric manufacturers have corrupted the word “fleece” is telling. Many of today’s outerwear companies are saying their poly-this or micro-that garments are more waterproof, windproof, but to be honest the ones we’ve tried that were waterproof and windproof were nowhere near breathable. We wound up wet from the inside, from sweat, even in cold weather, and that is a disaster in the making. People have used wool for a thousand years. Today, a new generation of hunters are learning how versatile this fiber can be. Wool can be spun and woven into a lightweight cloth, heavy fabric or something in between. Our Sleeping Indian® wool is an excellent insulator yet is also fairly water-resistant. Even when wet, our wool works to keep you warm which is a tremendous advantage to bow hunters who have to contend with bad weather. Whether you’re navigating through dense conifer forests, slipping quietly through oak brush on a crisp winter morning, or waiting on-stand during an all-day drizzle, Sleeping Indian will keep you warm in cold weather while our woven wool provides the ultimate in silence.

 

How Do They Compare?

Their outer layer is designed to love moisture. When it’s wet, it pulls heat from you, feeling cold even when it’s not. If it’s cold and you’re exerting yourself, sweat condenses on the inside of the shell…not good. None of these problems exist with wool – snow, wet brush, light rain, drippy woods, heavy rain and sleet, can be completely ignored. Wool just breathes better.

Wool resists odors very well. Lanolin is a natural anti-bacterial fatty substance, extracted from wool, used in ointments, cosmetics, waterproof coatings etc…Clothes that neutralize human odor are big business today. Field & Stream in 2011 tested this very subject with a trained police dog and a hiding man utilizing today’s best scent control. The dog had no trouble detecting the man’s presence. Total scent control vs. no scent control at all did not even matter…the dog found the person in a matter of seconds. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding this subject but know this, whatever you wear, remember the wind direction! There is another aspect of scent/odor resistance that is important:  if you wear synthetics day after day synthetic outerwear becomes smelly even to the human nose. US Navy SEALs tested wool extensively for 32 straight days and found the garments never picked up an odor and we all know that the SEALs push things much harder than the great majority of us.

Wool does not catch light, it’s soft, natural fuzzy texture blends in. The uneven surface, the scales of wool fiber prevent wool fabric from reflecting light well. Because wool accepts dye readily, you can have any pattern you want. Our wool and dyes are UV neutral. Think of a deer – it’s not wearing a real camo pattern, but tends to be invisible unless moving or silhouetted. Same as wool. It’s common to buy new hunting clothes every couple of years because you are always looking for something better, and the various technical fabrics being offered today have a tendency of wearing out. Sleeping Indian® can make the difference on your next hunt.

A petroleum-based synthetic product tends to melt onto your skin. This is a big factor for the Military and hunters alike. Wool is much better behaved. Wool can provide a huge advantage to those who work with electricity, or in situations where static electricity can be a problem. Even embers popping off a campfire will melt right thru the synthetics. An ember will self-extinguish on wool. This is an extremely serious subject, and we will continue to research this in the future. Wool is not fireproof, but it is more burn-resistant than the synthetics, and far more resistant than human skin.

Everybody knows nothing is quieter than wool.

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Concealment

Sleeping Indian’s wool colors provide maximum concealment in a wide variety of seasons and terrain. It is one reason our clients include police and military special teams where stealth and concealment are a matter of life or death.

Many animals readily recognize variations in contrast, and their attention is drawn toward abrupt changes. Our Sleeping Indian® camo patterns are woven into the fabric, creating a softly blended edge of color rather than a sharp unnatural line. Our low contrast camo pattern uses predominantly horizontal elements, mixed with diagonal. This effectively eliminates hard vertical lines making it much more difficult to be seen.

In addition to our low contrast pattern, wool naturally has the beneficial characteristic of absorbing light. The amount of glare and shine commonly experienced in many other fabrics is non-existent in wool. We did not design that, nature did. This natural characteristic further enhances the garments concealment capabilities by allowing the material to blend in remarkably well to the natural terrain when exposed to elements of either direct light or shadow.