If you’re serious about wool then let’s understand a few things about modern synthetics and how they stack up against wool.
If you didn’t know, 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? Let’s Take A Look
- Tech Fiber’s 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.
- 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.
- Noise control. I mean let’s get real. Everybody knows nothing is quieter than wool.