Re: Supply Division Wish List
Marc Godbout (marc@GODBOUT.TIAC.NET)
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 11:32:39 +0000
I've been through several training sessions on cold weather camping
and I've spent more than a few nights below freezing, a few below 0F.
Hank's statements completely contradicts everything I've been
taught and experienced.
Cotton loses almost all of its insulation when wet. It holds the
water (sweat) next to the skin. Polypropylene and other synthetics
wick water away from skin. Plus, just holding onto water is not the
only problem. Water soaks into the fibers of cotton, but not in wool
or synthetics. So when soaked, wool and synthetics still insulate.
Cotton does not. I've seen both cotton and poly fleece wrung out
after a thorough soaking and the poly comes back much lighter.
Hank, I don't know where you got your information, but
every single book I've read, training I've received, person I've
talked to has used the phrase "Cotton Kills".
Another misunderstanding is in the word "fleece". This does not
imply any material, just the way it's manufactured. I've seen wool
fleece, poly fleece, AND cotton fleece (sweatshirt, sweatpants). try
and stay away from the cotton type in cold weather.
> Cotton is bad for winter camping, eh?
> Actually, this is a MAJOR misunderstanding. Cotton is actually
> one of the best insulators made. Compared to fleece, it performs just as
> There are many unforseen problems with fleece that many people are
> unaware of--most of the people that buy fleece are just jumping on the
> yuppie bandwagon.
> Fleece is great for staying warm on NON-PHYSICAL activities--when
> you won't be sweating into the material. Fleece (polyester) actually holds
> moisture to a greater degree than cotton, thus making you colder. Cotton
> holds persperation as well, but dries out much faster than fleece.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City