Re: Supply Division Wish List
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 11:52:19 -0800
Are you a Cotton Farmer? :-}
> 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 perspiration as well, but dries out much faster than fleece.
I'm sorry if this seems like a flame, but you are off-base with this
comment. Maybe you are speaking of a particular blend with which I'm
unfamiliar. I use polartec, capilene and other polypro garments. These
materials (blends?) are the only ones that I would consider for outdoor
wear. It may be that there are other blends with poor performance
characteristics, but why choose them when polypro is so superior to
other materials for layering.
It takes me 3 hot cycles to dry my jeans in the dryer, but my polypro
(even my expedition weight) is dry enough to wear after the spin cycle.
My biggest worry is over-drying my fleece!
Cotton is not as good an insulator as polypro per unit of weight. Cotton
is heavy, compare your cotton sweater to an acrylic one. Once cotton
gets wet it loses all of its insulating value, while wool and polypro
retain theirs. My kids have old cotton long johns, when wet they
compress and droop. Thinner, lighter polypro long johns don't collect
water or droop and keep them warm when wet.
Cotton attracts and holds water. Polypro hates it and transports it
away from your skin, especially with the special blends that
manufacturers provide now (polartec). Cotton is OK where you don't get
wet (in town, inactive), through precipitation or perspiration. COTTON
KILLS if its cold and wet! Polypro kills if you set it on fire, just
like your nylon tent. I can manage flame risks a lot better than
moisture, especially perspiration.
I use the standard BSA uniform (cotton, poly blend and wool blend) at
home or in transit and my own outdoor adventure clothing in the woods.
The BSA uniform is not, and I feel never will be, for the real outdoors.
MCB Quantico VA
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