Donald Scruggs (DScruggs@CONCENTRIC.NET)
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 17:27:52 -0500
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 1996 20:13:55 CST
From: "John K. Spitznagel, Jr." <jks@GISKARD.UTMEM.EDU>
Subject: Re: Supply Division Wish List
> Would you believe I actually got a personal reply from one "philistine"
> who said that since they taught "in their troop" that cotton was a no-no
> (you know... hypothermia risk, stays wet then does not insulate, blah,
> blah... yeah we ALL know that!) that it should be 100% polyester...
> Guess he never lived in the deep south and does not know how miserable
> the 65-35 poly uniforms are... particularly above 85 degrees F and 80%
> humidity. He also fails to mention the unspeakable burn complications
> that plastic clothing can cause. The poly blend used in the scout
> uniforms is hot in the summer, cold in the winter and wears out faster
> than cotton -or even- a high quality 60-40 blend. 100% poly is
> excruciating and even more fragile. Last big minus is the tendency for
> the new uniforms to collect lint, cat hair, and dog hair. Looks awful
> and is impossible to get off... particularly the pants... Yah, just love
> to get to school night coated in cat hair... the parents think you are a
> There are first rate 60-40 blends that are almost as comfortable
> cotton and cut the difference between the qualities of cotton and
> polyester.. Lands End and other clothing suppliers have made fortunes
> marketing the stuff. Lets get real. A BSA uniform is NOT protection from
> foul weather... it is what you wear under it and over it that counts
> most. Anyway, why encourage a scout to mess up a sharp looking uniform by
> rolling in an ash pit while warming himself during a foul weather
> campout? (Well mine always manage to do that... Dont yours? <grin>)
> Now... let me return to rubbing the aloe cream onto my chafed neck that
> has not recovered from the punishment of wearing the regulation
> uniform polyester shirt on all those scout activities in the 95 degree
> 99% humidity Memphis summer....
> jack spitznagel
> range boss
> rancho malario, tn
I think you have hit the nail on the head. No uniform, be it cotton,
or polyester is survival gear. My son would never wear his uniform
was pushed. When we bought a new uniform shirt we bought cotton. He
without being reminded now. I wear my uniform year round. I want it to
COMFORTABLE. I can have specialty clothing for winter.
P.S. Yes on Cargo Pockets.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City