Re: Supply Division Wish List
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 18:43:33 -0500
When I took a textiles course in college, the following points were
considered important enough to appear on the comprehensive final exam:
1) cotton and most other natural fibers will WICK. (i.e., draw liquid
away and disperse it evenly along the fiber).
2) most artificial fibers will NOT WICK but will channel (i.e., will
pull liquid along its length.) Acrylic is the major exception here
because acrylic, an artifical wool, behaves *exactly* like wool under
most conditions -- exception is that acrylic will melt, wool will smolder.
For reason 2, most sports and outdoors clothing should be of natural
fibers so they will draw perspiration away from the body and allow it to
In the past 5 years or so, the definition of "wick" seems to have changed
so that it is now used to mean "channel".
I agree with those saying that in hot and humid, or even just humid,
climates, artifical fibers should be avoided.
In dry climates, I haven't enough experience to tell, but my three weeks
in India at an average 115 degrees and 20% humidity tends to suggest that
artifical fibers perform adequately for daily wear.
On Thu, 19 Dec 1996, Hank Nest wrote:
> Cotton is bad for winter camping, eh?
> >>On Wed, 18 Dec 1996, "John K. Spitznagel, Jr." <jks@GISKARD.UTMEM.EDU>
> >>>** Reply to note from Ed Henderson <BigEdBSA@AOL.COM> Wed, 18 Dec 1996
> >>Since our troop teachs that "cotton kills" and do not recommend/allow it on
> >>many winter and high adventure outings, I would vote to reduce the cotton
> >>content in most clothing in favor of wool or polyester fleece. A Scout's
> >>ability to survive in the current uniform far exceeds his chances in cotton
> >>jeans and shirt.
> >Forgive me for disagreeing, but speaking as one who lives in the south,
> >where temps in the 40's are considered frigid, and also as one who is
> >allergic to wool, I believe there is plenty of room for cotton as well as
> >the wool blends in Scout uniforms. I CANNOT wear wool - it is more than
> >just uncomfortable, I wind up being downright sick in a short period of
> >time. As a matter of fact - I don't allow 100% wool clothing in my home - I
> >would not be able to live here. I even avoid wool blends for my family,
> >since I do 95% of the laundry I have to handle them, and it is
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City