Re: natural fibers vs man-made
Bob Washburn (whiterabbit@IW.EDWPUB.COM)
Fri, 4 Jul 1997 18:26:35 -0500
For winter the current wisdom is that wool is great, poly fleece (Polartec)
is better and cotton is death. Both wool and poly fleece retains its
insulating value when wet. Cotton does not. Wet cotton has no insulating
Polyester fleece has a major advantage over wool where water sports are
involved. While both wet fleece and wool retain insulating values, fleece
dries very quickly. Wring it out shake it a couple of times and it is
almost dry. I dumped a canoe in early spring a number of years back 50
degree water, 65 degree air. My fleece jacket saved me.
Watch labels. Some cotton materials are labeled as fleece. For winter you
For summer there is a difference of opinion. Cotton breathes well. Some
prefer the polyesters such as Coolmax, etc. because they wick the moisture
but do not hold it. They claim it allows the same evaporative cooling as
cotton without the wet t-shirt feeling that cotton give give. I think the
breathing of cotton is more important.
For canoe trips in August I take: nylon shorts, cotton t-shirts, fleece
jacket, TEVA's for footwear. I like the nylon shorts because they are dry
15 minutes after I dunk them or wash them and wear better than cotton.
Each fall BackPacker Magazine does an issue on dressing for the seasons
explaining fabrics, layers, etc. It is very well done.
At 06:54 PM 7/4/97 -0400, Mary Lee Foley wrote:
>I need advice on clothing for various activities. What's the current
>wisdom for natural fibers (cotton, linen, silk, whatever) as opposed to
>man-made materials (polyester, nylon, other whatever) for warm weather,
>cold weather and water sports? I'm especially interested in advice on
>stuff to wear/pack for a canoe trip in August, but advice for other
>activities and seasons will be carefully filed until we need it.
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