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#156690 - 11/30/08 05:00 PM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: MichaelJ07]
kevingg Offline

Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 442
Loc: NH
thanks for the input.

#156795 - 12/01/08 11:18 PM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: MichaelJ07]

Yeti, I find, with my foot shape, I have to buy one size up for SmartWool brand. I experienced the same discomfort, with the larger size they still stay in place but are not so constricting across the instep.

Sportsman's Guide has wool deals as well, and I just picked up a nice wool vest at Ross Dress for Less, you have to really dig for it in those stores. Don't know if you have them in your neck o'woods.

#156804 - 12/02/08 01:13 AM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: ]
Schwert Offline
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Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington
Filson probably offers the best of the best, and for some things I would definately spring for Filson. Their heavy mackinaw wool coats are just too good to pass up. Their wool shirts are fairly smooth finished wool and while expensive last and last and last. Sometimes a good amount of money spent on something that can last you a lifetime is cheap.

For pants I have found surplus wool pants to be an excellent bargain. Sometimes the wools are a bit harsh but if worn over a thin underlayer are fine. I have found Eastern Block surplus to be about a scratchy as bob-wire but German, NATO, Italian, Austrian, Australian wools and US 1950's era pants to be quite nice overall. Surplus shirts seem never to be cut well for me (too tight). Filson pants are top end (especially their whipcord wools) but for heavy weight wools I actually prefer some of my surplus ones.

Sweaters again, the surplus market offers up some nice stuff, but Filson makes a waterfowler sweater that is near perfect.

Base layers....Ice Breaker and Smart Wool are worth every single penny. Sierra Trading Post many times offers Ice Breaker baselayers at excellent prices. Ice Breaker merino wool baselayers are pure heaven.

#156807 - 12/02/08 01:28 AM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: Schwert]
Frankie Offline
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Registered: 09/19/03
Posts: 736
Loc: Montréal, Québec, Canada
For sweaters, Brigade Quartermaster's Woolly Pully are a good value and they have the reinforcing patches (could prevent abrasion from the suspenders that hold your heavy wool pants). But I also like medium and lightweight lambswool sweaters that I find at Simons, a clothing store here for only $30 (made in... China). Shetland wool is lightweight and quick drying. Merino is the poor man's cachemere.


#156879 - 12/02/08 07:28 PM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: kevingg]
TeacherRO Offline
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Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2514
wool goes in and out of style- check ebay & goodwill

#156883 - 12/02/08 09:05 PM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: TeacherRO]
Schwert Offline
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Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington
Oh yeah, keep your eyes open for Pendleton shirts in the Goodwill type stores. Older ones are excellent wool and they show up quite frequently for good prices.

#156902 - 12/02/08 11:35 PM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: kevingg]
bsmith Offline
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Registered: 02/15/07
Posts: 589
Loc: ventura county, ca
"icebreaker" merino wool at sierra trading post.
“Everyone should have a horse. It is a great way to store meat without refrigeration. Just don’t ever get on one.”
- ponder's dad

#156957 - 12/03/08 01:42 PM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: bsmith]
justmeagain Offline

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 67
These are an excellent bargain. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=490261

These military sweaters are the surplus version of the Dachstein sweaters which were sold in high end mountaineering shops up to the mid 1980's. The civilian sweaters sold for nearly $200 over 20 years ago.

Outside of the reinforcing patches and the color the sweaters are identical to the civilian version. The wool is exceptional and the sweater is very dense and warm.

On occasion you can find the same sweater with a zippered front and I have my eye out for one if the price is right.

#156970 - 12/03/08 04:35 PM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: kevingg]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3078
Surplus military wool can be very cheap to purchase. The old British Army Wooly Pully can be had for about $16 or £10 in the UK


Even military wool Greatcoats although very old fashioned are available for around $45 or £30 in the UK


Or if Woolen Tweed is your thing, for that country gent look then great deals can be had.


As mentioned previously Sierra Trading Post has lots of deals on some really high spec woolens. (High Quality Barbour woolens are available at good prices - Probably because woolens are currently out of fashion)

Wool Jumpers and Jerseys










Merino Watch Cap and Tilley Woolen Hats.







Tweed Jacket


Woolen Technical Soft Shell Jacket (limited sizes)


As you can see there are lots of high quality wool options. Merino wool, Lambswool and Shetland wool are all excellent and are actually remarkably good value considering how well high quality woolens last if taken care of properly.

My Favourite woollen is a Chevalier Orkney Sweater, which is very comfortable and very warm during those winter days


Edited by Am_Fear_Liath_Mor (12/03/08 04:41 PM)

#156988 - 12/03/08 07:47 PM Re: buying wool clothing cheap? [Re: justmeagain]
Schwert Offline
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Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington
Those sweaters look great....not available until next year, but I am going to order one. If they are truly Dachstein....or even close to a Dachstein then this is the bargain of the century.

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