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Maybe not wool in the summer months?
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Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
Maybe not wool in the summer months? on 07/19/2009 10:50:29 MDT Print View

I was thinking about going with a long sleeve and short sleeve Patagonia Wool 2 for the summer months to replace the Patagonia SunTech shirts I am currently using but it seems that the Wool 2 is not really bug proof and has little UPF. Is this true? Maybe I should just stick with my SunTechs as I need both where I live. Wool 3 might provide both but would be way too hot.

Edited by bpeugh on 07/19/2009 10:50:59 MDT.

Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: South Florida
RailRiders on 07/19/2009 15:04:58 MDT Print View

I would go with a RailRiders shirt like the Adventure Top or Madison River. They have better ventilation than any other nylon or polyester shirt on the market, IMO. You could also go with an ExOfficio Air Strip shirt but RailRiders shirts have more mesh, thus, better ventilation. However, the ExOfficio shirt is lighter.
I wouldn't recommend Wool for summer, but I suppose it depends on where you hike. Although, others seem to prefer wool over anything else, even in the summer. Whatever you choose, remember that ventilation and breathability are the most important factors for keeping cool in the summer months.

Adrian B
(adrianb) - MLife

Locale: Auckland, New Zealand
Re: Maybe not wool in the summer months? on 07/19/2009 15:48:52 MDT Print View

I've worn the 150 weight icebreaker through a couple of summers without ever getting burnt. It's similar to Wool 2.

Can't comment on bug proofness, sandflies here don't bite when walking, when stopped I cover up with windshirt etc.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Maybe not wool in the summer months? on 07/21/2009 09:49:28 MDT Print View

Brett, I wear the wool 2 (or IB 150-ish weight) all summer long... cooler than my cotton with all the other benefits. These years I spend a lot of time on the water; most recently spent about ten hours a day in a canoe in some pretty sunny conditions. My exposed skin got severely burnt, actually got into some "light" 2nd degree burns. My torso, covered by my wool 2, was unscathed. I did think I could feel the sunlight more on my skin, but the end result didn't seem to be problematic for me. Regarding bug-proofness, nope, it doesn't do much. But you can't travel in much more horrid bug conditions than I do (north-country swamps during the spring, for example) and I've done all right. When the bugs are really horrendous I just put on my shell. One solution for you might be a long sleeve wool 2 (I prefer the zipped version) and a long sleeve SunTech for buggier days. But that probably means carrying an extra 12 ounces for the SunTech shirt? If so, would it be worth the extra weight?

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Maybe not wool in the summer months? on 07/21/2009 13:32:30 MDT Print View


Why don't you try one of the new Patagonia Merino Wool #1 long or short sleeve crews. I have one of the short sleeve ones and like it a lot. I am going to get a long sleeve one for some hiking I hope to do this fall.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
summer on 07/21/2009 19:02:55 MDT Print View

The SunTech is only about 7oz. I have thought about the Wool/Merino 1 stuff but think I will probably stick up the poly after awhile. And I would probably be all over them and the Wool 2s for summer usage if the came in light colors.