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Richard Brownkatz
(Rbrownkatz) - F

Locale: Southeast
Effect of lanolin on wicking on 11/08/2010 08:42:01 MST Print View

Anyone have any idea what effect adding lanolin to a wool garment would have on the garment's wicking abilities?
We added lanolin to some surplus military wool sweaters and it made them non-scratchy and pretty water resistant. Now I'm thinking of doing the same to some homemade wool balaclavas, mittens and booties, and to some Merino sweaters we will use as base layers.
Thanks.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Tinder on 11/08/2010 14:16:55 MST Print View

As far as sweat wicking I have no idea, I do know you're now wearing a pretty nice source of tinder though for survival situations...just be careful around flints and floating embers.

Richard Brownkatz
(Rbrownkatz) - F

Locale: Southeast
Tinder on 11/09/2010 05:40:17 MST Print View

Thanks Dustin. Hadn't thought of that.

Kevin Beeden
(captain_paranoia) - F

Locale: UK
re: wicking on 11/10/2010 12:17:24 MST Print View

I'd expect the lanolin to inhibit wicking, to some degree; that's why adding it makes it water-repellent (and why woolly animals produce lanolin (aka wool wax/fat) to waterproof their fleeces...).

Rebecca Ribbing
(joyfulmama) - F

Locale: Alexandria, VA
Lanolin on 11/12/2010 08:56:57 MST Print View

It will inhibit wicking. There's actually a whole group of people that cloth diaper and use lanolin-ized wool covers over the cloth diapers. According to my friend, there are no leaks at all, which means that the moisture would be kept inside against the skin. (Sorry if that's too graphic)

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: Lanolin on 11/12/2010 18:16:13 MST Print View

(Sorry if that's too graphic)

It's only too graphic because you said "people that cloth diaper"and not "people that cloth diaper their babies". Combined with no mention of your friend being a parent or if they use this technique on themselves...

I'm assuming this is for babies, but the damage of the mental image has already been done and the resultant drinking to kill those memories begun.

Rebecca Ribbing
(joyfulmama) - F

Locale: Alexandria, VA
lol on 11/12/2010 19:35:10 MST Print View

I'm so sorry for that bad image! I post mostly on backpacker.com where my name is Joyfulmama. I forgot it wasn't obvious from my name and photos that I have a kid. Yes, my friend is cloth diapering a baby ;)