Is Arc'teryx discontinuing it's merino wool base layers?
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Robert Esposito
(orpheus762x51) - F
Is Arc'teryx discontinuing it's merino wool base layers? on 11/25/2012 15:15:39 MST Print View

I looked at their web site today and it looks like the base layers that they offer in wool will be "revised" next year with synthetic materials. Can anyone shed some light on this?

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 11/25/2012 16:48:18 MST Print View

You can sheer a sheep many times, but skin them only once

-rounders

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
quack ... on 11/25/2012 19:01:14 MST Print View

they dont do down either ... let the rumour mill commence ;)

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Synthetic blends on 11/26/2012 15:17:17 MST Print View

If the correct synthetic is chosen to blend with wool (acrylic for softness, nylon for strength and polyester for softness and all for various degrees of hydrophobic qualities) then the wool's properties can actually be enhanced.

But... many purists don't want no stinkin' synthetics in their wool clothes. (No pun intended.)

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Revised on 11/26/2012 15:22:19 MST Print View

I'm guessing, revised with a blend of synthetics because 100% merino is relatively fragile. A blend lasts much longer, making customers happier and reducing the amount of items returned.

Robert Esposito
(orpheus762x51) - F
fire? on 11/26/2012 17:58:09 MST Print View

The only thing that gives me pause is the question of flammability.
How susceptible is this stuff to melting and dripping if exposed to an open flame?