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Kevin Burton
(burtonator) - F

Locale: norcal
reasonably priced wool clothing? on 01/22/2014 15:34:53 MST Print View

I want to buy a wool top as I think this will work out better for me at night.

But ... 85 bucks? Come on... that's silly.

Is wool really that pricey?

Is there a good alternative with reasonable pricing?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: reasonably priced wool clothing? on 01/22/2014 15:46:40 MST Print View

Sometimes you can find Army issue wool field clothing. It tends to be green.

I skied for thirty years in Army issue Class A wool uniform trousers. It was worsted wool, so it was very smooth. I had a green soft wool shirt, but it was pretty scratchy.

Don't wash them hot.


Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
Uniqlo on 01/22/2014 16:19:58 MST Print View

Uniqlo has $40 merino wool sweaters, lightweight and perfect as a warmer base layer or lightweight mid. Quality is as good as anything else out there, but half the price.

Stephen Adams
(stevemkedcom) - MLife

Locale: Northwest
Costco Merino Wool on 01/22/2014 16:45:15 MST Print View

Bought a Merino wool top for $19 a couple of weeks ago at the Costco in Wenatchee Wash.
Worn it a couple times and seems good.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: reasonably priced wool clothing? on 01/22/2014 16:50:37 MST Print View

I picked up a smartwool t-shirt and an icebreaker long sleeve for $30 each at steap and cheap a while back. Look for sales.

just Justin Whitson
Re: reasonably priced wool clothing? on 01/22/2014 17:58:41 MST Print View

Yep, a lot of the sport/outdoor wool brands are quite pricey, but if you're willing to look outside the box, you can find amazing deals on thin merino sweaters.

I especially look for the ones that have some synthetic in them, to help with wear and tear and speed up dry times a bit.

Stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Costco, etc often have them pretty inexpensive, and i've also found a bunch of lightweight, mid weight, and heavier weight mernio or lambs wool sweaters at thrift stores.

peter vacco

Locale: no. california
Re: reasonably priced wool clothing? on 01/22/2014 18:16:52 MST Print View


Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor on 01/22/2014 21:03:14 MST Print View

STP regularly has Smartwool and Icebreaker merino baselayers on sale, often closeouts of last season's colors. Sign up for STP's "DealFlyer" emails and they will constantly send you discount codes for an additional 15-30% off.

For instance, right now, Smartwool microweight merino crew is $30 after all the discounts, lightweight quarter-zip is $38. Regular prices would be in the $65-85 range.

Mark Andrews
(buldogge) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: on 01/22/2014 22:31:23 MST Print View

Definitely STP…An Icebreaker Oasis 200 top is $35.72 + shipping with the current 35% off codes floating around…these are my go-to base layers for everything short of summer.

-Mark in St. Louis

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
sales on 01/22/2014 23:53:29 MST Print View

just buy em at 50%+ off ....

MEC also makes merino but its not as cheap as it used to be, though they do go on clearance

bankbreaker also makes the "red ram" line which is 200 wt and is often on sale

and "lesser" brands tend to be cheaper, but work fine functionally

smartwool, bankbreaker, ibex, etc ... all those wooly companies arent worth it at full price ...


Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Nother vote for Sierra Trading Post on 01/23/2014 06:09:23 MST Print View

STP gets plenty of very high end brands (Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear) that are "last year's model" or color. Always has wool base layers and sweaters.