Wet Winter Runner wrote:
Wooly Bully wrote:
Anyone have a link to the wool recommendations? Without thinking about it wool would seem to get really wet and soggy but clearly I'm wrong.
Everything was going to get wet yesterday. The thing about wool is that it continues to insulate even when wet. This is why backpackers wear merino wool as base layers all the time. I wear wool in the winter and summer. It is an amazing fiber. My wool hat and sock are with me all year round on the trail.
Anything from Smartwool would have been a great choice for yesterday. Hat, gloves, long sleeved shirt, tights, socks, everything. Add a wind layer over that and you'd be good to go. It still wouldn't be fun to run in, though.
Exactly. As an Oregon runner my favorite base layer is a mid to light weight Smartwool under either a vest (which would have been my preference in this conditions) or rain jacket. If it’s fitted next to skin the weight once wet is not an issue. On long runs a light weight wool base is toasty and stays warm. I’ve been wearing Smartwool running socks for years now year round for the same reason. How do not more runners understand the benefit of wool?
Problem with wool it is a huge allergen to a lot of people , including myself. This is why in the 80s and 90s sports companies switched to polyester/elastane/acrylic type of blends. Cycling jerseys used to be made of 100 percent wool. Cyclist started to complain about the scratchy, itchy feeling to the skin.