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Old 12-03-08, 10:25 PM   #1
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wool or synthetic

I recently got new wool cycling socks and have a wool
jersey on the way. I like the way wool feels. Alternately
I have an old synthetic jersey that won't come clean--
smells no matter what.

Is Foo down with wool or synthetic? I like the retro-grouch points
of wool. Synthetic looks good on the right people. Discuss?
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I find wool to be itchy. I've never had a problem with synthetic stuff smelling bad, but then I don't throw it in the hamper when it's still damp.
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Old 12-03-08, 10:39 PM   #3
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but then I don't throw it in the hamper when it's still damp.
*. . . oh* [lightbulb goes on].
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Wool.

I'll buy stuff like the foo jersey in synthetic cause I really want one, but I am phasing out my synthetics.

I just like the feel of wool*, and the performance characteristics. That it looks better and has no stench seals the deal.

Downsides are cost and fragile in the wash....like a Brooks saddle, they need extra love.


*What X said - CBad have u tried Woolsitic or another really soft jersey? I know some people are more sensitive...my wife has fair skin and can't wear ragg wool or anything too scratchy. She wears the nice Woolistic stuff with a (synthetic) base, tho, no problems.
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Old 12-03-08, 10:43 PM   #5
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I know I been hand washing my wool socks.
hang to dry on spokes next to heater vent on
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There are some synthetics that have more funk than The Brothers Johnson.
Wool, wool, wool.
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There are some synthetics that have more funk than The Brothers Johnson.
and not in a good way
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The only thing I don't like about wool is that it comes
from sheep. Sheep are cute but destructive little
green house gas emitting meadow maggots.
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baaa! tough crowd!
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sheep: tasty when marinated and subjected
to charring

socks: I don't remember but I don't think so.
wool can take a lot of abuse I have just
arbitrarily decided to take better care of these.
I used to machine wash and tumble dry wool boot
socks and they seemed to work fine.
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are they smartwool socks? I've had great luck just throwing mine in the washing machine.

I had much worse luck when i accidentally threw a dry-clean-only sweater into the washer/dryer.
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At least the sheep are way off in New Zealand, bugging no one.

Except New Zealanders, I guess.
they like sheep, that's why they moved there-to be near the sheep.
just like we came to America to bring corn to the New World.
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they like sheep, that's why they moved there-to be near the sheep.
just like we came to America to bring corn to the New World.
I see what you did there.
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I find wool to be itchy. I've never had a problem with synthetic stuff smelling bad, but then I don't throw it in the hamper when it's still damp.
I get that too with some types of wool. Old school acrylic is horrible stuff though.
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smartwool socks have been fine for me too

My Thor-lo cotton and spandex socks shrink more in the machine.
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Synthetic stinks, literally. It's the wonder fabric of yesteryear. The new Merino wool is better in all respects except price.

One good source: http://www.ibexwear.com/shop/Product...40&Gender=Mens
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Yep, I got a couple of sweaters. One was given to me and is acrylic. I Like everything about it except the fact that it's acrylic. I think I would go with just about any other material for a sweater. I prefer merino wool.
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Ibex is wonderful, maybe the best out there, imo. Good stuff.

Swobo is decent too but I have found their fit a bit weird.

Woolistic is awesome, but super pricey.
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Wool all the way. Smartwool mostly. Can find remainders online for uh... less than sticker price anyway. I wash it in cold in the (front-loading) machine same as everything else, but then airdry. The occasional item goes through the drier and nothing bad seems to happen but...
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Wool all the way. Smartwool mostly. Can find remainders online for uh... less than sticker price anyway. I wash it in cold in the (front-loading) machine same as everything else, but then airdry. The occasional item goes through the drier and nothing bad seems to happen but...
Spot on, at least for jerseys. Lycra bibs for shorts, but merino wool is great for jerseys. Machine wash in cold water using Ivory Snow or something equally gentle (not Woolite!) and air dry. Done that way, merino woll starts soft and comfy and just . . . gets . . . better.
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What the hell are you people doing to get synthetics to stink?
sweat bacteria, over time just builds up. Some of us are so macho we just stink more. That's how my sweat rolls...
I washed my jerseys in cold water & hung dry....I still have a few synthetic Jerseys (Foo, for one) that haven't been worn yet - I may try washing in warm water right off the bat to see if that helps.
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What the hell are you people doing to get synthetics to stink?
Well, with my cycling shorts I tend to rub my sweaty crotch all over it. That might have something to do with making it smelly.
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Well, with my cycling shorts I tend to rub my sweaty crotch all over it.
hey, I'm gonna try that.
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Wool for the win. I have a SmartWool undershirt that is far and away my favorite garment. If civilization went to hell and I had to pack up the family and run for the hills, the first thing I'd do is grab that shirt.
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