Wear Wool For Survival

Wool has long been the choice fabric for staying warm in extreme conditions. Its natural ability to breath and stay warm when wet (unlike cotton) has contributed greatly to wool’s popularity. In fact wool has been so effective for survival, humans have been using it since about 10,000 B.C.. But it has also developed a reputation for being itchy and uncomfortable to wear directly against the skin although some wool varieties are very comfortable. Merino wool (from Merino Sheep) is actually much finer than other varieties of wool and provide the benefits without the discomfort. Read more about building a modern survival wardrobe with merino wool.

Merino wool is more comfortable to wear because it’s fibers are finer than most wool. Merino sheep, originally from Spain, are mostly raised at high elevations in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and South America. Typically Merino sheep have 4 times the number of fibers per square inch than other breeds.

Merino wool garments still require special handling during laundering like all wool clothes but it also shares the benefits like its ability to retain body heat when wet, breathability, water resistance, odor-resistance, fire-resistance, durability, elasticity, crease-resistance, UV-light resistance, easy care, and sustainability.

Since Merino wool is more comfortable to wear than other varieties a wider range of garments can be made including t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, long underwear, gloves, and of course socks.

Modern synthetic fabrics are also provide excellent performance and can also add increased weather protection, lighter weight options, and a much wider selection of selections. But by adding wool garments to your selection of clothes will make your survival wardrobe more effective and give you more options over time.

Learn more about Merino Wool (REI.com)

Learn more about Merino Wool (wikipedia.org)

4 thoughts on “Wear Wool For Survival

  1. There is everything wrong about this post starting with ignorance about the cruelty involved in wool production and ending with the amount of greenhouse gas produced in live stock maintenance.

    • Vegan?

      I respect the vegan point of view. I wish there were a natural plant fiber that retains warmth when wet, breathes, drys fast, and can be worn in hot and cold weather.

      But considering the alternatives that provide the same performance as organic merino wool (synthetics) I’ll choose wool to save my neck and this planet every time.

      • The above comment cracks me up! This person was obviously raised in a city, with no exposure to the real world!

        • Little Bit Farm seems to have it right.

          We raised sheep growing up. I prefer the gentle intelligence of sheep to angry humans. The greenhouse gas emissions of sheep could be offset by humans not giving birth anymore. Sheep are much gentler on the planet than am angry human.

          I haven’t come across many sheep farms where they were abused. Shepards have a good reputation as caring, kind and etc. for a reason.

          As for the shearing of their wool? They overheat it the summer and poop gets dreaded into their fur around the tail if you don’t take care off them.

          I sure prefer sheep to *angry* humans.

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