Best Alpaca Socks Vs Wool Socks

Best Alpaca Socks Vs Wool Socks

As an alpaca farmer and fleece manufacturer, I am often inquired about the distinctions among fleece kinds, especially between alpaca fiber and also sheep wool. In general, wools of all varieties are moisture-wicking, waterproof, warmth retentive, lustrous, flexible, conveniently rotated and also can be colored. They additionally can be combined with various other fibers, both natural and also synthetic.Who doesn’t enjoy the convenience, quality and also toughness of a favored knitted woollen coat or comfortable set of wool socks? Wool garments have actually been keeping individuals comfy for centuries, and with today’s modern efficient handling techniques, they are becoming quicker available to a vast target market.

Every fiber, however, shows differing levels of each attribute. One of the reasons alpaca fleece is so enticing is that is supplies a positive of what many individuals take into consideration to be a negative wool attribute: soft qualities. Alpaca fiber is significantly softer than most of its lamb wool counterparts. Actually, scarves, sweaters as well as various other items made from the best quality fleece, baby alpaca fiber, are so soft that they can be put on against the skin.A huge grievance pertaining to lamb woollen is that it can feel scratchy, particularly to people with sensitive skin. In addition, wool from lamb contains lanolin, an oily material secreted by lamb that some people dislike.

The main advantage alpaca fleece has over lamb’s wool is that alpaca fiber really feels much softer to the touch. Each strand of alpaca fiber has fewer tiny barbs that cause an aggravating prickle variable. Additionally, alpacas do not secret lanolin, the allergen that triggers an adverse reaction in some individuals.

Alpaca fiber is additionally incredibly light-weight, and is usually compared to cashmere in terms of weight and also soft qualities. Technically, cashmere fiber’s micron count need to be a 15 or much less. Alpaca fiber, even when shorn from a pet older than one year, typically has a lower micron count than several more youthful lamb. Several of the finest suri alpaca fleeces are smaller than 15 microns.Products made with alpaca fiber or alpaca blends consist of sweaters, hats, headbands, jackets, socks, gloves, mittens, coverings, headscarfs and covers. These luxurious things are normally rotated from prime covering fleeces shorn from yearling alpacas, and also are valued for their luster, gentleness as well as warmth.

Like all woollens, alpaca can not be washed by agitating by rotating in cold and hot water or else the fiber will felt and diminish. It is advised that pieces made from 100% child alpaca are completely dry cleaned. Nonetheless, most of today’s alpaca blends, especially those used in some socks, stand up to the washing machine and clothes dryer, making life a lot easier for anybody that has to wash for a hectic household! Always read the cleansing guidelines on natural-fiber garments before laundering.Many of the very best alpaca garments are from Peru, a South American nation with the highest possible focus of alpacas on the planet. Peruvian alpaca clothes is still related to among the finest deluxe textiles in the world.

42 thoughts on “Best Alpaca Socks Vs Wool Socks

  1. Nylon dress socks ( the cheap black ones you can find in most department stores) work well as the liner. Then a thicker wool sock. I learned this as a Boy Scout back in the 1990s from scoutmasters who had been in the military back decades before. It is a well known trick. Ask any serious camper, backpacker or outdoorsman and they will tell you about the two sock solution.

  2. Soak your boots in water for several days. Wear boots while wet to mould them to your shape. Let them dry and polish them. Put vaseline on the potential blister area, then vaseline on the area of sock that touches that area then vaseline on the same area outside the sock and finally vaseline on the inside of the boot. Thus you get a blister somewhere else!

  3. 95% of my socks are wool. My thin dress socks area blend. If I hike, I double sock just like you do. The only time I have had issues with blisters was when I wore Topsider moccasins without socks and then walked a fair distance. 🙂

  4. You should try that sock combination in a very hot and humid climate and see if it works. Also I've never had a problem with cotton socks getting "crunchy" because of sweat, only dirt.

  5. Wow.
    For some reason, I assumed I'm the only person in the world to wear thin-thick double sock combo.
    I didn't know the army does it, I just started using it after my foot broke and I became unable to wear anything but military boots and realized that even in forty-goddamned-degrees celsius, this method works way better than single socks, regardless of their shape, size, thickness…etc.

    I can sometimes sense the bones grind on each other while I walk, so if I have to go more than a few kilometers, it's caterpillar worksocks over a layer of thin cotton socks or nothing(as in no walking).
    At least I haven't gotten any blisters or sore patches, mushrooms, feet odor or any of the other things that were previously so closely associated with wearing black leather boots in the middle of summer. It cools, reduces friction, provides extra comfort. It also makes it easier to walk. Not really noticeable if both your feet are fine, but if you are in pain or carrying a heavy load, it really adds up.
    After a day of hard work and walking and stuff, that extra pair of socks is the difference between drinking five beers to ease the pain, or half a bottle of gin.

    Anyway, thanks for making me feel a bit more normal. The whole "doublesock" thing made me way more self conscious than it should have.
    Now I'm just proud that I independently discovered something I probably should have read about in some book a very long time ago.

  6. When I first started hiking after moving to Seattle in 1973, this was the method recommended by the guidebooks to hiking and implicitly recommended by what the outdoor supply shops such as REI stocked. However, more recently in Front Royal, Virginia next to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the shops for hiking etc. know nothing of it, nor do they stock appropriately. Moreover, I asked my godson in the U.S. Marines about and he never heard about the method. It seems the Marines and the Army have different opinions and perhap different research and results.

    Anyway, back many years ago in Seattle the recommendation was that the inner, thin socks be silk or a silk-like synthetic. I am inspired by Lindybeige to experiment again with the two-sock system, and with both wool and silk (if I can find the shorter silk socks anymore).

  7. I'd get myself a whole bunch of woollen socks but our house has a terminal case of sock thievery. It's always my nice socks that seem to vanish for a month then return to my drawer with holes in them. Perhaps I should get the most gaudy looking socks in the world to try to prevent sock thievery.

  8. I have figured this out at about age 12 on my own. Just by thinking about friction. But I cant remember what was the actual thing that made me think about it and say "Hold on a second, apply that to the socks and you have one extra sliding layer!" Ball bearings maybe? I really don't remember.

  9. Word of caution, they used to tell me in the army 'wear two socks if the boots chafe too much'. I did and it gave me ingrown nail problems. Yeah, got to make sure your 2nd pair of socks is maybe a bit bigger so they don't squeeze your feet.
    And maybe make sure the boots are a bit wider to accommodate the increased size.

  10. I’m in the U.S. ranger regiment, and my problem is blisters under my calluses. The thick, rough skin rubs against what’s underneath and creates much worse, longer lasting blisters. The two sock technique prevents your feet from callusing which some of my guys don’t like, but it prevents the problem I have.

  11. I, a US Army veteran, was taught by more senior soldiers to wear woman's knee high stockings under the issue wool socks. I used them in ranger school (plenty of walking there) and they did a great job of protecting my feet. The stockings are kind of slippery so they perform the same purpose as the thin inner sock you mentioned.

    Hard to believe a non-military person would go on a long unnecessary foot march just to validate a blister avoidance technique.

  12. Very interesting I always wear 2 pairs of socks all seasons however I wear the thicker one first and then the thin one. Always been good got me I wear a thick merino wool sock.

  13. I found the miracle of wool socks a few months ago. Made boot wearing much more enjoyable. It’s honestly odd how wool is always seen as “hot,sweaty,itchy” material, but my socks that are like 80% wool are warm but not hot even when it’s hot out, breathable, and soft and comfy whether wearing shoes or not.

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