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Arms of Andes
02-14-2019, 07:34
Hey, I'm new to this forum and trying to get feedback on what hikers and explorers think about alpaca wool. I started a new organization called Arms of Andes. We focus on developing fleeces and base layers of Royal Alpaca (18.5 microns) and other outdoor gear. I was wondering if anyone ever used Alpaca wool in their adventures and hikes. What they experienced from it? pros and cons? Also is anyone aware of the difference between alpaca and merino wool?

Thanks!

T.S.Kobzol
02-14-2019, 08:31
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I'd like to know as well. I'm interested in Alpaca baselayers.

Tipi Walter
02-14-2019, 10:52
I just came in from the backyard (where I sleep when I'm not out on a backpacking trip)---and it was cold so I used an Alpaca toque and gotta say---my head felt like I had chiggers biting me through the night. It itches!!! My Icebreaker merino balaclava never did this.

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Slo-go'en
02-14-2019, 11:01
I'm wearing a pair of Alpaca wool socks I got for Christmas last year. I like them.

C4web88
02-14-2019, 11:05
My wife has a pair of high quality alpaca socks and she loves them. They're extremely soft and warm and I'm jealous she has them for her sleep set. For what it's worth tipi, i dont know if this applies to your toque or not, but the first wool shearing that an alpaca has during a season is the best and fetches the highest price due to a significant leap in quality over subsequent shearings. I learned this when my wife and I stayed at an alpaca farm for a weekend not too far from our home.

Arms of Andes
04-02-2019, 05:04
I just came in from the backyard (where I sleep when I'm not out on a backpacking trip)---and it was cold so I used an Alpaca toque and gotta say---my head felt like I had chiggers biting me through the night. It itches!!! My Icebreaker merino balaclava never did this.

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Hey there, this is interesting you say this because I think you the alpaca beanie you bought is of super fine, so about 22 microns. What was the brand?

Arms of Andes
04-02-2019, 05:06
My wife has a pair of high quality alpaca socks and she loves them. They're extremely soft and warm and I'm jealous she has them for her sleep set. For what it's worth tipi, i dont know if this applies to your toque or not, but the first wool shearing that an alpaca has during a season is the best and fetches the highest price due to a significant leap in quality over subsequent shearings. I learned this when my wife and I stayed at an alpaca farm for a weekend not too far from our home.

Hi, by any chance do you know the brand of socks? And you're right, it depends what part of the alpaca the wool came from. The most common is super fine of 22 microns, then baby alpaca which is 20 microns and then royal alpaca which is 18 microns. The royal alpaca usually does not itch.

Dogwood
04-02-2019, 15:12
Love the soft warmth that never itched me of Turtle Fur alpaca wool beanies. Cant dry them on high though or they would fit a Ken doll. The Alpaca socks are on my list

Marta
04-02-2019, 22:34
I've got a pair of alpaca gloves that I bought last year at Trail Days. I love them. A great base layer.

On the other hand, I knit myself an alpaca hat. It's toasty warm. But I wore it in the rain this winter. It soaked up water like crazy. It took hours hanging on a line over a blazing wood stove to dry out. Without artificial heat I'm not sure it would ever have dried out. So I've crossed that off my list of backpacking clothing for now.

RockDoc
04-03-2019, 15:21
I bought a number of alpaca llama items (sweaters, hats) during a trip to Bolivia. I liked the appearance and the colors, but they tended to smell, especially if they got wet. I prefer merino. Better made and no stink.