By this point, we really don’t need to expand too much on the virtues of wool. They've been pretty well discussed, but originally I learned them during Outward Bound in Maine in a lesson that has stuck with me. I remember my instructors telling us not to wear jeans or cotton tees because they would get wet and make us cold, while wool or fleece would still insulate and provide warmth, even if it was wet. They actually told us “cotton kills.”
Today, my wetsuit, which I use in January in the Northeast, has a wool lining. The socks I wear year round (to run, hike and walk around town) are wool. And, wool is my fabric of choice for workout tees and long underwear too.
Wool is not a scratchy hot fabric. It’s a super fabric that’s breathable, durable and also happens to be natural too. This shouldn’t be that shocking, after all the sheep that live outside in incredibly cold, and hot, conditions, wear wool. It makes sense that the uses for a fabric like wool, mirror the climate of the place it was harvested.
Enter Duckworth, a company in Montana that is taking wool to the next level. My friends over at Huckberry (yes I get paid a percentage of the sale if you click through and buy something) just launched a bunch of Duckworth products, as well as the video above, which reveals the source of the materials behind those products. Not surprisingly, it’s a pretty harsh place. If you’ve ever been to the high plains of Wyoming or Montana in the winter, you know just how extreme a place it is.
That’s where Duckworth is making all this great wool, raising the sheep, selecting the fleeces, and producing an incredible natural material that will keep you warm when it’s wet, and so much more. That their wool doesn’t haven’t to get shipped around the world to get here, is just another added bonus.
Check out the Duckworth henleys, hoodies, jackets and more here.