After reading your post on Zen Habits, and your rule #9 about only wearing wool, I have some questions. Hopefully you can answer them based on your experiences.
1) How is wool in hot weather? I'm familiar with the cold weather benefits, but I live in Florida where it's hot and humid. It rarely gets below 90F in the summer.
2) I did a quick search online, and I'm having a hard time finding wool t-shirts that aren't tight fitting and meant to be used as undergarments. Wool is practically non-existent in the local retail stores. Do you have a suggestions for where to shop for warm weather wool clothing?
3) Do you find your wool garments hold up / last longer than their cotton counterparts? They seem to be more expensive, so I'd hope they last longer.
I'm definitely intrigued by the idea of wearing more wool. We took a cold weather vacation and the wool did great keeping us warm and not stinking of sweat. If it can handle the hot weather, then I may try adding a couple pieces to replace some cotton items.
So I have a random question.
I have never actually made jeans, but I think I could potentially make a pair for myself. Now, I say that because I was looking around in my truck today and noticed my wool blanket sitting there and thought about how it almost looks like it'd be a great fabric to use for the project.
The only problem I noticed was the coloring of the Olive green wool. I know wool can be dyed, but I have yet to actually try it. Regardless of that, I'm thinking the blanket is 80wool 20nylon. It's an old US military surplus blanket. I'm assuming someone here might have seen these before.
Before I go tearing my blanket apart to make myself a pair of jeans, is this the same type of material that the wool jeans are made of?
I tried wearing a Smartwool shirt in Thailand in 90 or so weather and it pretty much turned into a sweaty towel. I'm not sure they do too well in humid areas.
Hey Freedom... welcome to the site and thanks for the question.
1. Thin wool isn't hotter than cotton in the summer. It wicks sweat better, so it's probably slightly better than cotton overall.
2. Check out Icebreaker, Smartwool, and NAU. Each of them have t-shirts and polo shirts.
3. No, they hold up slightly less. I only own two shirts and I have to replace them every year (so count on around 180 days of use per shirt).
Try a few shirts from icebreaker to start... I bet you'll like them.
Hey Tynan (or anyone else), I have a related question. Have you washed and dried your Icebreaker clothing in a washing machine/dryer? Did they shrink? I'd love to switch, but I'm afraid I won't want to wear them often if I know I have to hand wash and open air dry them. Might become too much trouble to do regularly.
I always wash them on 40 degrees celsius, air dry on my couch. No shrinkage as of yet.
Wash them on cold and dry on the lowest heat. They also dry extremely quickly so it's very easy to open air dry them just by letting them sit on a chair for a couple hours.
For those of you who were linked here, or who are new to my blog this year, every year I write a gear post which contains every single item I travel with. Despite being minimal, the set of gear is fully functional, allowing me to be comfortable and productive everywhere from the tropical beaches of the Caribbean to the ski mountains of Tahoe.
This year I thought I'd start off by sharing some of the principles behind my gear selection. You can use these principles to guide your own gear search, or simply to evaluate whether my choices match your own needs.
The overriding priority in my search is functionality. I will always choose function over form, even if the difference in form is large and the difference in function is minor. I've simply found that my productivity is not improved when a device I use is prettier, and that my enjoyment of travel is not affected by the style of my clothing. This is why my clothes tend not to be from mainstream brands and why Apple products very rarely make it to my gear list.
Functionality may be my overriding priority, but size and weight are close. Unlike fashion, I have found that having a lighter pack allows me more flexibility and enjoyment. There's a huge difference between having to check in to a hotel to drop off luggage and being able to go straight from a train to a mountain to climb. I also really like stretching out layovers to be a half or full day instead of two hours, so having a light pack allows me to do whatever I want without having to find somewhere to leave my luggage.
Taking a note out of tynan's books and my experiences travelling, travelling with less is always more. Having heavy bags, having to find a place where to store thing, and being bogged down is not how I like to travel, and thus I choose to travel very very minimalisitcally, Although I think tynan might be pushing it wanting to go sub-19 liters, but to each their own.
Laptop: Macbook Pro 13'
I love this thing, and now that the price is very competitive compared to other windows laptops in the range there is really no reason not to pay the, now, much smaller premium. before mac book would cost 25%+ than windows laptops in the same range, now the differnece is probably only 10%. For example, that asus zenbook 301ux LA (my current favortie windows laptop, I don't like tynans because the processor is not 4258u or 4558u which means lower wattage, worse built in graphics, and slightly worse performance, although his computer does weigh substantially less and due to lower wattage uses less battery. , so to each their own) costs about the same, give or take 100 dollars ( about 7% of the price) as the mac, except with mac you can run mac osx, and other oses, although the mac does weigh a little bit more, but I like the build a bit better.
Overall with the macbook pro you get a top of the line processor with the best built in graphics for ultrabook use, weighs a measly 3.3 pounds, which is a lot compared to the air and such, but you get a rugged build, and a 2560x1600 display resolution. and you can just bootcamp windows and linux. Overall I really like it, and I don't mind the extra weight because I find the gestures and the mac osx environments so useful on a laptop that I can't see myself going back. and I can just run windows apps within mac osx via parallels, whats not to love?
backpack: Tom bihn 19 synapse.