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Alpaca – A better base layer

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As hunters, most of you probably own merino apparel and are very familiar with its attributes. The availability of merino wool has grown exponentially over the past 20 years, and today outdoorsman have unlimited options in weights, colors and knit styles. We sourced some of the finest merino available to make the Basecamp Crew, but then we took it a step further; we wanted our customers to have more options. We worked directly with fabric mills in New Zealand to source fabrics that are less known to the general public due to availability and cost and in the end, we felt that Alpaca was the most logical route. For backcountry hunting, alpaca is the perfect combination of weight and warmth.

We took a shot on a raw fabric that is both rare and in our opinion, underutilized; it paid off big. Purchasing raw alpaca fabric comes with a hefty price tag, but we feel that offering innovative gear is worth taking risks. After we visited our mill and took a closer look, we knew right away that we had to manufacture outdoor apparel from the fabric that we were presented with. Alpaca garments have been around for a long time but the price tag associated with them are typically pretty steep. Take a look at some of the attributes that alpaca fiber offers:

– Warmer & Lighter than traditional wool
– Hollow alpaca fiber promotes superior wicking
– Faster dry time than merino
– Less itch than sheep’s wool
– Naturally odor resistant
– Machine washable

The Alpaca Hybrid has been our hands down, lights out best-selling base layer thus far. The Hybrid is available in both a crew and quarter zip, both constructed with a 220g alpaca/merino mix (70% alpaca/30% merino). To experience the ultimate in comfort and warmth, treat yourself to alpaca, you will not regret it.

Front View - Thlete Sage Alpaca Hybrid Quarter Zip


Mike Zaudke

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