ALPACA HYBRID 1/4 ZIP – SAGE

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

$99.95

Incredibly soft and ridiculously warm, you have to try this shirt to fully comprehend its outstanding characteristics. Alpaca fiber is warmer, lighter and dries faster than traditional wool so why not incorporate it into the back-country hunter’s arsenal? A blend of 70% Alpaca and 30% Merino creates the perfect combination of exceptional warmth and durability out of a mid-weight base-layer.

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Warmer and lighter than anything in its weight class! The Alpaca Hybrid Quarter Zip contains 70% baby alpaca fiber and 30% merino wool. Alpaca fiber is a relatively underutilized fiber due to its high price and low availability in comparison to merino. Alpaca is superior to traditional wool in warmth, dry time, moisture wicking and it is innately easier to wash. Alpaca fleece has a hollow core which makes it warmer, lighter weight and also allows increased moisture wicking capabilities.

Warmer than sheep’s wool: Alpaca is a hollow fiber, where sheep wool has pockets of air.  Much like Polar Bear fur, the hollow fibers allow for heat to be trapped, creating greater thermal capacity.  Thus, Alpaca does tend to be warmer than wool.

Resists water:  Yes, if you pour water on alpaca, it will get wet. However, it does offer excellent wicking capabilities.  Wool will absorb up to 50% of its weight in moisture, but after the maximum saturation point, the sweat will sit next to the skin, in turn, increasing discomfort.  Because Alpaca is hollow, it traps in more heat and mechanically pushes the water away,  very little moisture is held next to the skin.  Essentially, the water evaporates because of the hollow fiber’s resistance to absorb water.

Merino is superior in tensile strength/flexibility which is why we made this garment from a blend of the two. The result is a combination of durability with greater warmth and faster dry times in a single fabric.

Alpaca Hybrid QZ Specs:
– 70% Baby Alpaca/30% Merino Construction
– 220g Alpaca/Merino combo
– Warmer and lighter than traditional wool
– Greater odor dispersal than wool
– Hollow alpaca fiber promotes Superior wicking
– Faster dry time than Merino
– Less itch than Sheep’s wool
– Naturally odor resistant
– Form fit, Interlock knit
– Machine washable

PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA

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Size

Medium, Large

Color

Sage

2 reviews for ALPACA HYBRID 1/4 ZIP – SAGE

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter

    I am extremely picky about this stuff. I am also super sensitive about itchy fabrics. I don’t like wool, and I don’t like regular classic polyester longjohn type material. I can wear polyester fleece or cotton, and that is usually about it. I also wear a wicking baselayer (usually polyester fleece) at least 2x or more a week for hunting, biking etc. I bought this based on reviews because the synthetic fleece gets so smelly. At first it was a little itchy. Much less itchy than wool, most people would be fine with it, but it was more itchy than cotton and I was uncomfortable. However, I figured it was a natural fiber, so I assumed with washing it would soften. I was right. Every wash it gets softer, and now, after 5-7 or so, it’s just as soft as cotton. It is also silly warm. Warmer than fleece or anything else I have tried of similar thickness. It wicks like they say, and it doesn’t smell the way fleece does, and it’s not so prone to static electricity, which is another of my aversions. It lives up to its billing, for this very hard to please buyer. I’ll buy more, I am sure. Really an amazing product.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jake

    The alpaca hybrid is the most comfortable base layer I own, I really like the fit and feel of the fabric. I’ve worn this on several multi-mile hikes into bluff country MN and it has exceeded my expectations.

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