You have never worn anything quite like this! We have combined two of the finest natural fibers into one ultra efficient fabric. Thlete Alpaca Hybrid QZ contains 70% baby alpaca fiber and 30% merino wool. Alpaca is a relatively underutilized fiber due to its 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. Because Alpaca fiber is hollow, it holds heat better than traditional sheep’s wool.
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 body 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 out of a blend. The result is a combination of durability with greater warmth and faster dry times in a single fabric.
Alpaca Hybrid Specs:
– 70% Baby Alpaca/30% Merino Construction
– 190g 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