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    Quote Originally Posted by CodenameWalrus View Post
    QFT, Martin.
    Thanks CodenameWalrus. Had to Google 'QFT' though. My first thought was, "Dem's fightin' woids!"

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    Even though good wool sweaters and jackets cost more, to me it is worth it because they tend to last a very long time. I have favorite wool sweaters that I have been wearing for 15 years and they are still going strong. It's kind of like buying tools; spend more and buy the high quality tool, or spend less on the "throw-away" tool, which you'll replace several times and end up spending more in the long run.

    As others have already mentioned, look for the good brands used and save some $. Thrift stores, EBay, etc.

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    Goodwill! The majority of my wool come from there.

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    It also depends where you live.

    It's hard to find wool in fl, not that common let alone cold. sometimes you get lucky


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    Quote Originally Posted by skbenton View Post
    What the "go to" places for wool clothing? I have googled and came up empty handed or found sites with ridiculous prices.
    what size and what do you consider ridiculous?

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    Guess i ought to contribute a source of wool (aside from Sheep!)

    I got a nice Filson Cruiser off ebay for about $110 around 4 years ago. It's in great shape with hardly any wear. It's the gray one. The green ones go for more.

    I also found 2x merino wool sweaters cheap. One is an LL Bean pullover. Lists for about $100, but i got it off the "scratch and dent" rack at one of their retail outlets for $5 because it had a small 'pull' and they couldn't sell it 'new'. The other is like one of the army wool sweaters, with the high collar and the 5 buttons. Mine only has 4 i think, and it is SOFT. LOVE it. Again, $5, this time at Goodwill.

    I found a wool field shirt on ebay a couple years ago for about $25. indestructible, but itchy around the neck.

    I also got a pair of the army wool cold weather pants off ebay this year, for about $25-30. Found those old figure-8 suspenders with the hook on them for $2 at a local surplus shop, and had a pair of the pants liners already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iraqvet0709 View Post
    try military surplus websites and stores...the old wool sweaters the army issued back in the day are amazingly warm and i wish i had kept mine when i got out. also look at second hand stores...its a possibility.
    +1 on this advice adding thrift stores, rummage sales, estate sales, and any other garage/yard sales you can catch. Wool garments in good shape are popular with more then just bushcrafters so good hunting.

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    skbenton,
    It occurs to me that showing might be more persuasive than just saying, when it comes to getting good winter clothes inexpensively, especially wool garments.

    Last winter I made a series of instructional videos about winter camping for people who are interested in giving it a try, but not sure where to begin,
    I devoted a part of one of these videos to the very subject under discussion in this thread. Below is a video of me, camping in an igloo, showing and discussing what clothing I take with me winter camping, why I wear mostly wool, where I get it, and how much I paid for it.
    That portion of video starts at the 5:55 mark, so one needn't watch the whole video.



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    It also helps tremendously to watch your weight . Finding wool is difficult, finding 2X wool is difficult squared . That being said I just got a beautiful woolrich wool shirt off Ebay for about $40 including shipping . 2X its a little tight around the middle but ok .
    I was inspired by one of PineMartins videos where he built the igloo just wearing his wool shirt .

    I also have been sewing a lot and repurpose wool coats into useful things . Just got a really nice Polish wool blanket for $15 including shipping . If I get a couple more when free shipping deal resurfaces I want to make a kapote .
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    Quote Originally Posted by riverjoe View Post
    I was inspired by one of PineMartins videos where he built the igloo just wearing his wool shirt.
    Actually, riverjoe, in that part of the video (part 2, I think) I was not even wearing my wool shirt. I was down to my my ultra-thin (almost see-through) merino wool base-layer top....all so I wouldn't sweat at about -7 Celsius (19 Fahrenheit).

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