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LL Bean (- a well known and long established US clothing company from Maine) have been using a cotton / wool mix in their 'River drivers shi...

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21/11/2011 at 17:28
LL Bean (- a well known and long established US clothing company from Maine) have been using a cotton / wool mix in their 'River drivers shirts' since a long, long time. They use brushed cotton knit on the inside of the fabric and wool on the outside of the fabric. The fabric is very hardwearing. Current RRP about $40.

I bought one in the 1980's, before merino baselayers were available. It was my warmest and favourite thermal underlayer for a long time. Now I find merino has advantages, in that it weighs less, packs smaller and dries a lot faster. I still like the river drivers shirts, but mostly for dossing around at home. My kids have the some of the shirts and love them. In the winter I cannot get my son to wear anything else (-at least not without a lot of persuasion). Unfortunately, LL Bean stopped doing womens and kids sizes 3-4 yrs ago.

Will be interesting to see how this new cotton/merino combo. works out.
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