When it comes to clothing in the outdoors there's one material that stands out from the crowd.
Wool is the king of outdoor clothing, and for good reason.
- It keeps you warm, even when wet
- It's extremely warm, and durable
- It's antimicrobial (you can wear it all month and it won't stink)
In fact, it's so great that stores charge a bunch of cash for it. But, not to worry! There are a few options that I have found over the years for guys like me who don't have much cash or don't want to spend much.
Option #1 Ebay Has Awesome Prices On Wool
Look for brands like Woolrich, L.L. Bean, Pendleton, and other brands that produce high quality wool products. You'll easily be able to find sweaters for $25 or less, and wool pants (military surplus) for as low as $20.
ption #2 Military Surplus
There are a lot of great items that you can purchase on military surplus sites, or at military surplus retail stores. Many of the items are also crap. It's kind of a gamble, but I haven't ever had issues with military surplus wool. Worst case scenario, keep your sewing kit handy!
As for specific sites, I don't have any to recommend. I don't buy from any single military surplus site consistently. If you have one that you like, please let me know in the comments! Ebay is also a great place to buy military surplus wool.
Option #3 Join An Outdoor Gear Discount Site
This is your go-to place for cheap, new, high quality merino wool garments, especially when it comes to socks and base layers. Here's a link to theclymb.com. It's a membership site, but it doesn't cost anything to be a member. Theclymb.com is the discount site that I have had the best luck with, so I definitely recommend them. Bottom line, they save you a bunch of cash. The only negative is that they don't always carry exactly what you're looking for.
Click the photo to sign up for their discounts...
Backup Option: Check Out Your Local Thrift Store
I have had really bad luck with finding wool at thrift stores. This is probably because I currently live in an area where people just don't wear much wool. However, I decided to include thrift stores in the list, because you might live in a second-hand wool gold mine. Look for 80% or higher wool percentage. Unless they're merino or virgin wool they might be itchy, but having good wool is worth the occasional itch.
I hope this helps you guys pick up some good wool, and save some cash!
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About The Author
Sam is a writer, adventurer, and founder of Woodsong who is best known for being runner-up on season 1 of HISTORY's hit survival series ALONE. In 2011 his practical experiences over many nights in remote wilderness areas inspired him to start this blog! Sam’s adventures have lead him throughout North America where he has had the opportunity to learn from world-class outdoorsmen, and perhaps the greatest teacher of all, the natural world.