WHAT MAKES Wool Hunting Coats SO SPECIAL
Wool Hunting Jacket fibers consist of an inner core of protein, which is covered by overlapping scales. The protein core will absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without becoming damp or clammy. The scales are hard, reducing wear and tear on the fibers, at the same time preventing water penetration. Wool Coats also contain lanolin, a natural water-repellent grease.
The wool or fleece on a sheep protects the animal by first turning away rain and water. The fibers are strong and elastic, and are usually wavy, or crimped.The crimp of a Wool Jacket produces insulating air spaces within the fleece, which reduces the flow of body heat. When wearing a Wool Hunting Coat, the air near the skin is kept dry as the core protein traps moisture from this air, and repels it toward the outside of the fleece. The elasticity and strength of the fibers allow movement of the fleece without losing the air spaces or breaking the fibers. The scales, aside from repelling water, also naturally repels dirt. Since all wool fibers outer ends point in the same outer direction, Wool Hunting Coats remain clean longer, because movement of the fleece tends to push dirt to the outside.