wool vs heavy linen for trousers?

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Elleth
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wool vs heavy linen for trousers?

Postby Elleth » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:12 pm

for those that have used both linen trousers and wool in woods-roaming, which have you preferred?

I've up to now used linen of various weights - mostly I suppose because it's familiarly close to the jeans most all of wear every day. But it seems the historical answer - and on here - has generally been wool.

If you've used both: what works the best for you? I'd assume wool is better for not getting clammy when wet, but worse for wear resistance and picking up burrs.
Is there a solid reason for preferring one over the other?
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Re: wool vs heavy linen for trousers?

Postby Ursus » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:03 pm

Im more of a wool guy than linen. I do have a pair of generic homemade pants from heavy linen that I wear more in the hot months.

My woolen ones are nothing more that a gutted pair of vintage military field pants that got a lengthy walnut dye bath and a drawstring installed after removing the zipper, all the lining, and sewing shut the pockets and fly. Better pants and new boots are the main bits of gear on the docket this year though. I prefer them for all of the common reasons wool clothing is praised for from wicking to warmth.

Picking up burrs and the like isn’t really an issue as
my boots,tunic, and jerkin are knee length. As to wear and tear they have been going strong since before I joined the forum. Though the material likely isn’t 100 percent wool nor the weave an accurate type either.
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Re: wool vs heavy linen for trousers?

Postby Elleth » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:00 pm

Nice! Thank you!

.... I think I will give a set a try this spring to see how they do. So much to learn!
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Re: wool vs heavy linen for trousers?

Postby Iodo » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:10 pm

What I've found it that in my climate it depends on the weather, wool is definitely better in wet, snow or cold. It doesn't get water-logged nearly as quickly, Like Ursus burrs and such doesn't seem to bother me, probably because closer weave wool is quite hard wearing anyway and boots, gaiters/leg-wraps and surcoat/cloak cover most of my legs anyway. In summer/warm weather I go for linen, it's lighter, cooler and more breathable

I think I've just repeated the same thing Ursus said :mrgreen:
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