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Alleged benefits and superior properties of Alpaca wool had lead me to order a Quarter Zip in size "L". This pullover is made in Peru of 100% Baby Alpaca, which is the second softest fibre after the Royal Alpaca and the weave is quite dense. At 5ft 8in (weighing 165 lb) the pullover fits very well and leaves ample room underneath for a base layer and also a flannel shirt. As expected the sleeves are longer than normal but can be easily rolled back. The material seems also to have been treated with some sort of coating? I found the pullover quite heavy (600g), but being new to Alpaca wool I am not sure if that's what one has to expect from Alpaca. I also experienced a slight itchiness of the wool on bare skin. This came as a surprise, since all the fibre's properties point to a superior comfort in comparison to ordinary wool fibres. That's a minus point for me as I hoped I could also wear it without a base layer. I have not tested the pullover in cold weather conditions and cannot comment on how it will perform with regard to heat retention, breathability and moisture wicking.
Thank you for your feedback. Yes, we certainly recommend the mid-layer as a second thermal layer over another shirt - our T-shirts or Base layers for examples. Both these items are a blend of silk and Royal alpaca which make them smooth to the skin. With 100% alpaca, even baby alpaca may feel itchy to some. Its super warm and comfortable, but recommended to be worn over another layer next to skin.
Very nice pullover. Very happy with how comfortable and warm it is. Receive 4 stars only because I was sent the wrong color (ordered black/blue and received solid black). It’s hard to trust future orders since I didn’t receive the correct item, but I still enjoy what I was sent.
Chris - Thank you for letting us know that you received the wrong order. My apologies. You are welcome to return / exchange the mid layer for the color you were expecting / ordered. Again, my apologies for our mistake.
Needed a replacement for a all around sweater I've had for about 10 years. This one works well a a general going out pullover and a backpacking/hiking sweater.
Came in handy when it was below zero at the end of December.
Very nice quality and very warm. The sleeves are too long me and unfortunately because of the name I thought it was made in the US, but it's not.
This is as good quality as expected at this price.
The loft and weight are greater than the base layer, as expected.
Against the skin, this is subtly scratchy -- proving that it's not intended as a base layer.