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Is Alpaca Warm? Is Alpaca Itchy? Alpaca vs Merino

Is Alpaca Warm? Is Alpaca Itchy? Alpaca vs Merino

Alpaca wool is warm and non-itchy. It’s like merino, but better (in our opinion!), so perfect for your hikes and outdoor adventures.

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Alpaca Pack: Essentials for minimalist backpacking

Alpaca Pack: Essentials for minimalist backpacking

Alpaca wool is lightweight, breathable and odor-resistant, meaning you can pack less and travel lighter. You’ll love alpaca wool if you’re a minimalist backpacker.

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Is Alpaca wool more or less itchy than Merino?

Is Alpaca wool more or less itchy than Merino?

The outdoor community has embraced merino wool as one of the best fibers for adventures, but some still find it itchy. What about alpaca wool?...

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What is Baby Alpaca?

What is Baby Alpaca?

Baby alpaca wool is often thought of as one of the more luxurious fibers, but what is it and is there anything more luxurious?

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Alpaca vs Merino vs Cashmere

Alpaca vs Merino vs Cashmere

Merino and cashmere are popular competitors of alpaca wool in both the fashion and outdoor worlds. We discuss the differences and why alpaca is best....

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The Best Alpaca Sweaters

The Best Alpaca Sweaters

An alpaca wool sweater is a perfect part of your outdoor layering system or travel wardrobe and here are the reasons why.

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Sustainable Clothing Checklist

Sustainable Clothing Checklist

Understanding what makes clothes sustainable can get very confusing. Brands are often accused of green washing, cherry picking an ecological benefit in their clothes and...

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Can we wear alpaca wool in the summer?

Can we wear alpaca wool in the summer?

The short answer is YES. It sounds crazy, doesn't it?  Contrary to preconceived ideas, wool can be worn all year round.

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Open Range Alpacas

Open Range Alpacas

Alpacas thrive - and produce more wool - in their natural environment, so being able to roam free in the mountains is key.

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