I REALLY want to make this! ... A wool shirt for running, speed walking, hard hiking.
This page will change regularly while the Runner Design Team develops specs. It's normal to have a lot of ideas for a new WeatherWool product, and the Runner more than other items because we know what Runner is for but we don't know that well what it will look like. The collective back-and-forth of the Design Team emailed ideas is available on this page.
Advisor Jesse Manuta already made for himself, using our MidWeight Fabric, the garment shown below, in which he completed the Grand Canyon Triple Rimmer (50 miles/80 km, 20,000 feet/6000 meters, from Rim to Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon, in 21 hours).
WeatherWool Advisor Jesse Manuta in a shirt he made and dyed himself from WeatherWool Fabric. Jesse's work is the starting point for the Runner
We expect to make the Runner from MidWeight Fabric, but someone might want FullWeight instead ... so that is an option. It occurs to us that this piece, in particular, might be made in Undyed Fabric, and people (or maybe us) could dye it almost any color.
Here are the basic design ideas at this point:
Runner will be for running, jogging, speed walking, hard/distance hiking. Also suitable for general wear and fully in keeping with “Hardcore Luxury”. Wear over one light wool layer in temperatures down to 10F/-12C or so and up to 80F/27C (with no base layer).
- WeatherWool MidWeight Fabric
- Pullover style with generous-length front zipper for ease of in/out plus cooling. Probably use nylon-coil zipper because it has less bulk than Vislon. Zipper will be two-way and reach to end of sternum
- Stovepipe Collar (can protect half the face when turned up) with full zip and face-protector strip (so cold zipper does not touch face and so zipper does not catch beard).
- Collar must not be tight. May need a way to tighten/loosen collar independent of the front closure.
- Large pit-zips
- Side zips like Al's Anorak
- Two shirt-style front pockets large enough for big phone, keys, ID, money. This would create a more general-use garment, which is important. … Go to a club after a Central Park run … Other suggestions include single small pocket or even Molle strips and Velcro® Brand Fasteners. (I admit this sort of horrifies me, but it can be really effective.)
- Long sleeves that can be rolled up and fastened comfortably. Sleeves long enough to bring hands inside and leave gloves home. (Although short sleeves have been suggested by Tim.) Paul: sleeves long enough with a thumb hole to not need gloves, but they would have to be easily rolled up and secured when you don't need the extra length. Maybe just the last 3'' of the sleeve could be folded up or down to make a long/short sleeve with a button to keep it up or some Velcro maybe.
- Simple way to tighten cuffs … such as a Velcro “touch fasten” … I HOPE we can come up with something better than Velcro ... Perhaps the old-school solution of a strap and double-d-ring combination to pull it tight.
- Harald: Cuffs wide enough to be pushed above elbows
- Garment able to be taken off and worn around waist by fastening sleeves. Perhaps folded in half or rolled up so you could still run.
- Hi-viz elements on front back and wrists that will reflect headlights from any angle at night, but be inconspicuous otherwise.
- Same length and bottom styling as Anorak … And a little longer in back than front, like Anorak
- Maybe have knit-stretch ribs to keep bottom-sweep snug to the body when fully zipped up?
- Everybody likes the idea of a Hood that can be attached/removed by three buttons on the back of the collar, like some of our other garments such as the All-Around Jacket. The Double Hood that is made for attachment to our other garments would mostly be too heavy here ... maybe we can have something lighter ... a MidWeight Hood or maybe we can even knit a Hood
- D-Ring or elasticated loop to fix an angled flashlight (like Armytek Wizard Pro) near the chest. Must not bounce, though! ;-)
- Pockets: Yes, please. Napoleon-style opening preferred option to wear around the waist: Definitely! Perfect
If you have any interest, please let us know. Like always, ideas are very welcome ... doubly so for any Pipeline Product --- Thanks --- Ralph
12 May 2020