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Lending Library

Lending Library

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Description

 

The items shown here will almost all be USED and some are Factory 2nd's (new but for the stated reason did not pass final Quality Control).

Lending items can be checked out for $30, which more or less covers shipping.  But we are getting more and more inquiries from outside USA.  If you are in another country, you are welcome to BUY from the Lending at whatever price is posted for that item, plus the full cost of shipping.  Buying from the Lending has to be done by phone or email with Alex or Ralph.

The idea of the Library is to let people try one of these items for a week or two, just to check out our stuff or maybe because it's needed for an upcoming trip. But anything in the Lending can be purchased outright, and lately that's about half the time.

The website will charge $30 to cover shipping, and we'll include a pre-paid return shipping label with the garment.

If you decide to buy the item, the cost is the price as shown, but we'll credit the $30 shipping. We'll need to work together directly to arrange purchase.

It's not necessary to pay a deposit on the garment.  Please either buy it or return it after a week or two.

The Library has become more popular than we expected.  If there are already two names next to an item (meaning someone has it and another person is waiting), please don't place an order.  Thanks.

Also, if you have a garment that might be useful for us to add to the lending collection, please contact Alex (Alex@WeatherWool.com / 862-849-8250). You can see how we handle trade-ins in the intro to our SPECIALS.

If you would like one of these items, please telephone us or place an online order with a NOTE telling us exactly which item you want. Please put your note in the box labeled "Add a note to your order". (Sometimes the NOTE does not reach us and in these cases we will contact you.)

Because of potential import duties, taxes and higher shipping costs, the Lending Library as described above is not really applicable outside the USA. But we can usually improvise purchase arrangements on a case-by-case basis for our friends without an American shipping address.

The listing for a garment that is "checked out", will show the order number and date it was sent, plus the first name and last initial of the person who has it. When a garment is returned that information is removed and it becomes available again.

A lot of the garments shown below are listed as New-Used (maybe a result of our Customer Service policies). Usually New-Used means the customer who made the original purchase held the garment for longer than 10 days or so. If a customer hangs onto a garment more than about 10 days before returning, even if it just sits unopened in the box, we count it as Used. Also, sometimes people tell us they returned it after only one day and only wore it to go shopping and to walk the dog one night. If a garment has been taken outdoors, no matter for how short a time, we will not sell it as new, and it will be listed on the Lending Library as New-Used.  If someone returns a garment immediately, but it has been soiled somehow, it counts as used.

We try to ship Lending pieces in presentable condition, but we don't spend time on them like we do with new.  If we did, we'd have to charge more and the lending would have a different sort of philosophy than now.  Similarly, we can't accept requests to notify someone if a particular item becomes available.

If you place an order for an item already "checked out", we'll usually let your order sit and mostly such orders will expire unpaid.  But we'll note that you are NEXT and if the item becomes available, we'll get in touch.

Lending items may be shipped in a recycled box, which seems appropriate.

One other thing ... Ralph often ships Lending pieces, but he's terrible at packing. Please don't hold it against him (me!!).

THANKS -- Alex --- 862-849-8250, orders@WeatherWool.com

                 Ralph --- 973-943-3110, Ralph@WeatherWool.com

 

The following is available for the Lending Library right now (3/28/2024):

ALL-AROUND JACKETS (always FullWeight Fabric)

  • All-Around Jacket / XXSmall / Duff (this is our older color, similar to Brown, but not as dark).  Factory 2nd's, (Brand New) ... The right cargo pocket its about 1/2" higher than the other pocket.   $735.
  • All-Around Jacket / Small / Drab ... Virtually new.  $750 (William Q --- 27 May 2924 --- #19810)
  • All-Around Jacket / Large and Double Hood, Drab.  Some use but fine shape.  $850 for the Jacket and Hood. (Adam G.  ... 6/12/2024 ... #19883)
  • All-Around Jacket / 2XLarge / Brown. Slight use. $725
  • All-Around Jacket / 2XLarge / Drab Green. New-Used. Very good, little use, $725
  • All-Around Jacket / 3XL / Drab Green w/ matching Double Hood - Lightly Used. - $785

 

ANORAKS:

  • Al's Anorak / XXSmall / Drab - MidWeight - Slight Use.  $575
  • Al's Anorak / XLarge / Drab Green - MidWeight - Used a little.  Another guy who kept the wool for a month, seems to have used it somewhat, then decided he wanted a new size. $525 (Sending to Ollan R. --- 8 Dec 2023 --- #17002 --- as of 29 May 2024, this is finally coming back, he said.  As of 11 June 2024, he said he would return it tomorrow.  We shall see.) (Next:  Neal S [from order #16628] for any XLarge Anorak --- 13 Dec 2023)
  • Al's Anorak / Medium / Lynx pattern - MidWeight - Lightly used. $475.
  • Al's Anorak / 3XL / Black - FullWeight.  A year old, some use, but still fine shape.  $525
  • Al's Anorak / 3XL / Brown - FullWeight.  Some use, but still fine shape.  $525
  • Al's Anorak / 3XL / Duff - FullWeight.  Very good condition. $500.

 

BASIC VEST

  • Basic Vest / Small / Drab / MidWeight.  Barely Used.  $325
  • Basic Vest / Small / Drab / FullWeight.  New/Used.  $325

 

CPO SHIRT:

  • CPO / XxxSmall (39" chest and was a small) / Lynx - MidWeight - Some use, much life left.  $200
  • CPO / XSmall / Lynx - MidWeight - Some use, much life left.  $325
  • CPO / Small / Lynx - MidWeight - New, but the front pockets are slightly mis-aligned ... one just a little higher than the other.  So, this is a factory-second.  $425.  (Tamm F  -- #19725 --- 5/20/2024 )
  • CPO / Small / Lynx - MidWeight - 2nd's ... the button holes needed repair. Now fixed.  This piece spent several months on a trans-Australia horseback trip! $275 (Mack C --- 11 June 2024 --- #19886)

HOODED JACKET

  • None now

 


LADIES' BLANKET COAT

  • Ladies' Blanket Coat  / Size Small / FullWeight Drab.  Very Slight Use.  $520

MOUTON HOOD:

  • We do have new in stock

 

PEACOAT:

  • Peacoat / Large / Black - Just a little use.  $725

 

PONCHO

  • None at present

 

SHIRTJAC

  • ShirtJac / Large / Drab - New-Used.  $475.   (Samuel L --- 23 May 2024 --- #19785) (Next:  Jason L --- 24 May 2024 --- #19792)

 

SPECIAL CHECKOUTS (longer-term borrows):

  • Hooded Jacket / Size Medium / MidWeight Lynx Pattern Fabric - This almost-new Hooded Jacket was worn a few times for just a few days then customer decided he needed to switch to Large. $475  (Sending to Tom M on 15 July 2023 for his family's Cross-Australia Horseback Expedition and Fundraiser, expected to conclude in late 2024. They are posting on Instagram as @RoughAndStumble)
  • Al's Anorak / XXXSmall / Lynx - MidWeight - Good condition .. just shrunken to a 39" chest. And was a Small. $200  (Sending to Tom M on 15 July 2023 for his family's Cross-Australia Horseback Expedition and Fundraiser, expected to conclude in late 2024. They are posting on Instagram as @RoughAndStumble)
  • Al's Anorak / Medium / Drab Green - MidWeight - Good condition.  $400 (Arlan M will bring this Rak as he attempts the entire Appalachian Trail beginning 15 Feb 2024!!)
  • Al's Anorak / Medium / Cream - MidWeight. Very good shape. $585 (Going to @RoughAndStumble)
  • Al's Anorak / Medium / Cream - MidWeight.  Very good shape. The previous owner had sides taken in and now measures 42 inches (from 45.5 inches) $475  (Going to @RoughAndStumble)
  • CPO / Medium / Drab - MidWeight. $375 (Cliff Gray --- 6 May 2024 --- #19647) (Jared W --- 6 May 2024 --- #19650).  Cliff has a large media presence and will be testing this Anorak for a while

 

 

13 June 2024 --- Ralph, Alex (AD just did count and inspection - 6/13.)

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Chris Bonner
Helped me buy the right model and size

I got a size Small full weight green anorak (5’11”—160 lbs) to see if that size would work. Due to bad shoulder arthritis, I determined that I will need a button or zipper coat, and settled on the ShirtJac. I also determined that I would need to size up to a Medium; small would not allow me to layer over a merino base, and mid weight alpaca sweater—though the anorak itself would have fit without a sweater layer. Finally, I knew I was in love with the drab green, and really wanted that color.
I spoke with Alex on the phone, who was very kind and helpful. It was not clear from the website that there was a green size M available in the ShirtJac, and I was preparing to be disappointed in having to choose an alternate color—but he found one in the drab green for me right during our call—and even offered a Veterans discount! US ARMY, 1968-1971.
I would say the WW LENDING LIBRARY worked to perfection, and did exactly what it is designed to do. I doubt I would have known just what I really wanted without trying the LL anorak on for size, color and weight. Dealing with Alex to make those wishes come true was just the icing on the cake.
All around great experience, and now I have my very own weather wool jacket headed my way! THANKS!

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CPT Daniel A Beach
Brilliant idea, this Lending Library

I have used Ralph's Lending Library for 7 of 8 garments. Being shaped like a tree trunk, I have a bit if a challenge fitting my thighs and chest into garments that seem to change sizing like the calendar changes pages. This system allowed me to get a perfect fit All Around Jacket in XL, but determine I needed 2XL for pulling an Anorak on over my torso. Another Anorak and a CPO shirt went to two very tiny ladies, so being able to try the wool on for fit was very badly needed. I bought a 2nd Anorak in mid-weight for placing into my go to war bag, as even the "used" garments here are superb. If you are polite and reasonable in any measure, Ralph will bend over backwards to take care of you. This system rocks!

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Colin Lentz
First time customer, long time fan

I used the lending library because I want to see and feel something before I buy. Working with Ralph was great - the personal, direct contact is a hallmark of a good company.

I loved the AAJ I tested out and ended up buying it. I had to save up for a while but it was worth it. I believe in paying the true cost of a good product. The AAJ exceeded my expectations and matched all the information and descriptions on the WeatherWool website. I'm officially a huge fan of their products and business model.

Call me crazy but I'm looking forward to a New England winter in my new coat.

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Customer

The lending library is a great option for potential customers. The material is wonderful and the manufacturing quality is top notch. I tried out the All Around Jacket, unfortunately, the size i chose to be lent was a little small for my frame so ill be returning the item.

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Timothy Steingass
A++ Customer Service

Over the years I lost about 50 lbs (on purpose) and needed to trade in my 3XL AAJ and Al's Anorak. Ralph was very pleasant to deal with and I ended up with a new AAJ and Hooded Jacket in 2XL. I was so tickled I just purchased a new full weight vest in drab to layer underneath my hooded jacket. Thank you Ralph!