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FullWeight-MidWeight

People often ask the difference between our FullWeight and MidWeight Fabrics, and which would be more suitable for their uses.

Maybe it's natural, but people often seem to think they are buying WeatherWool to handle cold weather, so they'd may as well buy the FullWeight. But many times the MidWeight would serve better ... and that, of course, is why we made MidWeight.

Our FullWeight Fabric is 19.4 ounces per square yard (661 grams per square meter -- GSM) and our MidWeight Fabric is 14 ounces per square yard (473 GSM). So the MidWeight is 28% lighter ... or ... the FullWeight is 39% heavier ... depending how you want to look at it.

(It's worth mentioning at this point that weight of wool fabric is usually quoted by the running yard ... and the running yard has no standard width. So, such numbers don't mean much. You can't properly compare weights unless numbers are quoted in square yards, or square meters. But anyway, the idea is to use better wool and better weaving to get more performance from less weight!)

MidWeight and FullWeight are made from the same raw fiber, but the yarn is spun and woven differently.

MidWeight is quite substantial. People who have never handled our Fabrics typically assume the MidWeight is the FullWeight.

Here are some examples that might help with a decision:

  • Instructors at the US Air Force Arctic Survival School at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, preferred the MidWeight
  • I personally have worn MidWeight Pants for virtually all my hunting here in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The MidWeight Pants have been fine in temps down to about 10F/-12C, without long johns. My typical outing lasts a few hours
  • A Military Contractor was very happy with his MidWeight Anorak in Lynx Pattern, but wanted to switch to Duff Color. However, when he heard that Duff is available only in FullWeight, he stayed with the MidWeight Lynx
  • Most people will be fine in MidWeight on top, over a light base layer, in temps down to freezing or lower, so long as they are not sitting still. If you are not going to move at all, you'd may as well go FullWeight, even in fairly warm temps. But if you plan on hiking or working you will probably like the MidWeight just fine
  • If you are going to be doing some winter errands, going from house to car to store, etc., you'll probably want the MidWeight
  • If you are thinking about sometimes using the WeatherWool as a mid-layer, the MidWeight will be better
  • If you are concerned with heavy wind or heavy rain in cold weather, go with FullWeight
  • For hiking a few miles in temps just above freezing, with a stiff wind, I was fine in MidWeight ShirtJac over a long-sleeve cotton shirt. (I was hiking in a county park in suburbia where I really could not have gotten in serious trouble even if I somehow broke both my legs, else I would not have worn cotton.)
  • In warm, HEAVY rain, I was fine with a MidWeight ShirtJac and no base layer. In cold, HEAVY rain, FullWeight is the ticket. Please visit our Rain Page for more info.
  • Canadians mostly order MidWeight
  • People concerned with moisture management have used MidWeight Fabric to line their sleeping bags

 

21 March 2019