ALPACA VS PERFORMANCE FIBERS

ALPACA WOOL IS THE MOST BREATHABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT, AND SOFTEST FABRIC COMPARED TO MERINO, COTTON, & SYNTHETICS

 Alpaca WoolMerino WoolCottonRecycled Polyester
MOST SUSTAINABLE
Carbon footprint:Lowest HighHighVery High
Single sourced:Single (Peru)MultipleFewMultiple
Biodegradable:
YesYesYesNot at all
SOFTEST NEXT TO SKIN
Fiber scales:SmoothPrickledSoftRubbery
Microns (Avg.):1818
1110
Blistering/chaffing when sweating:
LowMediumHighHigh
BEST TEMPERATURE REGULATION
Thermal capacity:5x WarmWarmLowWarm
Fiber medullation:HollowSemi-hollowHollowSolid
Breathability:HighMedium/HighHighestLow
HIGH SWEAT WICKING
CapabilitiesHighMedium/HighNoneNone
LOW SKIN IRRITATION WHEN WET
Moisture retention:
<10%<30%100%Variable
MOST DURABILITY
✔ (Not Biodegradable)
Tensile strength:Highest (Natural)HighWeakHighest (man-made)
MOST BENEFITS
Odor resistant:YesYesNoNo
Anti-bacterial:YesYesNoNo
Hypoallergenic (no lanolin)YesNoYesYes