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We've played around with many wool-based outdoor and military clothes over the years, the Woolshell suit is a completely re-thought design based on experiences and ideas gathered from numerous projects. Functionally this is much like a modern tactical softshell jacket with its minimalistic and sleek appearance. Combining this functionality with high-quality natural wool fabrics makes this a rather unique garment!
Yes, but high quality wool, not at all scratchy and nasty. Proper wool is really a top material:
Good wool frieze is expensive and has some heft to it, that's why it's not nowadays used so much. It's still more than a viable application for temperate and cold weather clothing articles.
The original idea for the Woolshell design began as a simple fantasy - wouldn't it be great to have a wool suit which could comfortably be worn under gear and shell garments without causing too much excess bulk? Basically this would be a garment that could alternate between shell and mid-layer functions, with the fantastic properties of wool being the main attraction. This idea matured over the years and eventually ended up as an update for our legacy wool jackets and pants, tying these together with the current Särmä TST clothing system designs.
Besides the wool and it's naturally fantastic properties the other big thing about the Woolshell jacket is the design. The snug fit minimizes excess material which means a decrease in weight and less uncomfortable bunching up under gear and shell clothing. The fit and low-profile pocket design result in a sleek garment, especially considering the main material! And when the going get's tough, that's when the underarm ventilation zippers and breathable materials kick in.
Sized according to recommended user height and chest circumference. The fit is designed to be quite snug for wear under shell garments and load-bearing equipment, not super roomy like many old school wool jackets. If you want to load up on very thick mid layers you can pick one size larger than our measurements would recommend.
70% wool, 20% polyamide and 10% Cashmere wool, 600 g/m2. The polyamide content is added to the mix to reinforce the otherwise not-so-wear-resistant natural wool, thus extending the life of the finished garment. Wool is an incredible material for outdoor clothing, keeps you warm, dry and breathes better than anything. We're proud to say that this wool frieze is the best we could get our hands on. If you're going to make wool clothing, you better do it properly!
50% polyester, 50% cotton, ripstop reinforced. Receptive to fabric wax, by the way!
Effective now, the grey ones have ink-coloured reinforcements, as pictured.
As these are made of wool, they don't need to be washed very often - the best way to keep wool clothing clean is to simply brush off any dirt and if necessary wipe it with a wet cloth. If you must, machine wash at 30-40 degrees Celsius with wool cycle. Hang dry. When drying, stretch the garment a bit to open up the fibres again. Use of wool care products recommended!
These are sewn in Estonia, by an experienced factory that has a long history of producing clothing for military, law enforcement and emergency services.
Särmä TST is Varusteleka's in-house brand of clothing and gear designed for military and law enforcement end-users. Our clothing and equipment are made in co-operation with a number of experienced manufacturers with a strong background in producing clothing and gear for military and law enforcement officials, most notably for the Finnish Defence Forces. For further reading check out the Särmä TST corner of our website.
Särmä TST products are covered by a 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For further information please read our detailed warranty guide.
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