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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 these are much like a pair of modern tactical trousers. Combining this functionality with high-quality natural wool fabrics makes these a rather unique garment!
Yes, but high-quality wool, not at all scratchy and nasty. Wool is really a top-quality 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 trousers is the design. The overall construction is aimed at minimizing the bulk of the wool fabric used, therefore certain areas such as the crotch gusset, ankles and waist are made with double layers of CO/PES instead of any wool. By limiting excess wool-on-wool details, the result is a little bit more lightweight and sleek. The low profile reinforcements and intricately pleated cargo pockets help keep the overall profile low without sacrificing any functionality.
Sized according to recommended user height and waist circumference. The cut is a regular fit and accommodates Level 2 longjohns underneath. The waist is adjustable with a strong elastic webbing piece with hook-and-loop fasteners on the sides. This webbing piece can also be completely removed if not needed.
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 to 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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