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Is Alpaca itchy?

CoreyM

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I've read a few reviews of the B10 alpaca wool lining where some people claim its very itchy.

I wear a lot of short sleeves. I know it will be somewhat personal but survey says?
 

Skyhawk

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Yeah it's kinda itchy. I tried mine on initially in a short sleeve shirt and immediately realizied, this is a long sleeve shirt jacket. Super warm though.
 

robrinay

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With short sleeves or a thin shirt, - If you're old enough to remember, it can be like sitting in an old armchair stuffed with horsehair when the upholstery is worn and the horsehair sticks you in 1000 places. If you're too young just imagine the experience.
Wear the right shirt though and it's really warm. My 'winter' Highwayman is Alpaca lined.
 
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Carlos840

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I only ever had a sample, but i was so allergic to the stuff my girlfriend decided to not even use it in her jacket!
I am not allergic to wool or anything else, but the second i touched that sample i was itching all over and my eyes went crazy.

At least get a sample before you order, had i used alpaca in a jacket it would have probably killed me!
 

Peacoat

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I don't find my alpaca to be itchy at all, but then I wear long sleeve shirts with it. Just checked my Highwayman and see the sleeves are lined with corduroy, so wearing a short sleeve shirt shouldn't be a problem for you. If wearing only a T-shirt with no collar, it may be that your neck would come into contact with the alpaca.
 
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I had a bootlegger lined in it...very warm but terribly uncomfortable to me. Especially in the sleeves, would never go that route again. I like the idea of cord lining, as Peacoat mentioned above.
 

CoreyM

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Well I think my bubble has been burst! Does anyone have experience with Pike Brothers deck jacket or B10? They just list it as woven wool lining
 
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It's not Merino wool, but it's not horrible either. The only one I have left is my Pike Bros N-1. I can wear it with a T-shirt, but a henley is better.
The two Aeros I had with it I no longer have. I prefer the wool Tartains...
 

Blackadder

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Which B-10? I have both Buzz and McCoy's alpaca lined jackets and I must say McCoy's lining is longer and not as spiky but I heard that the sea washed Buzz is also less spiky. I can't really comment on the itchiness though cos I find all wool materials itchy save for cashmere-silk blend. I find even the wool-nylon double-faced lining of my L-2 and L-2A uncomfortable and I have to wear long sleeves under them.
 

CoreyM

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I had zero problems with my shearling jackets and being short sleeved. I was looking at a used McCoy's B10 but read a few people talking about them being itchy.

I emailed Pike Bros to ask what thier lining was
 

ProteinNerd

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Does anyone have experience with Pike Brothers deck jacket

Reading this, I've just gone and grabbed my Pike Bros N1 and put it on with just a tee shirt....it's not itchy as such but it does feel a little spikey for lack of a better word. Dont think I'd want to wear it like this all day but a long sleeve tee shirt would be fine. It's not the neck but it's the sleeves, they are full lined with the alpaca as well and that's what's feeling a touch uncomfortable.

Lining according to the inside tab is 100% wool....but isn't that was alpaca is....alpaca wool?
 

ProteinNerd

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So I just tried my Alpaca lined Aero Long Hercules.

Before I ordered it, i spoke with Carrie about its itchiness. She said they are using a newer better quality, less itchy alpaca than they used too and comparing it to the Pike Bros N1 it is night and day. The Aero stuff is very smooth, not at all rough, spikey or itchy. I wouldn't have an issue wearing it with just a tee shirt (but the sleeves aren't lined anyway) so it looks like it depends on the alpaca quality?
 

s4rmark

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I have an Eastman B10 and a Buzz Ricksons N1 , both alpaca lined and can wear at t shirt underneath with no itching.
 

samo

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I think that it is also very important how sensitive to wool You are? I send back a jacket lined with tartan for relining as it was to itchy for me. The only wool stuff that I found not to be itchy is shearling.
 
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Sloan1874

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The old Aero HWM I had was quite itchy, not horrendous but I wouldn't wear it with just a t-shirt. The sleeves were lined with cotton so it wasn't an issue on my arms. I have felt their new alpaca and it's far softer - I know they went all out to find a less itchy version of it. Tbh, I would go with wool over alpaca any day of the week, it's just more flexible. Oh, and shearling is wearable with a t-shirt any time.
 

Americanaaa Mark

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Yea it is. I have an aero with it and it is not really good with a short sleeve shirt.

Wool in general doesn't feel nice on my skin so i try to avoid it.
 

mr_lits

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I have a Real McCoys B10 and love wearing it with a teeshirt. I have not experienced any discomfort with the alpaca, in fact the opposite I find it to be very soft. I think it is often a poly blend issue that causes the itch or discomfort. Also I understand that some people may have an allergy or sensitivity to the materials.
 

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