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All-Paca™ Knit Gaiter

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Regular price $27.00

All-Paca Knit Gaiter

Keep the sun off your neck the next time you're out in the desert or way above tree-line with our 100% alpaca fiber Knit Gaiter. It's also super lightweight, breathable, and packable. The structure and fiber properties allow perspiration to easily escape while retaining its amazing insulating properties. Its exceptional characteristics allow it to be worn in a wide range of temperatures.

Alpaca Fiber doesn’t absorb much moisture, and it dries really quickly. Most importantly, Alpaca insulates even when its wet. Down and synthetics will not insulate when wet. Alpaca is truly one of Nature’s high performance fibers.

Sizing & Fit
  • Size regular is “one size fits most”

  • Length: 16.75"

  • Width, flat: 9.5"

  • Circumference: 19"

    Care
    • You don’t need to wash this garment often. Even if you are active and sweating in it, just hang it up. Alpaca does not retain orders and doesn’t support bacterial growth. Since it is an animal fiber, you will want to store it so that moths can’t get to it just like you would with wool. However, washing will not harm your gaiter.

    • Turn your All-Paca™ Knit Gaiter inside-out (this is key).

    • Use a small load, cold water, light or gentle cycle, and wash with other performance fabrics. We recommend to NOT wash in large loads, or with heavy fabrics like jeans/towels.

    • Use any normal detergent. Do not use “washing Soda”, Chlorine OR Peroxide bleaches, or “Oxygen Cleaners”.

    • Air dry by hanging or laying flat the first 3-5 washes. The Alpaca doesn’t have much moisture left in it after the spin cycle, and will dry quickly.

    • After the first 3-5 washes, you can tumble dry - but be sure to tumble on low heat in a small load with other similar items - it will only take approximately 10-12 minutes to dry. Medium to high heat is not recommended.

    • After 3-5 washes, you will notice a little shrinkage in the length, and we have allowed for this in our patterns. Also, you will notice very fine “nap” on the fabric, and this improves the comfort and performance of the garment.

    • If you are backpacking or traveling, and need to wash this garment for any reason, and do not have access to regular detergents:

      1. Backpacking: Just rinse with stream water, let air dry, do not use detergent, follow Leave No Trace Principals

      2. Traveling - Hotel, Hostel, etc. : you can use shampoo, mild liquid dish/hand detergent (just a drop or two) , rinse in a sink, wring out, hang dry or lay it on a towel to dry

    • Check out our printable care instructions for more information.
    Specifications

    Construction

    • The Trail Seam™ - The unique 100% Alpaca fiber fabric deserved a seam that would be worthy of Adventure. We designed our Trail Seam™ for tremendous toughness and durability, so you can be confident the gear will perform under extreme stress and prolonged usage.  Our hoodies and shirts have been thousands of miles and experienced millions and millions of rubs under backpack straps - and our Trail Seam™ has consistently met those stringent demands.

    • Weft Knit - 100% Alpaca fiber is knitted into a unique fabric that provides exceptional performance.  Our special knit structure resists “running” - so if you poke a hole in it while you are in the backcountry, the hole may get slightly larger over time, but you don’t have to worry about the hole turning in to a long “run” as experienced in many lightweight knits.

    • Lightweight - Ensures this is a piece of gear you'll never hesitate to throw in your pack.

    Details

    • Our lightweight Hoodies, Shirts, Beanies, and Gaiters are all made from 100% Alpaca yarn spun to our specifications.

    • We knit our fabrics in our own North Carolina, USA facility utilizing our Patent Pending process.

    • Our Garments are constructed in various Sewing facilities located in the Southeast USA, supporting other small businesses just like us.

    • We design our own products with the help of various Southeastern USA design consultants who use state-of-the-art equipment for digitizing patterns and prototyping new products.

    • Our fabrics are tested at various Southeastern USA testing labs that utilize standard ASTM Test Methods.

    • We import our custom-spun yarn from our trusted partners in Peru - made to our exacting specifications, supporting fair trade in North and South America.  Since we have extensive Textile Manufacturing expertise, we deal directly with manufacturers - never brokers.

    Made in the USA

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    Over the past 30 years, we’ve watched apparel-manufacturing leave the United States. Now, with Appalachian Gear Company, we’re in a position to do something about it.

    While the fiber is responsibly sourced from a yarn producer in Peru, the actual All-Paca fabric and garment is entirely created in the United States. By producing the fabric in our own facility in Charlotte, we are able to:

    • Have better oversight of the manufacturing process
    • Ensure the production of a higher quality garment
    • Respond to technical challenges more efficiently
    • Develop innovative materials and new garments more quickly
    • Create American jobs in the future
    • Ensure employees have a safe working environment
    • Ensure employees are paid fair wages

     

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