Clothing & Sleep

Shoes
Chukka style leather shoes are good for goatherds. Chukkas can be worn year round. Even in the occasional snow storm, Chukka boots are up to the task in these parts.

Ideally, a goatherd boot is made with a leather upper and without a sock lining. If you must have a lining, a shearling lining is good

An example of a Chukka with lining is this Dr. Martens Chukka boot.

An example of a shearling lined boot is this Blackstone boot. It was found at a bargain price on eBay.com.

Shoe liner
Goatherds wear aerogel inserts.Carbon wire electric inserts don’t seem worth it.

Socks
Alpaca socks are expensive, to be sure, but warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Belt
Any belt works. The type of belts that are continuously adjustable, as opposed to those with discretely spaced pre-made holes, are good.

Here are two belts that fit the bill.

A nylon tactical belt.

A nylon tactical belt with quick release.

As the Amazon reviewer whose screen name is G718 PRIME said of a similar belt to the two above: “‘normal’ belts are designed with holes for you to fit yourself into the belt, this is designed for the belt to fit you.”

A good belt is a leather belt that has a continuously adjustable buckle and strap combo based on a carbiner designer. Had one that wore out, but hope to purchase a leather replacement strap for it. The nylon straps of the tactical belts are should also replaceableable with a leather strap.

On Fall and Winter

Nights throughout the year can be cool, even in the midst of Summer heat waves. But one month into the Fall, by the end of October, the cool weather has settled in to MoCo.

Before heating a house or tent, take steps to first insulate the body to preserve the heat it generates. Keep in mind that achieving optimal comfort depends on many circumstances, including external factors such as temperature and humidity, and keeping the body clean and hydrated. Another factor is eating right for the cold and increasing the base metabolic rate.

Here is a classic Low Tech Magazine article about the insulating properties of clothing.

Wear clothing made from a variety of insulating materials. Below is a list typical materials, but it is not exhaustive. A more complete list might include more synthetic materials, as well as more exotic natural materials like camel, and the elusive vicuña.

Herewith is the list of typical materials to wear:
Natural
cotton
hemp
superwash merino wool
merino wool
alpaca
cashmere/mohair
duck down
leather
fur
silk
Synthetic
aerogel
Reflectix
silver threads
carbon (heated by battery)
Various rainproof material for shells

Products with aerogel include insoles, jackets and quarter-zips. Oros is a company that makes a “flexible Aerogel composite” material that is incorporated into their clothing.

Some more articles discussing the properties of clothing material:
On wicking properties of polyester, and breathability of cotton.

On wool.


On sleep

Sleep twice in the night. Cf. this article and this one.