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  1. An excerpt you may find interesting (there’s more)

    “My not so inner textile snob/luddite notes with satisfaction that

    …the old-style clothing worn in 1924 by climbers George Mallory and Sandy Irvine on their fated attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest not only provides protection at high altitude but is also more comfortable. The outfit was recreated after a team of forensic textile experts took samples of Mallory’s clothing from his preserved body found on the north face of Everest in 1999. The layered gabardine, wool, cotton and silk garments not only provided insulation by trapping air next to the skin but were also considerably lighter than modern gear.

    In fact, the gear from 1924 was judged to be 20% to 40% lighter than today’s high tech garments. Furthermore, it was more comfortable. Said Hoyland (one of the researchers):

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