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Ok so on my way home from work today I did my weekly ritual of stopping in at these two stores(they are side by side, how nice of them!). Today i made a good haul.
At Savers(like goodwill etc) i picked up a nice merino mid-heavy weight l/s knit. I would put it somewhere above a cap 3 in thickness but less than a cap 4. It was only 1.99 so i couldn't pass it up lol. It's a Brandini brand, made in Italy. Never heard of the brand, but it seems well made and is comfortable. It's good merino wool at that, not scratchy whatsoever.
Then I walked over to TJ Max's clearance racks. I got about 8 pairs of icebreaker merino wool socks(different models) for 1.50 a pair, a pair of fox fiver merino wool socks for 3$, and a pair of Cabot merino socks for 3$. I had never seen or used the cabot socks but those socks are very very nice IMO, in fact i like them better than any other brand i have purchased so far. Will have to give em a use in the field, but they look and feel very promising.
I also found a Mountain Hardware Corvus Dome for $7, this is a discontinued model i believe. But it is a merino wool beanie but its a little larger than a normal beanie and comes down over your ears without having to pull down the sides. I also has a build in neck gaiter/balaclava. At first i thought it was kinda weird, but i tried it on and i have to say that i really like it. I think it will be a nice addition to my winter kit and will let me leave behind my old ragg wool military beanie and also leave home my extra balaclava. It is also a nice kinda burnt orange color which will be nice to have during hunting season. I had been looking for an orange wool beanie but hadnt found one that wasn't astronomically expensive before now.
They also had a mountain hardware primaloft beanie, which i was tempted to buy as well but decided against it. Looks very warm, but didn't think it would be practical for me.
I will post a review of the corvus after my trip coming up here in feb.
Its that time of year! check your local thrift stores and tj maxes and marshalls etc, bargains a plenty to be had!