Is there a difference between wool and wool felt? I mean, common sense tells me there should be.
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Many companies try to "fool" you when they use their terminology. Felting is a process - it can be wool, cotton, synthetic or all of the above, etc. To be honest, there is no such thing as a "100% wool pad" even tho many advertise as such. It depends on how much virgin wool is in them, how much reworked wool & how much "other" fibers (this is for the felted wool pads). Some pads that just say they are "wool pads" are needled wool - it is a woven type - has wool, but not very much of it, woven w/synthetics. These will always be cheaper due the cheaper materials & not much to process. Most wool felted pads are 55% or less virgin wool, 18-20% other fibers & the balance is reworked wool. (here is why 5 Stars are more expensive - they are 92% virgin, 1-2% other fibers & rest is reworked (used) wool.). Wool has gotten horribly expensive due to good ol China buying up so much of it from all over the world. They are now the leading manufacturers of carpets, so that is where the wool is going. Supply & demand - so drives our prices up too. :(
Personally, I would stay away from needled wool pads (Wades, Diamon Wool) - they have the lowest compression/concussion ratings. I believe Reinsman makes a wool felted pad, as are Slones,Wrights, etc. Read the info about them & if you have questions, ASK the company. If they him & haw around, they are not being truthful. :) If you can find a used 5 Star or Slone, that would be great too - they wear a long time & even used, will give you a lot of life yet. I sometimes know of used 5 Stars, so you can always check w/me too on those.
Another way to look at it ... would YOU want that material in a pad on you?? Neoprene is horribly hot, does not breathe - tacky too stuff pulls hair (put it on your head & rub it back & forth or pull one way - OUCH!) A scratchy wool pad (that is due to the "other" fibers" ) is going to be scratchy to them too.