The ultimate outdoor sweater
100 % Fine Special alpaca wool
Alpa X KASPERI collaboration – Excluded from discounts or promotions
Lainio, the king of outdoors.
This fantastic fell sweater is the perfect all-weather companion for long hikes in the wilderness. Named after the Lainio fell in Finnish Lapland, it is everything you could hope for in a three-season garment. You can count on it whether you are skiing in snowstorms, exploring unknown wilderness, or enjoying beautiful hunting days.
Having tested dozens of outdoor knits, we know what is needed in an ultimate outdoor sweater. We wanted to create something more than just a warm garment: it had to be thoroughly practical as well. Lainio has a unique collar that you can lift up to cover your neck and nape from cold winds, without having an awkward, bending zipper, or covering your face uncomfortably when lifted up. When it is time for action, you can open the collar fully for extra ventilation.
The shoulder reinforcements and the elbow patches are made of leather from Finnish wild whitetail deer, tanned in Ahlskog tannery in Finland. The leather patching gives the garment extra durability.
Knitted with the Andean gold – 100 % Fine special alpaca wool, a superior fibre that feels good on skin, is warmer than lambswool and will stay good looking in heavy use. Being naturally odour and stain resistant, alpaca wool garments stay fresh and need little maintenance. The excellent moisture wicking properties make sure you stay dry and warm. The knitting is a sturdy but flexible 4-ply rib that has been used in our Shawl Collar cardigan for many years.
Alpaca, the Gold of the Andes
The material of this product – 100% Fine Special alpaca wool – is our most durable fibre quality.
Alpaca wool is one of the most extraordinary and rare natural fibres in the world. It’s not well-known by many, but once you get to know it, you’re hooked! Its exceptional breathability, excellent resistance to pilling, and beautiful, fluffy glow are something you just won’t find in other materials.
Unmatched warmth and breathability
Are you always cold, or alternatively, are you unable to wear knits because they are too hot? Alpaca is the perfect solution for both those problems: alpacas have adapted to different temperatures, as it is hot during the day and chilly at night in the Andean mountains where they graze. Over the millennia, alpaca wool has developed special properties in terms of both warmth and breathability.
Alpaca vs. Merino
We often get questions about the properties of alpaca wool compared to other materials. In comparison to merino wool, alpaca wool stands out especially for its superior moisture transfer qualities. Alpaca fibre is untreated and has a natural ability to absorb and transfer moisture effectively.
Commercial merino wool is treated to make it machine washable, in a so-called superwash treatment: the surface of the wool is coated with resin. The treated fibre loses much of its absorption capacity. The surge in the popularity of merino wool has made it increasingly challenging for a customer to discern between different levels of merino wool quality as there is now a vast array of merino qualities available in the market.
Alpaca wool – it only gets better with use
Most of our knits are densely knitted – we don’t cut corners on material use – so they need some time to soften up. This is necessary in order to make garments that last longer, and as you know, longevity is one of our core values. You can speed up the softening by brushing or steaming the knit, or ease it in by wearing a shirt underneath at first. Over time, the inside of the knit gets a soft, fluffy layer, typical for alpaca wool, making it feel really smooth and lightweight on you.
The secret to the smoothness of alpaca wool is in its fibre: it has fewer and tinier scales on its surface than other wools. Thanks to those smooth and long fibres, alpaca wool doesn’t pill easily, which our customers really appreciate.
We recommend your normal clothing size. The dimensions of the knit may appear snug, but fear not: The type of knit is significantly stretchy, which is taken into account in the sizing of the product.
The model of the main picture is 188cm / 88kg and uses size L
Dimensions and size
You can either use our smart Fitle size advisor or compare the measurements of the chart (below) to your previous garments.
How accurate are the measurements? Will they change over time or after washing?
Some variation may occur in the sizing of a garment made of natural fibres. However, the knitwear has good elasticity and it adapts to your body’s shape during the first days of wear. The product will keep its measurements well.
When in doubt with choosing the right size, please contact us. Our customer service will be happy to help you!
Taking care of your Alpa® alpaca garment is super easy! You don’t have to wash it a lot. In fact, most times, just letting it air outside is enough to make it fresh again. If you wear another shirt under your knitwear, there will be even less need for washing.
If the garment gets stained or musty and is indeed in need of a wash, we recommend washing it by hand in cold water, using a gentle soap and squeezing it softly (avoid rubbing). After rinsing, roll it in a towel to get rid of extra water, reshape it and let it dry on a flat surface to avoid any unwanted stretching.
The whole washing from start to finish takes about 10 minutes – so it’s really easy to take care of your alpaca garment. Washing it once or twice a year should be enough in normal use.
Our cooperation with KASPERI, known for its high-quality backpacks and bags, is based on a common vision: we create uncompromising, high-quality products that denote timeless aesthetics, responsibility and longevity.
We met the KASPERI team at a fashion fair years ago, and we have admired each other’s products ever since. Our cooperation began with joint photo-shoots in stunning nature locations. Alpa’s knitwear has been the choice for the avid hiking entrepreneurs of KASPERI for many years, Janne and Michael, who have been sharing their adventures both on the islands of the Baltic Sea and in the fells of Lapland.
On those adventures, the properties of alpaca wool have convinced them of its uniqueness. Together we came up with an idea to implement new, more robust knit designs: KASPERI’s people take care of product sketching and product philosophy – we bring on board our world-class material and know-how in knitting production and design.
This Alpa® knitwear piece is responsibly manufactured in Lithuania at the production facilities of our long-term partners. Our partners have decades of experience in manufacturing high-quality knitwear products, and together we have uncovered the secrets of knitting with the rare alpaca wool.
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