Sheepskin – In Hot Weather? Not on Yer Life!

Did you know, or realize, that sheepskin is sold more often in warm climates, than in cold ones? Sheepskin (meaning the skin of the sheep with the fleece still intact) has a track record of being great in cold weather because of its insulating ability, which keeps the air around the covered area warm. That’s great for the cold–but the question above wants to know about hot weather.

Look at these facts about sheepskin: if you WEAR sheepskin, it will be too warm if the temperature reaches near 80 degrees. When the weather is over 80 degrees, everything becomes HOT! The exception is going to be your exposed skin–interested?

Find out why: Sheepskin is an excellent insulator from heat build-up on seats where you will be sitting. The fleece of sheepskin has air spaces around the hair fibers. In winter, warm air is trapped and circulates, keeping you warm. In summer, the hair fibers allow the air to circulate so you stay cool. The fleece breathes and wicks away any moisture from the body, so sweat is essentially eliminated. The sheepskin fibers can hold about 30% moisture, keeping the moisture away from your skin. This is how it works in BOTH winter and summer.

You may have been remembering sun-drenched places that usually scald you when you sit down, that, when covered with sheepskin, aren’t going to have that effect. Be thinking of not only vinyl seats, but also leather seats. These might include your car seats, your infant car seat, your motorcycle seat, your bicycle seat, your saddle seat, your riding cart seat, your wheelchair seat, your golf cart seat, your airplane seat(?) (yep, that one, too) and though not a seat, it can be scalding, your steering wheel. (Listed are the obvious surfaces that are usually in the sun. You may come up with more ideas. Ask, and it shall be covered!)). Additional comfort can be had year-round on inside seats, too, such as office chairs, that comfy recliner, stools that medical professionals sit on, and my favorite, a sheepskin pelt thrown over the back of your sitting chair.

You may be thinking—well, I have a polyester (or even a different kind of fabric) cover over my seat, and it does just fine. It sort of keeps me cool–not really cool, but sort of. It makes me hot when I sit on it too long. It’s a bit warm when the sun hits it, but the skin on my legs remains intact. Not really a good comparison. Sheepskin doesn’t get ‘warm’ to the point of ‘sort of” burning your legs, back, or whatever part hits the sunny area, but truly protects your skin from any inkling of a burn, and totally from sweating. Sheepskin is known for maintaining a consistent temperature, in heat or in cold. The benefit of knowing you can crawl into your vehicle with no bad memories is worth a whole lot! Summer is hot and everything touched by the sun becomes hot! Sheepskin tricks the sun so there’s no more blistering yer posterior!

Hot Rods And Their Relation To American Culture

For a good half-century now, the hobby of hot-rodding typically meant taking a cheap car, taking out any body part that didn’t matter (i.e. roofs, hoods, bumpers, fenders, seats, and other such nonsense), modifying the engine and/or dropping in a bigger one for greater performance (often protruding upwards from the hood), and fattening up the tires for extra traction.

The term is still as accurate as ever. In fact, not even the cars in question have necessarily changed: one very typical image of a hot rod is a muscle car straight from the 1960s (the so-called muscle car golden age), restored to all its glory and then some. It’s not uncommon to take the great ancestors of cars we know today (Mustang, GTO) or ones forgotten by all but a few (Plymouth Barracuda), and send the output of its V8 soaring to 600 horsepower and above. Hot rods can be just as much about customizing as weight-saving (think of flaming paintjobs), and price isn’t necessarily an object: one notable Barracuda (“Hemi Cuda” in hot rod speak) on the cover of a major-name hot rod magazine had every body panel and interior item customized to its owner’s desire. For $340,000.

As for hot rods’ relation to American culture, the link is quite strong. Nearly all hot rods are American and almost always rear-wheel-drive. In our culture, quarter-mile times make the man. Enthusiasts who spend as much time in the present as the past also pay close attention to modern-day production cars like the new Mustang, and the upcoming 2009 Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger are currently headline news.

Of course, no rule ever said it had to be a car, per se. Muscular + American seems to add up to enough; Jeep’s Grand Cherokee SRT-8 seems to be a hot commodity, no doubt due to the street cred of its 425-horsepower modern-day Hemi V8. Even the new Chevy Tahoe gets attention.

But some define the genre on their own terms, creating the occasional aberration. One individual dropped a turbocharged-and-NOSed Buick V6 right under the hood of a Geo Metro, for crying out loud. If you can burn through the quarter-mile in 9.3 seconds at 147 MPH, who cares how you get there?

If hot rods are to be defined as speed on the cheap, count on it being a part of our culture as long as Planet Earth has fuel.