im looking to get my guy a wool cooler for shows. what brand do you guys use? im looking at the integrity wool dress sheets. any feedback on those? or what about centaur? whats the difference? i mean im sure the quality on the integrity's are better as they are about 300 and the centaurs are 90. if you have any feedback or reviews please let me know .
I have one of the centaur coolers (bought it from SmartPak about $100). I got navy with light blue trim and silver piping. It has silver hip ornaments. Its really really pretty - I get lots of compliments and it was like $8 for Smart Pak to embroider it. It was worth the money, although I think the price has come down in other catalogs since I purchased mine a year ago.
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I just picked up a Centaur cooler at a closeout sale for $60. It's a beautiful plaid, has lined shoulders and a leather closure, etc. The wool is of great quality compared to other coolers in the price range (especially the dover coolers). What I especially like is the way it fits. It's really cut nicely, and doesn't give away its price in the cut like a lot of the other cheap coolers.
I got this one on a whim, as it's been a pretty bitter winter. It doesn't compare to my triple crown cooler (that's probably about 15 years old and worth every cent I paid for it), but it's great for everyday use.
I think that the Curvon wool dress sheets are of comparable quality to Integrity at a little more than half the price. I paid $180 for a thick wool with trim, piping, hip ornament, and monogram. It is gorgeous and sitting on my bed now. Curvon is the same company that makes Baker products, so their quality goes without saying. The body colors are limited compared to Integrity, though.
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Centaur makes a very nice wool dress sheet for the money (about $100) but the Integrity ones I have seen are absolutely gorgeous, and of course priced accordingly. I just saw a plaid Integrity last weekend, it had an equally beautiful solid wool lining, it looked so luscious I wanted to curl up on the couch with it myself.