I am truly wondering if there is more than one pad type out there. I am extremely sensitive to materials and while not very manly, I cannot wear wool AT ALL. Any wool and I am scratching, wriggling, itching and can't wait to get it off. Even a sweater over a thin shirt drives me nuts. And woollen suit trousers have to be 100% lined. Yet, I have no problems with the pads at all...when I touch them with my fingers they are not prickly at all. But you are not the first person to comment on this. So I am wondering if there are two variants out there.