Merino wool is among the most luxurious, practical wools on the planet, which is why we use it to design our performance clothing. Wool tends to get a bad rep for being itchy and uncomfortable, which is due to the thickness of the fibres. But with fibres finer than cashmere, merino wool is enviably soft, making it incredibly comfortable for all-day wear.
This ultra-soft wool comes from the merino, one of the oldest breeds of sheep around. Built to survive in the extreme weather of New Zealand’s South Island, the merino’s coat keeps the sheep warm in freezing winter temperatures and cool through the scorching summers.
Because of its natural performance properties, merino wool is commonly used for outdoor clothing, creating products that are both highly breathable and incredibly warming. The breathability of the wool comes from the fibre’s ability to absorb your body’s moisture as you warm up. This moisture is released into the environment, which cools the air between your skin and the fabric. And the warmer you get, the greater the cooling effects.
These moisture management abilities also give the wool effective odour resistance. The fabric stays dry to the touch, meaning odour doesn’t have the moist environment it needs to settle. Because of this, merino wool products are suitable to wear for high-energy activities like hiking and mountaineering.
We use merino wool in a range of performance clothing, including base layers and trekking socks. With incredible natural properties and an ultra-soft feel, these products are the height of performance luxury.
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