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Why Merino Wool?

COMPLETELY NATURAL

All our face masks and balaclavas are made from a high quality 100% Merino wool fabric and Merino wool blend which are very soft, antibacterial, limits odors and wicks away sweat leaving you fresh, dry and warm.

 

SOFT AND COMFORTABLE 

Soft
Merino wool fibres are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than traditional, coarser wool fibres. This makes Merino wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin.

Breathable 
Merino wool clothing is extremely breathable and less prone to clamminess and freezing!

Wool fibres are naturally breathable. They can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour and allow it to evaporate, making wool garments feel less clingy and more comfortable than garments made from other fibres.

In contrast to synthetics, wool is an active fibre that reacts to changes in the body’s temperature, keeping the wearer comfortable. Accordingly, wool garments are one of the most breathable of all the common apparel types.

Warm and cool 
In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature. So it helps you stay warm when the weather is cold, and cool when the weather is hot. 

Wool helps to protect the body against changes in temperature and moisture levels during exercise. Exercise causes the body’s metabolic rate and temperature to increase, and the body responds by initiating cooling mechanisms to maintain its core temperature.

As physical exertion can take place in a range of environmental conditions – from skiing in the Arctic to running in a desert – the type of clothing worn has a major impact on the performance and health of the body. 

Wool reduces post-exercise chills

Wool reduces the rate of skin cooling and the severity of post-exercise chill, which can range from uncomfortable to dangerous.

When you stop exercising in very cold conditions, you can experience three times more chilling in synthetic garments than when wearing wool garments. This is due to wool fibre retaining – and only slowly releasing – moisture from within its structure, helping to maintain a higher skin temperature and less rapid cooling.

Unlike most synthetic fibres, wool is hygroscopic. It absorbs water vapour from its surrounding environment far more effectively than other common apparel fibres. Wool can absorb up to 35% of its weight before feeling wet and clinging to the skin. As absorption occurs, wool releases heat, keeping the wearer feeling warmer and drier in cold damp conditions. One kilogram of dry wool can release heat equivalent to an electric blanket running for eight hours. 

Static resistant 
Because Merino wool can absorb moisture vapour, it tends not to create static electricity, helping it to drape beautifully and be less likely to cling uncomfortably to your body than other fabrics

Elastic 
Natural elasticity helps Merino wool garments stretch with you, yet return to their original shape. So Merino wool clothing is ideal to wear when exercising..

 

EASY TO CARE FOR 

Stain resistant 
Merino wool fibres have a natural protective outer layer that helps prevent stains from being absorbed. And because Merino wool tends not to generate static, it attracts less dust and lint.

Anti-wrinkle 
At microscopic level, each Merino wool fibre is like a coiled spring that returns to its natural shape after being bent. This gives Merino wool garments a natural resistance to wrinkles.

Odour resistant 
In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool can absorb moisture vapour which means less sweat on your body. Merino wool even absorbs the odour molecules from sweat, which are only released upon washing.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

UV resistance
Merino wool clothing provides good protection from the sun, compared with the protection from other fibres. As a natural fibre, evolved over millions of years to protect sheep against the elements, Merino wool absorbs UV radiation providing protection from the sun. This makes it a good choice for a wide range of outdoor activities.