The product of happy sheep in need of an annual haircut, merino wool’s harvesting and processing requires much less energy than the manufacture of synthetic fabrics. Reducing your carbon footprint has never felt so good.
Wool is a uniquely versatile fiber that keeps you comfortable in both cold and warm conditions. Few other single fabrics work so well in such a broad range of temperatures.Merino wool insulates even when wet. This high-grade wool consists of naturally crimped fibers with tiny threads sprouting off them. The sheer number of thread surfaces is so vast that even when wet, wool fibers trap little pockets of air, which serve to insulate you. When dry, the number of air pockets increases, so the wool insulates even better.Miraculously, the same tiny crimped wool fibers that keep you warm in winter also keep you cool in sweaty conditions through the process of “evaporative cooling.” The many fibers act as perfect little wicks to pull moisture up off your skin, move it across the face of the fabric, and expose it to the outside air where it can evaporate quickly. These wicks are what make wool a better moisture manager than many other fabrics.
Because of its unique combination of insulating and cooling qualities, a midweight merino wool piece can negate the need to pack both lightweight and heavyweight synthetics for variable weather conditions.
Properly cared for, wool will last for years and is one of the most durable fabrics available. The naturally crimped spring-like structure of the fibers retains its shape after multiple seasons of use, and has much greater tear resistance than cotton and many synthetic fabrics.
Naturally shrink resistant, merino wool stands up to washing and drying much better than traditional ragg wool. Some garments, like socks, can be thrown into the washer and dryer with all the other laundry. On the other hand, knit tops need to be gently machined washed and then laid flat to dry. (Be sure to follow the care instructions provided with each product.) In any event, avoid bleach! It will yellow the wool, or worse yet, break down the wool’s individual fibers.