Especially fine undercoat is used for merino underwear. | Photo: Icebreaker
- Merino fibres promote excellent temperature regulation: When it is cold, the fibres keep you warm thanks to their finely crimpy structure which retains insulating air. When it is warm, the wool has a cooling effect due to its high breathability.
- The surface of the fibre is dirt- and water-repellent whereas the inside of the fibre can absorb water without feeling wet. And in comparison to down, the wool retains its thermo-regulating property even if it is wet.
- Merino wool is a natural, renewable commodity and therefore bio-degradable.
- Merino wool inhibits smells. Keratin, the protein the fibre is made of, breaks down bacteria which cause smells. A further advantage is that the surface of the fibre stays relatively dry which inhibits bacterial growth. On the one hand it is enjoyable to wear (and good to companions' noses too), and on the other hand it is environmentally friendly and practical: Merino products have to be washed less often and can be used several times on multiple-day tours.
- Merino wool is an easy care product. It hardly creases and is quick-drying.
- Merino wool offers natural UV protection.
09. September 2015, Text: Sissi Pärsch