In almost every activity at every level, and in every climatic condition, sportspeople are benefitting from the extraordinary properties of Australian Merino wool.
Soft next to the skin, breathable and anti-static, Merino wool keeps you warm when the climate is cold yet releases body heat and moisture when it’s hot, so it helps athletes perform at their peak, from sea-level to mountain top.
And while Merino wool performs like no other in the sporting arena, the fibre’s natural qualities and versatility lends itself to the design of comfortable and stylish leisurewear too.
Made from a healthy mix of sunshine, water and grass, Australian Merino wool is a natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre. Its inherent benefits mean that when turned into apparel, Merino wool acts like a second skin.
Merino wool is a performance fibre, and one of the world’s most technically advanced. With unique moisture and temperature regulation properties, Merino wool garments protect the wearer from temperature extremes.
Merino wool is the perfect fibre of choice for sportswear. It can absorb up to 35 per cent of its dry weight in moisture vapour and is reactive to temperature. In hot climates or during strenuous exercise a Merino wool garment close to the skin actively transfers moisture vapour molecules away from the body so you feel less clammy.
Merino fibres also have a natural crimp which provides the garment with superior insulation and breathability. These garments offer protection from extremes of temperature – keeping you warm when the mercury plummets, yet cool when the temperature is hot.
Effective odour control
Merino wool helps you sweat less and smell better. Unpleasant smells during and after exercise is caused when sweat degrades. Merino wool actually locks away these unpleasant odour molecules, and because Merino is able to absorb moisture vapour, it also reduces the amount of sweat - and therefore odour - left on the body in the first place. Merino fibres lock away odour molecules which are only released upon washing, so your Merino wool clothes will remain fresher for longer.
Comfort and shape retention
Merino wool works in total harmony with your body due to the fibre’s excellent natural elasticity. When you’re exercising, you do a lot of stretching - and you want a garment that stretches with you and then returns to its natural shape. At microscopic levels, Merino fibres are like coiled springs, returning to their original state when pressure is released. And as Merino fibres are so fine, they feel luxuriously soft next to the skin.
Easy care and stain resistance
Merino wool stays cleaner for longer and is easy to wash too. Unlike synthetic fibres, Merino fibre has a natural protective outer layer that prevents stains being absorbed and makes cleaning easier. And even when they do need washing, many garments can now be machine washed and tumble-dried for easy-care convenience.
High UV resistance
Merino wool clothing provides naturally good protection from the sun. As a natural fibre, evolved over thousands of years to protect sheep against the elements, Merino wool absorbs UV radiation, making it a good choice for a wide range of outdoor activities.