Friday, 28 February 2014

Merino wool


As a New Zealander and a lover of the great outdoors , I'm very happy to see that finally merino wool is gaining popularity around the world as the garment of choice for outdoor adventurers . Kiwi's have always known that there is nothing like a good quaily jumper , sweater to keep you warm on a cold winters day. But todays 18.5 micron merino sports wear is a far cry from the prickly garments my mother made me wear as a kid. These days merino wool sports wear is not only fashionable, but super light and very comfortable. Most of the high grade merino wool comes from the Island where I grew up - which is the South Island of New Zealand. The merino sheep here lead a tough life battling the elements in all kinds of weather from tough winter snows to hot dry summers. The great thing about merino wool sports wear is that it can be worn for days on end without smelling, keeps you warm and dry even when sweating , retains its original shape due to its spring like micro fibers. And once washed drys quickly making it the ideal garment for under wear, base layers, socks, long sleeve T shirts etc.  On walking into your nearest outdoor store you may get a shock at the price of some merino wool garments but considering the benefits it's well worth the investment if you are keen on the great outdoors. The handsome chap in the above photo is from New Zealand and lives not far from were I grew up !

2 comments:

Ἀντισθένης said...

It is nearly a miracle fibre, but though everything you've said is true, and I swear by it much of the time, it is not the thing for Japan's humidity in summer, even in the mountains - except at night. Summers here the only choice is synthetics, but even then it's miserable until over 2500m.

A thing to note is that the lycra, or what have you, in the waistband is likely to fail first in a few years.

Don Speden said...

Yes Merino wool in August is not a good idea in Japan, but I do not cycle in August very far as the humidity is unreal and far too hot for long rides