Merino Wool has a range of attributes that help mountaineers and elite athletes perform at their peak. Merinos warmth has been a literal life-saver but its breathability is possibly more remarkable, buffering changes in the microclimate to maintain body temperature in a range that is optimal for performance and preservation. Its amazing capacity to absorb moisture helps rid the skin of uncomfortable sweat, and its natural odor resistance will get high marks from companions on a walk through the rainforest. Water repellence helps keep you dry, and its anti-static properties prevent garments clinging, a common and unwelcome tendency of synthetic garments. Merino Wool doesnt just perform. It out-performs.
Merino Wool is much less likely to cling to ones body due to its moisture absorption qualities.
In extreme exertion, you need a garment that 'breathes', which means it must be able to absorb perspiration and release it into the air. No fabric does that quite like Merino Wool. The hydrophilic core of the Merino Wool fiber has an amazing capacity to absorb liquid - up to 35% of its own weight - so it's better than synthetics at removing sweat from the skin, moving it away, and releasing it as vapor.
While synthetics are passive, Merino Wool is active, reacting to changes in ones body temperature to keep you warm when you're cold but releasing heat and moisture when you're hot.
Controlled felting, milling or fulling is a finishing treatment used on Australian merino wool to achieve a number of effects including increased thickness, reduced air permeability and increased strength.
The natural elasticity of the Merino Wool fiber means they stretch with the wearer, but then return to their natural shape so there is less chance of garments sagging or losing their shape.
HANDLE AND DRAPE
Australian Merino Wool has excellent natural handle. Its renowned drape is due to the fineness of the fibers as well as the natural elasticity and resilience of merino.
Australian Merino wool has much greater capacity to absorb moisture vapor, which is why it has excellent breathability.
Merino wool absorbs moisture therefore reduces the amount of sweat left on the body, therefore reducing the amount of odor produced from the body.
Prickly wool clothing is a thing of the past. Merino is much finer than other types of wool and feels luxuriously gentle against your skin.
Merino Wool is more effective than synthetics at absorbing sweat next to the skin, and moving it away to evaporate, helping to keep you cool and dry during exertion.
All information courtesy of AWI unless otherwise stated.