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Steitzhof Merinos

Living With Merinos

Behind the Scenes of the Steitzhof Merinos

John, one of our Merinoholics team members, takes us behind the scenes of his sheep farm in Montana. Note: The Steitzhof Merinos are bred specifically for hand spinning and are not used for the production of Minus33 garments. However, John takes us behind the scenes of what the sheep-raising process is like on a smaller scale. You can learn more about the Steitzhof Merinos here.

The Flock

I am a Merinoholic x2. Not only do I wear Merino wool, we raise Merino sheep. We live merino. After 30 years away from raising sheep, I came back with my first choice breed: Merino. I wanted the top of the wool market and I wanted to be different by raising colored ones. Carol, my wife, has quickly learned to be a great partner in this joint project. When I raised sheep back in the early 1980’s there were no black sheep. I think my mom kind of considered me one. Today, we raise only colored (brown, gray, black) purebred merinos with the finest wool traits we can find. Some are even spotted. Our Merinos have a strong proportion of AU and NZ genetics for improved traits. We are doing this in project mode, capping our flock at the 25 best. They compete for those spots. We are very honored to say our flock recently won the prestigious Black Sheep Cup this July at Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR for the 5 Best Handspinning Fleeces. We also had Grand Champion for the 2nd year in a row and Reserve Champion Colored Fleece.

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Wool vs. Merino Wool: 6 Notable Differences (And Why You Should Care)

Consider the early explorers of our planet’s farthest reaches—the hardy adventurers who climbed to remote summits and trudged to the Poles, often with minimal or barely functional equipment. Our ability to stay comfortable in harsh climates has come a long way since those days, in large part because of advances in equipment and clothing technology.READ MORE

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7 Reasons Why You Want Wool for Working Out

There are a lot of misconceptions about wool still flying around in the outdoor world: rumors that it’s hot, scratchy, or generally uncomfortable. However, these assumptions are the farthest thing from the truth. People in cold climates have worn sheep’s wool clothing for centuries. Now, modern technologies allow manufacturers like Minus33 to create new fabrics out of this time-honored material that can stand up to warm weather and cold weather alike.

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Message from the President

We’re coming in hot for the 2018-2019 USTSA competitive season, with athletes all across the country (plus a few over the pond) getting out and getting ready to be on the snow.
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The Welcoming Words of Wool in Warm Weather

Over the course of the past few months, I have been upgrading my wardrobe to be more up-to date and comfortable by adding new pieces of clothing. One thing I have learned, is love is merino wool. I am, as described by Minus33, becoming a ­Merinoholic (someone addicted to wool). When I was very young (dating myself here) my mother used to dress me in a wool outer suit to play outside in the New Hampshire winters. After hours in the snow you may have been warm, but you had little balls of snow all over the suit (think Ralphie’s little brother in A Christmas Story).  It was a pain in the rear to take on and off and you could barely move it was so damn bulky. READ MORE

Kyle Merinoholics Merino Wool in the Workplace

Merino Wool in the Workplace

A lot of my time is spent outdoors doing the things I love, hunting and fishing being the primary activities. However, I spend a lot of my time at work as well, 8-12 hours days stuck inside not being able to get outside, some days until the sun hits the trees. One benefit of my Minus33 gear is its ability to adapt to the workplace and help me stay comfortable during the day.READ MORE

Why the Go-To Layers for Police are Wool

Why the Go-To Layers for Police are Wool

During the winter months, I often get asked about what I do to stay warm at work. As a police officer, there is a strong likelihood that I will be out of the vehicle for extended periods of time without the opportunity to duck out of the cold and get warm. I have been provided with some of the necessary gear to assist with this, however, as someone suffering from Raynaud’s Disease, the basic gear does not cut it for me. If I get cold, I lose the dexterity in my extremities, starting with my fingers and toes. With this job, that just can’t happen.READ MORE

Karbon Telemark National Championships (FIS) – Crotched Mountain, NH

March 9 @ 8:00 am – March 11 @ 5:00 pm

This three day event at Crotched Mountain Resort, NH is open to all levels of Telemark skiers.  We have a race category for men and women Citizens, Juniors and Experts.  Join us for one day or all three.  This will be a FIS points race for those expert competitors holding a FIS license.  This is the highlight of the season, so put it on your calendar now!  If you only attend one event this season, Nationals is always a great time with fellow Tele skiers.
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USA 4th in relay

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The final night of Olympic luge racing at the Alpensia Sliding Centre brought Team USA to the brink of another medal before three nations closed the door on the Americans’ hopes for a second trip to the podium.

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MAZDZER WINS HISTORIC OLYMPIC SILVER MEDAL

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – In a 15 minute period that displayed the best of Olympic racing, Chris Mazdzer brought USA Luge its long-awaited men’s Olympic medal Sunday night when he scored the silver at the Alpensia Sliding Centre.
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