Timeless Natural Insulation
Merino’s history beings with the sheep itself. Merino Sheep live in all types of climates, from freezing mountains to hot plains. Their coats have naturally adapted over time to help them survive in many extreme environments. Wool fibers have a natural crimp, which creates air pockets that trap dead, warm air inside – right next to your skin.
Moisture Wicking and Breathable
Minus33 Merino Wool regulates the amount of moisture on your skin by absorbing any moisture or sweat on your body. Then, the absorbed moisture evaporates out of the fabric into the atmosphere. Wool is a classic natural insulator, but is just as effective in warmer weather due to its rapid moisture wicking ability.
Super Soft and Cozy
Old school wool has a reputation for being itchy. Merino wool, from the Merino breed of sheep, is known for being super soft. Wool’s softness is determined by the micron of the individual fibers. The micron is essentially the diameter of the fiber. The lower the micron, the softer the wool.
- Extra Ultrafine: 16.0 and below
- Ultrafine: 16.1-17.5
- Superfine: 17.6-18.5
- Fine: 18.6-19.5
- Fine Medium: 19.6-20.5
- Medium: 20.6-22.5
- Strong: 22.6 and above
Minus33 uses Superfine 18.5 micron Merino Wool for our Midweight and Expedition products, and Ultrafine 17.5 micron for our Lightweight and Micro products. This gauge of wool provides just the right balance of durability and a super soft feel on the skin.
Naturally Flexible and Resilient
Minus33 Merino Wool clothing is naturally elastic, allowing it to stretch to your movements. At the fiber level, wool has a natural crimp which helps it bend to move, and then return to its initial shape. Merino wool does not wrinkle easily for this reason.