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5 Benefits of Wearing Merino Wool – All Year Round

Norwegians, like Kari, love to wear wool – for everyday use as well as for outdoor activities. For years we have been dressing according to the three- layer principle which places wool on the inside. This is not by chance.

Even though we are constantly researching new technical fabrics, the natural benefits of wool have proved unbeatable. Here are five benefits of wearing wool:

1. Keeps You Warm, Even When Damp

You’ve probably experienced a freezing sensation after sweating on a hike or running in cold weather. Unlike synthetic materials, wool manages to insulate warmth – even when damp! It can actually hold up to 35% of its own weight in moisture before it feels wet. This makes you feel drier and is why even damp wool clothing provides warmth.

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2. Regulates Your Body Temperature

For thousands of years, sheep have been able to adapt in the harshest of environments, as their wool protects them through hot, cold, damp and dry seasons. Here in Norway, where the weather and temperature vary a lot, we use wool for this very protective property.

You all know how uncomfortable it is to be too hot or too cold during a hike, right? Wool has unique insulation properties that both absorb and release moisture, allowing your body temperature to adjust for a comfortable level.

When we sweat in cold weather, the wool fibers will absorb the moisture and initiate a process where it generates heat. The heat is stored in air pockets within the wool fibers and thus does not freeze - even when it is cold!

In hot weather, wool ensures that your body temperature stays cool through evaporation, just like our bodies when we sweat to cool down. This makes wool just as comfortable to wear in both summer and winter months. Just change into a thinner wool layer when spring comes, and you’ll feel it.

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3. 100 % Natural, Renewable and More Sustainable

Much of our athletic apparel consists of polyester – which is basically plastic. You have probably noticed that it doesn’t take long before these garments start to smell after exercising, which leads us to washing them frequently. In the washing machine, polyester garments release micro plastics, which end up in the sea and harms marine life. Wool, however, is 100% renewable and natural which makes it one of our most sustainable materials. It does not necessarily have to be washed, which leads us to the next point.

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4. Self-Cleansing and Prevents Odors

Wool has a natural resistance to the growth of microorganisms and odors, so it can be used for several days without smelling bad. The reason is a combination of the wool absorbing moisture and the fibers having a negatively charged, scaly surface. Bacteria thrives best on a smooth, positively charged surface such as synthetic fibers. All you need to do is air out your wool garments after use and they will feel fresh again. Less machine washing also spares the environment!

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5. Silky-Smooth Against the Skin

The Merino wool we use in all of our baselayers have longer and thinner fibers than other type of wool. This makes them feel silky-smooth and light on the skin. The Merino Wool fibers are also more elastic than ordinary wool fibers, curl less, and provide a better fit. If a garment has shrunk after washing, you can just stretch it back to its original shape.

The Merino wool’s ability to control temperature and humidity, as well as its antibacterial properties, helps create a healthy microclimate for your skin. According to a study published by the «Journal of British Dermatology» fine Merino Wool can provide relief from eczema and other skin problems.

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