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Merino Wool in the Summer?

by Jill Schuman | May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Merino wool sheep

I'm a Proud Merino by Michael Coghlan

If you couldn’t tell, we like wool. A lot. Besides preventing hot-spots and blisters on your feet, wool is an amazing fabric to wear all year long. Even in summer. Don’t believe us? Check out these four reasons below why you should start incorporating merino wool clothing into your summer wardrobe.

  1. It’s lightweight and cool

Forget what you know about the bulky, scratchy wool sweaters your grandmother always made you wear. Merino wool has come a long way in the last ten years. It can now be woven so finely that you’d never notice it wasn’t a synthetic or cotton material. The insulation qualities found in wool work both ways in summer as well as winter. Merino wool wicks moisture away from your skin and regulates your temperature. It’s not itchy, either!

Ibex OD Shanti Henley Merino wool

Women's OD Shanti Henley from Ibex
  1. It doesn’t stink!

The lanolin found in merino wool has many antibacterial properties that reduce the, well, stinky-ness that usually occurs in synthetic materials. While a merino wool shirt may be more expensive than a synthetic hiking shirt, you can get more than one-wear out of it at a time; extending the life of the garment. 

Icebreaker Aero Tank merino wool

Men's Aero Tank by Icebreaker
  1. It’s eco-friendly

Check out this blog we wrote back on Earth Day about the environmentally friendly qualities of merino wool. It’s sustainable, biodegradable, and renewable.

  1. You won’t catch on fire

Unlike synthetics, which are quite frequently made up of petrol products, wool is non-flammable. So don’t be afraid to stand next to the campfire at night and roast some s’mores!

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