If you love spending time outdoors, you’ve probably heard of merino wool. It’s often used for outdoor clothing to keep you warm when you’re hiking, playing hockey or spending extended periods of time in cold temperatures. Today we’re looking at the various benefits of merino wool so you can decide if it’s right for you!
What is Merino Wool?
Before we get started, you might be wondering what merino wool is. It’s made by using the natural fibre that comes from Merino sheep. Merino sheep are found in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Turkey and Italy. In these places, the sheep need to stay warm but the coat must be light enough for them to move around easily.
Benefits of Merino Wool
So what’s so great about merino wool? Let's take a look at five benefits:
1. Super soft and durable
No one likes an itchy wool! If you're after comfort, merino wool is your best bet. Each fibre is extremely stretchy compared to other wools, which helps it maintain a great shape. The material is also very durable so you can wear in snow, rain or hail without fear that it will get ruined.
2. Regulates body temperature
One of the worst part about wearing a hat in cooler weather is how uncomfortable you can get when you come inside and start to sweat. This type of wool will automatically regulate your temperature so you sweat less and stay warmer when you're outside and don't overheat when you come indoors.
3. Odour resistant
There's no need to worry about lingering smells with merino wool. Unlike other materials, it neutralizes any odour that occurs which is a win in our books!
4. Easy to wash
If your merino clothing gets dirty, you can throw it right in a regular washing load. It can also be tumble dried without feel of the item changing shape or getting ruined.
One of the best benefits of merino wool is that it's a sustainable option. Merino sheep grow a new fleece each year and it contains natural proteins that can easily biodegrade when you're done using it.
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