She’s back, she is again “in” Merino Wool sportswear. The run on the relatively thin and breathable synthetic fibre textiles was considered long time outdated – too much since the early of 1980s. But for some time a strong trend in the direction of merino wool is emerging in sports apparel again–these are finest merino wool. Her comeback as a new fibre in terms of functional clothing has apparently succeeded:you now also known as the “Ten fighters in the fibre world”. The old times with the severe and sweaty wool jerseys that finally belong to the past.
Benefits without end
What distinguishes Merino Wool – what makes it so attractive especially for sports? There is a long list of benefits of merino wool. To first of all it is the fine, silky handle, which makes this wool so incomparable: the diameter of the finest merino wool fibers moves in the range of only 16 microns. Indeed, this fiber is how fine, opens up a comparison with human hair: this is namely on about 100 microns. Thus, this super and extra fine wool types for functional wool underwear are ideally suited. Fine Merino Wool with a different fiber fineness is, however, used for hats, sweaters and socks: it is located at 19 to 23 micron.
The regulatory properties of Merino Wool are indisputable: you once thermoregulation excels, which prevents that external climatic conditions to quickly affect the body and interfere with: cold in winter the wool so keep warm, while it keeps the body cool when heat in the summer. Also the moisture poses no problem – is the fibre surface (shed) but hydrophobic and therefore moisture resistant. Also, the wool fiber can absorb much moisture and make outward–up to a third of its own weight, without causing a feeling of wetness and without loss of their thermo-regulating property. Merino Wool in addition characterised by special breathing ability – this is mainly attributable to its scaly surface. As a natural hollow fibre, wool stands out already from a strong thermal insulation ability. The protective effect against UV radiation makes every vehicle at the end of happy glow – SPF 50 included.
With properties such as antibacterial and hypoallergenic Merino Wool can also score: because wool is a protein fiber can bind many harmful substances – such as bacteria and viruses – and keep to their decomposition and propagation in borders. It is also due a wool garment usually not unpleasant smell – even after frequent wearing to this fact. Allergic reactions to wool are (so far) not known – but not to be confused with the so-called “allergy” to the handle of the wool. But also here remedy can be – created via special Merino Wool is silky and super nice touch on. A big plus of the wool fiber when compared to the most man-made fibres is also their elasticity – it is already inherently elastic: an admixture of elastic materials does not not – wool is able to extend up to 30 percent and then to return to their original form. And their cleaning seems straightforward – in the machine at only 30 degrees. A laundry bag, then also guaranteed safe survive the wash cycle in which the clothing is however recommended. Who wants to be very conservatively, which can also special detergents for Merino Wool fall back on – for example WOOL WASH with its total revitalising effect: it not only gently acts, it neutralizes odors also playing.
A few drawbacks
Of course, even Merino Wool has a few disadvantages compared with synthetic fibres.
These start with the so called “mulesing”: this is a procedure applied especially in Australia, which is intended to prevent an infestation with fly maggots in the Merino sheep. This cruel and even humane procedure was banned there may be end of 2010, but this does not exclude, but elsewhere – still occurring for example in Asia – the application. This should be the case at least for cheaper Merino underwear. Well-known manufacturers such as SmartWool icebreaker, mammoth & co. have committed themselves to a production without Mulesing. This is reflected in a higher price for their products made of merino wool.
Merino Wool to stress is usually more sensitive compared to synthetic fibres. The nodules on different pressure points is a well-known example. Also the washing of wool is not always as easy as it is represented by some manufacturers like: A special detergent which meets the special needs of the Merino Wool is therefore recommended. And the synthetic fibre is also ahead in terms of drying time.
No question too: underwear/clothing made from Merino Wool costs normally just more than those of synthetic fibers. Certain financial compensation arises in hindsight if one takes into account the durability of products made of merino wool.
SmartWool & co. – Pino kidney of functional clothing with Merino Wool
Well-known companies like SmartWool, icebreaker or Bergans have long since recognized the benefits of Merino Wool: Bestaah has specialized in the sales of sports clothing for pregnant ladies. Also X-Bionic shines with new functional clothing made from Merino Wool, such as for example, the “X-Bionic IAP003 Apani Merino long sleeve shirt men’s” occupied (95% Saxon Merino Wool, 5% natural rubber). Also, HAGLÖFS, craft, and last but not least Ortovox rely heavily on Merino Wool – the “Ortovox Merino 185 long pants Men black raven model 2014” from 100% Merino Wool are here vicariously. Innovative material developments such as that of the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) 2010 introduced concept of “MerinoPerform” are available for Merino in the sports apparel sector.
When the label SmartWool, however, the name is program: 1994, company Steamboat Springs (Colorado), companies recognised the importance of the Merino Wool – smarter Merino Wool – as a technical fibre for ski, mountaineering and outdoor clothing. What began there once with a Merino Wool ski sock and established a new trend that has prevailed worldwide – not only on the ski slope. With almost 100 percent Merino – there are just 86 per cent – in the warm winter sock snowflake flurry is SmartWool Merino Wool also today faithful. Also who call his own wants a mountain and ski touring jacket with hood from the House of SmartWool Merino Wool, which will not be disappointed:the “PhD SmartLoft divide Hoody sports” consists of water repellent nylon while outside, on the inside, but fine Merino Wool – and this is even to 100 percent.
Special Internet stores such as Merino (merino-shop.com) or Merino-store (merino-store.com) have been prescribed all the functional clothing made from Merino Wool.
No other textile raw material has so many different positive features – no other textile raw material has so many all-in one properties such as the wool fiber. No question: Merino Wool is regarded as absolute multi-talent. The numerous advantages in principle are marred only by the relatively high price. But at the latest after the next tour, you know that one was with Merino Wool on the right track: who has once worn products made of Merino Wool, which never forgets the way. But so beautiful what is it called when SmartWool:”Feels good.”
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