Second skin insulation
You could even go far as to say that wool performs like a second skin. How does it manage to do this?
Well, it’s all down to the make-up of the natural Merino fibres themselves. The inbuilt crimp of the wool fibre traps tiny pockets of still air. This, in turn, helps to create a buffer for the skin against the often cooler exterior environment. And ultimately it is this buffer that keeps you the athlete toasty, comfy and dry.
This clever fibre also lowers the rate of skin cooling and the gravity of post-exercise chill. As anyone who has experienced it will testify, this can range from the uncomfortable to the downright dangerous. After exercising in cold conditions, athletes can experience three times more chilling in synthetic garments than they do when wearing wool garments. This is due to wool fibre retaining – and only slowly releasing – moisture from within its structure, helping to maintain a higher skin temperature and bring about less rapid cooling.
In fact, Merino is able to conduct up to 35% of moisture before it begins to feel humid. In other words, a top in 100% merino wool can absorb moisture over a third of its own weight – without making you feel uncomfortable.
Sensitive skin salvation
For those of a sensitive nature in the skin department, there is more good news. Merino wool’s ability to regulate temperature and humidity, as well as its antibacterial properties, can help ease eczema and other skin problems. This again is all thanks to its natural ability to help create a healthy microclimate for your skin. As we hinted at the start, Merino really does have you covered.