Yep, you read that right. And yes, we are completely serious.
Now, we know we’re wandering into controversial territory here. Surely the first thing you think of when it comes to wool are those epic baselayers that keep your ass warm as hell in the winter. But hold on for a moment, because we promise, this is Oprah-giving-you-a-car levels of life-changing.
Come with us, because we’re heading off to the high alpine fields of the most beautiful country in the world – New Zealand (we’re not biased). There, we find the merino sheep. These guys aren’t like your regular run-of-the-mill sheep. Nope, they prefer to spend their time in the mountains (just like you!) and their wool has evolved perfectly to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at them. And that includes the blazing heat of the NZ summer sun.
“But wait, Mons,” you say. “Wool is thick and itchy, how could it be breathable?!”
Ah, we’ve arrived at Merino Misconception #1. Again, merino sheep are different from normal sheep. Your standard sheep wool is indeed thick and itchy. However, merino wool fibres are very thin and bendy. Therefore, merino clothing is soft and incredibly breathable.
Okay, so we’ve established that merino wool is comfortable. But let’s talk about performance.
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