Words by AJ Turner
Merino Wool – The Best, Naturally
In the world of technical cycling wear, companies spend thousands in research and work tirelessly within laboratories to conjure up the latest and greatest. Often, however, the answers and solutions are right in front of us – in nature.
Merino wool, as it shouldn’t surprise you, comes from sheep. Not just any sheep, however. The sheep that we get Merino wool from are among the toughest, with the ability to withstand insanely hot temperatures and unbearable cold temperatures. They do this all through rugged mountains and in complete comfort. As cyclists, we too understand the need to survive in these extreme environments, while maintaining a certain level of comfort.
With Merino, we not only find those incredible elements of thermo-regulation, but other hidden benefits that aren’t well known. Merino wool has a natural sun-protection element, which becomes even more critical during the early spring rides where applying sunblock isn’t a typical thought. Similarly, the wool features an odor resistance that helps keep you feeling fresh – and won’t offend your group riding friends. Finally, Merino wool isn’t your grandpa’s scratchy old ‘wool’. In fact, Merino wool’s thermo-regulation comes in part from its use of smaller fibers that are more flexible, and softer to the touch.