One of the best natural fibers to have ever been discovered is Merino wool. Directly sheared off from Merino sheep, Merino wool is a great source of warmth, comfortability and insulation amongst many other great benefits. Is Merino wool good for winter? Well absolutely. Winter is relatively colder than all the other seasons, and so to stay warm you would need some clothing with great insulation and heat generation. When people hear ‘wool’, they immediately associate the term with warmth and fuzziness (often very itchy) winter sweaters and jerseys. But does Marino wool compare? Can it be described as one of the best types of wool to wear during winter? Let’s find out shall we.
Table of Contents
What Is Merino Wool?
A much finer, smoother and comfier type of wool. Merino Wool is grown (literally) on the bodies of sheep (Merino sheep) found in Australia and New Zealand. The Merino sheep are then sheared or shaved and their coats (fur or hair) to be then treated and turned into usable Merino wool. Merino sheep, because of their coats, can survive in temperatures ranging from -20°C to up to 35°C and climbing. That is why these type of fibers (as the Merino sheep’s coat) have been harvested for decades now. Because the Merino Wool won’t just keep you warm in winter, it will also keep you cool during the summer. Clothing and fabric made from Merino wool is very stylish and comfortable, serving their purpose with not only great appeal but performance as well.
So Is Merino Wool Any Good For Winter?
Merino wool is great for winter, but it is also very great for each one of the four seasons, which makes it a rarity in the properties it has. That is what makes Merino wool stand out, it is nearly impossible to find a fabric or type of wool that offers the same advantages. When it is winter season and you’re wearing something made from Merino wool, the moisture vapors from the cold air condense into the Merino fibers, giving off heat in the process and keeping you warm and comfortable. Even when the coat has been removed/ shaved off from the Merino sheep, the fibers still retain their qualities. Keeping you warmer for longer during winter season.
A problem with most types of wool is that when you wear something made out of it, it can start to make you feel uncomfortable even if it keeps you warm. That’s because most forms of wool have a high itch factor, because of the stiffness or material (fiber) type. Not Merino wool though, it not only keeps you warm during winter, but has flexible fibers that bend softly against the surface of your skin, making it one of the finest and softest wools on the textile market to-date.
Reasons To Wear Merino Wool In Winter
Merino Wool Is Comfortable: In a season that is mostly cold throughout, comfortability would mean feeling and keeping warm whilst also being soft and lightweight. Merino wool is capable of providing all of the aforementioned. It is also an antistatic wool, which means you won’t have to worry about touching a door knob and then being electrocuted when you’ve walked across a rug whilst wearing socks made from Merino wool.
Merino Wool Regulates/ Adjusts Body Temperature: This quality almost seems to be from a science fiction movie or novel. As if the wool has some sort of sensor technology to it. Merino wool can either trap heat around your body to keep you warm in winter. Or it can release the warmth when needed (like in summer) to prevent overheating, thus cooling you down.
Merino Wool Keeps You Dry: Even in particularly wet winters Merino wool can still keep the wearer dry, cozy and warm. Another ability of this amazing wonder of nature is its capacity to absorb up to 30% of its entire weight in moisture (wetness) whilst still insulating you from the cold winter weather. This ability also works the other way around, say when you take a jog or work out using Merino wool apparel and work up a sweat. Merino wool will soak up the sweat and keep you dry.
More On Merino Wool
- When you wear clothing that makes you work up a sweat, unpleasant odors tend to emerge because sweat from the body is mostly waste composed of all kinds of bacteria. Merino wool is amazing because it naturally resists bacteria growth and odour retention. So when you wear something made of Merino wool, it is literally impossible to stink or smell bad in it because of sweat bacteria.
- Because of its ability to resist bacteria growth, you do not need to wash fabrics made from Merino wool that often. But it does need to be washed nonetheless. And that is relatively easy to do, although it does take a little long to dry up completely.
- Merino wool is elastic in nature so it is able to retain its shape for long periods of time. Merino wool is also quite fine-fibered, so it is wrinkle proof. This makes it great for outdoor clothing and sportswear.
- Most people tend to be allergic to natural fibers because of sensitive skin. But not with Merino wool, it has hypoallergenic fibers that reduce the risk of adult and infant eczema symptoms right off the bat.
If you’re not yet blown away by the amazing qualities this sheep sheared wool has, I don’t know what will. Most of its qualities are natural so there are no enhancements or treatments used to make it better. It comes out of the Merino sheep’s body with all listed, and many more other, capabilities. What more could you want than a fabric that can be worn all year round without the worry of overheating (in summer) or feeling cold (in winter) and Merino wool offers that. That being said, clothing made from Merino wool is quite expensive, however it is all the while worth every penny.