Merino wool is highly suitable for winter sports and outdoor clothing due to its unique qualities. You can find this natural material in our base layers, midlayers, hardshells, socks, and gloves. But what is Merino wool? And what makes this material so special?

What is Merino wool?

Merino wool comes from Merino sheep, a breed primarily found in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. It is remarkably soft with a very fine texture. On the skin, the wool feels silky, but there are many other characteristics that make Merino sheep wool unique.


The breathability of Merino wool is unparalleled. But what does breathability mean? And why is it important in winter sports and outdoor clothing? Breathability refers to moisture regulation. Clothing with high breathability efficiently transports sweat through the material, keeping you dry. During active exertion, breathability ensures you stay dry.

Thermal regulation

Merino wool naturally provides insulation, much like a thermos. This means it keeps you warm when it's cold and cool when it's warm. Clothing made from Merino wool is suitable for year-round wear. It's important to note that the more grams of Merino wool per square meter, the warmer the clothing, making it better suited for colder conditions.

No unpleasant odors

Merino wool contains lanolin, a natural substance with antibacterial properties that naturally breaks down odors. This means you don't have to wash clothing with merino wool after every use to keep it fresh. Simply airing it out is often sufficient. This is ideal for multi-day trekking or touring trips!

Does Merino wool itch?

People often worry that wool will itch or irritate the skin. Merino wool has a finer and softer texture than wool from other sheep breeds, providing a high level of comfort without itching or irritation, even for those with sensitive skin.

Versatility of Merino wool

The qualities of Merino wool make it highly versatile. It's used not only for technical outdoor clothing but also for more luxurious casual wear. Merino combines functionality and style.

Washing Merino wool

Although Merino wool naturally breaks down odors, it's still advisable to wash clothing after wearing it several times. If you have clothing containing merino wool, here are some tips for washing it:

  • Follow the care instructions on the garment. It will specify whether the item with merino wool can be machine washed or requires hand washing. Note: this may vary by garment.
  • Preferably use a wool detergent. Never use fabric softener or detergent containing fabric softener.
  • Wash at a maximum of 30°C. Choose a wool cycle if the garment is machine washable.
  • Merino wool clothing is not suitable for the dryer.
  • Always be mindful of what other clothing you wash a merino wool garment with. Hard components like zippers can cause damage to the material.