In extreme exertion, you need a garment that 'breathes', which means it must be able to absorb perspiration and release it into the air. No fabric does that quite like Merino. The hydrophilic core of the Merino Wool fibre has an amazing capacity to absorb liquid - up to 35% of its own weight - so it's better than synthetics at removing sweat from the skin, moving it away, and releasing it as vapour.
While synthetics are passive, Merino Wool is active, reacting to changes in one’s body temperature to keep you warm when you're cold, but releasing heat and moisture when you're hot.
The natural elasticity of the Merino Wool fibre means they stretch with the wearer, but then return to their natural shape. Hence, there is lower chance of garments sagging or losing their shape.
Merino Wool has a number of health benefits including improved sleep and lower incidence of microbial infection for hospital patients.
Studies show that the wool fibre’s ability to absorb and neutralize unpleasant odours is far superior to that of other textiles. Through its chemical composition wool can neutralize bodily substances which give rise to unpleasant odours, a considerable advantage when the opportunities for washing are limited. Comparative tests show that wool has absolutely the highest absorption capacity of all fibres.
Prickly wool clothing is a thing of the past. Merino Wool is much finer than other types of wool and feels luxuriously gentle against your skin.
Merino Wool is more effective than synthetics at absorbing sweat next to the skin, and moving it away to evaporate, helping to keep you cool and dry during exertion.
The only element seemingly missing here is fashion. Fashion – which is more about how you look, and less about how you feel. Here, too, Marino scores a plus. With its soft and lush fabric in various knits and styles, wool is one of the most sought after fabrics this season. Merino Wool has numerous natural attributes that make it one of the most comfortable of fabrics to wear. Its superfine fibres feel like silk next to the skin. And with knitwear being an important element of the 2013-2014 fashion forecast for this Autumn-Winter season, you will be seeing more of wool than ever before!
All information courtesy of AWI www.wool.com