Merino wool fine fibers work to keep your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so you can wear socks made of Merino wool year-round! Does it get any better? It’s basically magic! Offering a slew of benefits, here are 13 reasons why Merino wool socks are the best investment you can make.
1. Merino Wool is Soft
Merino wool isn’t like your grandma’s itchy wool sweaters! In fact, Merino wool fine fibers have a much smaller diameter, which gives them more flexibility to softly bend when pressed against the skin, therefore preventing itchiness.
2. Merino Wool is Lightweight
Because of its fine fibers, Merino wool is also much lighter than other wool, making it lighter on your feet and easier to wear with shoes.
3. Merino Wool is Durable
Before your Merino product is made, it’s being put to the ultimate field test. Merino sheep can survive extreme weather conditions because of the incredible natural engineering of their fleece. Although lightweight, the Merino’s summer coat keeps cool in temperatures of up to +30°C, while in the winter, the merino grows an extra layer of wool over their base coat to protect them against temperatures -10°C.
4. Merino Wool is Sustainable
Merino wool is naturally 100% ecological. Merino sheep are typically shorn once to twice a year – so they automatically grow a new coat (the shearing process is purely manual labor and causes the animal absolutely no pain). Merino wool is also a fabric that doesn’t have to be washed as frequently as others, which also has a positive impact on the environment.
5. Merino Wool Keeps You Warm
Merino wool helps keep you warm by insulating instead of trapping heat. Merino wool fibers have a natural crimp to them, allowing them to trap dead air and act as an insulator and a buffer against cold air and conditions. This helps keep your body at a more even and warmer temperature.
6. Merino Wool is Temperature-Regulating and Moisture-Wicking
Merino wool is temperature-regulating and its insulating properties make it the best to keep you comfortable in a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. It’s also a soft and durable moisture-wicking fiber that wicks sweat away from your skin by absorbing it and wicking it to the outside of the garment to evaporate.
7. Merino Wool is Breathable and Antimicrobial
Merino wool is so breathable that it’s also antibacterial, meaning it’s capable of keeping unwanted odors at bay with the help of its moisture-wicking properties. So say goodbye to those terrible body odors because this wool can keep you less sweaty and odor-free.
8. Merino Wool is an All-Weather Material
Because of these moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating properties, Merino wool is able to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In fact, it can even absorb and retain up to 30% of its own weight in water without feeling wet!
9. Merino Wool is a Natural Performance Material
A natural fabric that’s great for performance. Merino wool is not only breathable and antimicrobial, but it’s also anti-wrinkle, anti-static, stain resistant, flameproof, biodegradable, durable, and quick-drying.
10. Merino Wool Doesn’t Stretch or Sag
The natural elasticity of Merino wool fibers allows garments to stretch and then return to their original shape, preventing sagging and bagging. When you’re wearing merino wool socks, you’ll notice that they have lots of flexibility so you can find the perfect fit for your feet.
11. Merino Wool Keeps You Dry and Prevents Blisters
Because Merino is so breathable and moisture-wicking, it also keeps your skin dry so there’s less irritation (and blisters) to worry about while you’re trying to enjoy the day.
12. Merino Wool Offers Natural UV Protection
Merino wool naturally protects against the sun's harmful rays, as it absorbs radiation throughout the entire UV spectrum.
13. Merino Wool has Easy Care Instructions
How to Wash Wool:
- Turn all socks inside-out
- Machine wash on gentle cycle in warm or cool water
- Do not add bleach or fabric softener
- Tumble dry on low or hang dry
How to Store Wool:
- Since wool doesn’t trap odors, clothing made from wool doesn’t need to be washed as often as clothes made from other fibers. Instead, a good airing out or a spot-clean may suffice. Remember, wool is a durable fabric, so with the proper care and storage they could (and should) last you a lifetime.
- Store socks flat. Balling up wool socks can distort the shape.
- For long-term storage, use plastic bags or boxes. These are best at keeping your clothes in good condition, however, they don’t allow them to breathe. So, if your wool is in storage for a year or more, make sure to air them out. Including some cedar, while they’re in storage can also help keep moths and other creatures that might otherwise harm your wool, out.
- *Long-term storage is not necessary if you keep wearing your wool socks throughout the year like we do!
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