merino wool


Experiment: Does Polyester Really Dry Faster Than Merino Wool?

High quality hiking base layers are these days made either of polyester or Merino wool and online you will find a lot of information about these two materials, especially pros and cons. Polyester is labeled as quick-drying, durable, light and cheap while Merino wool is considered breathable, pleasant to the touch and extremely moisture-wicking. Many… Read More »

Polyester vs Merino Drying Time - Experiment

Polyester vs. Merino Wool: Which material is better for sportswear?

Polyester is the most widely used material for sportswear. However, Merino wool is due to its multiple benefits also becoming increasingly used for sports apparel. Therefore, many outdoor enthusiasts and athletes are in doubt which material to choose. It’s indeed hard to say which one is better as both materials have advantages and disadvantages. For… Read More »

Polyester Vs. Merino Wool: Left Icebreaker Merino t-shirt, right Under Armour polyester t-shirt

Why should you wear quick drying clothes for hiking?

Garments for hiking are often labeled as quick-drying. However, many hikers don’t know why they should use quick-drying clothing and what benefits such clothing brings. In the following I’ll explain why you should wear quick-drying clothes for hiking and factors for the drying time of different garments. As the drying time of garments depends on… Read More »

Why should you wear quick drying clothes for hiking?

Durability of Merino Wool – How Durable are Merino Garments?

Durability is often considered as the Achilles heel of Merino wool products. Nevertheless, Merino wool clothing is becoming increasingly popular among hikers, trekkers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts as it offers superb breathability and odor-control (Merino wool is naturally antimicrobial). Furthermore, it is also very comfortable to the touch and doesn’t cause any itching. Due… Read More »

Durability of Merino Wool

Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck Merino T-shirt Review

A couple of months ago I received the Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck Merino t-shirt and since then I’ve been regularly using it as a base layer for hiking. The Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck Merino t-shirt is made of 100% Merino wool. Base layers made of Merino wool have certain advantages in comparison to the more… Read More »

Woolly Ultralight Merino T-Shirt - Climbing

Sun Protective Clothing for Hiking

Hiking is the quintessential outdoor activity and even if the sun does not shine brightly from a clear blue sky, the majority of its harmful UV-radiation will still reach through the cloud cover. Besides weather conditions and cloud cover, UV-radiation levels are influenced by sun height (depends on time of day and season), latitude, ground… Read More »

Sun protective Clothing - UV protection depends on numerous factors, including the porosity of the fabric

Hiking Clothing Guide – What to wear for hiking?

Hiking requires appropriate clothing so that you can feel comfortable on the trails – no matter the weather. Many of those who are new to hiking, as well as some experienced hikers, are uncertain about what garments to use and how to properly layer them.  Therefore, we made this hiking clothing guide which explains the… Read More »

Layered Clothing System

Best Merino Base Layers for Women

A base layer top is worn directly over your sports bra and should thus feel comfortable against the skin and be breathable, moisture-wicking and quick-drying. A base layer should feel comfortable against the skin and be breathable, moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Base layers can both be made of natural and synthetic fabrics as well as blends of… Read More »

Kari Traa Rose Top

The Best Merino Wool Base Layers of 2018

A base layer is one of the most vital pieces of hiking clothing because it is in direct contact with your skin and thus has a big impact on your comfort level and performance. Base layer clothing is responsible for managing perspiration, protecting the skin (UV rays, chafing etc.) and maintaining your body’s natural temperature.… Read More »

Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Crew Top Merino Base Layer

Icebreaker Tech T Lite T-shirt – First Hand Review

Merino wool base layers are becoming increasingly popular among hikers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts due to the softness, great odor-control and superb temperature regulation of the fabric. For long it has been believed that all wool clothing is too warm for anything but winter use, itchy and offers inferior performance to synthetics, but this… Read More »

Icebreaker Tech T Lite - On the trail