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The benefits of wearing merino wool

The benefits of merino v1

Merino wool is a powerhouse natural fibre. Exceptionally warm and super-soft on the skin, merino is packed with a huge range of high-performance benefits for wherever your adventure takes you.

Merino is incredibly comfortable to wear

Not all wool is prickly, heavy and lumpy. Merino is the world’s finest wool and feels seductively soft and lightweight, which is why it’s often used in next-to-skin clothes – like thermal base-layers, underwear and socks. Kathmandu enhances merino’s super-soft and anti-static qualities with advanced spinning, knitting and finishing technology.

Merino keeps you exceptionally warm

Thanks to its natural crimp, merino cleverly insulates by trapping body heat in air pockets, keeping you warmer for longer. For extra warmth, you can layer a merino base layer over another merino item, which increases the warmth trapped around the body.

Merino regulates body temperature

What really sets merino apart, however, is its breathability — it's able to release warmth as needed to prevent overheating and to cool you down when conditions heat up. Merino’s natural knack for regulating body temperature means you can pack fewer clothes and keep comfortable in any weather.

Merino soaks up moisture to keep you dry

Merino wool can absorb up to 30 per cent of its weight in moisture and still maintain its ability to insulate, keeping you dry, warm and cosy when you’re out in the elements. It’s also naturally moisture-wicking — able to draw perspiration away from the skin so you stay dry when working up a sweat.

Merino has ‘no stink’ odour-resistance

It’s not perspiration that pongs, but rather the build-up of bacteria that creates an unpleasant smell. Unlike synthetic fibres, merino wool naturally resists bacteria and odour retention.

Merino is easy to wash and look after

Because merino resists odour, bacteria and stains, you don’t need to wash it as often or as rigorously as synthetics. Airing your merino overnight will usually freshen it for the following day. Kathmandu’s merino clothes are machine-washable, so you don’t have to worry about shrinkage or pilling — simply follow the care instructions on the tag.

Merino keeps its shape for longer

Due to its fine fibre, merino wool is incredibly elastic and able to retain its shape after years of stretch, wear and repeated washing. Whether you wear your merino running, skiing, rock-climbing, horseriding or while doing yoga (or all the above!), merino will stretch with your body as needed and then bounce back into shape.

Merino is a great all-rounder — you can wear it every day

The many natural benefits of merino wool — its moisture-wicking, insulating, temperature-regulating, odour-resistant, breathable and elastic qualities — provide exceptional comfort and protection in the outdoors. But it's great for everyday wear too. Kathmandu’s merino range includes slim cuts, fashionable colours and various styles that are perfect around town or while travelling.

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