Base Layers are essential for any skier. This is the layer closest to your skin, after all, Merino Wool stands to offer the most heat of all. That’s why Ortovox spends a lot of time searching for the best base layer materials and Merino wool is the one which pops up time and again as the best.
Merino is a breed of sheep, from over 200 breeds of sheep and is famous for its fine, soft wool and their ability to withstand extreme weather climates.
You can identify a Merino sheep by their wrinkly skin, fleece and large curly horns.
Merino Sheep originated in Spain but now can be found in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and South Africa.
70% of the world’s Merino production now comes out of Australia with a whopping 125 million sheep.
Merino is the only sheep out of 200 breeds to offer unique features such as:
Given that you want base layers which can withstand through even heavy use, a Merino wool layer which doesn’t last isn’t ideal. Luckily, most manufacturers now blend Merino fibres with small amounts of synthetic fibres like nylon and polyester during production to lengthen lifespans so you get the most from your Merino.
Merino wool is ideal for heavy-duty riding thanks to its ability to absorb 3x its weight in moisture. This, mixed with odour prevention capabilities, makes merino ideal for long ski tours lasting several days.
Even on day-long tours, the lightweight and comfortable nature of Merino makes for some fantastic base layer capabilities indeed. You name your ski need, and the chances are that you can probably use Merino wool base layers to achieve it.
As we mentioned previously, knowing how to care for your Merino wool is vital for both extending durability and gaining the best benefits. In reality, care here isn’t dissimilar to the wool care you’ve probably been tackling your whole life. General guidelines for care include –
Keep these in mind for a Merino wool base layer which keeps you skiing for years to come.
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