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what makes merino wool special?

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what makes merino wool special?

Merino wool is considered the best wool in the world. It also outperforms many other fabrics, natural and artificial.

Merino wool comes from Merino sheep, commonly found in the mountainous regions of Australia and New Zealand. The Merino sheep produce a fleece every year which is harvested through the painless process of shearing. Its unique qualities make it desirable for garment production and have special qualities that other kinds of wool simply don’t have. 

  • It is thinner than regular wool.
  • It is milder, more adaptable, and less irritated. This wool is additionally very durable as a result of its quality and natural flexibility.
  • Merino is a great all-rounder – you can wear it every day.
  • Merino Wool is Breathable and Handles Moisture – its moisture-wicking, insulating, temperature-regulating, breathable, and elastic qualities – provide exceptional comfort and protection in the outdoors.
  • Merino wool doesn't smell - it absorbs odour caused by bacteria—trapping their smell and keeping them from building up. This means you can wear Merino wool odour-resistant clothing for longer without having to worry about smelling.
  • Wrinkle resistance - Merino wool is naturally elastic and retains its shape.
  • UV resistance - Merino wool has natural UV resistance, blocking harmful UV radiation from the sun, maintaining the shape, integrity, and colour of the wool.

How sustainable is merino wool?

Merino wool makes use of natural resources, regrows regularly, and does not require any ingredients other than water, fresh air, sun, and grass. It is also up to 100% biodegradable and it will naturally decompose in soil when it is disposed of. It will give back its nutrients to the earth.

What are the benefits of merino wool socks?

For all the qualities detailed above, merino wool makes a great natural yarn to use in socks. In particular, its moisture-wicking quality makes it very suitable for activities such as hiking, running, golf, cycling, tennis, squash, and other strenuous sports where either the ground could be wet or the athlete is prone to perspiration. For example, hipSwan's "Dash" ankle socks use OEKO-TEX 100 certified superfine merino wool as its base yarn.

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