ICEBREAKER MERINO IS TECHNICAL
Icebreaker Merino MANAGES MOISTURE
The key to any high performing layer (winter or summer) is the ability to manage moisture. Icebreaker Merino pulls moisture away from the skin, and the fibres can absorb up to 35% of it’s weight in water before feeling wet! This means that Icebreaker Tees don’t feel clammy, event on your sweatiest adventures. And if they do feel wet, they’ll still thermoregulate (see below), so if you get caught in a sudden summer storm or stop to take in the view on a windy summit, you can be confident that this tee will still help keep you warm.
Icebreaker Merino is THERMOREGULATING:
Icebreaker Merino is a technically active fibre, which has the ability to gain and release heat depending on the wearer’s next-to-skin environment and the external conditions. As merino absorbs moisture it releases a small amount of heat (google adsorption for the techy details here), and in hot conditions the reverse effect occurs (since the wool pulls moisture from the skin and allows it to evaporate, unlike cotton which holds moisture next to skin). This means you stay warmer in cold conditions and cooler in hot conditions.
Icebreaker Merino is SOFT
Icebreaker Merino is a much finer material than traditional wool. In fact, merino fibres are so fine that they bend when in contact with skin, making Icebreaker Merino clothing soft and comfortable, not itchy!
Icebreaker Merino is ODOUR RESISTANT
Merino wool is naturally anti-microbial, meaning that it resists the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew that can make your clothing smell. This allows you to wear it day in and day out – less clothing to carry on a trip, and fewer washes for your clothing at home!
Icebreaker Merino is FLAME RESISTANT
Merino wool is naturally flame resistant, which means you can confidently wear it on the work site or around the campfire (note that not all Icebreaker products are 100% merino – be sure to check the tag!)