The Wool structure of Merino sheep is adapted to extreme conditions. When the temperature is high the wool keeps the skin of the sheep cool and when the weather is cold the sheep are insulated from it. Additionally, Merino wool has the finest fibre diameter of any sheep variety, resulting in a soft, “non-scratchy” feel. Additionally, the rough surface of the fibre (when compared to a synthetic fibre) naturally resists smelly bacteria that occur when sweating.
Merino wool, the handsome winter coat of the merino sheep, is a marvelous material. The wool’s supernatural properties are all thanks to its super-fine fibers which trap air easily, insulating its wearer and regulating their body temperature. Merino wool is also extremely efficient at wicking sweat away from the body. And unlike oil based synthetic fabrics, which have a smooth fiber sur-face, the coarse surface of merino wool prevents the build-up of smelly bacteria and stays fresh. Often wool can feel itchy like a fisherman’s beard when worn against the skin, but that just isn’t true with merino. And since wool is a natural material, it is biodegradable and won’t take hundreds of years to decompose.