Wool is a misunderstood clothing fabric. Many people are under the misconception that all wool is scratchy and itchy, but that is not the case. The itchiness that some people experience is related to the fiber diameter used to make the garment. Luckily, all wool garments are not made from the same size fiber. We, at Dave's New York, understand the importance of comfort as well as function and we would like to share some information about why many people love wearing wool clothing, specifically merino wool.
Merino sheep originated in Spain, were domesticated in Australia, and are now found all over the world, even in the United States. Fine wool sheep produce wool fibers that are small in diameter, usually 20 microns or less. The merino wool that comes from fine wool production accounts for over 50% of the world's sheep population.
The reason many wool products feel itchy is that the fibers in most wool are larger in diameter. Merino wool has thinner fibers, which gives it a finer texture. They bend more easily, too, so all-in-all this gives the wool a softer feel as it wraps more easily around the wearer’s body. Those looking for base layer clothing to keep them warm might want to consider Minus33 Chocorua Men’s Midweight Crew.
Not everyone wants to invest in wool, especially high-quality wool like this because of the expense. The good news, though, is that merino wool is elastic and resilient so that it will last a long time without needing to be replaced. Even clothes that normally get holes quickly, like socks, last longer than average. Wigwam socks like the Comfort Explorers or the Light Hikers are both popular choices for winter fun.
Fabrics that wick away moisture pull that moisture away from the skin, and merino wool does this very well, even better than many synthetic performance fabrics. This is especially useful when working out in the cold. If someone sweats in these conditions, he risks hypothermia. It’s much better for someone to wear clothing that will help keep them dry, such as the Duofold Men’s Mid Weight Merino Wool Thermal Underwear Top and Bottom.
As an added bonus, since moisture does not linger on the fabric, the odor-causing bacteria that grow on many wool products don’t have the chance to bloom here. That means the socks, shirts, and other merino wool items of clothing won’t produce a bad odor.
Wool is an effective form of temperature control, as it can naturally heat or cool the wearer as needed. The warming part is obvious, which is why wool is so popular in winter clothing. The fibers create a helpful layer of insulation on their own, and when the moisture is pulled away from the skin, as mentioned above, that also helps keep the wearer warm.
When the wearer is too warm, however, the moisture in the fabric evaporates, lowering the temperature of the air between skin and wool. This means that merino wool not only warms in the winter; it also cools in the summer.
Clothing made from merino wool has risen in popularity over the last few years. This should come as no surprise when you compare the advantages of it's natural properties over synthetic fabrics. Besides moisture wicking, odor-resistant, fire resistant, and providing UV protection, it is cozy, warm and comfortable against your skin.