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What is it about Merino wool that makes it ideal for the backcountry hunter?
  • Temperature regulation. When its hot, Merino wool moves moisture away from your skin, keeping you cool. When its cold, Merino wool traps the warm air next to your body keeping you warm.
  • No Oder. Try it for yourself. I was amazed that after days on end my Merino wool boxers did not have any oder to them.
  • No shine. Merino wool absorbs light, while other materials reflect it.
  • No Sound. Merino wool is silent. There is very little sound when you rub to Merino wool objects together. And zero sound when it flaps in the wind.
  • No more itch. I wear my chama hoody daily. Even when I'm not on the mountain, its by far my most comfortable shirt.

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Benefits of Merino Wool

Most of us who are old enough to have spent years in the outdoors before the advent of Merino wool underlayers associate ‘wool’ with that stinky, itchy, hand-knit sweater that weighed 20 lbs when wet and smelled like your 10 year old Golden Retriever. With the advent of Merino wool garments, all of that has changed. Merino wool fibers are some of the finest found in nature and produce material so soft, durable and naturally odor resistant that they surpass synthetics in nearly every way. Despite the advances of science and the creation of soft fleece and plush cynchilla, nothing beats the feel of Merino wool. Unlike synthetics which stink when they’re dirty with sweat, wool doesn’t stink even after you’ve sweated in it for days. Not only does this mean it needs to be washed far less than your other garments, it means not getting as easily “winded” by game when it matters most. You’ll be happy to know washing your wool is easy (when it needs it) and it can be dried in the dryer as well. Wearing our Merino wool base layers will feel like you’re wearing your softest cotton T-shirt.