We love merino wool! We love it for base layers and pyjamas. We love it in our hiking socks. We love it as underwear or in diaper covers . It is such a versatile material with benefits galore. We especially love it in the backcountry and we definitely love it all year long.
By now you might be asking what’s the big deal with merino wool? And why would I want to wear merino wool in the summer? Well, hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll be shopping for a merino wool wardrobe for the whole family, starting with some luvmother merino wool clothes for your little adventurers!
For your consideration, here are…
12 Reasons to Love Merino Wool All Year Long
1. It is temperature-regulating.
Merino wool will keep you warm when it’s cold AND cool when it’s hot. Perfect as a base layer under other thicker layers, or on its own, the ability to keep you comfortable in any weather makes merino wool a great all-season choice. I didn’t believe this one until I tried it myself – it’s true!
2. It is breathable.
Unlike synthetic thermal layers or athletic wear, merino wool breathes. It won’t leave you feeling stuffy, sweaty or wet. It’s almost like wearing nothing, except that it’s more socially acceptable, and in some cases, cuter.
3. It is moisture-wicking.
If you do get a little toasty in your merino wool, you won’t find you feel wet. Merino wool works to keep you dry and comfortable by wicking moisture away from your skin. This feature also means that your merino wool clothing will dry quickly after washing or any (mis)adventures that land you in the water!
4. It is odour-resistant.
Yes! I honestly don’t remember the last time I washed my own merino wool top and it smells great! (I asked Trail Dad to verify and he gave me a thumbs up!) Our socks are the same…and they are still as soft as when we bought them. Huckleberry’s merino wool outfits only get washed when they are visibly very dirty – odour is never the reason they get tossed in the laundry.
5. It is stain-resistant.
I’ve tested this myself, Huckleberry has too, and no stains to date. No sweat stains. No grass stains. No hot chocolate stains. No diaper mishap related stains. No stains at all! I can’t say the same about 90% of either of our wardrobes, lol.
6. It offers high UV protection.
This is one of the biggest reasons we wear merino wool in the summer! All natural, sunscreen-free UV protection. For lazy parents, or sun-sensitive skin. Oh, and excellent bug protection too – in terms of long sleeves and pants that don’t make you too hot!
7. It is naturally flame-resistant.
I thought I’d throw this benefit in there for all you firebugs who camp with aspiring little firebugs. No one wants to dance around a bonfire in flammable clothing, am I right?
8. It is super soft.
You’ll probably not care about the other 11 reasons to love merino wool all year long once you discover how soft it is. You’ll simply want to live in it! January right through to December – merino wool every day.
9. It is durable.
Don’t worry about wearing your merino wool excessively though, there’s no need to baby it. It’s tough stuff that is meant to accompany you on all of your outdoor adventures! And because of the durability, there’s built-in hand-me-down quality that luvmother capitalizes on by adding cute little multi-name tags!
10. It is hypoallergenic.
How many of you got itchy when you read “wool”? Come on, you know who you are. There are tons of people out there allergic to all sorts of fibres, wool being a big one. But merino wool is different – it is hypoallergenic and the very fine fibres that make it super soft make it unlike that traditional wool that gives you the itchies worse than a swarm of hungry backcountry skeeters!
11. It is machine washable.
This isn’t another special piece of clothing with a care manual – chuck it in the washing machine with everything else and hang it to dry. I’ve also put it in the dryer on low heat (and once accidentally on high heat) and the world didn’t end!
12. It is 100% natural, sustainable and ethical*
“The merino wool found in any luvmother™ garment is sourced from either certified non-mulesed or ceased-mulesed farms in Australia and New Zealand. Traceability programs are co-ordinated and certified. All farms must comply with regulations governed by the RSPCA and the New Zealand Animal Welfare Act. Their mill partners encourage sustainable farming practices including environmentally aware processing, “landcare” re-vegetation projects and the creation of nature corridors.” (luvmother sourcing details)
*This may not be true of all merino wool brands but is true of luvmother
NOTE: Merino wool works best when worn next to the skin.
Huckleberry’s outfit from luvmother has become his backcountry uniform. We deck him out in his everyday merino shirt, better merino pant and toasty merino tuque when we hike, camp, and paddle. He wears them for days straight with no need to wash them in between wears. The everyday merino shirt is lightweight and offers full coverage against the sun and the bugs. The better merino pant is thick and durable and stands up against rough play on the Canadian Shield. The toasty merino tuque is reversible, thin enough to fit under a hood, and great for those chilly evenings around the fire or early morning starts before the sun is up. Honestly, I wish I had the entire ensemble in my size!
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*I received these products in exchange for this post. All opinions remain my own.