It is hot, and sunny, and I knew that our Armadillo Merino® garments offer great UV (SPF) protection, and was wondering why.
When a customer recently asked us why our garments do not smell, I thought we had this covered on the website, but I was wrong. I am not sure how we missed talking more about this as it is important, and unique to merino wool, so here goes.
The merino wool that we use has many unique performance properties and here we look at the fibre's naturally occurring flame resistance (FR). This natural FR is generating interest as we are hearing more and more about the importance of fire fighter well being with growing concerns about clothing toxins. Added to this uncertainty is that to make some textiles flame resistant they are treated with a number of chemicals and should these chemically treated textiles be exposed to heat or flames they can produce hazardous gases (known as off-gassing) which may be inhaled by the wearer. With these facts in mind the naturally occurring fire resistance of the Armadillo Merino® wool looks more and more attractive.
People usually think merino wool for winter, but it also works great in summer.
1. Breathable: The wool fibre is special and has the ability to move moisture in the vapour form. When you sweat, you sweat in the vapour form. The merino wool absorbs the vapour, and then passes it to the outside. The merino wool fibre can also absorb up to 30% of it's weight in moisture vapour, leaving your skin feeling dryer, and more comfortable. This is why a lightweight wool t-shirt feels great on a hot summers day.
Microfibres are in the news a lot these days. Here I look into the topic in more detail, as well as make some suggestions on what you can do in the short term to help the environment and reduce your microfibre output. Hint: The best solution is to wear natural fibres, and better still Armadillo Merino®.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, accidents happen, liquids get spilt, stains happen. All of our next-to-skin garments are machine washable, but if you have a really stubborn stain, or want to remove a stain before washing, here are a few tips. Click here for our standard washing instructions.
Over the coming weeks I will touch on some of the key performance attributes of Armadillo Merino®. The first in this series is Protection. At a later date I will also talk about each of the specific attributes in separate posts, but that is more detail than is required here as we start to talk about the key attributes of Armadillo Merino®.
This is the second in our series of articles talking about the key performance attributes of Armadillo Merino®. Today, is it Comfort.
December 21st is ther shortest day, and to go with this, today will be our shortest blog post, and I wanted to make it pretty simple. We even created a simple 6x4 downloaded cheat sheet that goes with this blog post as well!
We often get asked about bamboo and to compare it to merino wool especially for base layer garments. In this post we review bamboo vs. merino wool from manufacturing perspective and then compare the key properties.
At Armadillo Merino®, we have three different collections, and get asked all the time what are the differences. Elite, Big Cat or Raptor, which collection works best for you? All are super comfortable, designed for the professional operator, and tested all over the world.
Why does Armadillo Merino® keep me warm?
As we head into the winter season, we get asked, how does Armadillo keep me warm. Here we try to answer that question, without going to deep into the science.
Armadillo Merino® is a great natural insulator. It keeps you warm without you overheating, and keeps you cool when it is hot, but that is another story. How does it do it?
1. Natural Fibre structureThe secret, is the natural fibre structure that creates tiny pockets of air within each wool fibre. These provide both both insulation and breathability.
Here at Armadillo Merino®, we make our next-to-skin clothing out of Merino wool from New Zealand, and are regularly asked why Merino and what is Merino. Hopefully we can answer your questions here.