More and more sportsmen and women are appreciating the qualities of clothing and especially merino wool socks. At Monnet, we have merino wool socks in all our collections: ski socks, hiking socks and running/trail socks because we have known about their many properties for a very long time.
What is the origin of merino wool?
Merino wool comes from a very specific breed of sheep - the Merino sheep - which can be found today in Australia, New Zealand, South America and South Africa. Merino wool is of the highest quality because it is made up of light, fine hair (twice as fine as the hair of other breeds of sheep) and can withstand extreme temperature variations. All the wools we use to make our socks are merino wools, which is why all our models are particularly comfortable.
The 5 main properties of merino wool.
Merino wool protects against cold
Merino wool fibres are layered in several layers that trap air between them. Since air is a good insulator, these air pockets keep the body warm. Instead of talking about warm socks, we rather talk about thermoregulating merino wool socks
But also against warmth!
Wool can be made up of up to 33% of its own weight in moisture. Perspiration or moisture from the skin can be stored in the wool fibres. The warm air then promotes the evaporation of the moisture to the outside. This process leaves the skin feeling cool. Contrary to popular belief, merino wool is therefore perfectly suited to high temperatures. The higher the wool content, the better the moisture wicking.
Merino wool does not give off unpleasant odours
Unpleasant odours are caused by bacteria that break down sweat. In contrast to synthetic fibres, the fibres of merino wool have a scaly surface which prevents bacteria from settling.
Merino wool is non-itchy
The thickness of a merino wool fibre (between 16 and 24 microns) is below the human sensitivity threshold. Therefore merino wool is soft to the touch and absolutely non-itchy.
Merino wool is 100% renewable and biodegradable
Some sheep farmers still practice the cruel and painful process of mulesing, a practice that consists of injuring the animals to prevent fly larvae from nesting. At Monnet we guarantee that all the merino wool we use comes from farmers who do not practice mulesing.