Merino wool comes from (surprise surprise) Merino Sheep, and it's pretty remarkable stuff. The sheep are incredibly hardy, living in a pretty grim, changeable mountain environment. Their fleeces need to protect them from harsh conditions in the winter, when other sheep would freeze, while also being breathable in summer when temperatures ride. On top of this, they are also exceptionally soft and lightweight - and these qualities are the reason why it's become such a popular material, particularly for athletic clothing.
10 years ago it was pretty specialist outdoors stuff. Now, everyone is at it. We've checked, researched, and tested all the different varieties of merino wool, to make sure that we use the best. Extrafine merino, from world leaders Merino State: it's exceptionally soft, but tough, it feels luxurious, performs brilliantly, and will last you for many years of riding, washing and wearing.
We've then taken this exceptional raw product and applied our outstanding attention to detail to produce a range of merino men's & women's cycling clothes.
Unlike many brands, our merino tops are pure 100% merino wool. Not blends. Synthetics are much much cheaper than merino wool, with good reason. Those hardy Merino sheep don’t produce great wool just anywhere. It’s the harsh, high, grim conditions that their coats excel in to keep them warm, cool or dry, which gives merino wool it's amazing properties, and makes it so expensive to farm.
What makes merino so great?
In A/W16, we introduced pure extrafine merino, made by leaders Merino State, for all of our merino garments. The thinner the merino wool strands, the softer the garment - but also, the tougher it is too. You won’t find extrafine merino garments pilling like others of a lower grade, even after repeated washes.
Merino is naturally anti-bacterial, which means it is odor-resistant; the fibres also wick moisture away from the body, which means it’s comfortable even when wet from rain or sweat, and it’s fast drying too; it keeps you warm when it’s cold, and cools your body when it’s hot thanks to that wicking. Smart stuff!
It’s natural, biodegradable and renewable, and unlike many brands our merino tops are pure merino wool - no blends with synthetics. Those hardy Merino sheep don’t produce great wool just anywhere. It’s the harsh, high, grim conditions that their coats excel in to keep them warm, cool or dry, which makes it so expensive to farm.
After making sure that we’ve picked the best quality of merino wool available, we then apply that attention to detail to the raw fabric. Each garment is cut for comfort on & off the bike. We think about every facet, using only best quality detailing, like YKK zips and Corozo nut buttons -
High grade merino doesn’t shrink, and is perfectly fine chucked in the washing machine. Just avoid heat, use non-biological detergent (bio will damage the essential oils in the fabric), and no conditioner (the enemy of all performance fabrics). Simple.
Instead of scratchy labels, we print all of our washing and care info on the inside, so you can enjoy that beautiful against skin feel of brilliant merino without distraction. Flat lock stitching also avoids seams that rub and chafe, causing irritation.
The thinner the merino wool strands, the softer the garment. For our urban cycling clothes, we use world leaders Merino State, and their extrafine merino wool, which is so soft you’ll smile (this actually happens with testers), tougher, and even hangs more flatteringly.
Our Extrafine Merino Range
Men's Extrafine Merino Touring Boxers
Bib shorts comfort, without wearing bib shorts, designed for long days of cycling.
How to care for extrafine merino
Pure merino is easy to care for.
Simply cool machine wash without using biological liquid or conditioner. Avoid washing with metal zips or velcro. Dry flat or on a clothes maiden. Done.