Merino wool is a perfect yarn for socks
Because socks are in direct contact with your skin, there principal role is to transport moisture away from your body and into the mid/outer layers for evaporation. Merino wool is an excellent material for socks, by absorbing moisture and retaining it in natural hollow fibers providing insulation against heat loss. This explains why merino wool keeps you warm even when it is wet.
Other materials like cotton and synthetics do not possess the ability to absorb moisture. Dampness sits on the surface and the wet garments will draw heat from your body causing rapid heat loss and a drop in your core body temperature making you feel cold and uncomfortable.
Merino wool creates a personal micro climate around your body keeping you warm when the ambient Temperature is cool and cooling you down when the temperature is warm.
Merino wool is naturally antimicrobial
Merino wool has natural odour resistant properties and can be worn for a considerable amount of time before it eventually needs washing. The scaly surface of a merino wool fibre does not attract bacteria unlike the smooth, positive charged synthetic fibres. This explains why clothing made from synthetics smell rapidly especially in high exertion activities.
Merino wool has a greater capacity to absorb moisture, 35% of its own weight. The moisture is held within the fibre, bacterial microbes are unable to gain access to the moisture.
Merino wools internal chemistry allows it to bind to the components of body odour trapping them within the fibre. In conditions of high humidity or moisture merino wool passes through a point called glass transition and is able to dramatically increase its absorption rate. This allows a faster absorption of odour. When the fibre reverts to normal conditions the odours are trapped inside the structure even if the moisture evaporates. When washed the glass transition phase occurs again and the odours are washed away from the fibres' structure.
Merino wool is a renewable and sustainable resource
Unlike the synthetic by products of the petroleum industry or the cotton industry which requires vast quantities of water and pesticides. Merino wool is a true renewable resource and is produced with minimal environmental impact. Merino wool is the finest natural fibre available and is biodegradable.
You and the environment benefit by choosing merino wool.