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Welcome to the Zone, where we share all sorts of inspiring stories about who’s doing what outside, including our ioMerino Outsiders. There’s also helpful information about the products, as well as special offers and competitions. Plus anything else we think will stir your adventurous soul. We also collect pictures of you guys wearing your ioMerino gear out and about, so feel free to email us your pictures or stories (there’s a little thank you bonus if we use your story!) and share them on social media - just remember to tag us so we see them. Thanks again for being a fellow Outsider.

Images from the 7 day lockdown nature challenge

Lockdown Nature Challenge Winners & Highlights

August 19, 2021

When most of Australia was in a lockdown, some for 7 days, some for longer, we put on a little Lockdown Nature Challenge. Here are the winners and if you didn’t catch the daily highlights, then check out the videos here.
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Map showing locations in the world

Where do you want to go with io?

July 27, 2021

Simply tell us in 20 words or less where you want to go right now and why, to be in with the chance to win one of three $100 ioMerino vouchers. 
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A bee pollinating a flower.

The 7 Day Lockdown Nature Challenge

July 20, 2021

With a big chunk of Australia now in Lockdown, we thought what better time to give you a bit of a nature challenge to keep you occupied and focused on how good nature is, and the chance to win some free stuff?
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Woman in the snow wearing ioMerino outdoor clothing

Ultra Zip is Ultra Versatile and Cosy

July 01, 2021

The Ultra Zip has the best all around fit for comfort, function, performance and durability that I have found when compared to other brands and styles of wool tops.
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Why it's time to change the way we think about mandatory equipment.

Why it's time to change the way we think about mandatory equipment.

May 25, 2021

I’m as guilty as anyone of looking at mandatory equipment lists for races and thinking they’re put together by ‘The Fun Police’.
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Every wondered why io don’t go on sale more often?

Every wondered why io don’t go on sale more often?

May 18, 2021

As Outsiders, we pride ourselves on doing things a bit differently, and we know the people who like us and like our products, understand and appreciate that.
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Group of trail runners outdoors

Get Race Ready

April 13, 2021

Race season is kicking off. And with any luck, this year we’ll have a bunch of actual races. In the real world. With other people. Boom! So it’s time to get ready to go.
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Five Peaks Trail Running Festival

Five Peaks Trail Running Festival

March 30, 2021

Running events are back in Australia in a big way and to kick off what is pretty much the official start of the running season here in South Australia, the Five Peaks Trail Running Festival really turned it on. The ioMerino team were there from start to finish.
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When is the best time to buy your warm clothing for the cold weather?

When is the best time to buy your warm clothing for the cold weather?

March 08, 2021

The cold weather is coming. We all know what’s on its way. In fact, depending on where you live, it’s already arrived. So when is the best time to buy your warm clothes for the season?
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Men and women participating in outdoor activities

Where would you go with io?

March 05, 2021

Answer four simple questions about your favourite outdoor activity and you'll be in the draw.
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Man running in the outdoors wearing arm warmers

What To Wear In 'In-Between' Weather

March 02, 2021

If you want to stay comfortable for longer when it’s somewhere in between hot and cold, or possibly goes from one to the other and maybe even back again, we’ve got the perfect ‘in between’ suggestions for you to go with.
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ioMerino New Year Challenge

Let's Go! New Year Challenge

December 09, 2020

Looking to kiss (or maybe kick) 2020 goodbye? Aren’t we all? This is your chance to get off to a great start in 2021 and get some pretty sweet bling for your efforts with our New Year Challenge. 
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Fabric Guide

While Merino is an amazing natural fibre, not all Merino fabrics are created equal. At ioMerino, we make our own fabrics, using only the best quality fibres, and to very specific specifications that make the most of the natural benefits of Merino. All of them are 'Merino rich’. No cheap blends passed off as Merino. No cheaper scratchy fibres or synthetic substitutes to save money. No unethical production. And each fabric is made for a specific purpose. So if you see something with a small amount of elastase or nylon added, you can be sure it absolutely needs to be there to enhance the natural stretch and durability. 

It took every bit of our 140 years of experience in the wool industry to perfect our fabrics, but we think you’ll agree the end result was more than worth the effort.

Ethically Made. Ethically Sourced. Perfectly Natural. 

 

Altitude / Zodiac

Lightweight 170gsm 96% Australian Merino Wool with 4% elastane for extra stretch and comfort. A MicroMerino® Fabric. 

 

Ultra / Universal

Lightweight 160gsm 83% Australian Merino Wool blended with 12% nylon blended for extra durability and 5% Elastane for stretch and comfort.

 

Chaser

Midweight 265gsm 96% Australian Merino Wool with 4% elastane for extra stretch and comfort. A MicroMerino® Fabric. 

 

Summerino - Celsius 

Made from 45% ultra fine MERINO (Ultra Lightweight 150gsm), 45% natural TENCEL (made from sustainably grown wood fiber), and 10% nylon for extra durability. 

 

Summerino - Keystone 

Ultra Lightweight 150gsm 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino® Fabric. 

 

Merino Compression

Midweight 280gsm 76% Australian Merino Wool, 15% Elastane and 9% Nylon for extra stretch and compression properties.

 

Vital

Ultra lightweight ribbed 155gsm 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino®  Fabric. 

 

Summit

Outer Weight 280gsm Fleece 100% Australian Merino Wool. MicroMerino®  Fabric. 

 

Pinnacle

Midweight 260gsm 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino®  Fabric. 

 

Elemental 

Midweight 260gsm waffle texture 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino®  Fabric. 

 

Stride / Glacier / Velocity

Midweight 255gsm French Terry 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino®  Fabric. 

 

Natural Merino Wool benefits: