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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.

Outsiders pre-event briefing with image of Head Honcho David MIchell

Pre-event briefing

June 01, 2020

Hi all, and thanks for coming. Even though you’re there, and we’re here, we’re all in this, and this challenge, together now. So this is the bit where in the good old days, we would have been milling around before the event, a bit nervous, a bit excited...
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ioMerino Outsiders Winter Challenge

Outsiders Winter Challenge

May 20, 2020

It can be tough to stay motivated through Winter, even more so this year when so many events have been cancelled. But don’t worry, the ioMerino Outsiders Winter Challenge is here too keep you inspired, motivated and ready to earn some bling.
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The Cycling Adventure That Hit A Major COVID- 19 Roadblock

The Cycling Adventure That Hit A Major COVID- 19 Roadblock

April 14, 2020

An epic 3,000km bike packing trip from Cape Reinga on the very north tip of New Zealand, to Bluff in the south. Andrew knew there would be plenty of challenges along the way, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to ride head on into the chaos of a global pandemic.
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The Ultimate Lockdown Survival Guide | ioMerino

The Ultimate Survival Guide for People Who Love Being Outside

April 06, 2020

Well, what strange times these are. If you’d asked us just a month or two ago if we thought this is what the world would look like at the moment, we probably would have laughed.
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Another message from the boss

Another message from the boss

March 25, 2020

We’ve thought long and hard about what we’re supposed to do while the world goes through this crazy time. Do we stay open, or do we shut down?
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A message from the boss | A quick update from ioMerino

A message from the boss

March 18, 2020

We know what you’re probably thinking: “Not another bloody Covid-19 notice”. But we sort of have to give you a quick update just to...
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Where do you io?

Where do you io?

March 17, 2020

Answer three simple questions about your favourite outdoor activity and you'll be in the draw. Competition now closed.
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Do you feel good about your clothes?

Do you feel good about your clothes?

January 29, 2020

There’s no question our clothes feel great when you’re in them. But do your clothes fit your values as well as your body?
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What's the difference between layers and regular clothes?

What’s the difference between ‘layers’ and regular ‘clothes’?

November 18, 2019

Ever wondered why we quite often refer to our merino outdoor clothing as ‘layers’ or ‘base layers’ rather than just calling them ‘clothes’. Maybe it’s time we explained why. 

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Jess's Bloody Long Run for a cause.

Jess's Bloody Long Run for a cause.

October 29, 2019

Each year The Bloody Long Walk aims to raise money to support people living with mitochondrial disease. This year, it got personal for ioMerino Outsider Jess, who agreed to not only take part, but go even longer to help one of the kids at the local kindergarten. 
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Super natural. Not superficial.

Super natural. Not superficial.

October 16, 2019

Isn't it time we all made smarter choices about what we wear and why? We go through some of the reasons people are rethinking what they wear, choosing natural merino wool for their outdoor adventures, and why they go with io.
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Why our winter clothes are great for spring. And summer. And autumn.

Why our winter clothes are great for spring. And summer. And autumn.

September 25, 2019

Some people think ioMerino is only for winter. Wrong! They’re brilliant for the in-between seasons and well into summer too. We’ll tell you 10 things you may not have considered when you were planning what to wear Outside when winter comes to an end and it's time to defrost.

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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 - 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: