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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.

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 let you know what we’re doing here at io.
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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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Say No to Micro Plastics

Say No to Micro Plastics

September 04, 2019

We all know plastic is a problem. Single use plastic. Plastic bottles. Plastic bags. And plastic clothes.You may not call them ‘plastic’, but those synthetic clothes - polyester etc - contribute up to 35% of microplastics polluting the oceans. Find out how wearing ioMerino can help avoid you contributing to this problem!
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The 7 most important things you need to know about layering

The 7 most important things you need to know about layering

August 09, 2019

When it comes to staying warm, bigger isn’t better. In fact, the experts agree lightweight layers are not only more comfortable, they are actually more effective than bulky layers. Find out the 7 most important things you need to know about layering your Merino gear for maximum warmth and comfort.
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Why don't more people run in merino?

Why don't more people run in merino?

July 30, 2019

If Merino is so great for running and other outdoor adventure sports, why don’t most of the major running brands in the world use it in their clothing? Find out the real reason here.
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Ultra Trail Australia 2019

Ultra Trail Australia 2019

July 12, 2019

When running long distances, the slightest thing can mess with your head and divert your focus. If you are too busy thinking your top is riding up, your sock slipping, or if you're too hot or cold, your focus is gone and you struggle. We spoke to ioMerino Outsider, Sarah, about her experience running the infamous Ultra Trail Australia 50km and if her ioMerino held up against the long and cold conditions.
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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: