10,000kms. Three weeks. One hoodie.

August 03, 2017

10,000kms. Three weeks. One hoodie.

We always put a lot of love, care  and attention to detail into every single product we make. We put an enormous amount of time into developing our own fabrics made from nothing but the finest Australian wool. And a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears into designing clothes that people who are into the outdoors, won’t just like, but love. So when we hear stories from people like ioMerino Outsider Sputnik about how much he loved our new Hoodie, we just had to share it with you.

Sputnik recently decided he wanted to swim with whale sharks. There’s only a few places in the world you can do that, one of them being Ningaloo Reef on the Western Australian coast - about 5,000kms from his home town of Adelaide, South Australia. He’s not one to let a few thousand kilometres come between him and his dreams, so he packed his tent, his cameras, his kayak, mountain bike and a bunch of ioMerino layers - including the new Summit Hoodie - and drove off into the sunset. Literally

Sputnik recently decided he wanted to swim with whale sharks. There’s only a few places in the world you can do that, one of them being Ningaloo Reef on the Western Australian coast - about 5,000kms from his home town of Adelaide, South Australia. He’s not one to let a few thousand kilometres come between him and his dreams, so he packed his tent, his cameras, his kayak, mountain bike and a bunch of ioMerino layers - including the new Summit Hoodie - and drove off into the sunset. Literally.

As the old saying goes, life is about the journey and not the destination, and he certainly turned his journey into quite an adventure, exploring caves, watching migrating whales swim past, exploring all sorts of trails, rock formations and gorges, and even doing an adventure race along the way. And what did he wear every single day? The Summit Hoodie.

He may not have worn it literally all day, every day, but in the cold mornings, in the car, the freezing cold desert evenings and even overnight sleeping in his tent to stay extra warm when the temperature dropped below zero, the hoodie was his go to item.

“I thought the old Summit Hoodie was comfy, but this new one is completely and utterly epic” he said. “The new fabric, the new fit, the new colours and designs - just brilliant. I’ve worn and field tested a lot of ioMerino over the past few years, but this top has quickly become my all time favourite. I may need to get a different colour to the charcoal one I have as it’s actually starting to get a bit embarrassing that I wear it pretty much every day!” he laughed.

Lucky for him, it comes in zip and pullover styles, and a few different colours. Lucky for everyone else it’s as breathable and naturally stink proof as all our other layers. If you’re looking for your new favourite hoodie, be sure to check them out.

You can follow Sputnik's adventures on Facebook and Instagram.



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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: