Planning an action packed trip to the snowfields?
We got our Outsiders to sit still long enough to tell us all about their ioMerino must haves for the snow. Keep in mind, we’ve had a champion snowboarder and a couple of Winter Olympian skiers in there over the years, so it’s fair to say their advice is probably worth listening to.
Whether you're a pro or slightly less so, our lightweight merino thermal base layers are the perfect choice for all our mountain and backcountry adventures. Easily layer up or down to keep comfortable and dry in any type of mountain weather.
Even Winter Olympian Emily Bamford was surprised when she first tried ioMerino layers.
“When I discovered ioMerino I’d wear the same amount of layers as before and be sweating so I started to realize layers can be thin and still be very warm.”
Thin. Lightweight. Comfortable. And warm.
Here’s some gear you may want to add to your wardrobe before you hit the slopes.
If you’re heading for the slopes, it all starts with sock and undies. Our Merino Socks are going to keep your feet nice and warm underneath your boots, without making them all hot and sweaty when you’re on the go. You can thank the beautiful, soft, superfine Merino for that. These socks are super comfortable straight out of the pack, with no wearing in required, and they’re seam-free, chafe-free and padded in all the right places.
We love keeping you warm here at ioMerino and there’s not many things worse in the world than being cold ‘downstairs’ if you know what we mean. Sadly, it’s the one thing people so often forget to put a little bit of effort into, and they end up compromising their entire layering system in an area that matters most! Our MicroMerino® underwear is the foundation of your cold weather wardrobe. There’s no need to let ordinary undies compromise your comfort when our super comfy underwear will do the job perfectly. Be sure to choose the red ones if you want to go faster.
Your legs are going to be doing a lot of hard work, so you may as well be nice to them. Put them in a pair of our Altitude tights and they’re going to love you for it. But when you’re on the go, they’ll keep you warm without overheating or getting stinky and sweaty like synthetics will. With the natural breathability of our unique MicroMerino® fabrics, the Altitude Tights will keep you toasty warm, but keep you from overheating when you’re in action. They’ll keep your legs and your rear-end nice and warm, even when you’re sitting on a freezing cold chairlift. Or if you happen to end up a little damp after taking a tumble. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.
If you’re looking for opaque leggings that can be worn on their own, give our new revolutionary Merino-Compression Leggings a try. After extensive research and development, we’ve created a world first and totally unique fabric that combines all the benefits you expect from our high-performance merino fabrics, with the high performance of compression garments. Now you don’t have to choose between the breathability, thermo-regulation, moisture wicking and the odour resistant qualities of Merino or the fit, feel and performance of a compression garment - you can have both.
Your foundation next to skin layer is the Vital Long Sleeve top. It’s made from 100% Merino and has a nice, natural two-way stretch, allowing for lots of movement. And falling down mountains! (No judgement.) The ribbed MicroMerino® fabric is unique to ioMerino and traps tiny pockets of air between it and your skin which creates an extra layer of micro-insulation. This is easily one of the softest Merino fabrics in our range, (it’s The Boss’s personal favourite), and the Vital will not only generate extra warmth when you need it but help prevent you from overheating as well.
The Altitude Long Sleeve can be worn on its own as a next to skin layer in slightly milder conditions (down to around 10c/50f), or as a base layer over the Vital when the temperature drops even further. We’ve added 4% Elastane to these to give them an awesome, and very comfortable, four-way stretch. No matter which way you zig, zag or fall, you’ll have a great range of movement. No restrictions. No limits.
The Altitude range features a drop back hem, designed to tuck into your outer layers or to sit over bottom layers so you don't have exposed cold spots when you're on the go.
The thumb loops keep your hands warm and make layering easy. Flatlock stitching, raglan sleeves and tag free labels help eliminate chafe and maximize comfort!
The Altitude thermals are the first choice for all your on-mountain adventures; keeping your warm and comfortable on the slopes all day long, no overheating and no freezing, no matter what Mother Nature or Ullr the snow god can throw at you!
This little piece of fabric is actually a whole lot more multi-talented and useful than you might think. The versatile Neck Tube can be worn as a face mask, beanie (great for under helmets!), bandana or as its name suggests - a neck tube/neck warmer... whatever you like to call it. The Altitude Neck Tube is super handy, incredibly soft and will keep your neck/face/head warm. The anti-freeze properties of Merino means it will never freeze over, and the anti-microbial (anti-stink) properties mean it won't pick up any unwanted odours... even after your stop for some garlic bread and pizza at lunch!
This Merino Skull Cap is the perfect accessory if you're looking for lightweight head warmth. Not only is it super comfortable, but it's also incredibly versatile so you'll be able to take it from the slopes to the pub - and everywhere in between! Made with 96% superfine Australian Merino wool, it's completely breathable and also packed with performance including temperature regulation, moisture wicking properties and odour-resistance! The streamlined design means you can wear it as an extra layer of warmth under a helmet without bulk or gathering.
These Amazing Beanies is made from 100% superfine Australian Merino and is the beanie you’ll absolutely want to be wearing when it’s cold outside. Super warm, lightweight and soft beyond belief, our beanies is your new ‘must have’ accessory. The superfine Merino is soft-touch/itch-free, so once you’ve worn it, you won’t want to take it off.
Cold fingers can be a real problem and they can totally ruin your day on the slopes. Your legs and body usually warm up nicely enough, but your hands don’t have the same level of circulation and can stay cold, so a good pair of gloves is essential. Ours are lightweight, natural, breathable, soft, warm and comfortable gloves make the perfect inner. And you can even use your touchscreen devices without taking them off, thanks to the touchscreen-friendly pads on the thumb and forefinger.
If the temperature really drops and your fingers and toes feel a little numb, the quickest way to warm up is by adding an extra layer to your core. The Summit Vest or Hoodies are the perfect solution.
Made with 100% Australian Merino Wool, the summit layers offer an unrivalled core body warmth, comfort and performance, yet doesn't create bulk or restrict your movement in any way. They will see you through a wide range of temperatures and also won't take up much room in your pack, plus you can even store bits and pieces in the large zip-up front pockets!
As always, our team and Outsiders are pretty helpful when it comes to answering questions, so if you have any that aren’t too difficult, send us an email anytime and we’ll get straight back to you. (Unless we’re out hitting the slopes ourselves in which case you may need to be a teeny bit more patient!).
Some of the pictures featured were taken by Hilary Matheson featuring ioMerino Outsider Hailey Van Dyk.
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.
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.
Lightweight 170gsm 96% Australian Merino Wool with 4% elastane for extra stretch and comfort. A MicroMerino® Fabric.
Lightweight 160gsm 83% Australian Merino Wool blended with 12% nylon blended for extra durability and 5% Elastane for stretch and comfort.
Midweight 265gsm 96% Australian Merino Wool with 4% elastane for extra stretch and comfort. A MicroMerino® Fabric.
Ultra Lightweight 150gsm 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino® Fabric.
Midweight 280gsm 76% Australian Merino Wool, 15% Elastane and 9% Nylon for extra stretch and compression properties.
Ultra lightweight ribbed 155gsm 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino® Fabric.
Outer Weight 280gsm Fleece 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino® Fabric.
Midweight 260gsm 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino® Fabric.
Midweight 260gsm waffle texture 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino® Fabric.
Midweight 255gsm French Terry 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino® Fabric.