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Everything you need to know about our all natural neck warmers. (That are also great in warm weather!)

August 14, 2020

Woman is outside wearing an ioMerino Neck Warmer as a face mask

Our best selling neck warmers are good in all sorts of ways, in all sorts of conditions, for all sorts of reasons. Get the lowdown here.

They’re not just for your neck

Even though they’re commonly referred to as ‘neck warmers’ or ‘neck gaiters’, they’re certainly not just for your neck. You can wear them all sorts of ways. Some people wear them as a headband to keep their ears warm, as a headband to soak up perspiration, over the top of their heads in place of a beanie, or if you’re super talented, even more like a balaklava to protect almost all of your head and face. They can be worn on their own or underneath a bike or ski helmet. And, of course, you can wear it around your wrist in case you need it later.

Woman wearing pink Neck Warmer around neck Woman wearing pink Neck Warmer as a headband

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You can wear them as a face mask

Recently, more and more people have been wearing them as face masks. Some people have always done this to protect themselves from the elements - usually the cold, but also dust in certain weather conditions. And now with Covid19 some people are wearing them to meet face mask regulations. There’s plenty of information around about which types of face coverings offer the most protection, and there’s no question a merino neck warmer is not going to offer maximum protection, but if you’re in a low risk situation and simply trying to comply with regulations, there’s no question these high performance neck warmers might be a worthwhile option.

They’re natural fabric

One of the things people love about these neck warmers is they’re made from a natural fabric. These are 96% merino with only 4% elastane added to give it a bit of extra stretch for even more comfort. So instead breathing through some stinky, sweaty synthetic fabric, you get all natural merino.

They’re breathable

Another great benefit of our merino fabric is how naturally breathable it is. The thermo regulating properties, (that’s its ability to control temperature and keep you warm when it’s cool, but keep you comfortable when it’s warm), gives you a fantastic combination of protection from the elements along with the comfort of breathability without getting stuffy or stinky.

They’re naturally moisture wicking and anti-bacterial

Because the wool fibres in our neck warmers can absorb large quantities of vapour (up to 35% of its own weight - which is about twice as much as cotton and thirty times as much as polyester), it helps keep your skin drier and prevents the build up of sweat discouraging bacteria and unpleasant smells. The unique chemical structure of wool also bonds odours within the fibre where bacteria do not thrive.

There’s no micro plastics

Unlike synthetic fibres that can enter the water ways and oceans when you wash them and stay there for who knows how long, wool readily biodegrades in marine environments. It’s estimated up to 1.7million tons of microfibres are released into the oceans every year and a big part of this comes from washing clothing. Not only do our merino fabrics need to be washed less, but when you do, you’re not contributing to the micro plastic problem.

They’re ethically made

Last but not least, all our clothing, including our neck warmers, are ethically made. No sweat shops, no child labour, no unfair working conditions. All our clothing is made at hand picked factories who meet the highest standards to make sure you don’t just feel good in your io, but feel good about it as well.

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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: