Pre-event briefing

May 26, 2020

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

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, a bit concerned that the line up to the port-a-loo won’t move fast enough, waiting for everything to kick off.

Instead, today, we’re sitting looking at our screens. How times change. But one thing that doesn’t change is we can still be a part of something fun and exciting and use that to stay motivated and inspired. Especially during winter when, let’s be honest, things can be a bit bleak and staying in bed can seem like not such a bad idea.

I know that just like myself, a lot of you enter events to have something to aim for. Maybe it’s a distance, a time, or just to be a part of something. And our Outsiders Winter Challenge is definitely that, although with a few key differences.

First of all, we don’t care whether you run, ride, hike… or a bit of all three. We know that’s not how regular events usually work, but for us, this is about celebrating being outside, regardless of how you do that. With a special nod to our wheelchair entrants who’ll be in on this as well.

Secondly, we’re not the event police, so regardless of what weekly distance you choose, if you fall a bit short one week, and want to make it up the next, that’s fine as well. There’s no DQs here. Make it up, don’t make it up, it’s up to you. We know in some events there’s no short cuts, but in our challenge, it’s just about being involved. And because it goes for 12 weeks we know there’s bound to be some ups and downs - both literal and otherwise. What’s important to us, is that you stay inspired, and keep going.

So use this Warm Up Week to get your head in the game, get your warm gear ready, post your flat lays on social media to let everyone know what you’re up to, and we’ll see you bright and early Monday morning for Week One.

David Michell

Chief Outsider


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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.



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.



Ultra lightweight ribbed 155gsm 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino®  Fabric. 



Outer Weight 280gsm Fleece 100% Australian Merino Wool. MicroMerino®  Fabric. 



Midweight 260gsm 100% Australian Merino Wool. A MicroMerino®  Fabric. 



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: