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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.

Woman in the snow wearing ioMerino outdoor clothing

Ultra Zip is Ultra Versatile and Cosy

July 01, 2021

The Ultra Zip has the best all around fit for comfort, function, performance and durability that I have found when compared to other brands and styles of wool tops.
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Group of trail runners outdoors

Get Race Ready

April 13, 2021

Race season is kicking off. And with any luck, this year we’ll have a bunch of actual races. In the real world. With other people. Boom! So it’s time to get ready to go.
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Five Peaks Trail Running Festival

Five Peaks Trail Running Festival

March 30, 2021

Running events are back in Australia in a big way and to kick off what is pretty much the official start of the running season here in South Australia, the Five Peaks Trail Running Festival really turned it on. The ioMerino team were there from start to finish.
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Man running in the outdoors wearing arm warmers

What To Wear In 'In-Between' Weather

March 02, 2021

If you want to stay comfortable for longer when it’s somewhere in between hot and cold, or possibly goes from one to the other and maybe even back again, we’ve got the perfect ‘in between’ suggestions for you to go with.
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ioMerino New Year Challenge

Let's Go! New Year Challenge

December 09, 2020

Looking to kiss (or maybe kick) 2020 goodbye? Aren’t we all? This is your chance to get off to a great start in 2021 and get some pretty sweet bling for your efforts with our New Year Challenge. 
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Outsiders pre-event briefing with image of Head Honcho David MIchell

Pre-event briefing

May 26, 2020

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...
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ioMerino Outsiders Winter Challenge

Outsiders Winter Challenge

May 20, 2020

It can be tough to stay motivated through Winter, even more so this year when so many events have been cancelled. But don’t worry, the ioMerino Outsiders Winter Challenge is here too keep you inspired, motivated and ready to earn some bling.
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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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Conquering Tokyo & The Rain.

Conquering Tokyo & The Rain.

March 28, 2019

We spoke to marathoner Andrea about her recent trip to run the Tokyo Marathon in what turned out to be some very ordinary weather. Or course, she was prepared with her ioMerino so she wasn’t too fazed, but here’s what she had to say about her race, and the rest of her trip to Japan.
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Meet the non-believers.

Meet the non-believers.

March 15, 2019

Like a lot of people, Stevi-Lee wasn’t convinced our clothes were good value. So naturally we figured she would be the perfect person to reviewer them. If we could convert her, perhaps other customers would believe her rather than the usual claims all companies make about how good their products are. Did we change this ioMerino sceptic into a believer? 

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TRSA

Five Peaks Ultra-marathon & SA Trail Running Festival

February 25, 2019

Whether you’re running TRSA Five Peaks or just doing your own thing over the next few months approaching the cooler weather, here are a few pointers on some fully trail tested and ultra comfortable lightweight thermal gear you might find useful on your way.
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5 reasons you need to swap your stinky synthetics for natural Merino

5 reasons you need to swap your stinky synthetics for natural Merino

February 05, 2019

So you love running, or even just being in nature? Fair enough, so do we. Which makes it all the more confusing why people insist on doing it in something so unnatural - like stinky, plastic, synthetic running gear. Here are 5 reasons why you should swap your stinky synthetics for something natural.

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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: