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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.

Why it's time to change the way we think about mandatory equipment.

Why it's time to change the way we think about mandatory equipment.

May 25, 2021

I’m as guilty as anyone of looking at mandatory equipment lists for races and thinking they’re put together by ‘The Fun Police’.
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Ultra Trail Australia 2019

Ultra Trail Australia 2019

July 12, 2019

When running long distances, the slightest thing can mess with your head and divert your focus. If you are too busy thinking your top is riding up, your sock slipping, or if you're too hot or cold, your focus is gone and you struggle. We spoke to ioMerino Outsider, Sarah, about her experience running the infamous Ultra Trail Australia 50km and if her ioMerino held up against the long and cold conditions.
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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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Ultra Marathon Heartbreak

Ultra Marathon Heartbreak

January 21, 2019

This incredible story of heartbreak and suffering will sound all too familiar to the trail runners and extreme athletes out there. Did Tor Des Geants defeat Sandra Suckling? Defeat? No such thing!
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Why I ditched ioMerino for another brand. And why I’m an idiot for doing it.

Why I ditched ioMerino for another brand. And why I’m an idiot for doing it.

January 13, 2019

ioMerino Outsider, Sputnik get honest about swapping from ioMerino to another brand. And why he think's he's an idiot for doing it...including why a dog attacked him because of it! 

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Hiking the local trails

Are you ready to hike?

November 30, 2018

Whether you're hitting the trails hiking or camping, whether you cover one mile or a hundred, our unique Merino Wool thermals have been specially designed to keep you more comfortable than you ever thought possible. So next time you hit the trails, here's what you should take.
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Pre-Race Preparation

Pre-Race Preparation

November 28, 2018

The trail running and ultra marathons requires a lot of pre-race preparation. ioMerino got together with their trail running friends to give you their top 5 pre-race tips. Find out what you didn't know you needed! 
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Ultra Trail Australia Mandatory Gear Approved

Ultra Trail Australia Mandatory Gear Approved

November 28, 2018

Planning of running the Ultra Trail Australia? While we can't run for you, we can help you stay warm, comfortable, and safe during your training and the big race. We run you through which of our products are UTA mandatory gear compliant, approved and recommended.
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The Ultimate Gear Guide for Runners Training For UTA

The Ultimate Gear Guide for Runners Training For UTA

November 12, 2018

Choosing what to wear on the trails can be difficult, especially when you start to experience all 4 seasons in a day. So we've put together the Ultimate Gear Guide for runners who are training for the UTA, or any other Ultra, to make your experience warm and comfortable. Find out exactly what layers you should add to your mixed weather wardrobe.
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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: