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The Outsiders: Meet Jess

September 01, 2018

The Outsiders: Meet Jess

Teacher. Dad. Trail Runner and now Ultra Runner.



I took over 50 students on a four day adventure caving camp, the only problem was that until I was underground, I didn't know that I was petrified of being in confined spaces. Nonetheless I pushed on in my trusty long sleeve ioMerino top and actually loved every minute of it



Just over a month ago, I continued running my favourite series of trail events the TRSA Winter Series. The afternoon before I bumped into a few friends that I had not seen before and shared a few local vinos. This made running Mt. Misery a little more miserable than it really should be. The good news was that I finished and although I had a bit of a foggy head, the rest of my lethargic body stayed comfortable in ioMerino gear (Stay tuned - new blog post coming!). I layered up wearing my Altitude Crew and Run all the Trail tee!



In April I completed my first ever Ultra marathon. This time I prepared extremely well and made sure there was only water consumed on the day prior to the run. This run really tested out the ioMerino range, as the event took place in a horrible storm that included gale force winds and torrential rain. The real testament to ioMerino gear is that my wife gave me a big hug at the end of the run and said "wow...you don't even smell bad."



While I love running, my number one love is my family. I have been sharing the running journey with my two young girls. In this shot, I am exploring part of Cleland National Park with my two trusty sidekicks. As always I was super comfortable in my ioMerino tee.


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Earlier this year I took my wife and two kids over to explore Kangaroo Island. We took off through a heatwave of 40+ degrees and surprisingly it was amazing. While the days were warm, the nights were amazing. Here is little Allegra's introduction to caving. This shows the versatility of ioMerino gear, I run in it when the temperature is in single digits, but also just as comfortable on the beach and caves when the temperature is over 40.


Follow Jess on Instagram to keep up to date with his adventures with his family.



Group of trail runners outdoors
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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: