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August 29, 2018

Name: Kat

Personal Trainer. Dog Lover. Trail Runner. Snowboarder. Outsider.


Getting Outside.

I played netball at a high level when I was younger, but I lived in London for a while where I was working crazy hours as a chef and I never had time to train or exercise. Plus I drank and I smoked. When I got back to Australia I wanted to get fitter so I started looking around for something I could get involved in. A friend of mine was doing the Trailblazer 50km hike so I asked if I could join her.


From hiking to running.

It took us a long time to hike that 50kms and there were moments when I thought we’d never get through it. I actually started trail running thinking it would mean I could get through the distance faster, but it’s ended up that I’m still out there for the same amount of time, and now I just go further. I’m definitely not a natural at running. I’ve done a few half marathons and a 56km ultra marathon, but I really only have one pace - what I call ‘ultra pace’. That is, not very fast. Running long distances is not a natural thing for me. I find trail running a lot more challenging than going to the gym and I like the I like the solitude and the release it gives me. 


Hitting the slopes.

My other great love is snowboarding. I first went with my brother when we were living in London and we went to Austria. I just wanted to do something a little bit crazy and I absolutely loved it.  I love being up in the mountains, zoning out and just getting into it. It’s so peaceful up there. We went to Austria a few times, and since then I’ve been to Japan, Canada, Chamonix and Mt Hotham here in Australia.


Keeping it natural.

I originally discovered merino when I took up snowboarding - I especially loved the socks because they stay warm even when they’re wet and they don’t smell so you can get a lot more use out of them. I found ioMerino at a Trail Running event here in Australia and I love it. My favourite item would be ‘The Mongrel’ - I’ve got at least three different designs of that one - they’ve got more character and I wear them for everything from running, under my snowboarding gear, or on their own with jeans. 


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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 - 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: