Using Our Merino Neck Warmer As A Face Mask

July 29, 2020

Man wearing a merino neck warmer as a face mask

Here in Australia, one state has enforced regulations requiring people to wear face masks, and there may also be advice to consider wearing a face mask to lessen the likelihood of transmitting the Covid-19 virus where you live as well.

But before we go any further, let us be really, really clear on something: We’re not here to comment on the science of face masks or the ethics around face masks rules, we’re simply going to talk about wearing an ioMerino Neck Warmer as a face mask for those who have been asking and want to know.

First of all, regulations in different places are different. So the first thing you’ll want to do is check what kind of face mask meets the legal requirements of where you are. If you’re in Victoria, Australia, for example, you can wear pretty much anything that covers your face and be compliant. So one of our Neck Warmers will do that perfectly.

The second thing is to consider how comfortable something is if you’ll be wearing it for more than a few minutes at a time. Because our Neck Warmer is a tube, obviously, it means you don’t have to worry so much about securing a face mask around your ears. And the 4% elastane in our fabric means it’s nice and stretchy, so unless you’ve got a particularly massive head, wearing it around your face should be pretty comfortable.

Woman wearing merino wool neck warmer as a face mask

While different fabrics and materials potentially offer different levels of protection, and as far as we know there’s been no specific testing around the effectiveness of Merino in preventing virus transmission, we can tell you that having a nice, natural fabric around your face is something a lot of people find more comfortable than a synthetic mask or face covering.

Our fabrics are actually famous for being breathable which makes them super comfortable to wear. We can’t comment on what that means in terms of potential for transmission, but if you’re super worried about the virus, you may want to go hard core. However, if you’re looking to fully comply with the rules without being uncomfortable, a natural, breathable fabric like ours might be just the thing.

One group of people who have found our Neck Warmer perfect for what they need are tradies who are worried about flammability. We don’t make any specific claims about the fire resistance of our specific fabrics, but Merino as a fabric is notoriously fire resistant - it’s why everyone from race car drivers to rescue services and the military often use it in their clothing. So if that’s relevant to you, choosing a merino wool option might also be of interest to you.

Please know, we know this whole Covid-19 subject is a minefield, and we know that quite rightly, some people get pretty emotional about the issues facing the virus and wearing face masks, so we’re not making any specific claims about anything. All we can do is tell you a bit about our Neck Warmers and what you might want to know about wearing them as a face mask, whether it’s to comply with regulations or by choice.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us and we’ll do our best to answer, otherwise stay safe and well.

Man wearing merino wool neck warmer as a face mask


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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: