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December 16, 2021 4 min read

If you are a runner, you know how beneficial it can be for your body and mind. Depending on where you live, it can also be an activity that you can do year-round. However, it can be challenging to find the right gear when the temperatures dip. Did you know that a Merino wool base layer is perfect for running in the fall, winter, and spring? Let us tell you why it should be your go-to running accessory.

For me, my favorite time to go running is early in the morning when there is a slight chill in the air. Some of my favorite runs are around a lake here in Colorado, where the only ones that are up are the fisherman, the deer grazing, and myself. My Roman Trail base layer is my favorite running top to run in. Read on to see what makes Merino wool running tops special.

Merino Wool Base Layers: The Perfect Running Accessory

Controls Temperature

Merino wool running tops are amazing at keeping you warm when you are cold and cooling you off when you become too hot.

Since Merino wool fibers naturally bend, it traps heat within the layers keeping you warmer. Yes, we just talked about heat being trapped within the layers of wool; however, this doesn't mean that you will get that soggy feeling when your clothes are wet and begin to stick to you. Instead, these base layers keep you cool in warmer weather through their moisture-wicking properties. Sweat is absorbed by Merino wool fibers and transported to the outside of the garment to evaporate. This helps leave your skin feeling dry.

No Chafing

Chafing can be a big issue, especially for distance runners. Chafing occurs due to friction, moisture usually in the form of sweat and fabrics that begin to irritate the skin. When the conditions are right for chafing to happen, a red rash forms that can burn or sting. In severe cases, chafing can cause swelling or bleeding. Unfortunately, even with the help of anti-chafing sticks, those quickly wear off during a long run or a marathon.

Luckily, Merino wool eliminates the chance of chafing because of its moisture-wicking properties. In addition, the ultra-fine Merino wool fibers make these base layers soft, and they do not irritate the skin like traditional wool.

Natural SPF Blocker

Although it is always a great idea to slather on a bit of sunscreen before heading outside for a run, Merino wool helps protect you from harmful UV rays. This wool has received an Ultraviolet Protection Rating of 50, higher than cotton and most synthetic fibers. Because of its sun protection properties, Merino wool clothes are also great for summer.

Drawbacks of Merino Wool

There are so many benefits that Merino wool has to offer that it is difficult to find any drawbacks. However, there is one you might already know about. Merino wool is more expensive than other fabrics on the market, and for a good reason. Merino wool is a natural fiber harvested from Merino sheep about once per year. Although Merino sheep can be found in a few places worldwide, they are most common in Australia. As a result, many companies buy Merino wool from Australia, making it a more expensive item to create based on where it is located.

The higher price tag is also due to the various benefits that Merino wool offers over other natural and synthetic fibers.

How to Care for Merino Wool Garments

If you have recently purchased a great Merino wool base layer, you must know how to help it last. First, try not to throw your base layer in the hamper after each wear. Ideally, it only needs to be washed about every three wears.

Merino wool base layer care instructions

Care Instructions
1. Start by using cold or warm water to wash your item.
2. Use a mild detergent
3. Skip using bleach- Just like bleach destroys germs, it will also ruin the Merino wool's soft fibers.
4. Forget fabric softener- Fabric softeners coat the threads inhibiting them from controlling moisture and regulating heat.
5. Air dry instead of using a dryer to maximize the life of your Merino base layer

 

 

 

FAQ

Is Merino wool good for cold weather?

Merino wool is not only good. It is excellent for cold weather because the wool fibers' naturally curved design locks in heat and removes moisture.

Is Merino wool itchy?

No, Merino wool is not itchy. This is due to the soft fibers produced by Merino sheep that are only a fraction in diameter compared to regular wool.

Is Merino wool warmer than regular wool?

There are many different types of wool. Merino wool is the warmest sheep's wool and is excellent as a base or mid-layer.

Is wool good for sun protection?

Yes, Merino wool is good for sun protection as it offers an ultraviolet protection rating of 50.

The Bottom Line

A Merino wool running shirt or base layer is perfect for any run. Its anti-chafing benefits make it ideal for helping you focus on your goals instead of reaching for band-aids during or post-run. Enjoy my 20 minute HIIT running workout below. Happy running!

 

Katie’s 20 Minute HIIT Running Workout

Duration

Activity

Perceived Exertion Level*

1 Minute

30-sec march in place
30-sec easy high knees

3

2 Minutes

Brisk Walk

4

2 Minutes

Light Jog

5

30 Seconds

Run

7

30 Seconds

Light Jog

5

30 Seconds

Sprint

8

30 Seconds

Walk

3

30 Seconds

Run

7

30 Seconds

Light Jog

5

30 Seconds

Sprint

8

30 Seconds

Walk

3

30 Seconds

Run

7

30 Seconds

Light Jog

5

20 Seconds

Sprint

9

10 Seconds

Walk

3

20 Seconds

Sprint

10

10 Seconds

Walk

3

20 Seconds

Sprint

9

10 Seconds

Walk

3

20 Seconds

Sprint

10

10 Seconds

Walk

3

20 Seconds

Sprint

9

10 Seconds

Walk

3

20 Seconds

Sprint

10

10 Seconds

Walk

3

20 Seconds

Sprint

9

10 Seconds

Walk

3

30 Seconds

Sprint

10

1 Minute

Walk

3

30 Seconds

Run

7

30 Seconds

Light Jog

5

30 Seconds

Sprint

8

30 Seconds

Brisk Walk

4

3 Minutes

Walk

2

 

Perceived Exertion Chart

Roman Trail's Rate of Perceived Exertion

**Always remember to talk to your doctor before starting any new fitness program.

  

 

 


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