Bela Watson
Bela Watson
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What Makes Merino Wool Socks So Special for All?

You may have heard from many people, “Our world has wholly changed since we got to know about merino wool socks. But are you wondering what makes them so special and unique? Stay with us and read the article till the end to get the answer to your question.

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Natural Cooling and Heating Mechanism

Typically, wool is often linked to a stereotype that it keeps people warm in the colder season. But, trust us, merino wool is a year-round season fiber. Let’s see how:

  • Cooling

Merino wool has the outstanding ability to store moisture content within its construction fibers. As the body of an individual warms up, the fibers stored moisture begin to evaporate, ultimately cooling the air present between the merino socks and your feet' skin. The warmer your body gets, the more the evaporation of sweat, and ultimately the larger the cooling effect you can experience.

  • Warming

Merino wool naturally possesses a crimp in it that readily helps it trap more dead air and insects compared to other traditional wools. Dead air is usually considered a fantastic insulator as it offers a great buffering capacity against the outside cold.

In addition to that, the fibers of merino socks are great and wick moisture away from the skin by soaking the sweat wetness.

Moisture Management and Breathability

Merino wool socks naturally breathe and manage the moisture content produced due to feet sweat better than all other traditional wool types.

The breathability of a fabric is primarily defined as the ability of a fabric type to transport moisture content in the air in the vapor state. The vapors move from an area of higher humidity to a region of lower humidity for moisture balance. In other words, you can say, the more fabric is good at evaporating moisture from the microclimate, the more breathable and comfortable it is.

As our bodies heat up during various physical activities, the vapors of moisture and sweat get absorbed by the merino wool. Those vapors are then released to the open drier environment present in the surrounding space. Resultantly, releasing vapors and heat, while keeping the feet skin dry let merino wool socks comfortable the whole day long for most wearers.

In general, the fibers of merino wool can absorb up to more than 30% of the moisture weight, rightly before you feel wet.

Resilience and Strength

Typically, wool fiber displays a complex structure that somehow behaves similarly to our skin; I mean naturally heating and cooling according to the body's needs.

Individual wool fibers are predominantly made of the same protein as our own hairs and skin, the keratin protein. That is why the fibers of socks made of merino wool have the remarkable ability to be flexed, stretched, or bent in any direction, more than 30,000 times or even more without any significant breakage or damage. Thus, we can say, merino is one of the strongest fibers for socks.

Moreover, merino wool fibers usually hold a natural crimp by the name “Fiber crimp”. That crimp usually improves the overall resilience and elasticity of most merino wool products.

Odor Resistant

Primarily because of merino wool’s key ability to manage moisture content in it effectively, there are fewer chances of bacterial and fungal growth. Such odor-causing microorganisms typically need a moist environment to thrive which they don’t get in merino fibers.

Thus, people can wear merino wool socks for extended periods and during extensive physical activities, without having to worry about bad feet smell.

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Natural Protection from Sun Rays

Merino socks naturally protect and prevent the skin of our feet from the harmful Sun rays. Most socks made of merino wool available at Villain Inside usually have an SPF of more than 30 and more. The more the SPF value, the better the Sun screening and protection.

Static Resistant Naturally

The extraordinary feature of moisture retention of merino wool is significantly responsible for its static resistance. The buildup of moisture retained in merino socks shields static electricity and the sling or spark associated with it. This key feature is of great importance for individuals working in unsafe areas where there are greater chances of electricity sparkling.

Quick Drying

In general, the thicker the fabric fibers are, the more their moisture retention ability, and thus, the longer it takes to get dried. However, the merino wool socks of a reliable brand, such as Villain Inside dry as quickly as any other performance socks of comparable weight.