A quick guide to why Merino wool is best for travel.
Merino Wool is the best fiber for travel because of its thermo-regulating properties (keeps you comfortable in varying climates). The fiber is also anti-static and wrinkle-resistant… and furthermore, Merino wool is anti-bacterial so it is odor-resistant as well. Which is beneficial as you do not have to wash your clothing as often, if at all. Often a rinse in a creek (or hotel room sink), or a night on the balcony (outside) is enough to freshen the garment for many additional days of wear.
A Travel Kit review by Outside Online on the Vapor Hoody.
See our selected gear for travel in our Merino Wool Travel Gear Guide.
One of the major benefits of Merino wool is its uses in keeping you warm in winter. However often overlooked is the fact that wool actually keeps you cool in summer too. The seasonal versatility of Merino wool keeps you comfortable in a range of climates and conditions. The structure of the Merino wool fiber allows for air-trapping space, creating a micro-climate, or a buffer, between skin and air resulting in a 1 to 2 degree celsius comfort buffer.
Wool as a summer fabric is not new; desert nomads have worn wool for centuries. The light weight and breathability make Merino wool far more comfortable in warm conditions than polyesters or synthetics. Wool’s high breathability makes it perfect for conditions where wicking and comfort are critical.
Backpacker.com reviewed the Duckworth Vapor Tee and chose it as the Comfiest Tee!
Lightweight Vapor Wool™ is a lightweight, quick drying fabric – at the end of the day, rinse in the creek or a hotel room sink, hang it on the shower rod (or hanger for even quicker dry…) and the shirt is dry by morning. No need to pack many shirts – key benefit of Merino wool for travel and when carry-on only travel is in question.
Our 100% Merino wool Maverick styles require far less washing than cotton or synthetics, due to anti-microbial qualities of wool fiber – washing is often not even necessary during travel! The natural profile of Merino wool denies the odor causing bacteria the moist environment to thrive and deprives them of the damp environments to multiply. Because wool is constantly drawing the moisture up and away from your body, it prevents the sweat molecule from forming and bonding to the surface of your clothing. Hence, no stink!
Needless to say, when traveling, weight matters. A couple of versatile and lightweight Vapor Wool™ shirts that you can layer with (depending on your destination) do the trick. Vapor Hoody is perfect for sunshade and cover in a cool breeze. While the Vapor Tee is a staple for any occasion. Now, the Vapor Polo is a great collared option – not too formal, but smart enough for casual business attire.
A review from Cool Hunting on the Duckworth Vapor Wool pieces on a trip to the Gobi Desert: “Packing has been key. We were instructed to bring less than 90 liters of gear overall. That means one pair of travel clothes for the extremely long journey—more than 50 hours from our NYC door to the Gobi desert. We’ll wear the same clothes on the journey home, too. So we went with the Vapor Snorkel Hood, Vapor Tee, and Vapor Briefs from Duckworth, a Montana-based company which has changed the way we travel. The Merino wool is entirely grown in Big Sky Country, and sewn in the US. It is mega-comfortable and stink free. It couldn’t have been more comfy on our long plane hours.”
Our lightweight Vapor Wool™ clothing is ideal for travel as the garments smooth out any packing induced wrinkles quickly while wearing – no more ironing or steaming your clothes in your hotel room!
A Vapor Polo Customer Review: “Absolutely perfect shirt. I wore this for most of a 9-day trip to Greece. It stayed cool, comfortable, and odor free despite 90-degree days with high humidity. The fit is perfect and it looks great. This shirt has established itself as one of my absolute necessities for everyday wear and a do-it-all travel shirt.” by Brett