Why Choose Merino Wool?

What is Merino Wool?

Merino Wool is a fabric that boasts countless natural properties, making it a top choice for anyone looking to work or play in the great outdoors. Merino Wool ranks as the world’s best natural fiber for a number of reasons:

  • Unparalleled breathability
  • Warmth-generation
  • Softness (Merino Wool is softer than regular wool due to finer micron fibers)
  • Moisture-wicking abilities (Merino Wool vacuums sweat straight from the skin, keeping you warm)
  • Anti-microbial, odor-free qualities

Unlike synthetics or cotton, there is a small supply of Merino Wool in the world. This is why many companies opt for an easier, cheaper supply chain and outsource manufacturing to countries like China and Vietnam. That’s whereDuckworth isdifferent from other wool clothing companies. We are proud to be the only source-verified, 100% Montana-grownMerino Wool clothing company.

What is Merino Wool Made Of?

The “Merino” in Merino Wool is the name of a specific breed of sheep. While all domestic sheep grow wool, they aren’t created equal. Merino Wool is prized above all others for a specific combination of qualities, such as its unparalleled ability to wick moisture, insulate and breathe simultaneously, and superior durability.

Where Does Merino Wool Come From?⁣

Duckworth’s Merino Wool is grown, sheared, and sorted at our ranch in Dillon, Montana. Temperatures are the ranch range from -40 to over 90 degrees Fahrenheit annually. Such a range requires our sheep to grow a natural fleece adapted to all the variable weather elements that arrive across all four seasons. Some Merino Wool is harvested in Australia and New Zealand, but those locations lack the intense temperature variability we see in Montana. As a result, their wool doesn’t have the same unique thermoregulating properties.

Merino Wool Benefits

Merino Wool is a unique fabric that can be worn any time of the year. It's a common misconception that Merino Wool clothing is only applicable to cold weather and cooler climates. In fact, Merino Wool clothing also keeps the wearer cool in hot weather. In fact, desert nomads around the world have donned wool clothing for millennia. Wool’s lightweight nature and breathability make it far more comfortable in warm conditions than cotton or synthetics. Plus, the quick-drying and moisture-wicking properties are a no-brainer for keeping sweat a non-factor.⁣

Merino Wool Is Comfortable 

A lot of customers ask us, “Is Merino Wool itchy?” No, it’s not. Unlike some wool garments, Duckworth's 100% Montana-grown Merino Wool will not itch–it’s very comfortable and soft. Our high-quality Merino Wool sports a fine "micron diameter” (width of the fiber) and long "staple length” (length of the fiber).

Merino Wool Is Moisture-Wicking & Quick-Drying

If you’re wondering, “Does Merino Wool dry fast?”, you’ve come to the right place. Duckworth has pioneered the art of creating fast-wicking and quick-dryingMerino Wool fabrics, proprietary items you won't find elsewhere. Wool is naturally "hydrophilic," meaning it is chemically attracted to water and water vapor. The end result? A garment that doubles as a sweat vacuum, pulling potentially life-threatening, chill-creating sweat and moisture from the skin. On a warm day, the effect is just as effective, keeping you sweat-free and dry despite heat and exertion. That’s why Merino Wool is the sensible choice for anybody who works up a sweat running, hiking, skiing, hunting, biking, climbing, or simply spending their day outdoors.

Merino Wool Becomes Warmer When Wet

Thanks to its makeup at a microscopic level, Merino Wool helps draw moisture vapor into the center of the fiber. There, the hydrogen bond of water is broken, generating heat when combined with pockets of trapped air. The end result? Clothing that will literally become warmer the damper it gets, which is a game-changing asset in heavy rainfall or snow.

Merino Wool Is Natural & Sustainable

Because our Merino Wool grows perennially on our sheep's backs–no different than the hair on your head–Merino Wool is widely considered the world’s most sustainable fiber. Our premium Merino Wool fleece is shorn once a year by skilled shearers. The sheep’s wool grows back over the course of the following 12 months, producing a new batch of fiber destined for environmentally-friendly clothing material. Eco-friendly fabric techniques are then integrated at every possible step of the process, a tradition of sustainable excellence our fans and customers have come to appreciate deeply.

Merino Wool Is Odor Resistant

The natural moisture-wicking profile of Merino Wool denies odor-causing bacteria the moist environment they need to thrive and multiply. In other words, Merino Wool is constantly drawing moisture up and away from your body, preventing sweat from bonding to the surface of your clothing.⁣⁣ Our wool has natural antimicrobial goodness.

Merino Wool Is Durable & Flame Resistant

Bent back and forth repeatedly, a strand of polyester fiber will snap after approximately 3,000 bends. By comparison, Merino Wool is more than six times as durable, breaking only after it’sbent roughly 20,000 times. The choice is simple for the savvy investor in fine outdoor clothing.

Merino Wool is flame-resistant to boot. Its inherent fire resistance is derived from its naturally high nitrogen content. Because of this natural rarity, Merino Wool requires higher levels of oxygen in the surrounding environment in order to burn. Our wool may be ignited if subjected to a significantly powerful heat source, but it does not support flame easily, smoldering for short periods instead–and usually only for a short time. Even more remarkably, Merino Wool’s cross-linked cell membrane structure will swell when heated to the point of combustion, forming an insulating layer that prevents the spread of flame. This also means Merino Wool produces less smoke and toxic gas than synthetic fibers when in contact with an open flame.⁣⁣ For campfire aficionados, Merino Wool is the sensible choice.

Gear Up for Your Next Adventure with Duckworth

Duckworth has the Merino Wool layers to keep you comfortable on your next outdoor adventure, no matter the season.