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Merino Wool: The Thermos of Fabrics

Merino Wool: The Thermos of Fabrics

November 21, 2016

We recently stumbled on a 2010 article from Backpacker.com which explains the benefits of Merino wool better than we ever could. There are so many amazing, inherent qualities, the author was able to write a full 2-page article on it. In a nutshell:

Merino is soft. Traditional wool is not. "Different breeds of sheep produce wool fibers of varying thickness. The finer the fiber, the softer the wool." Merino is 15 to 24 microns wide. (Compare that to human hair, which is about 80 microns.) 

Natural climate control. You know Merino works awesome in the cold, trapping heat so you stay warm; but did you also know it releases heat when it's warm outside, allowing your body to stay cool? "Wool acts like a thermos, keeping you warm on chilly days and cool on scorchers."

Synthetics vs. Wool. Yeah, you'll pay more with the latter, but here's why. While synthetics "tend to be cheaper and lighter, and dry faster... merino fights odor, and feels warmer and less clammy when damp.... Wool is also natural, renewable, and biodegradable and can be produced using less petroleum and fewer toxic chemicals."

Odor control. "Since the wool fiber’s core absorbs water and its hydrophobic exterior repels it, there’s no moist surface for microbes to grow on, making wool naturally antibacterial. So you can wear it for days without developing the arresting bouquet that can plague synthetics."

All of these qualities make Ridge Merino underwear, base layers and mid layers the obvious choice for high, or low, activity days.    



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Sizing Guide

To find your size in Ridge Merino clothing and socks, start with the size charts below.  Remember if for any reason your receive your order and it doesn't fit, we offer free exchanges and returns.  


Women's, Men's, Kid's and Sock sizing information below: 

 

 

Women's Clothing - Size Guide

 

 

Finding the right size.  The measurement below refers to body size, not garment dimensions (with the exception of the specs marked actual garment measurements).  If you are in between sizes, either size down for a tighter fit or up for a looser fit. 

 

  

 *Looking for the inseam length? Please refer to the product page to find out.

HOW TO MEASURE:
Chest - Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Waist - Measure around your natural waistline.
Hip - Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

Actual Garment Measurements*
Sleeve Length- Measured from the collar (at high shoulder point) to the sleeve opening.
Body Length (Torso) - Measured from the highest shoulder point (at collar) to the hem.
*listed on select product pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's Clothing - Size Guide

 

Finding the right size.  The measurement below refers to body size, not garment dimensions (with the exception of the specs marked actual garment measurements).  If you are in between sizes, either size down for a tighter fit or up for a looser fit. 

 

Men's Size Guide

 

*Looking for the inseam length? Please refer to the product page to find out.

HOW TO MEASURE:
Chest - Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Waist - Measure around your natural waistline.
Hip - Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

Actual Garment Measurements*
Sleeve Length- Measured from the collar (at high shoulder point) to the sleeve opening.
Body Length (Torso) - Measured from the highest shoulder point (at collar) to the hem.
*listed on select product pages

 

 

 

 

 

Kid's Clothing - Size Guide

 

Finding the right size.  The measurement below refers to body size, not garment dimensions (with the exception of the specs marked actual garment measurements).  If you are in between sizes, either size down for a tighter fit or up for a looser fit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unisex Socks - Size Guide