If you're a cyclist, you've definitely heard the word 'Merino' before. Merino wool is great for sportswear because it retains heat and keeps you dry, so a pair of comfy merino wool socks are ideal during winter months. Merino is a very important fibre to include in your cycling kit and here are some of the reasons why:
It's a natural fibre so it's soft on the skin
People with sensitive skin experience less or no irritation when wearing merino wool. Merino wool is natural and contains keratin elements, which are also found in our own bodies, giving us healthy hair and nails. Keratin is what gives our ‘dead’ cells a glossy, silky feeling, and this is also found in merino wool.
It does not retain bad odours
Merino wool is a natural antimicrobial, deterring bacteria, which means it eliminates odour. When sweat is released, it is the bacteria that causes odour and merino’s natural design ensures odours are not released.
It keeps you warm
Merino wool works like down (a material created from the feathers of birds and fowl). The small fibres allow air to be held in a pocket form, and merino wool retains the heat you create when moving for warmth and insulation. However, because merino wool is also a breathable fibre, it can also release this heat when needed so you don’t overheat, making it ideal for use during periods of activity.
It keeps you dry
Merino wool works like a sponge, holding water. However unlike a sponge, merino wool can absorb around a third of its own weight before it leaves you feeling damp.
What do we love and use ourselves?
We stock Endura BaaBaa Merino socks in a variety of colours priced between £9.99 - £14.99. We also stock Vulpine Merino Race and City socks for £15, Stripe socks for £17 and stunning Polka Long socks for £20. From personal experience, they are all fantastic! The Endura socks are a great cycling staple, whilst the Vulpine socks give you some cycle style appeal, which we love. All of our socks are odour free (our feet can vouch for that!) and will last you quite a few cycles before needing a wash.