Keeping your cool in the summer

Staying cool in the hot summer months is made easier with breathable Merino wool base layers


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On the outset, base layers for summer may seem counterintuitive but in actual fact, it is one of the best ways to help keep your cool.

The insulation properties of Merino wool, which help the wearer ofwinter base layers retain body heat, also help summer base layers insulate against a hot environment and climate. In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature, so it helps you stay cool when the weather is hot. Merino wool fibres can also absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air, so Merino wool clothing is extremely breathable and less prone to clamminess.

When choosing base layers for summer, you should look for four very important features:

  1. Moisture management: is the fabric breathable and less prone to clamminess?

  2. Fit and comfort: is the fabric comfortable and does it achieve a snug fit?

  3. Odour resistance: does it have properties that can prevent odours?

  4. Resilience: how well will the fabric last with many hours of use?

Because of its natural moisture regulation and natural drape, superfine Merino wool is one of the best fabrics to choose when considering your summer base layers. Many garments are also machine washable, meaning they can be easily thrown in with other activewear garments.

Here are some of the best styles of summer base layers to help you keep your cool during warmer months. 

The short-sleeve shirt

Tight-fitting, the short sleeve is great for wearing under collared shirts to help keep sweat off the body, particularly in hot spots such as armpits. Superfine Merino wool under-shirts are incredibly soft and as light as cotton, providing a weightless barrier.

The vest

The most commonly worn style during summer, vests (or singlets) are ideal for anyone who finds even shirts too constricting. Perfect for preventing sweat patches along the back, vests are also the best choice when wearing a tee.

Under garments

This is particularly handy when wearing heavier clothing such as jeans that can often be restricting. Super-soft, with stretch and moisture absorption all add up to providing comfort all day long, even in some of the hottest temperatures. For active periods such as weekend sports or hiking, compression garments made from Merino wool will provide both comfort and support.


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