7 myths about wool
There are still a lot of myths out there, including some about wool. Here are some of the myths that people still believe.
1. It's itchy
Anyone who’s worn a chunky sweater can describe the feeling of it against their skin. But there are now lots of types of wool that can be soft and comfortable against the skin. Wool is measured in microns, and lower microns mean finer wool, such as merino wool.
2. Can only be worn in winter
This is still a believable myth, and for good reason. Wool sweaters are often associated with the thick and durable sweaters worn in cold winter months. Thick sweaters are ideal as a midlayer or as an extra top depending on the season and temperature, but there are also light and versatile wool clothes that are suitable throughout the year, or as a good inner layer for hiking.
3. Little movement
You feel restricted with little movement. The inner layer is thin and tight with plenty of freedom of movement and function, while the midlayer must sit looser to make the most of the wool’s properties by generating heat and insulation. With slightly looser wool clothes (preferably a size up) you get more freedom and movement while staying warm and dry.
4. Wool is just for hiking or the cabin
Good wool clothes come with all sorts of functions and many are versatile in use, a light wool tee can be worn in the garden, by the sea or at the shopping mall. Wear wool clothing to suit the temperature and your activity.
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5. Difficult to wash
'It shrinks in the wash.' Is a familiar expression. But with the right care and cleaning, your wool clothing will last a long time. A good property of wool is that it is anti-bacterial and can therefore be worn several times without needing to be washed, simply hang it out to air between uses. You're saving both water and the environment.
6. Wool clothing is expensive, you can get just as good products in other affordable materials.
What you pay for a wool item, you get in quality, durability and versatility. Good care and washing it correctly means your wool clothing will last for many years and small holes can always be easily mended.
7. All wool is the same
Wool has several good properties, and different wool has different functions. Read about the multi-layer principle and find out which wool is suitable for your trip.
Studies show that merino wool can benefit people suffering from atopic eczema and sensitive skin, making clothes made from fine merino wool better than synthetics, for example. Wool also protects against UV rays, absorbing them more effectively than most other materials. So wear wool on your next trip or for everyday living.