Gear Geek: The New Wool Revolution

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Gear Geek: The New Wool Revolution

It only takes one day wearing a piece of performance-focused merino apparel to rid you of any notions that wool should be a fabric confined to the winter. This all-season, all-natural product wicks sweat like a sponge, keeps you cool when it’s hot, and doesn’t retain body odor—which is probably why you end up wearing it for more than just one day. True, it doesn’t dry as fast as synthetics; for high-octane travel, go with a darker color to avoid telltale sweat lines. And it’s more expensive than its competitors. But it’s worth the investment. Simply put, it’s one of the best travel-friendly fabrics out there—and the industry continues to unveil new ways of working with it. Here are some of the best, just in time for your warm-weather exploits.

1. Allbirds Runners, $95; 2. Voormi High-E Hoodie, $229; 3. Duckworth Vapor Wool Tee, $60; 4. United by Blue Ultimate American Sock, $38; 5. Trew Superlight Nuyarn Merino Pocket T, $59; 6. Patagonia Merino Air Hoody, $149; 7. Icebreaker Cool-Lite Spheria Short-Sleeve V Lace, $90.

Top photo courtesy of Star Athena, CC BY

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).