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Technical doesn't need to look tacky, and our Merino wool Downeaster is proof. Wear it to warm up. Wear it on a chilly long run. Wear it out for a post-race beer. It's performance wear that's perfectly appropriate anywhere.
The Downeaster features a double knit blend of 60% Merino wool and 40% polypropylene. The natural properties of Merino offer warmth, breathability and odor-resistance, while polypropylene improves wicking and insulation. Not only does polypropylene have the lowest thermal conductivity of any fiber, which means it holds onto heat the longest, it’s also hydrophobic, quickly pulling moisture (i.e. sweat) to the surface where it can evaporate, rather than be absorbed into the Merino. The end result is a high-performance mid-layer that doesn't scream "technical."
The Merino sheep is a rugged mountain-dwelling breed native to Spain but domesticated in Australia and New Zealand. The Merino thrives in temperatures and conditions too severe for the lowland breeds that live on Old MacDonald's farm.
Key to the Merino's survival is their unique wool, which is nothing short of miraculous as a performance fabric. It's soft against the skin – not at all itchy. It's breathable and wicking in warmer temps, but stays perfectly warm in the cold, even when drenched with sweat.