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Merino vs. Polypropylene

BASELAYER

FABRIC COMPARISON

POLYPROPYLENEMERINO
GARMENT FITTight fitFirm fit
TEMPERATURE REGULATIONWinterAutumn/Winter/Spring
WEIGHTLightweightLightweight
WEIGHT WHEN WETLightweightHeavy
WARMTH WHEN WETGoodExcellent
DRY TIMEVery QuickModerate
DURABILITYModerateVery long lasting
SOIL RESISTANCEModerateExcellent
UV PROTECTIONModerateGood
ODOUR CONTROLNoneExcellent
COSTInexpensiveHigher Initially
WHEN TO WEAR ITPolypropylene is an inexpensive thermal wear option for general use. For some (those who sweat a lot) they are better than merino when involved in high levels of physical exertion in cold conditionsMerino garments regulate the body’s surface temperature whatever the atmospheric and exertion situations. Initial financial investment is higher however the overall performance and lifetime of the garment exceeds that of polypropylene. Merinos construction and natural stretch offer total freedom of movement and can be used as a base layer when on the trails, or as an only layer for out and about. Long term the best value for money.
PCD2 PolypropyleneSuperfine 100% Australian Merino