Merino vs Polypropylene

 

Polypropylene 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 conditions. Merino 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.
 

 

POLYPROPYLENE

MERINO

GARMENT FIT
Tight fit Firm fit
TEMPERATURE REGULATION
Winter Autumn/Winter/Spring
WEIGHT
Lightweight Lightweight
WEIGHT WHEN WET
Lightweight Heavy
WARMTH WHEN WET
Good Excellent
DRY TIME
Very Quick Moderate
DURABILITY
Moderate Very long lasting
SOIL RESISTANCE
Moderate Excellent
UV PROTECTION
Moderate Good
ODOUR CONTROL
None Excellent
COST
Inexpensive Higher Initially
WHEN TO WEAR IT
Polypropylene 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 conditions. Merino 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.

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