Merino wool truly is a wonder material. In addition to having all the properties we desire in a performance textile (wicking, breathability, air permeability, cooling properties and UV resistance) it’s also anti-bacterial and stain resistant. The properties of wool at the ‘micro’ level reveal a super-high-surface-area of micro fibres that repel dirt penetration and evaporate sweat. Most dirt and salt can simply be brushed off the garment when dry. Lanolin (sheep’s hair grease) does the rest to kill off odor naturally. For multi-day trips, bikepacking, touring, or Audax merino is ideally suited to your needs.
All garments should be washed as needed following the instructions on the garment tag. Please, never put your garment in the dryer and avoid dry cleaning the items. As well, exercise caution with an iron and if absolutely necessary iron on very low heat.
HOW TO MACHINE WASH YOUR GARMENT (185gsm LIGHTWEIGHT Garments)
Lightweight garments happily wash in front load washing machines on a wool cycle or gentle setting. For extended garment life they can also be easily hand washed following the 285 Midweight washing instructions further down the page:
- Wash with cold water.
- Wash with like garments and colors or alone.
- Use a modest amount of gentle or wool safe soap.
- DO NOT wash with garments that have velcro, metal hooks or metal zippers.
- DO NOT wash in top loading washing machines with a pole agitator.
- DO NOT transfer the garments into the dryer.
HOW TO HAND WASH YOUR GARMENT (285gsm MIDWEIGHT Garments)
It really is easy and takes so much less time than hand washing your bike. Follow these simple steps:
- Fill a sink with enough cool water to submerge the item(s).
- Dissolve a minimal amount of wool-safe soap in the water.
- Submerge the garment(s) in the water and agitate the item in the water.
DO NOT scrub the garment against anything harsh nor itself
- Leave the garment to soak at rest in the water for several minutes Remove the item from the water and squeeze as much water as possible from the garment.
DO NOT WRING/TWIST the garment, just squeeeeeeeze.
- To reduce drying time you can roll the garment in a towel and stand on the towel.
Careful!: Dye may transfer out of the garment and leave color on a white towel.
- Dry the garment in the sun, flat on a towel or gently hanging. If the garment is a 285gsm jersey with white panels, it’s best to slump the garment over a line so that gravity drips water AWAY from any white panels to keep the white bright and crisp. This is especially true with RED textile beside white textile and it’s best to squeeze all the water out of the red as best you can.
- Done! Easy!
NOTE: It is recommended to prewash all 285 midweight garments with red textile and squeeze out any excess dye to avoid transfer to other panels/garments. All Red dyes are more prone to color bleed depending on individual water pH, temperature and use.