Wool? Really? I can wear
wool in the summer as well as the winter? I thought wool was hot and
itchy and only to be worn in cold weather? Not so!! Merino wool is as soft as your favorite
cotton t-shirt and keeps you cool in the heat of summer. Let WoolSports
clothing change your perception of wool, the natural, comfortable, practical, easy to wear fiber!
WoolSports is a new clothing company
that seeks to bring the benefits of wool to the many clothing and sport markets
within North America and, eventually, across the globe. Wool stands today, as it did ten thousand years ago - as the premier clothing and textile fiber. Wool is the best fiber for year round comfort in any climate. WoolSports™ aspires to
inspire: by connecting a lifestyle “merino” wool brand to active consumers and
their passion for sport and outdoors. The company seeks to promote wool as the original, and
still the best, performance fabric “for every element of your life!”
What are some benefits and characteristics of Merino wool?
- “Merino” does not hold odors.
- "Merino" is multi-climatic. It
regulates body temperature, is warm in winter and cool in summer.
- "Merino" is breathable. It absorbs moisture
and transfers it into the air – making dry layers next to skin.
- "Merino” allows the body to retain warmth even
- “Merino” resists fire –it smolders rather than burns.
- "Merino” repels liquids like rain.
- “Merino” does not wrinkle.
- “Merino” is flexible and tailors easily.
- “Merino” retains shape.
- “Merino” has a natural strength and elasticity that
responds to the wearer’s body movement.
- “Merino” lasts –it resists wear and tear.
- “Merino” is light weight and durable.
- “Merino” It is biodegradable.
- “Merino” is renewable, sustainable, and natural
With offices in Skaneateles, in the
Finger Lakes region of New York State, and manufacturing in Dallas Texas,
WoolSports will source wool from Australia and New Zealand to offer customers
high-quality, high-value brand apparel and related products.
Most of the sports apparel market
still uses synthetics in their "performance" products. Recycled
plastic and cotton, regardless of how it was grown, cannot match wool's natural
characteristics, however. WoolSports chooses Merino wool because it is an
overall superior fiber for sport and every day wear when compared to other
fibers, including natural fibers such as cotton.
Wool outperforms so-called
"performance apparel" in nearly every metric. Additionally, merino
wool represents an investment in the long-term health of our natural
environment. Not only is wool "green" in and of itself, but many of
its properties can lead to changes in lifestyle that have positive, lasting
effects on the environment. Consider laundry; because wool garments do not need
to be washed as often as other fibers, household consumption of laundry
detergent is greatly reduced. Imagine having to wash clothes only once a month
instead of once a week!
The trend toward quality and
performance in clothing can be seen in the sport of triathlon, a popular sport
that is seeing explosive growth in the United States. To capture this growing
market of enthusiasts searching for apparel authenticity, WoolSports has
partnered with the Musselman Triathlon in Geneva, NY to increase national awareness
of wool's unique performance characteristics. Over the past five years, the
Musselman has actively moved away from antiquated, entrenched race production
practices that simply do not respond to the needs of the athlete. The first
abandoned relic became the cotton t-shirt once found at every race on the
planet; instead, race shirts made from alternative fabrics were sought in order
to align more closely with the event's goals of environmental sustainability
and athlete accountability. Cotton gave way to organic cotton which gave way to
bamboo, then bamboo infused with charcoal, then recycled polyester - but none
of these provided the moisture wicking, anti-bacterial, anti-odor, cooling, and
warmth properties of wool.
Wool does not hold odor. While
sweat itself has no odor, if it remains on the skin or in clothing it creates unpleasant odors. Merino reduces the opportunity for odors to generate because it is
more efficient than other textiles at absorbing sweat and evaporating it into
the air. Merino wool has a much greater capacity than other fibers to absorb
moisture. In fact, it can absorb 35% of its own weight in liquid. The moisture
is bound within the structure, and so is not available to microbes, which are
unable to penetrate the scaly surface of the fiber.
Wool is comfortable to wear
year-round because it's an absorbent fiber that helps regulate body temperature. When the air is cool and damp, wool absorbs moisture and keeps a layer of dry,
insulating air next to the skin. Conversely, when it's warm, that same
absorption capacity takes up perspiration, making the body's natural cooling
system work better.
Wool garments are a great investment. Since wool fibers resist pilling,
snagging and breaking, woolen garments typically outlast synthetics.
Furthermore, since wool fibers are naturally elastic, woolen garments don't
wrinkle, bag or sag out of shape.
Wool is a safe fabric it is the only fiber that naturally resists flaming.
Unlike most artificial fibers, which often melt and stick to the skin when on
fire, wool will only smolder or char.
So here's where YOU come in.
The money raised from Kickstarter will help us cover material, production, promotion, and
other necessary expenses for our 2011 product launch. No contribution
is too small. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Make a
pledge and you'll enjoy wool nirvana: the finest apparel out there, made in the
United States from 100% merino wool from Australia and New Zealand. Integrity
is important to WoolSports and its customers. With society returning to core
values and looking to the natural world for guidance, it follows that wool
would be on the leading edge of this movement. We hope that you will be
Change your perception of wool. Change your lifestyle. Change the world!
Special thanks to IWTO, International Wool Textile Organization www.iwto.org for video clip of sheep.