It’s no secret that merino wool is practically unbeatable when it comes to choosing a natural adventure-ready fabric. We’ve spoken before about the wide ranging benefits of the super wool, but now a fresh, British brand is championing the yarn and doing great things with it.
Isobaa have been around for a few years but only recently cropped up on our radar as we’ve been in New Zealand where a lot of merino actually comes from. The brand is proudly British and uses carefully selected materials to craft their products, paying special attention to sustainability. What’s not to love?
The guys very kindly sent some bits from their SS20 range to test out against the elements over the last couple of months. And with the mountains and parks of the UK open once again, it was perfect timing to head to the hills and put Isobaa through its paces.
When the parcel arrived, the first thing we noticed was the awesome plastic-free packaging. Raw paper and recycled boxes make perfect planet-friendly packaging, and to top it all off, it looks great too.
Inside the packaging was much of the same. Three pairs of high quality merino socks in the paper envelope and a long sleeve base layer in the cardboard box. On first glance/touch, all the items felt super soft to the touch and not too thin – something that other brands are often guilty of.
The Large long sleeve top fits snuggly around the shoulders and the chest for an athletic style fit I’d say. For a base layer it’s the perfect shape – not too tight that it looks like lycra but tight enough you can layer on top.
Merino Wool – A Wild Camping Staple
One of, if not that most important benefits of merino wool is that you can wear it for days on end without having to change or wash it. The naturally occuring anti-bacterial properties of the wool means that even after a long day in the hills you can confidently pull your t-shirt back on the next day and feel fresh. No need to pack a spare t-shirt for the next day on an overnight trip means less things to carry – winning!
On a recent overnight bivvy in the Ogwen Valley, we took the socks and long sleeve for a spin and can confirm they’re great. The long sleeve T was super comfy to hike in and not overly hot when hiking through the late afternoon sun to reach our camp for the night. The wicking capabilities of merino meant that I didn’t get cold when we stopped at camp, instead staying nice and warm into the evening.
As far as camp spots go, this wasn’t a terrible place for the Isobaa pieces to spend their first night in the wild!
As well as being super comfy, warm and breathable, the long sleeve base layer looks great. It’s probably a little bit too tight for me to wear casually with jeans but if I sized up and got a baggier fit I’d probably never take it off! Safe to say we’re pretty impressed with what Isobaa are doing – sustainable and ethical as well as looking good and feeling great.. there’s not much more to say on the matter.
To find out more about Isobaa and shop the range click here.