By Aby Rinella, Rinella Family Outdoors
As Grammy got out of the car she unloaded all the surprises she had brought for the kids, as she always does.
The kids gathered around as she reached down and grabbed the last item out of the trunk; a wool coat that their papa had worn years ago on his backcountry pack trips.
She tossed it to the kids and they all dove to be the first to grab it, the little one ending up the winner.
She snuggled it up to her face, relishing the victory.
“Ouch!” she cried out as she dropped it to the ground.
The other two dove for it, fighting over who would take the prize.
Once they were on top of the coveted wool coat, they jumped back as though it were on fire, yelling –
“It feels like slivers!”
“I don’t want it!”
Their grandmother started in on them: “It’s wool! We lived in wool! It’s the only thing that could keep us warm in those cold Minnesota winter months.”
They rolled their eyes.
I don’t know the wind chill of Minnesota because I was born and raised in the mountains of the west. I do, however, know the need for warm gear as I live and hunt in freezing temperatures.
I also know that I don’t just need to be warm; I need to stay dry and I want to be comfortable too.
That old school wool won’t always cut it.
Enter Merino wool.
My first experience with this mysterious fabric was on a snow machine trip.
As I stripped down to only a long sleeve shirt, I said to my husband “I think I am having hormone issues.”
He looked at me like I was crazy, “Why?” He dared to ask.
“Because I am wearing only a long sleeve shirt out here and I am not cold at all.
Plus, I am sweating and I don’t even stink!”
He shook his head, sighing “It’s not hormones. It’s Merino.”
When we got home I started drilling him in order to learn about this magic fabric.
Merino wool is just that, wool; but not your grandpa’s wool.
Merino is wool from the Merino sheep.
The fibers are much finer than standard sheep’s wool, making it soft and not itchy, yet still just as warm!
It’s also not as heavy, bulky and doesn’t take forever to dry like traditional wool.
Did I mention it doesn’t itch?
It wicks moisture, keeps you warm in the winter and…. wait for it… cool in the heat!
It also has a miraculous ability to resist odor!
A total game changer!
If you are a woman that wants to get up and get out and you need gear that can stand up to your adventures, Prois makes an incredible line of Merino wool that not only does the job, but fits like a woman’s line should.
Made for women, by women, this line has it all; including a complete Merino underlayer system consisting of pants, tops, glove liners, hats and more!
Our grandparents knew the value of wool and Prois has taken it to the next level.
Hold onto your knickers, grandma, Prois is bringing you into the 21st century!
Check out the Olann Merino line from Prois HERE