Founded at the end of 2014 by outdoors enthusiast and mountain biker, Alex Feechan, the FINDRA brand has been making ripples into waves amongst the UK MTB scene with their uniquely designed clothing for women. We got our hands on FINDRA’s Route Merino t-shirt for some pedal testing.
One of the themes which run throughout FINDRA’s collection of garments is the use of merino wool. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the properties of merino wool, let us tell you that it’s a pretty incredible material and a staple amongst outdoor adventurers and explorers alike. So, what is it?
It goes without saying that merino wool comes from sheep whose wool is much finer than other breeds of sheep, thus making it a lot softer and less scratchy than your Nana’s knitted jumpers. The wool itself contains keratin which is responsible for healthy hair and nails, but it’s the keratin that gives the wool a silky soft feeling.
Merino wool has natural anti-bacterial properties which help reduce bacteria build up and consequent odours, making it perfect for active wear. The fabric is also great at holding water and can absorb approximately one-third of its own weight as well as having the ability to dry super quick.
Not unlike down, merino wool allows the heat you create to be trapped in little air pockets between the fibres which help to keep you warm. However, it also has the ability to release the trapped heat because it’s so breathable. This feature helps regulate your body temperature when you’re exercising, which is perfect for us riders!