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Merino Cap

39g

¥4,950 Tax included

Introduction

Soft Merino Wrap

Our 100% merino wool cap fits snugly on your head.
The brim is short enough to keep the cap secure even in high winds and with its relatively deep crown, simple size-adjusted, and timeless design, this is a cap designed with the utmost in comfort and ease of use in mind. Neither too thick nor too thin, and with a premium feel, this cap can be worn throughout the year for hiking in all seasons.

*This merino wool has a water-repellent finish that wicks away moisture (as opposed to a hydrophilic finish that wicks away sweat).

Colors

  • Black
  • Espresso
  • Granite Green
  • Navy

Specs

Made in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Material:
100% Merino Wool 170-180g/m²
Weight:
39g (Size M)
41g (Size L)
Size:
UNISEX | M / L

Product Story

Warm and Comfy

Akira Natsume, Yamatomichi Founder

Our Merino Cap is comfortable even during Japan’s sweltering summer months and both when walking or sleeping. It keeps you shielded from the sun’s harsh rays and stays put even in strong winds up high on the ridge.

The idea for creating this cap came from the fact that our Yamatomichi Stretch Mesh Cap was a bit cold during the winter months. We wanted a cap that could perform equally well during both fall and winter. We thought about making a cap using merino wool similar to our Merino Henley T-shirt. Other brands were producing their own merino caps, but we personally felt that the material they were using was simply too thick.

I started testing different fabrics in the spring of 2016. As expected, thick merino wool was too warm during the summer, but there was something about the soft, gentle fabric that was worth exploring. I think we have now found the perfect thickness that works well throughout most of the year.

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Form and Function

Our Merino Cap is comfortable even during Japan’s sweltering summer months and both when walking or sleeping. It keeps you shielded from the sun’s harsh rays and stays put even in strong winds up high on the ridge.

Blocks sunshine, but won’t get blown away

Your cap was blown off your head when hiking? Well, you may wish the brim had been smaller, but if it’s too small, it won’t block out the sun.

Our Merino Cap’s brim is long enough to effectively block the rays of the sun, but not so long that it is easily blown away.

Single-hand adjuster

The fastener can be adjusted one-handed so can easily be tightened when necessary. Compared with a cord stopper fastening system, the adjuster doesn’t get in the way even when going to bed.

Elegant shape

Since 2019 we make the cap from seven parts. It fits the shape of your head more naturally and elegantly than our previous version made from only six parts.

Naturally odor resistant

Wool clothes are chosen by many hikers for the material’s excellent odor neutralizing performance. Some say it’s almost odor-free even after a week of heavy hiking, but we’ll let you (and your friends) be the judge of that…

Great moisture control

Merino wool is great to help you keep warm and cool as it naturally controls the moisture level within the clothes, always keeping you comfortable throughout the year. This is the reason why the merino wool is known as “a natural air conditioner”.

Even warm when wet

First, when wool absorbs moisture, the thermal phenomenon called “absorption heat” is generated. Secondly, its excellent insulation properties (low thermal conductivity) prevents the body heat from being lowered by evaporation. Also, the crimped fibers are bouncy and retain loft without crushing even when wet.
In addition, wool can absorb more moisture in between the fibers, always keeping the skin dry and comfortable.

Consequently, 100% Merino wool keeps you warm during the action, even in severe weather that makes you wet to the skin.

A Stronger Merino

We love all the functionality of merino wool but also wanted to make a strong and durable product. By using a combination of two strands of wool twisted together, known as “ply-yarning”, we managed to develop a 100% merino fabric that is as strong and durable as the more common synthetic/wool blended fabrics.

Material

Made in Japan Merino

We developed this unique fabric with specialized textile professionals in Bishu (in Aichi and adjacent Gifu prefectures), the largest production area of wool garments in Japan. All our merino wool products are made from Australian merino wool that is spun, yarned, dyed, and knitted in Japan.

Material:
100% Merino Wool 170-180g/m²

Spec:
Bursting strength measured by JIS L 1096 A (Mullen Type)
454kPa

Insulation performance measured by JIS L 1096 A
22.4%

Why 100% Merino?

Wool is a natural material with various unique features such as temperature/moisture control, thermal insulation, and is naturally odor-resistant. All developed by sheep to survive the harsh environment over time.

Merino wool comes from merino sheep and compared to other kinds of wool, merino’s fiber is finer, softer and less scratchy, and hence even suitable for making underwear and baselayers.

All wool, including merino wool, is cool in summer and warm in winter. It is warm even when it’s wet, and practically odor-free even after many hours of wear.

While many other manufacturers add synthetic fibers to strengthen their Merino fabrics, we wanted to stick with 100% Merino to maximize the natural benefits of pure merino wool. Our merino will keep you dry even when it’s hot and humid and comfortable no matter the climate.

Merino Wool

Wool is a natural material with various unique features such as temperature/moisture control, thermal insulation, and anti-odor performance; all of them developed by sheep to survive the harsh environment over time.

Merino wool comes from merino sheep and compared to other kinds of wool, merino’s fiber is finer, softer, and less scratchy, and hence even suitable for making underwear.

All wools, including merino wool, are cool in summer and warm in winter. It is warm even when it’s wet, and practically odor-free even after many hours of wear.

Wool’s structure

The wool’s fiber is composed of the amino acid-based protein, just like human hair and skin. The surface is called the “scale”, which is similar to a fish scale, and the inner part is the “cortex”.
The cortex is composed of ortho-cortex and para-cortex, each with different moisture absorption performance. Because each of them differs in property, the combination of ortho and para cortexes makes the fiber “crimped”.
This crimped structure produces the wool’s unique features such as moisture/temperature control property and thermal insulation performance, avoiding the coldness caused by the sweat.

Disadvantages of wool

As explained above, wool or merino wool has various features and functions, but it is not flawless.

Heavy when wet

Since the wool is capable of containing a significant amount of water in its fiber, it can be heavy when it’s wet and takes longer to dry compared with most synthetic materials.
Fast-drying synthetic materials, however, can be cold when wet because it deprives body heat excessively quickly as it dries due to evaporation. Wool dries slower than synthetic materials but quicker than cotton with a similar thickness.

Attracts moth

Any soft fiber derived from animals, such as general wools, cashmere, and silk particularly attracts moths.

Tears easily

Wools have short fibers, which can fall out due to friction, possibly causing small holes in the fabric. Compared with synthetic materials or cotton, wool tear more easily.

Distortion

When the knitted wool garments are washed, the material is likely to distort diagonally because the yarned fibers absorb water, swell, and tend to untwist. Consequently, the shape of the shirt may distort slightly with washing.

Wool’s scent

Due to the nature of animal fibers, you may smell a distinctive scent or odor when the fabric is wet, especially after dewatered, but the scent disappears after drying.

The above information was compiled and edited based on the interview with the textile company and the research institute, and the reference book below:

Bibliography:
Structure and Physical Properties of Wool, Japan Wool Industry Association, Seni Co., Ltd.

Sizes

推奨サイズ/Recommended Size

Unisex
Size M L
頭周り/Circumference
Cm
56~61 57.5~62.5

製品サイズ/Product Size

Please note

Care Instructions

Merino wool has excellent deodorizing properties, but it does have some disadvantages, such as being prone to moth holes and shrinkage. Therefore, It should be washed and stored properly, though frequent wash is not necessary.

For more instructions on washing, drying, and storage at home, please read below.

【How to Wash】

Do not machine-wash as it may cause shrinkage and deformation of the shape. Hand-wash only. Because merino wool is a natural fiber, its fibers are short, and fuzz and pilling may appear, but after several washes, they will become less noticeable.

  • Wool fibers are slightly acidic, so avoid washing with alkaline detergent as it may damage the texture. Use a neutral detergent.
  • Hand-wash only. Do not machine-wash as it may cause shrinkage and defomation of the shape of the brim.
  • Wash with lukewarm water (about 30℃). Higher temperature may cause shrinkage.
  • Rinse well after the wash. Remaining detergent in the fabric may attract moths.
  • Do not wring it tightly to keep its shape.
  • After spin-dry, gently sandwich the cap with the towel to dry.
  • Dry flat in the shade.
  • Do not use fabric softener as it may coat the fibers and hinder the natural properties of wool.
  • Do not bleach as it may cause color fading.
  • Washing may cause slight deformation or distortion due to the nature of the fabric.

    【How to Reshape】

    If the cap loses its shape due to washing or drying, moisten it with a steam iron or mist spray, and then place the cap over a hemispherical object to reshape it and dry well.

    【How to Avoid Moth Holes】

    Merino wool, an animal-derived fiber, has the disadvantage of being easily eaten by insects because of the protein contained in the fiber. However, the risk of moth damages can be reduced by proper care.

    • Dry well before storing. If there is any moisture left, it may attract moths.
    • Steam from an iron can effectively kill insects by heat. Use a low temperature setting when ironing, and after steam, dry it completely before storing it.
    • To keep the shape of the brim, the cap should not be stored under something heavy.
    • Keep well-ventilated. Avoid humid place.
    • Please follow the instructions of the mothballs.
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Payment

  • We only accept payment by credit card. We currently do not accept payment via bank transfer from overseas accounts.
  • We accept the following Credit Cards: Visa, Master, American Express, and JCB.
  • To download your receipt, please click the link included in the Dispatch Notice, which we will send by email as soon as the items are dispatched.

Delivery

We will ship by DHL for overseas customers (excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Russia). For customers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Russia, we will ship by EMS only. Shipping costs vary depending on your country and region.

Size Exchange

  • Overseas customers who need to change the size of their order, should note that the time needed for shipping will vary greatly depending on your country of residence.
  • We only accept exchanges when the item is unused (except for fitting).
  • If you wish to exchange the size of the item, please contact us within seven days of receiving your order.
  • Exchanges can only be made for the same color in a different size.
  • If the size you wish is out of stock, we will suggest a different color.
  • If the product is out of stock, we may simply have to ship the item back to you.
  • All shipping costs to be carried by the customer.
  • We will only send the exchanged item to you, upon receipt of return shipping cost via PayPal.
  • Please be aware that some countries charge customs duties depending on the price of the item.
  • We are unable to answer any questions on local customs. Please contact your local customs bureau.

Repair

We accept repairs for all of our Yamatomichi products. For inquiries on repair services including patching the holes, repairing with extra components, or fixing the items damaged over time, please feel free to contact us from the “Repair” section of the SUPPORT page.

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