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100% Merino mountain shirt
The fabric of our 100% merino wool short sleeve shirt is woven by an established Italian manufacturer from pure merino wool from New Zealand.
Although 100% merino wool, the fabric is thin, and comfortable to wear without being too hot like most traditional wool shirts. And of course it has all the natural deodorizing and moisture control features of wool that we so love to make hiking in the mountains more comfortable.
Made in Fukushima, Japan
100% Merino Wool 130g/m²
Unisex | XS / S / M / L / XL
Akira Natsume, Yamatomichi Founder
When it gets chilly, I wear merino from head to toe, both while hiking and at home, so it was only natural that I wanted to make a merino shirt.
However, I didn’t want to make a traditional warm and cozy flannel wool shirt, that fits well in front of the fire, but rather a light shirt with the unique features of wool that wouldn’t be too warm when out hiking.
I searched for the right fabric and finally found one from a well-established Italian wool manufacturer, which also makes the fabric we use in the Yamatomichi 5-Pocket Merino Pants.
While the texture and feel of the elegant 100% merino wool fabric were great, it was still expensive and the weight of the fabric was quite heavy. I wasn’t sure this would be what I was looking for.
Tests of the fabric’s thermal insulating power showed that it was less effective than synthetic knits and bamboo polyester. It seems like even though it was wool, it didn’t offer many of the qualities in wool I was looking for.
At first, I thought maybe I should keep looking for another kind of fabric, but remembering that I initially wanted to make a wool shirt that didn’t get too hot, this actually might work really well despite the fabric’s low heat retention.
I made a prototype and tested it on a hike and found that it was quite strong, had good wicking, and above all, the moisture-absorbing function of wool was outstanding and it just felt wonderful to wear.
So what about our other shirts? Each of them has different pros and cons.
The main con of our merino shirts is the relatively high price. Also, you have to stretch it out by hand after washing and drying, otherwise it will become very wrinkled. However, I feel that the comfort of 100% merino wool more than makes up this.
Our Bamboo Shirts are moist and comfortable, the UL Shirt is overwhelmingly light. The Merino Shirt might be the latest of our line of shirts, but I feel it might be the most versatile of the three.
Form and Function
Naturally Odor Resistant
Wool items 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…
Comfort through superior humidity control
Merino wool, also known as “the natural air conditioner,” controls the temperature and humidity in your clothes guaranteeing your comfort at all times.
Put your collar up to keep your neck warm
In the early mornings or chilly evenings when you want to keep your neck warm, just turn up your collar and fasten it with the single button to keep out the wind. Also great when trying to avoid your neck getting sun-burned at the height of summer.
Simplicity born of functionality
Woven fabric, which is often used as a material for shirts, is densely woven by warp and weft yarns. For the same weight and material, it is usually more windproof, dries faster, and more durable than knitted fabrics, which are commonly used for base layers.
We chose snap buttons to make the buttoning and unbuttoning as fast and easy as possible. The cut is wide to allow for ample ventilation.
We decided on an open-necked turndown collar without a neckband to avoid trapping heat around your neck when moving, while still allowing you to turn up your collar and secure it in the cold, making this shirt work in a wide range of temperatures.
We didn’t feel the need for pockets, so left these out on purpose.
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.
The Merino Short Sleeve Shirt uses 100% merino wool fabric, which is manufactured by a long-established Italian maker that operates everything from raising sheep on its own farm in New Zealand to spinning yarn and weaving fabric.
Compared to the warm and soft fabric used for flannel shirts, it has a light and bouncy linen-like texture, and although it is 100% wool, it does not get too hot and keeps you comfortable.
100% MERINO WOOL 130g/m²
Tear strength tested by JIS L 1096 D (Pendulum method)
Vertical: 1.1kg, Horizontal: 0.8kg
Tensile strength tested by JIS L 1096 A (Strip method)
Vertical: 30.5kg, Horizontal: 19.4kg
Breathability tested by JIS 1096 A (Frazier method)
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.
The wool’s fiber is composed of 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
Wool or merino wool has various features and functions, but it is not flawless.
Easily absorbs moisture and becomes heavy
Wool can get quite heavy as it is great at absorbing moisture. This also means that wool takes longer to dry and synthetic fibers, but compared to cotton, it actually dries faster.
Liked by insects
Soft, natural fibers such as wool, cashmere, and silk are prone to damage by insects.
The relatively short fibers of wool mean that wool fabrics are easier damaged than synthetic and cotton fibers. However, small holes can easily be fixed with a bit of pure wool and a needle.
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 not frequently.
For more instructions on washing, drying and storage at home, please read on the “Read More” section below.
【How to Wash】
It is machine-washable on the regular course. Please refrain from using the tumble dryer, as the texture of the fabric may be hardened. To reduce wrinkles after drying, smooth out wrinkles as much as possible before drying.
- Wool fibers are slightly acidic, so avoid washing with alkaline detergent as it may damage the texture. Use a neutral detergent.
- To avoid damage caused by contact with other laundry, or deformation caused by tangling, please wash it separately or use a laundry net.
- Wrinkles tend to develop during spin-dry. Shortening the dewatering time in your washing machine will help reduce wrinkles.
- Washing with lukewarm water (about 30℃) will help remove dirt.
- Smooth out the wrinkles, adjust the shape, and line dry in the shade.
- Do not tumble-dry, as the texture of the fabric may be hardened.
- 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.
【How to Remove Wrinkles】
Compared to knit fabrics, woven fabrics tend to wrinkle more easily, so please shorten the dewatering time and smooth out the wrinkles as much as possible before drying. If wrinkles still remain, please iron them out.
- Use a steam iron.
- Steam must be low temperature (80℃-120℃).
- When ironing, apply a thin cloth while blowing the steam.
- After ironing, dry completely so that no moisture remains.
【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 holes can be reduced by proper care.
- Dry well before storing. If there is any moisture left, it may cause moth holes.
- 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.
- Keep well-ventilated. Avoid humid place.
- Vacuum storage bags are also effective in preventing moth holes. In this case, an insect repellent specially designed for vacuum bags is recommended. Air left in the bag will allow insects to survive.
- Please follow the instructions of the mothballs.
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