Spotlight on Merino Wool by Susan Robinson

Posted on 25 June 2014

With winter now upon us, many of you will be heading to the slopes for some winter fun. Vie Activist and skiing enthusiast, Susan Robinson, puts the spotlight on our fabulous merino wool jackets and compression tights for performance and feel while shredding some serious powder. 

Susan wears the Libby Hoodie
I am fortunate to live at the base of Baldy, the ski area better known as Sun Valley in Idaho. I have a 3 minute walk to the shuttle bus which is a 5 minute ride to the ski lift so I ski a LOT. A typical ski season for me is 90 -100 days on snow.....not too shabby!
My clothing choice for a day on the slopes varies based on weather conditions. Is it mild temp's and sunny, but maybe windy at the top of the mountain? Is it sunny but only 5 degrees Fahrenheit? Is it snowing sideways, windy and I will be skiing 10" of fresh powder? Regardless, my first layer will be a merino wool base layer for my top and compression tights for my legs.  
Merino wool is an amazing natural fiber. It can keep you warm when it's cold; cool when you're warm and for those who are sensitive to wool against your skin (like me!) merino wool causes little to no irritation, so I can comfortably wear it all day, every day. I wear a light weight base layer and then will wear the Judy Jacket or Libby Hoodie as my next layer topped off by either a Gortex shell jacket or lightly insulated ski jacket if it is extremely cold.
Compression clothing for athletic activity has really taken off in the last several years. These garments are based on a concept medical studies validated long ago: that compression clothing increases blood and lymphatic flow.  In sports, compression clothing are meant to improve performance and expedite recovery.  I love my Vibeke Crop Compression Tights in Black Leopard for skiing. After wearing basic long underwear for so many years, the additional support for my quads, glutes and hamstrings provided by compression tights helps me ski longer with out stopping which keeps me out on the slopes for more of my day......a good thing!
I also wear merino wool and compression tights for cross country skiing for the same benefits, so you can see the versatility these materials provide.
Get yourself some quality Vie Active merino wool tops and compression tights and hit the slopes! I guarantee you will feel the difference.

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