What is a Merino?
The Merino is thought to be the oldest breed of sheep in the world. Merino’s are famous for their fine, soft wool and its ability to thrive in extreme climates – like the high country of New Zealand.
Created by nature to protect sheep against freezing winters or scorching summers, Merino wool’s inherent properties make it a naturally technical fibre, and a smart choice for humans too!
Our Merino wool is grown by ZQ certified growers, that comply with the ZQ Grower Standard. The standards demand the best in animal welfare and environmental practice, resulting in fibre that’s perfect for your Helly Hansen base layers.
Each sheep’s fleece is hand selected. Every single one. Which means a highly skilled ‘classer’ inspects the fibre’s quality and assesses whether it meets the grade. That way you know you’re only getting the best quality.