the truth about merino wool

Scratchy, heavy, and uncomfortable: these are common misconceptions about wearing wool. Read on to learn what Alexis discovered while product testing the Run: Balance Pullover as an athletic and technical fabric. Hint: it involves the word magical.

running in the rain with merino wool
Forecast = rain. Merino wool = dry and cozy.

Let me start by saying that keeping warm is a high priority for me, especially during the winter months. Curling up by a roaring fire is my idea of pure bliss. So you can imagine how much I like the idea of running in the rain:

Don’t get me wrong, I am full of gratitude for rain; it nourishes the earth, smells divine and creates a unique and dramatic ambience; an ambience I most enjoy whilst peering through a window with a cup of tea in hand. This being said, I decided to try out our new Run: Balance Pullover to see if it could help get me outside, despite the cold, rainy weather.

what I loved about it:

  • it’s surprisingly soft with a zero itch factor.
  • it has great breathability
  • the natural fabric has a rich and refined quality, giving it a sophisticated look
  • it stays warm even in the wettest conditions - magical!

merino wool pullover from lululemon
Alexis in the Run: Balance Pullover, moments before she ditched her umbrella and went for a run!

after wearing it more than once

Now that I have worn it a few times, I can honestly say that it didn’t itch at all. Without the bulk of a sweatshirt , the 100% merino wool pullover kept me perfectly heated on chilly mornings. I can’t wait to try this on the mountain, where dryness and warmth are so important. Hello après ski hangouts!

If you are like me and are cautious to try new fabrics, I dare you to try this on – it’s as cozy as a hug and as cool as James Dean. It might even make that 5:30 a.m. run downright jump-out-of-bed-worthy! Okay, that was an exaggeration. But at least you’ll be warm…and ultimately, that’s all that counts.

pullover for running from lululemon
Look for the the Run: Balance Pullover in your local lululemon, and online very soon!

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I love my Ananda Dress from back in the day – a turtleneck dress made of Merino Wool. I wore it pretty much religiously, and then moths got at it (who knew, moths actually DO eat wool), so I’ve now relegated it to my workout wardrobe specifically to wear as a base-layer for running for when it starts to get really cold in Winnipeg.

Merino wool feels closer to silk than wool. It rocks.

Comment by Becca — November 18, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

Alexis, that was an extremely entertaining post. The first paragraph had me laughing out loud! Great review, thanks for sharing!

Comment by Carolyn — November 18, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

Its true – those New Zealand sheep pack a magical punch.

Comment by Ben — November 19, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

i truly truly love wool. i come from a merino farm in australia, and now living in vancouver, i’m so happy to see lulu offering fabulous fabulous wool – a match made in heaven. no clammy sweaty feeling, warm when wet, and a long non-stinky life – it is my favourite workout/yoga fabric. hop on the bandwagon! yay. love claire xx

Comment by claire — November 25, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

Great post! It’s nice to learn a little more about the functional side of a new product from someone who has tested it out. This post has made me want a Balance Pullover… and a cup of tea :)

Comment by Jenn — December 1, 2010 @ 8:55 am

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