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  • The Mongrel has been one of our most successful designs and we love seeing pics of you guys wearing them from far and wide so be sure to tag is on social media if you share one. Let us know which one is your favourite! And now, the new Limited Edition ioMerino Mongrel is here! Still natural. Still ethically made. Still super soft and ultra comfortable. Still awesome. But extra limited edition. Cli...

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  • Getting Outside. I played netball at a high level when I was younger, but I lived in London for a while where I was working crazy hours as a chef and I never had time to train or exercise. Plus I drank and I smoked. When I got back to Australia I wanted to get fitter so I started looking around for something I could get involved in. A friend of mine was doing the Trailblazer 50km hike so I asked i...

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  • My ioMerino has travelled with me to some pretty incredible places. It is always fun to look back at photos and remember the exact moment – where you were, how you were feeling, what you were thinking. Photos do an amazing job of preserving a moment, of locking it in time. But there is so much that can’t be frozen into that photo. Your thoughts, the smells, the feel of the air, the conversations t...

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  • Altripiani travel the world to see the most beautiful mountain ranges, creating new routes and bringing untold stories from local communities. They recently traveled Istria, a beautiful peninsula shared between three countries – Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. Giacomo and Glorija gives us the wrap on why you should visit Istria. One amongst all? The colours: the intense green of the hills, the red gr...

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  • On a good weather weekend in the Pacific Northwest climbing a mountain is only one of the many great outdoor activities on offer but to my mind it’s one of the best! On a recent visit to the Seattle area from Australia I had the chance to do just that with my husband, photographer Andrew Peacock. Our local friend Bill was keen to notch up climbing another of Washington’s highest 100 peaks and the ...

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  • It was the middle of February in Arizona, and I had just finished a mellow lap on the lower gorge of Tonto Creek when a voicemail came through on the phone. It was a posse of Colorado and Wyoming paddlers who were looking to link Christopher Creek into the Hell’s Gate section of Tonto Creek. This would be a three-day mission through a truly wild and desolate portion of Arizona. I couldn’t respond ...

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  • Eighteen months have passed since I have had the pleasure of Rogaining with my adventure partner Sonja. Over this time, I have honed my skills from being that partner that only tags along purely to entertain, to now being able to hold the map up the right way and tell the difference between a knoll and stobie (telegraph) pole. To join forces again, I was beyond excitement, six short hours of outdo...

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  • I first met ‘world walker’ Tony Mangan a few months back, when I was driving East-West across the Nullarbor… an approximately 1,100km stretch of land between Adelaide in South Australia, and Perth in Western Australia. Although to say I “met” him is a bit of an exaggeration. Really, I just saw a guy walking along one of Australia’s most remote sections of highway, waving an Irish flag at anyone wh...

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  • What do you get when you put a group of adventurous women of all ages together for a long weekend of trail running, canoeing, abseiling, mountain biking, SUPing and a stack of other activities? Australia’s first ever Women’s Adventure Summit! This September, women converged on The Great Lakes District in New South Wales, three hours north of Sydney, for this ground breaking event. The Women’s Adve...

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  • BMX Bandits are back and they’re focusing on racing the Inaugural Australian Adventure Racing Championship series, so far they have competed in 3/4 of the series. They recently raced in early August for 24 hours non-stop, next up is the final of the series where they’ll go for five days in early October. They need to pack a lot for these races but they also don’t want their bag to be too heavy or ...

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  • Devoted Outsider, Kyle Williams, knows all about testing himself, having completed some incredible adventures over the past few years. But the question is: why? Here he tackles that often asked question… Why do we do this? It’s a bone chilling 1 degree Celsius (33.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Snowy Mountains, Australia’s highest mountain range. The brutal alpine wind blows relentlessly across the ...

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  • By ioMerino Outsider, Sputnik. It was the event that delivered three of Trail Running’s ‘Horsemen of the Apocalypse’: Wind, Rain, and our dear friend Mud – who made multiple, suitably epic appearances along the way. With a forecast that was enough to scare off all but the bravest and/or craziest runners, the ‘not started’ list of runners for this run was considerable. What those non starters don’t...

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  • Socks & Undies.  We know what you’re thinking, “Not socks and undies again?!?!”. But wait, these aren’t regular socks and undies they’re awesome outdoor socks and undies for awesome outdoor dads. Like all our gear, they’re trail tested and ultra comfortable so when all else fails, these are your go to gift. Guaranteed to please. And keep his prized possessions warm and comfortable in all sorts of ...

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  • When the learning curve is steep, it’s a bonus to get something right the first time. Our daughter, Charlie, is 11 months old. Her daddy is an Outfitter and Pack Trip Guide in the Jackson area of Wyoming. If we’re going to see daddy in the summer, then we have to do some mountain travel. So, earlier in July, we joined a 5-day trip up Teton Canyon in the heart of the Teton Mountain Range — Charlie’...

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  • Whether you’re hiking, camping, traveling, bikepacking, or however else you might find yourself on the go in the outdoors, there’s always a delicate balance between taking everything you need to be comfortable, and traveling light. We talked to our ioMerino Outsiders, and came up with a few simple tips and tricks that can make a massive difference to the weight you’ll carry with you. Swap bulky it...

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  • We always put a lot of love, care  and attention to detail into every single product we make. We put an enormous amount of time into developing our own fabrics made from nothing but the finest Australian wool. And a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears into designing clothes that people who are into the outdoors, won’t just like, but love. So when we hear stories from people like ioMerino Outsider ...

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  • Every year during the short summer climbing season, the Denali National Park service in Alaska relies on volunteers to help their rangers patrol the upper slopes of Denali – North America’s highest peak. Denali, at 6,190 m above sea level, is a significant mountaineering objective and while it’s not a technical climb, the dangers of hidden crevasses, extreme cold, changeable weather and altitude i...

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  • It’s been a few years since we first met Shane Hutton, you may remember Shane as an Ultra Runner, Mountain Biker, Climber and Ironman… now you can add Backcountry skier. After finish up in Patagonia Shane wanted to learn something new. He visited Colorado to learn to Backcountry ski, a skill he will need for a hopeful project in Alaska later in the year. Here is his story:  Australia Day 2017 We w...

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  • Usually you’ll find ioMerino on hikers, runners, cyclists, MTB riders, snowboarders, skiers, climbers and other various other adventurers. So this test was something a little different for us, that’s for sure.  Alison Heinrich has represented Australia at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup and understand the importance of high performance clothing. Here’s what she ...

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  • Sisters, Elina and Johanna live on the island, Lauttasaari, in Helsinki. Water is a passion for both of them. Elina is a professional photographer and Johanna is a world record holder in ice diving and also a designer, so the art they create together is very important for them both. Click here for Aztech Beanie! They both love the outdoors and love to be in the water. Elina photographs Johanna a l...

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  • ioCrew member Chris Baer knows the best places to explore by kayak, that’s why there’s no surprise we wanted to hear more about what he got up to on the Siang River, India. Here’s what he had to say about his latest adventure. The Assam region isn’t part of most people’s mental map of India. Its location and indigenous culture create a beautiful landscape reminding me more of Northern Myanmar than...

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  • Exciting conditions greeted a record crowd of more than 700 runners at this year’s Saucony Surf Coast Trail Marathon, a monster swell creating challenging coastal conditions including giant waves turning parts of the course into an adventure coaster as much as a trail run. While some of the world’s best big wave surfers reportedly hopped their lear jets from locations across the globe to take on m...

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  • Glorija and Giacomo from Altripiano have been on the road for a while now, racking up adventures across some of the world’s most awesome outdoor regions. And wearing their ioMerino along the way, of course! Here they check in from their latest adventure where they had a one of their more unusual invitations… but in true Altripiani style, accepted with their usual enthusiasm. Flying to Marrakesh ha...

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Golden Games 2017

  • The 7th Annual Golden Games took place recently in downtown Golden, CO. Despite a freakishly late and large snow storm in the 48 hours before the event, everything went off without a hitch. The event was recently named the “Best Paddling Event” by Elevation Outdoors Magazine and seems to get bigger every year. ioMerino was a proud sponsor of the event donating prizes for the athletes for the secon...

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  • Ultra Trail Australia is Australia’s premier trail running event in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. This year, with some pretty brutal weather forecast, the race organisers were forced to reroute the 50km and 100km races for safety reasons. There’s nothing like last minute changes to put a little extra pressure on the runners to adapt, but one thing that didn’t change was their need to have t...

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  • The Outsiders Manifesto.  We are… The Outsiders. The ones who choose outside, over inside. To have our head in the clouds, to feel the sand, the dirt, the grass, the water, the ground beneath our feet. To live. Unlimited. Passionate. Enthusiastic. Courageous. Free thinking. Free Spirited. Free to roam. We explore the coasts, the forests, the mountains, the bush, the backcountry, the woods, the riv...

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  • We’ll try not to talk our head honcho David Michell up too much so he doesn’t get a big head, but we have to give him a bit of a shout out as he led the peloton home on the Mercer SuperCycle after riding 1,000+kms around South Australia in just 7 days. The Mercer SuperCycle is a fully supported multi-day and multi-distance cycling tour through regional South Australia. And the ‘fun’ of riding 1,00...

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  • By ioMerino customer, and adventurer, Lisa Murphy. Until recently I had not really owned or tried out merino clothing for our hikes.  I had bought a couple of tried and tested shirts and pants that were quick dry and did the job – synthetic and, well, a tad smelly really.  But they washed well and with repeated use, after 8 years, they are still rocking (just). I hadn’t really explored other optio...

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