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 items for lighter alternatives. We all know things like packs, tents and sleeping bags come in various qualities and weights and with varying degrees of effectiveness. Clothing is no exception. Ditch the big, bulky layers and go for something lightweight that still delivers the warmth and comfort you need. Choose the right layers and you’ll find you have greater flexibility with temperature control and can be prepared for a wider range of conditions, without the need for bulkier, heavier items like sweaters and jackets. ioMerino layers deliver maximum warmth with minimal weight making them the ideal ultra lightweight alternative.
- Clothes for all occasions. A good quality natural merino layer like ioMerino, is like the multitool of clothing. A single layer can help you out in all sorts of conditions. So instead of carrying multiple items for varying needs, choosing a single layer that will get you through everything from warm to cold, will mean you can carry way less items. A tank or T-shirt and a long sleeve, especially a 3/4 zip, could replace four, five or even more items, and get you through all sorts of activities, and all kinds of weather.
- Less washing. More adventure. We know some of you are happy to go stinky in synthetics for days at a time, but if you’re as mindful of the comfort of others as you are of your own, take a layer you can wear day after day without needing to wash it and wait for it to dry. ioMerino layers aren’t just trail tested and ultra comfortable, they’re naturally odour resistant – so rather than take a few items you rotate across days, a single layer that you air out over night and wear again the next day will mean a lot less in your pack. And still keep you feeling, and smelling, fresh.