I/O Merino activewear is perfect for the slopes, mountains, water and earth – we already know that. The question is what do you wear when you are wheelchair bound, yet refuse to wear poly-blend clothing which does not allow your skin to breathe nor provides temperature regulation? Everyday Caring blogger Rachel is nearly 100% sure merino wool is the answer.

The blog, Everyday Caring, was born out of Rachel’s desire to share her triumphs and struggles of caring for her daughter Emily who fell whilst snowboarding in America. Having broken her neck, Emily went from being a physical dynamo to a quadriplegic in a split second. 

We spoke to Rachel after providing her with some I/O layering pieces to find out what worked and why. The answers surprised us and made us understand the phenomenal qualities of wearing merino wool on a daily basis.

The Health Benefits of Wearing Merino Wool:

The benefits of wearing I/O Merino’s fine, jersey wool garments are multiple, including warmth without perspiration, allowing Emily to concentrate on what she’s doing rather than being too cold or too hot. Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) can cause spasms when individuals experience extreme temperatures so there is an enormous benefit if a person can regulate their temperature with appropriate breathable clothing.

100% Comfort:

With SCI there is usually some sensory loss so the benefit of wearing I/O Merino is its softness, its flat lock seams are not rigid and they reduce the risk of skin trauma and pressure lines.

Key Benefits of Merino Wool:

  • Its natural properties wick moisture away from the body,
  • Temperature regulation,
  • It is soft, breathable and not prickly,
  • The garments are slim and lightweight, so can be layered up for extra warmth without feeling or appearing too bulky.

The Recommendation:

Emily wears the Vital Ribbed Longsleeve tee, Vital Ribbed Singlet, Zodiac Crop and Park City Vest frequently, forming the perfect laying solution. These products are preferred as there are no pressure points from the soft fabric. Layering the vest with the longsleeve tops generates core warmth and no bulk.

Rachel says “I/O Merino products are very gorgeous and wearable. Emily and I love the fact that the pieces are practical and yet sleek and on trend.”


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