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Embrace the Warmth: Unveiling the Marvels of Merino Wool in Montreal's Chilly Climate

Winter in Montreal is synonymous with bone-chilling temperatures and biting winds. As a footwear and apparel retailer dedicated to keeping you warm and stylish, we're thrilled to introduce you to the wonders of Merino wool and showcase products from renowned brands ICEBREAKER and SMARTWOOL that we proudly carry at NEON.

In the realm of winter textiles, one fiber stands out for its luxurious feel, exceptional performance, and unparalleled versatility – Merino wool. Derived from the fleece of Merino sheep, this natural wonder has become a staple in the world of outdoor apparel, and we're here to guide you through its origin, unique features, and why it's a game-changer in Montreal's cold climate.

What is Merino Wool?

Merino wool comes from Merino sheep, a breed prized for its fine, soft fleece. Originating in Spain, Merino sheep are now bred globally for their exquisite wool. Unlike traditional wool, Merino fibers are finer and smoother, making them incredibly soft against the skin. This natural material is biodegradable and renewable, aligning perfectly with sustainable and eco-friendly practices.

Key features

Temperature Regulation:

Merino wool is nature's response to fluctuating temperatures. The fibers have a unique ability to regulate body temperature, providing warmth in the cold and remaining breathable in warmer conditions. This natural thermoregulation is crucial for outdoor enthusiasts and city dwellers alike.

Moisture Management:

A standout feature of Merino wool is its exceptional moisture-wicking properties. The fibers can absorb and release moisture vapor, keeping you dry and comfortable even during strenuous activities. This makes it an ideal choice for both winter sports and everyday wear in Montreal's unpredictable weather.

Odor Resistance:

Merino wool has a natural resistance to odors, thanks to its antimicrobial properties. This means you can wear Merino garments multiple times between washes without worrying about unpleasant smells, making it perfect for extended use in various settings.

Softness and Comfort:

The fine, silky fibers of Merino wool create a fabric that is incredibly soft and comfortable against the skin. Unlike traditional wool, Merino wool doesn't itch or irritate, making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin.

Good For Layering:

Sometimes it’s really cold outside and you need to layer. By using all Merino wool when you layer, you create an escape route for sweat and excess heat. Each layer of Merino works to transport sweat away from the skin to the outside of your gear while it’s still a vapor (pre-sweat)—helping to keep you warm and dry.


Merino wool disappears after about 12 months in the ground. That means that, when you’re done with your gear, the earth will take back this fibrous protein composed of amino acids—releasing carbon and nutrients back into the soil.

NEON's take on Merino Wool

Embarking on a journey to test the true prowess of Merino wool, we recently conducted a dynamic running photoshoot featuring key pieces from ICEBREAKER and SMARTWOOL.

Our model confidently sported Icebreaker's Merino 260 Tech Long Sleeve Half Zip Thermal Top in the elegant Nightshade hue, seamlessly blending style with functionality. Paired with the 200 ZoneKnit™ Merino Thermal Leggings, the ensemble delivered optimal warmth and flexibility. The Smartwool Merino Athletic socks completed the look, ensuring unparalleled comfort and moisture-wicking performance throughout the run. 

Transitioning seamlessly from the energetic outdoor run, we shifted the spotlight to a cozy café setting, demonstrating the remarkable versatility and natural elegance of our Merino wool pieces. Our model effortlessly transformed her ensemble, pairing the Icebreaker Women's Merino 200 Oasis Thermal Leggings with the timeless Icebreaker Women's Merino Waypoint Crewe Sweater in Midnight Navy/Snow. Complementing the ensemble, the Smartwool Merino 250 Cuffed Beanie in Black added a touch of chic warmth while the socks from the initial look continued to deliver unparalleled coziness. The ambiance of the café provided the perfect backdrop to showcase not only the comfort and adaptability of these Merino pieces but also their innate ability to seamlessly transition from an invigorating run to a leisurely afternoon.


Now equipped with a deeper understanding of Merino wool's origin and technical features, you're ready to embrace the magic woven into each fiber. Explore our curated range of Merino products at a NEON store near you and make it your ally in conquering Montreal's winters.