Merino Wool: 26 Performance-Tested Clothes for Runners

Did you know merino wool clothing is the perfect blend of material for running performance & comfort?
🐑Wool is a magical fabric!🐑
And when it comes to running apparel, clothes made of merino wool (not that thick old sweater from the 1960s!) offers unparalleled benefits:

  • Odor resistance
  • Thermoregulation
  • Durability 
  • Breathability
  • Moisture control

In many of my Rundown stories reviewing different types of running clothing, you may have noticed a trend - I like gear made from merino wool.
Thus, I compiled all the wool apparel and put them into one place, right here, for your wool-browsing enjoyment.
👉Check out these 26 performance-tested clothing items for runners made from merino wool...
But before we get to the gear, here are some other useful lists…

🐑Running, outdoor and sport-performance brands that specialize in wool

🐑More brands that make wool-blend running clothes

Following is a list of running and outdoor sport brands that offer some products made from wool and/or a blend of wool and other materials. Most of the links will take you directly to the company’s wool products while others to the homepage:

👉Can you add any of your favorites? Leave a comment, and we’ll add it to the list!

🐑Merino wool clothing for runners

  • In addition, is a website dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information on merino wool apparel, with brand reviews and lists dedicated to assisting the customer with their merino wool needs.
  • For even more in-depth reading, Arms of Andes compares and contrasts merino wool and alpaca wool Alpaca Wool vs. Merino: Which is Warmer & Which is Itchier?
  • Hint: Alpaca wins. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’m intrigued. 

Now, let’s check out the merino wool running products I love…
For assistance in determining your own size, here are the female wear tester’s measurements:

  • Height: 5’ 3 ¾”
  • Weight: 120-125 pounds
  • Waist: 27.75 inches
  • Chest/bust: 34 inches
  • Hips: 34 inches
  • Thigh circumference: 18.5 inches
  • Inseam: 28 inches
  • Head circumference: 21 inches
  • Typical shirt size: XS
  • Typical pant size: 2, small or XS


Arc’teryx Lana Merino Wool Crew Neck Shirt Long Sleeve, (Photo/Eric Harder)
Ibex Women’s Merino Tencel Pocket Short Sleeve Tee
ridge Merino Aspect Merino Wool High Neck Top, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Base Layer Crew, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Smartwool Merino Sport 120 V-Neck SS Tee, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Woolly Cropped Tank Flex Merino, (Photo/Eric Harder)


Ibex Springbok Shorts, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Wind Legging, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Smartwool Women’s Classic All-Season Merino Base Layer Bottom
Smartwool Women’s Classic Thermal Merino 250 Base Layer Bottom, (Photo/ Eric Harder)


Darn Tough Pacer Crew Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Icebreaker Multisport Light Mini Socks, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Patagonia Lightweight Merino Performance Anklet Socks, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Patagonia Lightweight Merino Performance Crew Socks, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Smartwool Women’s Athlete Edition Run Print Crew Socks, (Photo/ Eric Harder)


Icebreaker Merino Sprite Racerback Bra, (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Smartwool Women’s Merino Sport Seamless Racerback Bra, (Photo/ Eric Harder)


Oiselle Wazzie Wool Briefs, (Photo/ author)
Ridge Merino Women's Ridge Boy Shorts Underwear, (Photo/ author)
Smartwool Merino Sport Seamless Bikini, (Photo/ author)
Smartwool Merino Sport Seamless Hipster, (Photo/ author)
Tracksmith Brighton Briefs, (Photo/ author)


Salomon MTN Wool Base Gloves, (Photo/ author)
Smartwool Knit Mittens

24. Smartwool Knit Mittens


Outdoor Research Alpine Onset Merino 150 Beanie (Photo/ Eric Harder)
Patagonia Brodeo Beanie, OS (Photo/ Eric Harder)

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Brynn Cunningham
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Trail runner, ultrarunner, white water boater, cyclist (mostly MTB), swimmer, triathlete, cross country and backcountry skier...


Jason Stucki Great research results! I have taken a liking to several merino wool products recently. I really liked the Minus33 socks, and Runderwear’s wool blended products. I’m excited to review some products in the next few weeks from an Australian company called Merino Country.

Brynn Cunningham Nice! Oops, I actually have the Merino33 socks, too, and forgot to include them!

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