Ciovita’s Merino Range – Top Value, Top Performance

Wool provided the material for racing kit for the first 100 years of cycling. Now, merino's in town, and wool's better than ever.

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Merino wool is making headway into the hyper-technical cycling clothing market with its unique properties that make it well worth looking at for your next outfit. Why wool? Didn’t Lycra kick it into touch in the 80s? Well, yes, but each has its place, its speciality, its niche, and each will  give you exactly what you need from a garment for your specific riding habits.

Modern manufacturing techniques have brought wool back up to the sorts of performance we have got used to with synthetics, and sometimes even improved on them when the roads are long and temperatures vary: it is odour resistant, naturally breathable, thermo-regulating, naturally elastic, and UV resistant, which means it provides the perfect base for a wide range of high-performance kit.

So, what is merino wool actually made of? (besides the fact that it comes from sheep)

Merino wool is made of proteins composed of amino acids and natural compounds. Merino is a natural and renewable fibre – meaning that one sheep can provide one to two kilograms of  wool annually. An added benefit to merino being a natural fibre, is that sheep have undergone harsh environmental conditions and have evolved to survive, allowing them to be comfortable in temperatures that range from -15 to 35 degrees celsius, allowing garments made from their wool to do the same.


Temperature control

It is a multi-functional material which assists with keeping your body constantly regulated – no matter the temperature. When it’s cold, the natural fibres trap the air and insulate – keeping your body warm. When it’s warm outside, it transports sweat away from your skin, this assists with keeping you cool and dry. Therefore, giving you a thermo-regulating effect.

Stay dry and sweat-free

Merino fibre can absorb up to one third of its weight in moisture while still feeling comfortable and keeping you dry. How does this happen? The fibres are naturally porous. They are made up of little plates that moisture vapour can get in between, this means you are not feeling wet or cold after a workout.

It doesn’t stink!

Wear it again and again. This wool is unique in the sense that it absorbs odour. Yes, you read that correctly. It traps the bacteria, trapping their smell and stops them from building up – which essentially, causes the smell to occur.

Wear it, again, again and…again.

Merino is soooo soft!

This variation of wool is super fine and soft. A single merino wool fibre is ⅓ the diameter of a human hair. When it moves against your skin, it actually bends out of the way. It cannot be ‘bristly’ like other wool fibres as it cannot stand up to the weight of itself.

Hide from the sun

The association of “wool” and “sheep” – makes one automatically have connotations of warmth and heat. Merino wool naturally absorbs UV radiation and provides UPF protection. The natural fibres actually help with blocking out the harmful rays from the sun. So when you are out on your next summer ride, your ultimate go-to will be a merino jersey or tee, to keep you protected from the harmful UV rays.


Merino is a super versatile fabric and products made with it are designed to perform. Our range is here to assist you with combating harsh conditions and training to your peak performance, all while looking and feeling good.

The world of cycling is dominated by synthetic fabrics designed for athletic performance, but as fabric technologies have advanced, we are seeing more and more how natural fabrics can be incorporated to create the next generation of high performance cycle wear. Merino wool is one such fabric that is taking the cycling world by storm.  It’s time you discover the joys of Merino wool fabric for yourself. Shop Ciovita’s Merino Capsule Collection here.


Ciovita‘s Merino Tech in a Nutshell


Made with a 79% merino wool 21% nylon blend, which allows the natural heat insulating and extreme breathability of the wool to be shaped into a lightweight, high performance garment.



Merino Wool has naturally thermo-regulating properties, which respond to changes in body temperature, helping you stay cool in hot conditions and vice versa.



Merino wool has natural anti bacterial properties and absorbs odour molecules, these are released during the wash cycle, making it a great choice for hot conditions.



Merino is a 100% natural and renewable sustainable resource. It is also biodegradable, organic, and environmentally friendly.



Merino wool naturally absorbs UV radiation which is one of the many reasons it is seeing new use in a wide variety of high performance sportswear.



Merino wool is one of the most breathable fibres in the world. This miracle fibre absorbs large quantities of moisture vapour and allows it to evaporate naturally away from the body.



Merino wool is pliable, elastic and resilient, and the high fibre count means it feels soft and gentle against the skin.

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