I read this article and it talked about Icebreaker and merino wool explicitly when traveling.

Can somebody share what Icebreaker is and what merino wool is?

Is it just the brand or something else as well?

I ask as Icebreaker is told/shared as something to be worn outside, an Icebreaker long-sleeved shirt rather than just as an underwear to minimize odor while traveling as well as insulation against all types of weather.

Update: Reading this

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about travel.
    – phoog
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:36
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about traveling.
    – fkraiem
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:36
  • @phoog Great minds think alike, eh. ;)
    – fkraiem
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:37
  • It is actually about traveling or are you saying that people travel without clothes and odor.
    – shirish
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:38
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    This question may be better suited to Great Outdoors?
    – CMaster
    Dec 21, 2016 at 13:45

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Merino wool is the wool from a merino sheep and known for its high quality wool.

In fact the wool has some special characteristics: - It has antibacertial properties resulting in reduced body odor. I have a couple of merino wool shirts and yes - I can wear them multiple days without problems.

  • Excellent warmth-to-weight ratio

  • It retains warmth when wet

  • It draws sweat away from the body
  • It is very soft

However, it is quite expensive and not every wool from a merino sheep is high quality wool (different sheep strains can be bred for meat or wool - but they are not ideal for all purposes at the same time)

If you are interested in more - merino sheep

  • just saw how expensive it is, INR 4.8k/- for an underwear. INR 80 (1 Euro) x 60 = INR 4800/-.
    – shirish
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:25
  • Prices are also very depending on the seller/brand. Most outdoor brands are expensive. However, if you buy the last season stuff from "casual" outdoor brands you will find cheaper merino wool stuff.
    – Gnusper
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:30
  • please name some names so I can check them out if and when I get an opportunity. Also how to figure out 'last season stuff' . Please put it as answer if possible.
    – shirish
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:37
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    In my experience the first three of your four bullet points are true for all wool.
    – phoog
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:47
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    @phoog Yes, precisely, the thing is that merino wool can be worn comfortably directly on the skin, thus making wool's otherwise excellent properties available for underwear/base layer. The alternative isn't necessarily another wool but mostly synthetics (which have their advantages like durability and lower cost) or cotton (which is almost universally hated).
    – Relaxed
    Dec 21, 2016 at 14:10

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