First Look: Sitka Gear Core Merino Wool Collection

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posted on July 19, 2023
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Merino wool has long been a hunter favorite for temperature regulation, breathability and odor resistance properties. The sole drawback, of course, is usually longevity. Particularly when wet, merino wool can get fragile, and begin to fray. Sitka has introduced its ArmorSpun Merino Wool, with that problem foremost in mind. It promises the best of both worlds with materials built for rigorous, extended use while maintaining the properties of wool that outdoor adventurers have long prized.

The Core Merino Collection features an intuitive  three-tiered system that allows consumers to easily adapt their comfort level given day-to-day needs. The easy-care Merino fabric is pre-shrunk and can be washed with other active gear. It has options in three separate weights—120 grams, 220 grams and 330 grams. “Merino wool base layers have long been sought out by outdoor enthusiasts for their exceptional qualities. However, longevity has been a common concern,” said Chris Derrick, product manager at Sitka Gear. “With our ArmorSpun Merino Wool, we have bridged the gap, creating materials that improve durability while preserving the properties of wool that are indispensable.”

120 Gram Merino Bottom

Core Merino 120 Series
The Core Merino 120 Series, the lightest of the three, is expertly designed for demanding outdoor activities. Whether worn independently during early season or as a foundational base layer when temperatures drop, the 120 series offers a range of options—including four men’s and two women’s variations—to suit individual preferences.

Men’s Core Merino 120 LS Crew
• Low-profile integrated thumb holes for easy layering
• Snag-preventative stitching along sleeves resists abrasion
• Total weight: 6.1 ounces
MSRP: $119

Men’s Core Merino 120 SS Crew
• Snag-preventative stitching along sleeves resists abrasion
• Total weight: 4.8 ounces
MSRP: $89

Men’s Core Merino 120 Hoody
• Snag-preventative stitching along sleeves resists abrasion
• Contoured hood for coverage and concealment
• Breathable merino-wool mesh facemask for concealment
• Zippered chest pocket safely stores valuables
• Low-profile integrated thumb holes for easy layering
• Total weight: 8 ounces
MSRP: $169

Men’s Core Merino 120 Bottom
• Low-profile flatlock stitching for next-to-skin comfort
• Total weight: 4.7 ounces
MSRP: $119

Women’s Core Merino 120 LS
• Low-profile integrated thumb holes for easy layering
• Total weight: 4.4 ounces
MSRP: $119

Women’s Core Merino 120 Bottom
• Low-profile flatlock stitching for next-to-skin comfort
• Total weight: 3.5 ounces
MSRP: $119

220 Gram Top

Core Merino 220 Series
The Core Merino 220 series is built for rigorous use and is the middle of the three weights, making it the most versatile. It’s perfect on its own in mild conditions or as a foundational base layer when the weather gets cold. The 220 series includes three options for men and a half-zip in women's sizes.

Men’s Core Merino 220 Half-Zip
• Snag-preventative stitching along sleeves resists abrasion
• Zippered chest pocket safely stores valuables
• Low-profile integrated thumb holes for easy layering
• Total weight: 11.1 ounces
MSRP: $199

Men’s Core Merino 220 Bottom
• Low-profile flatlock stitching for next-to-skin comfort
• Total weight: 7.8 ounces
MSRP: $129

Men’s Core Merino 220 Boxer
• Low-profile flatlock stitching for next-to-skin comfort
• Total weight: 4.6 ounces
MSRP: $60

Women’s Core Merino 220 Half-Zip
• Zippered chest pocket safely stores valuables
• Low-profile integrated thumb holes for easy layering
• Total weight: 8.5 ounces
MSRP: $199

Merino 330 Seris

Core Merino 330 Series
The Core Merino 330 series is built for rigorous use and is the warmest of the three weights. Built with a recycled synthetic interior, the result is an ideal foundational base layer that prevents the clammy and itchy feeling often associated with heavyweight wool.

Men’s Core Merino 330 Half-Zip
• Snag-preventative stitching along sleeves resists abrasion
• Zippered chest pocket safely stores valuables
• Low-profile integrated thumb holes for easy layering
• Total weight: 15 ounces
MSRP: $219

Men’s Core Merino 330 Hoody
• Contoured hood for coverage and concealment
• Low-profile hand-warmer pocket
• Breathable merino wool mesh facemask for concealment
• Snag-preventative stitching along sleeves resists abrasion
• Zippered chest pocket safely stores your valuables
• Low-profile integrated thumb holes for easy layering
• Total weight: 18.7 ounces
MSRP: $249

Men’s Core Merino 330 Bottom
• Low-profile flatlock stitching for next-to-skin comfort
• Total weight: 11.3 ounces
MSRP: $139

Men’s Core Merino 330 Zip-Off Bottom
• ¾-length design eliminates bunching around boot tops
• Full-length side zips make for easy on/off without removing boots
• Color coded waistband tabs for correct alignment of side zippers
• Low-profile flatlock stitching for next-to-skin comfort
• Total weight: 10.9 ounces
MSRP: $159

Women’s Core Merino 330 Half-Zip
• Snag-preventative stitching along sleeves resists abrasion
• Zippered chest pocket safely stores valuables
• Low-profile integrated thumb holes for easy layering
• Total weight: 12.4 ounces
MSRP: $219

Women’s Core Merino 330 Hoody
• Contoured hood for coverage and concealment
• Low-profile hand-warmer pocket
• Breathable merino wool mesh facemask for concealment
• Snag-preventative stitching along sleeves resists abrasion
• Zippered chest pocket safely stores valuables
• Low-profile integrated thumb holes for easy layering
• Total weight: 16.8 ounces
MSRP: $249

Women’s Core Merino 330 Legging
• Low-profile flatlock stitching for next-to-skin comfort
• Total weight: 8.8 ounces
MSRP: $139

Merino 330 Glove
• Touch screen compatible Ax Connect thumb and forefinger
• Total weight: 2.2 ounces
MSRP: $49

Merino 330 Beanie
• Total weight: 1.7 ounces
MSRP: $40

For more information, visit sitkagear.com.

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