KTENA Knitting Mills

Merino Thermal Active Base Layer and Australian Merino Thermal Underwear Manufacturer

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Unisex Merino Skins® Sports Active Range

Mid Weight Merino Base Layer – 230 gsm

Merino Skins – Mid Weight Merino Base Layer high-performance Merino Wool Thermal wear made in clean green Australia. The key to greater performance is keeping the body’s temperature at its optimum level. Merino Skins constantly monitor the body's temperature and moisture levels and naturally adjust body temperature to maintain the optimum comfort level.

In cold or damp environments, Merino Skins instantly generate heat through a unique molecular process known as heat absorption. In hot or warm environments, Merino Skins release moisture as a vapour, cooling down the body. Truly nature’s miracle thermostat.

Merino Skins® 100% Merino Wool

Unisex Merino Skins® Sports Active Range

Merino Skins are the perfect pure merino wool mid-weight base layer for cycling, running, hiking, snow skiing and back country hiking.

Merino Skins Performance Base Layer Underwear

Heat sensitive photos illustrate the power of Merino Skins to keep your body cool when the going gets hot. The much greater red/yellow area on the back of the 100% Synthetic wearer (man made fibres such as Polypropylene/Nylon/Polyester) shows that Merino Skins are at least 2°C cooler – a real performance edge.

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Body Temperature Regulation

The key to greater performance is keeping the body's temperature at its optimum comfort level. Merino Skins constantly monitor the body's temperature and moisture levels and naturally adjust body temperature to maintain the optimum level of comfort.

The Merino Skin Edge

Merino Skins provide the power to keep to you going. To keep the body's muscles working at full capacity during activity, the body's temperature must not rise excessively. Merino Skins are highly efficient in body cooling during strenuous activity. At the same time, they protect the body from the outer cold environment- keeping you miles ahead - the natural performance enhancer.

Merino Skins Natural Merino Wool Performance Underwear vs Synthetics

Unlike petrochemically based synthetic thermal underwear – natural Merino Skins key feature is its ability to regulate the body’s optimum comfort level – never too hot, never too cold.

How? The key is moisture and temperature control. Conventional synthetic underwear is manufactured from chemical-based fibres or plastics which have very limited ability to breathe or to absorb moisture. While they can “wick” or move moisture away from the body, they merely transfer that moisture to the outside of the garment creating a wet, sweaty, unhealthy environment which becomes unbearably cold in the winter months and uncomfortably hot in the summer months.

This is where Merino Skins is different – Merino Skins will “wick” moisture away from the body (up to 27% more moisture than any comparable synthetic) and because of Merino Skins natural breathability, it will evaporate that moisture quickly, leaving your body drier and more comfortable in all types of conditions. Cool in summer, warm in winter and 100% natural and organic.

Merino Skins will “wick” moisture away from the body (up to 27% more moisture than any comparable synthetic)

Thermoregulation and moisture control of the body

The key to greater performance is keeping the body's temperature at its optimum comfort level. Merino Skins constantly monitor the body's temperature and moisture levels and naturally adjust body temperature to maintain the optimum comfort level. In cold or damp environments, Merino Skins instantly generate heat through a unique molecular process known as heat absorption. In hot or warm environments, Merino Skins release moisture as a vapour, cooling down the body. Truly nature’s miracle thermostat.

Superior wicking abilities

Merino Skins rapidly absorb sweat and pump it through the outer layer where it quickly spreads and evaporates. This powerful wicking transport system keeps you dry throughout strenuous exercise – up to 27% more than synthetics.

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The Structure Of Wool Fibre

Each minute fibre is made from interlocking proteins called keratins – the same proteins that act as a protective outer layer on your own skin. This gives Merino wool the unique ability to work like a second skin – in total harmony with your own body’s protection mechanisms.

Wool not only stretches and moves when you do – it insulates your body, keeping you dry when you sweat, cool when you are hot and warm when it's cold

The structure off wool fibre

A microscopic look at the surface of an individual merino wool fiber reveals a protective scale structure. The scaly outer layer repels water, while the core remains highly absorbent. Under normal conditions, the hydrophobic scales shut moisture out. However, as humidity increases due to body heat and perspiration, the scales open slightly to allow the sweat-absorbing core to be exposed. These scales hold the fabric away from your body maintaining a dry comfortable feel.

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Odour Free

Merino Skins do not retain offensive odours, unlike all synthetics. They evaporate perspiration and thereby eliminate the breeding ground for odour causing bacteria. That’s one more important benefit for you to enjoy: wearing Merino Skins will inhibit bacterial growth and offensive odours.

Static Free

Merino Skins fabric is in harmony with the body’s natural electrical field, thus unlike synthetics which carry static electricity that runs against the body’s blood structures, Merino Skins will keep you comfortable in natural harmony.

Flame Resistant

Natural Merino Wool is an excellent flame resisting fibre – unlike synthetics which will incinerate, combust and melt on impact with any naked flame. Sitting around the campfire, you can feel protected, safe and rest assured that your natural Merino Skins thermal undergarments will protect you against any stray sparks.

Dries Quickly

Drying time in our busy lives is extremely important – with the latest in technology, the care of Merino Skins thermal wear requires no special handling as they are fully machine washable.

High Level of Inbuilt UV Protection

Merino wool has a much greater level of natural protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Wearing Merino Skins outdoors significantly increases the level of protection against UV rays as compared with other thermal wear.

The Tradition Continues

Over 40 Years Experience

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Ktena is a 100% Australian owned and operated knitting mill dedicated to the development of an enduring and sustainable Australian wool garment manufacturing industry, and to share the benefits of this naturally perfect fibre with the world. We are staunchly committed, through ongoing investment in innovation and design, to building a globally sustainable enterprise for authentically manufactured Australian merino wool garments.

Merino Skins Sports Thermals

Merino Skins sports thermals have appeared in various Olympic events, featuring in the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and as the preferred thermals for the Australian Winter Olympics Team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.

Stylish, high-performance sportswear that combines performance with function. Made from the finest, softest Australian merino wool, Merino Skins garments are the perfect contemporary collection, merging exclusive designs with the benefits of wool’s remarkable natural properties. Our Merino Skins garments are breathable, moisture, odour and UV resistant for ideal comfort in cool or warm weather.

We're passionate about Australian Wool

Ktena is an authentic, independently owned Australian manufacturer of beautiful merino everyday woollen thermals and active wear.

Our ranges of Australian merino wool garments are designed, knitted, sewn and packaged at our Melbourne factory, ensuring exceptional style, comfort and sustained quality.

Ktena is committed to the authentic Australian manufacture of quality woollen products.

We passionately believe in bringing wool to life through our beautiful merino wool garments that are soft, comfortable and a pleasure to wear.

As a leading manufacturer of Australian merino wool garments, Ktena embraces the history behind our wonderful woollen knitting mills, with our growing range of uniquely Australian, merino wool products.