As pioneers of functional wool clothing for alpine sports, we have been using sheep’s wool to make different layers of clothing for over 25 years.
From 1988 onward, the company’s philosophy is “always wool”. Ever since, ORTOVOX has been using sheep’s wool in all the clothing it produces for mountaineers. The first touring jackets and jumpers, hats, gaiters, gloves and socks are made of 100% felted virgin sheep’s wool, which boasts “natural” benefits compared with synthetic fiber products. Thanks to its high moisture absorbency, functional wool clothing is particularly suited for mountain sports because it warms you even when wet and thus offers high safety reserves in borderline situations.
The first jumpers, hats and headbands made of snuggly wool fleece were added to the range for the first time in 1993. The soft wool fleece is light as a feather, comfortable to wear and easy to care for thanks to the superwash finish.
The first functional underwear made from merino wool was introduced in 1995: Shirt, pants and polo necks for alpine skiing, ski tours and mountain hikes, rendering frequent changing of clothing unnecessary. This marks the beginning of a Bavarian success story: From now on, non-scratch wool is a firm fixture of the ORTOVOX mountainwear collection.
In 2011, ORTOVOX develops the SWISSWOOL® insulating line in cooperation with Baur Vliesstoffe. As the first insulating wool products, the line offers functional alternatives to down or polyester linings. Warming Swiss wool is stitched into insulation chambers inside the products. The material mix of nylon and wool makes this product, which is manufactured completely in Europe, a highly functional third layer. When using rippled Swiss virgin wool, particular attention is paid to sustainable production and regional origin.Find out more about SWISSWOOL®
OWP - ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE
Ever since our company was founded back in 1980, we have been completely dedicated to the issue of protection. All our actions, our products, our communication and our entire brand promise are based on the guiding principle of “ORTOVOX PROTECTS”. Protection is fairly obvious in winter. But how can ORTOVOX provide protection in summer?After intensive days of climbing in the Tasmanian wilderness, bivouacking here or there on the north face of a mountain in the Alpine region we can finally answer the question: Materials such as Merino Shield, which is made up of merino wool reinforced with robust Cordura®, protected us from rugged rocks and thorny bushes. Waterproof and equally breathable materials such as Merino Hardshell Light protected us from the wet and the cold. All the products in our collections offer even greater protection, coupled with comfort, functionality and our typical design.
Color means visibility
We love color. But color is not purely a design feature. For us it means visibility – especially when it comes to alpine search and rescue missions.
Our clothing protects you from dangerous UV radiation. Every item of our clothing contains wool, a natural material that offers a higher protection factor than many other materials.
We measure the UV protection of our clothing using the “Australian / New Zealand Standard 4399:1996”. UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is the unit of measurement. Products with a UPF value of 25 or above provide very good protection. Material with a UPF value of 25, for example, allows only four percent of UV radiation to pass through. Many different factors decide how well a product protects against UV radiation. The structure of the fabric has the greatest influence: The thicker the fabric, the better the protection. Other factors include material and color: For example, wool and darker colors protect better than cotton and light colors.
Merino First Layer
The merino wool base layer keeps you warm and dry as nature intended. The fine merino fibers transport moisture into the core of the fiber and release it very slowly. This keeps the skin wonderfully dry and regulates the body temperature in a completely natural way.
Merino Second Layer
The merino wool mid-layer is bursting with functionality: Delivering maximum freedom of movement, this layer also offers the necessary breathability while simultaneously warming the body.
Merino Third Layer
This outer layer of clothing protects you from the elements. Rain, snow, and stormy weather stay outside while you enjoy the optimal personal climate inside – of course, the layers below it are also to thank for this.
Our expertise lies in the intelligent combination of wool and functional high-tech fibers!