10 Best Merino Wool Leggings

Updated on: October 2022

Best Merino Wool Leggings in 2022


MERIWOOL Womens Merino Wool Base Layer Thermal Pants (Charcoal Gray, Small)

MERIWOOL Womens Merino Wool Base Layer Thermal Pants (Charcoal Gray, Small)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2022

Kari Traa Women's Akle Base Layer Bottoms - 100% Merino Wool Thermal Pants Dove Small

Kari Traa Women's Akle Base Layer Bottoms - 100% Merino Wool Thermal Pants Dove Small
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2022
  • FOR GIRLS, BY GIRLS - Sportswear designed to fit the female body perfectly. Our baselayers are designed using body-mapping and should be worn next-to-skin. For optimal warmth, we recommend choosing your normal clothing size. If you want a looser fit you should go up one size. CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Machine wash cold. Hang dry. Do not use fabric softener.
  • MOVEMENT & BREATHABILITY - 100% Merino Wool Thermal leggings strategic fabric mapping for a better fit that is soft against the skin, breathable and naturally odor-resistant
  • PLAYFUL & FEMININE - Women's base layer winter tights constructed with flattering cut lines and stylish print
  • HIGH-PERFORMANCE TRAINING WEAR - Åkle collection inspired by old Norwegian heritage and knitting traditions with an upbeat, modern twist
  • ULTRA-SOFT COMFORT - Kari Traa Åkle Pant 100% superfine merino wool is the natural choice for cold weather underwear

Minus33 100% Merino Wool Base Layer Midweight Black Bottoms (Small)

Minus33 100% Merino Wool Base Layer Midweight Black Bottoms (Small)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2022
  • QUALITY MIDWEIGHT BASELAYER: 100% Merino Wool is super soft and extremely comfortable. This three season merino wool thermal bottom has the versatility and warmth to make this an essential part of your outdoor gear. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: The best in easy care technology means your merino wool is machine washable and dryable. Our 100% Merino Wool is a renewable fabric. Its anti-odor moisture wicking properties means you won’t have to wash it as often so you’ll use even less water.
  • CRAFTED TO FIT: Sizes XS to 3XL in a regular fit. Minus33 offers a great size selection. Outfitting anyone from the Hard-at-Work to the Hard-at-Play.
  • EXPERIENCED BRAND: Although there are many copy-cats on the market today, Minus33 has been a trusted brand since 2004.
  • IMPORTED: As the legacy of a 100+ year old USA based woolen company, Minus33 knows quality and comfort in Merino Wool. We are committed to bringing you the best Merino Wool products at a reasonable price.
  • TECHNICAL DETAILS: 100% 18.5 Micron Merino Wool 230 g/m2 Interlock knit construction with flatlock seams. Garment Weight Size Medium = 8 oz. (227 grams). UPF Rating 50+

Kari Traa Women's Rose Base Layer Bottoms- 100% Merino Wool Thermal Pants Petal Medium

Kari Traa Women's Rose Base Layer Bottoms- 100% Merino Wool Thermal Pants Petal Medium
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2022
  • FOR GIRLS, BY GIRLS - Sportswear designed to fit the female body perfectly. Our baselayers are designed using body-mapping and should be worn next-to-skin. For optimal warmth, we recommend choosing your normal clothing size. If you want a looser fit you should go up one size. CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Machine wash cold. Hang dry. Do not use fabric softener.
  • FLATTERING LEGGING DESIGN - The Rose Pant is tight-fitting with a classy, feminine design and made from superfine, 100% Merino wool with 4-way stretch
  • MOVEMENT & BREATHABILITY - Our wool 100% Merino Wool Thermal pant is wonderfully soft on the skin, breathable, and naturally odor-resistant
  • WINTER WARDROBE FAVORITE - Thinner side panels increase breathability, and a durable elastic waistband keeps the pants snugly in place. A “must-have” base layer
  • SUPERIOR FIT & FEEL - Soft, smooth finish stretch fabric for better fit and movement. 100% wool fibers for supreme insulation, wet or dry

Woolx Women's Avery Midweight Merino Wool Base Layer Leggings For Warmth, Charcoal Heather, XX-Large

Woolx Women's Avery Midweight Merino Wool Base Layer Leggings For Warmth, Charcoal Heather, XX-Large
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2022
  • WARM & BREATHABLE: When you’re gearing up for a day outdoors in the middle of a harsh winter, leggings are probably your last cold-weather choice. But these midweight merino wool tights are the perfect pick for staying warm when the temps start dropping.
  • ALL DAY COMFORT : As a Merino Wool base layer, our winter leggings pull moisture away from your body, giving you incredible comfort and natural odor control! We even added wide bottom cuffs and a contoured back rise for a flattering fit.
  • SOFT AS CASHMERE: Made of 100% Australian Merino Wool, our thermal leggings add a bit of luxury to your wardrobe. They’re high quality, durable and ideal for layering under ski pants and other bottoms. Plus, they’re safe in the washer & dryer!
  • WICKS & ELIMINATES ODORS: The natural performance properties of merino wool underwear will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable in even the coldest temps. Natural antimicrobial properties kill the bacteria in sweat that creates odors.
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE LIKE NO OTHER: Between the no-itch fabric & the gorgeous colors, we know our leggings for women will quickly become your new wintertime favorite. If you have any problems just contact us at Woolx,no matter the issue we'll make it right!

Carhartt Women's Force Stretch Utility Legging (Regular Sizes), Black, 3X-Large Plus

Carhartt Women's Force Stretch Utility Legging (Regular Sizes), Black, 3X-Large Plus
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2022
  • 10-Ounce, 95% Nylon, 5% Spandex Ponte
  • Fast dry technology for quick wicking
  • Rugged flex durable stretch technology for ease of movement
  • Fights odors
  • Wide, stretch waistband prevents gapping in the back and offers a comfortable fit

Icebreaker Merino Women's Crush Pants, Medium, Black

Icebreaker Merino Women's Crush Pants, Medium, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2022
  • EVERYDAY WOOL PANTS: Ideal for cold-weather running, training in the gym, yoga or relaxing, these joggers feature a drawcord waist for a secure fit & ribbed cuffs for increased mobility.
  • WOOL SWEATPANTS FOR WOMEN: Corespun fabric fibers, merino wool & LYCRA are the ultimate combination of durability, stretch & super softness when you wear these comfort fit sweats. 88% merino wool, 9% nylon, 3% LYCRA Rib: 98% merino wool, 2% LYCRA
  • WOOL FIRST LAYERS: We provide wool layers for men & women for every day & every season. Keep covered in wool zip sweaters, training pants, short & long sleeve shirts, tights, camis, shorts & more.
  • WOOL & CASUAL: Whether skiing, camping, hiking or daily wear, Ice Breaker provides clothes for men, women & children - keeping the family covered in jackets, beanies, scarves, sweaters, pants, leggings, underwear & more wool clothing.
  • ICEBREAKER LONGEVITY: We use 85% merino wool & less synthetic material than the traditional outdoor standard. With multi-purpose & timeless clothing our natural alternative to synthetics enhances the relationship between people & nature.

Icebreaker Merino Men's Mens 200 Oasis Leggings W Fly, Black, M

Icebreaker Merino Men's Mens 200 Oasis Leggings W Fly,  Black,  M
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2022
  • WOOL LEGGINGS FOR MEN: These second skin wool leggings with fly are the perfect foundation for your everyday cold-weather layering system. Insulated, breathable & odor resistant for long days & nights of hiking & camping.
  • MEN'S LEGGINGS: Wool men's base layer slim fit leggings feature brushed elastic waistband for a comfortable fit & flat-lock seams to reduce chafing. Crafted of 100% merino wool.
  • MERINO WOOL LAYERS: Stay warm from head to toe in Icebreaker outdoor clothing gear. Keep covered in wool gloves, glove liners, mittens, bras, wool base layers such as tops, under shirts, leggings, bras, underwear & more.
  • WOOL & CASUAL: Whether skiing, camping, hiking or daily wear, Icebreaker provides clothes for men, women & children - keeping the whole family covered in jackets, beanies, scarves, sweaters, pants, leggings, underwear & more wool clothing.
  • ICEBREAKER LONGEVITY: We use 85% merino wool & less synthetic material than the traditional outdoor standard. With multi-purpose & timeless clothing our natural alternative to synthetics enhances the relationship between people & nature.

Kari Traa Women's Kink Base Layer Bottoms - Merino Wool Blend Thermal Pants Calm Small

Kari Traa Women's Kink Base Layer Bottoms - Merino Wool Blend Thermal Pants Calm Small
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2022
  • FOR GIRLS, BY GIRLS - Sportswear designed to fit the female body perfectly. Our baselayers are designed using body-mapping and should be worn next-to-skin. For optimal warmth, we recommend choosing your normal clothing size. If you want a looser fit you should go up one size. CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Machine wash cold. Hang dry. Do not use fabric softener.
  • MOVEMENT & BREATHABILITY - Base Layer pants made with stretch fabric mapping for a comfortable fit, naturally helps odor resistance and is breathable
  • SLIM & FEMININE FIT - Women's 100% Merino Wool Thermal bottoms with 4-way stretch and flatlock seams to help prevent chafing
  • COMFORTABLE BASE LAYER - Underwear leggings with a jacquard knitted elastic waistband provides a snug and secure fit
  • SPORTY & DURABLE - The Kari Traa Kink Pant is a blend of Lenzing Modal, Merino Wool & technical fibers, creating a warm and soft, medium weight base layer

MERIWOOL Men’s Base Layer Bottoms - Lightweight Merino Wool Thermal Pants Charcoal Gray

MERIWOOL Men’s Base Layer Bottoms - Lightweight Merino Wool Thermal Pants Charcoal Gray
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2022
  • INCLUDES: 1 – 100% Merino wool Base Layer Thermal Pants for Men in Charcoal Gray. MATERIAL: 16.5 Micron, 100% Merino wool, 190g/m2. SIZE: S to XL. TRAVEL LIGHT: Great for guys on the go, our Merino base layer simplifies travel! At just 190g, it keeps your gear lightweight without taking up valuable space. Naturally odor-resistant, it even stays fresh with multiple wears, so you can pack less.
  • COOL AND COMFORTABLE: Whether you’re camping, fishing or biking, our wool base layer keeps you warm without restricting movement! Breathable and quick-drying, it wicks sweat away from the skin, so you’re never weighed down by damp, sticky fabric.
  • YEAR-ROUND VERSATILITY: Thanks to a 16.5 micron jersey knit, our Merino wool underwear is the perfect base layer for warm or cool conditions! Soft and comfortable with no itch, you can wear them solo for indoor lounging or outdoors under any pants.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: When you want luxury, you want MERIWOOL! Our 100% Merino wool base layer is a renewable fabric that’s gentle on the earth. And since you won’t have to wash it as often as synthetic materials, you’ll even use less water.
  • EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER CARE: If your MERIWOOL Men’s Base Layer Bottoms do not perform to your satisfaction, return it to us within 90 DAYS along with your proof of purchase for a hassle-free refund, exchange, or replacement. Includes a 1-YEAR limited manufacturer’s warranty, which covers manufacturing and material defects. Washer/dryer safe. For best results: hand wash and lay flat to dry.

Icebreakers - Russia Leading the Pack

When the first Arctic explorers starting venturing north they encountering numerous problems. Not the least of them being that their flimsy wooden ships kept sinking when they ran into the inevitable ice pack.

The pursuit of the fabled North West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific brought numerous sailors undone as they pushed deeper into the frozen wilderness above what is now Canada. In fact, the most celebrated failure, that of Sir John Franklin in 1845, saw two ships and the entire complement of 129 men disappear.

Navigating the treacherous and capricious ice pack was an immensely arduous task even for the most skilled seamen. When the ice closed in around their ship, men would go out onto the ice and physically cut it away with huge saws while another party dragged the ship through the tiny passage like mules. Any progress was painfully slow and if the currents were unfavourable, the ice would carry them backwards despite their best efforts. The other great, ever-present danger was for a ship to be completely trapped by a rapidly freezing icepack. Probably the best known example is Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-16 expedition, where his ship, the Endurance, was beset for 281 days in the ice before finally being crushed by the enormous lateral pressure of the frozen ocean. Despite the use of special, ice-strengthened designs, the force of nature prevailed over man's insignificant craft. Shackleton's Endurance, perhaps the strongest wooden ship ever built, was only powered by a tiny 350hp steam engine - nowhere near enough power to force her 350 tonne hull through the thick Antarctic ice - ultimately dooming her to an icy grave.

Commerce, war and exploration fuelled the urgency for ships capable of not only withstanding the enormous forces of the shifting ice, but to actually break through it and create a channel other vessels could follow. Because each country had such vast Arctic coastlines, Russia, Canada and the USA were the driving forces behind this new maritime technology. Russia, however, can claim the first use of an icebreaker when the rudimentary, steam-powered Pilot was used to maintain shipping lanes between St Petersburg and the nearby naval base at Kronstadt where she was built in 1864. The Pilot's designer, M.O. Britnev, fashioned two more vessels of this type.

At the very end of the 19th Century, Russia introduced the world's first true icebreaker, the Yermak. On her maiden voyage, she astounded the maritime community by immediately setting a new northernmost record for a ship when she explored to 81 deg 21'N on her maiden voyage to Spitsbergen in 1899. The Yermak gained hero status when she freed an icebound Russian battleship and, while on the same mission, rescued fifty stranded Finnish fisherman from an ice floe.

Between 1910 and 1915, the Arctic Ocean Hydrographic Expedition, led by Boris Vil'kitskiy was the first to thoroughly explore the Northern Sea Route. He used two relatively tiny, 1200 ton, steam icebreakers, the Taymyr and Vaygach.

Convinced of their value, Russia added the world's first "linear" icebreaker to her fleet, the 100m, 8750 ton Krasin. Built in Newcastle, England to Russian order in 1916, she was crucial in maintaining the Northeast Passage to the Far East along Russia's northern coastline and was the most powerful icebreaker in service at the time. She brought the icebreaker to world-wide attention again when, in 1928, she rescued General Umberto Nobile and his crew who had crashed his airship, Italia, at 82 deg above Spitsbergen on their return journey from the North Pole. The Krasin, amazingly, is still afloat today. [see separate breakouts]

Russia continued her illustrious reputation with icebreakers when she launched the world's first nuclear-powered surface vessel in 1957, the Lenin. She was decommissioned in 1989 after a chequered career and is currently laid up in the Russian port of Murmansk where she will apparently become a museum ship. [see separate breakouts]

In 1975, Russia launched the world's most ambitious icebreaker yet, the 150m Arktika. She was a new class of vessel and the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever constructed. Two 160 tonne nuclear reactors power steam turbines which, in turn, drive six electric generators providing an unprecedented 75,000 hp (max) to three fixed-pitch propellers. Her displacement is 23,455 tonnes. In a impressive demonstration of her superior design and performance, the Arktika became the first surface vessel to reach the North Pole when she cut a swath through the Arctic pack ice to reach 90 deg N on August 17, 1977. The journey took her a little over a week from her home port of Murmansk, although she could have kept going for another five years before needing to refuel. Four sister vessels were constructed over the subsequent ten years, the Yamal (from the Nenets language: End of the Earth) finally launched in 1992 after delays, while the last vessel, the 159m 50 Let Pobedy entered the water just this year.

At the time of Yamal's launch, the Russian icebreaker fleet was in disarray. Previously funded by the Soviet government, they now had to pay their own way and, apart from regular transport and escort duties, soon began to carry Western adventurers to unheard-of destinations, including the North Pole. In a curious twist of fortune, the sudden availability of the world's most capable fleet of icebreakers and ice-class vessels (including the conventionally powered Sorokin-class icebreakers) for free-market commercial use, has exploded the adventure travel market. Today, voyages to the far reaches of Antarctica, the fabled NorthWest Passage, the North Pole and elsewhere can be booked as easily as picking up the phone.

In 1991, Dennis Collaton, a travel agent from Australia, was one of the first to take such a voyage and thus recognise the possibilities.

"I walked out onto the deserted shore of the New Siberian Islands with some of the crew of the Sovetskiy Soyuz and there on the beach was the most enormous woolly mammoth tusk. No one could lift it. It was a struggle just to get it upright," recalls Collaton. "It was then that I realised how incredibly special these remote destinations were and how privileged I was to be there. I could see that icebreakers were going to be very influential in opening up new regions for adventure tourism."

And he was right. Since then, thousands of modern expeditioners have experienced the life-changing thrill of a voyage to the polar extremes of our planet aboard one of these extraordinary and powerful vessels.

Russia Goes the Atomic Route

It's 1957. The Cold War is at its peak and Russia is on a roll. Sputnik 1 launched on October 4 and shortly thereafter, Russia launched the world's first nuclear powered surface ship, the 19,000 ton icebreaker Lenin.

Built in the Admiralty Shipyards of what was then Leningrad, the Lenin was launched on December 5, 1957.But like so many early nuclear vessels on both sides, Lenin was marred by accidents and mishaps. She was the only vessel of her class.

In February 1965, while refuelling and undergoing repairs, an operator error caused major damage to the nuclear fuel assemblies. Some sources report up to thirty fatalities. A second accident just two years later resulted in irreparable damage to her two early OK-150 reactors. The then new OK-900 naval reactors subsequently replaced them after a lengthy repair. The Lenin was finally decommissioned in 1989 reportedly due to thinning of the hull from ice friction and is currently undergoing conversion to a museum ship in Murmansk.

Like all of Russia's icebreaking fleet, their primary task is to clear shipping lanes like the 14,000 kilometre Northern Sea Route from St Petersburg to Vladivostok, and to this effect the Lenin, and the later second generation, Arktika-class vessels (the world's largest icebreakers) performed admirably.

Six Arktika-class vessels have been constructed, with the latest; the 50 Let Pobedy launched just this year after an interrupted building schedule that began in 1989. Inspected by President Putin himself in May this year, this latest, largest and most modern vessel will probably see the majority of service as a tourist vessel either replacing or supplementing the Yamal currently operating itineraries to the North Pole.

The privately-owned Murmansk Shipping Company's (MSCO OJSC) who operate the nuclear fleet on behalf of the Russian Federation, states, "In the Far North and the Arctic regions of Siberia, the Northern Sea Route remains an essential factor in the economic development of the Eastern regions. There is also no alternative to the nuclear powered icebreakers providing stability and reliability of navigation in the Arctic latitudes. Moreover, recent critical events showed that only on account of the icebreakers can the inhabitants of the Arctic shoreline could get the necessary supplies so vitally important for those regions."

According to Yury Zaitsev, an academic adviser at the Russian Academy of Engineering Sciences, Russia is committed to the nuclear Arctic fleet because the Northern Sea Route is a highly important factor in developing hydrocarbon deposits on Russia's Arctic shelf, which contains an estimated 62.5 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, nine billion metric tons of crude oil in offshore deposits and 3.5 billion metric tons of oil on shore.

"Russia must maintain its icebreaker fleet and also build special-purpose ships to transport these hydrocarbons," said Zaitsev in a report for RIA Novosti.

The third generation of nuclear icebreakers, the Taymyr-class, was commissioned in 1988. The 151m Taymyr and Vaigach (1990) are 21,000 tons each and have 35MW of propulsive power compared to 54MW of the Arktika-class.
Did You Know? Russia's nuclear icebreakers must use cold arctic water for cooling and cannot operate in tropical waters. Hence, the nuclear fleet will never visit Antarctica.

Krassin to the Rescue

The nose of the ice-encrusted airship rose dramatically in the forty knot headwind, sending the crew tumbling backwards while General Umberto Nobile struggled to keep Italia in the air against such ferocious gales. The great hydrogen filled vessel was buffeted back and forth in the worsening weather and, overwhelmed by excess ice, came crashing down on the arctic ice with such force, the gondola and engines were torn off and the airborne wreckage blown away with six men still clinging to the hull.

It was May 1928 and the age of the mighty airship. The famous Italian dirigible captain who, just two years before, was feted as a hero and promoted to General after piloting Amundsen and Ellsworth to the Pole in an airship of his own design, was about to enter the realms of history again - for all the wrong reasons.

Nobile's drama later became the subject of the 1969 Hollywood blockbuster, The Red Tent, starring Peter Finch (as Nobile) and Sean Connery (as Roald Amundsen). Nobile died in Rome in 1978 at the ripe old age of 93.

If there was real hero to this story, it was Russia's first proper icebreaker, the Krassin.

With the survivors of Nobile's Italia languishing on the ice and his supposed support vessel, the Citt� di Milano, sitting suspiciously idle, a number of fruitless search and rescue attempts were launched by air, the most famous being the total disappearance of the legendary Roald Amundsen and five others whilst searching for the crew. The world's media held their audiences in suspense with every report of the multinational rescue effort and soon great national pride was at stake for the successful rescuers.

So chaotic and disorganized was the rescue, that ultimately the survivors' only chance rested with the trusty Krassin and she was hurriedly prepared in Bergen and finally sailed on June 24, a full month after Italia's crash. Loaded with a Junkers aircraft for aerial searches, her journey to Spitsbergen with 138 souls, including media, tested the mettle and stomachs of all aboard.

Built in Britain in 1916 to a Russian design and originally named Svaytogor, she was built for rugged practicality and bore very few creature comforts. But with 10,000 horsepower, the 6,000 GRT, 100m vessel was the most powerful icebreaker in European service at the time.

After more drama amongst the ever-thickening ice, Krassin suffered propeller and rudder damage, Captain Karl Eggi was forced to a halt and launched her aircraft to complete the search. Skilfully piloted by Boris Chuckhnovsky, the red tent was eventually located and the survivors brought aboard on July 12th, delivering Russia a momentous propaganda victory.

If that weren't enough, the brand new German tourist ship, Monte Servantes, with 1500 passengers aboard had struck ice on July 24 in an attempt to observe the Krassin in her search. Holed and taking water, she was in serious danger of sinking. Damaged as she herself was, Krassin diverted to the stricken liner and her divers repaired the hole. Upon her eventual return to Leningrad on October 5, the entire city turned out to welcome her and she was awarded the prestigious Order of the Red Banner of Labour.

Krassin continued to serve her country throughout the Second World War, where she undertook the treacherous Arctic convoy duty. She was fitted with 76mm and anti-aircraft guns for this purpose and survived this ordeal and the rest of war virtually unscathed.

She was extensively refitted after 1953 and continued to serve until 1971 when she was finally and graciously retired to Saint Petersburg where she is now a floating museum.

More info: www.krassin.ru,

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