Bamboo Viscose & Lyocell vs Merino Wool

Bamboo Viscose & Lyocell vs Merino Wool

Posted by Toby on Sep 29th 2018

Most people are not familiar with the performance benefits of viscose or lyocell fibers but are familiar with the properties of merino wool and the two are very similar.  You may be asking what viscose or lyocell is and it is  regenerated plant-based cellulose spun into yarn.  It can be made from any wood or plant but bamboo is ideal since it is highly renewable, eco-friendly, grows on marginal land, and grows back once cut.  Merino wool is a great performance fiber that comes from merino sheep and is widely used in high end socks.  Viscose, lyocell, and merino wool all have natural performance properties and do not need chemical treatments to keep your feet dry and odor free.  Learn More

So why not use merino wool?  Merino wool is relatively expensive and some brands label their socks as merino wool but often contain as little as 10% to15% of it.  Bamboo viscose and lyocell is relatively less expensive and EcoSox socks use relatively high content of our performance fibers (between 57% to 83%).   More importantly, viscose and lyocell fibers are much softer than the softest merino wool which is extremely important when it comes to foot friction and blisters.  

Having a softness next to silk, viscose and lyocell fibers is hard to beat and this softness results in extremely comfortable and functional socks.   This softness reduces friction and friction is necessary for the formation of blisters.  By reducing friction, you reduce the risk of blisters.  Reducing friction is a key performance feature of any pair of socks and EcoSox doubles down by providing a Lifetime Blister Free Guarantee.  Lifetime Blister Free Guarantee

Feature Bamboo Viscose Merino Wool
Moisture Wicking Excellent Excellent
Breathability Excellent Excellent
Temp. Regulation Excellent Excellent
Odor Resistent Excellent Excellent
Softness Excellent Good
Durability Good Excellent
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes
Price Moderate ($7-$12 a pair) High ($15-$25 a pair)

Being relatively softer than merino wool, viscose and lyocell fibers are not as durable and will wear faster than merino wool.  A relatively small trade off consumers must choose between but if you want the best functioning sock you would be hard pressed to choose other than viscose and lyocell.  EcoSox stands behind quality by providing a 1 year satisfaction guarantee, a great warranty with a price point typically half that of merino wool socks.

Shop EcoSox eco socks made of bamboo viscose, Tencel, or lyocell and try a pair today.  Shop Men's  Shop Women's