The Delaine sweater is nature’s ultimate mid layer. Typically worn over a performance synthetic or merino base layer, the sweater is the only addition needed for comfort and warmth under a shell or insulated jacket. The tight knit rib stitch construction holds shape without restricting movement. With natural temperature regulation, no other fiber can match the adaptable power of merino wool. The signature Delaine designs are a feature that appeals to all downhill skiers.
Each Delaine & Co. sweater has a unique “Delaine Code” to verify the authenticity of the product. This code can be found on the back of the care label on the inside left seam of the sweater. Each code verifies the authenticity of the sweater, confirms the manufacturing site and can be used to identify who it was sold to. Do not remove the care label!
100% Merino wool is naturally odor and stain resistant and doesn’t need to be washed as often as other apparel materials. After wear, make sure the sweater is dry. If not, drape it over a rack or chair. After airing out, fold and store. Do not put the sweater on a hanger as it can lose its shape.
If you have a small stain, try to treat it as soon as possible. Dampen the area with cold water or seltzer, then blot dry with an absorbent clean cloth. For handling specific types of stains, please see this link from americanwool.org.
Dry cleaning is optional but frequent dry cleaning can change the properties of the merino wool fiber.
Hand Washing the Sweater
If the sweater is starting to fail the smell test or has basic grit and grime that spot cleaning can’t handle, it’s time to hand wash. Hand washing the sweater is better than dry cleaning because the harsh chemicals used aren’t suitable for the wool fibers over time. To wash, fill a plastic tub or clean sink with cool water and 1–2 teaspoons of mild liquid detergent.
Place the sweater in the tub, gently swish it around for a couple of minutes, and then let it soak for 10 minutes. Gently swish again and then drain the soapy water. Fill with cool water and gently swish again, repeating the process until the soap residue is gone. Gently squeeze the sweater to remove excess water, DO NOT WRING!
Lay the sweater flat between two dry towels and press down to remove more water. Remove the top towel and make sure the sweater is lying completely flat with no wrinkles. After an hour or so, you can replace the towel underneath with a dry towel. Finally, let the sweater air dry. This may take 24+ hours, depending on the environment.
Soft against the skin
Delaine sweaters are made with soft, fine grade 21 micron wool fiber. The sweaters are pleasant on the skin and are not itchy like other wool sweaters made from coarse fiber.
Merino wool is naturally moisture wicking, keeping you drier when working hard on the slopes. This helps prevent the build-up of sweat, bacteria and unpleasant smells.
Climate Beneficial Verified
We source our wool from Climate Beneficial™ verified ranches in the USA. Each wool garment made from Climate Beneficial™ fibers contributes to the expansion of climate benefitting land stewardship.