The Merino-250 series of products is the secon...

The Merino-250 series of products is the second layer in the KUIU system. The Interlock 250 gram, 20.5 micron, is the perfect balance of fiber size for durability and weight for warmth. This fabric is designed to be worn over your Merino-185 series, is anti-microbial and moisture wicking.

The Merino 250 Zip-T is made with flatlock stitching and a generous 13″ YKK front zipper designed to ventilate for warm days or hard ascents.

Brindle

Silver Sage

The Merino-250 bottoms are flatlock stitched have a full gusset for comfort, fit and to allow for a full range of motion.  The waist band it wrapped in merino to ensure comfort and keep your waist band odor free.

SALES INFORMATION

Merino 250 Zip-Tee sells at kuiu.com for $79.99 and would retail for $139.99 and is available in Vias Camouflage, Brindle and Silver Sage colors available in  sizes M, L, XL, XXL.

Merino 250 Bottom sells at kuiu.com for $79.99 and would retail for $139.99 and is available in Brindle in sizes M, L, XL

Developed and Made in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.


This article has 81 comment(s)

  1. Tyler Preszler Reply

    Another solid addition to the system. Looking forward to utilizing the Kuiu system this year. If it could only be august already!!!

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Tyler!

      Jason

  2. John Reply

    Just what I am looking for. Time to order is almost here. 1 of everything please. John

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks John.

      Jason

  3. Cory Benge Reply

    Jason,
    Does the 250 Zip T have tumb holes? Great piece of equipment and the zipper is a must! Great job on this one too!

    • Justin Starck Reply

      I saw you are selling some Sitka gear…did you find something better? : )

      • Jason Hairston Reply

        No Comment!!! :))

        J

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Cory,

      Adding thumb holes adds weight due to extra stitching and sleeve length. I know you like thumb holes but with the KUIU design philosophy of reducing weight I did not add them to the line. I hope you can understand.

      Jason

      • cory benge Reply

        Jason you lead….and I will follow!!

        • Jason Hairston Reply

          Thanks Cory!

          J

  4. Doug Reply

    Getting really excited about the launch. Don’t know if you want to address it here , but this is my question. I am really gonna have to decide which items I want to buy first as money is kinda tight right now. Which items do you see selling out the quickest and which ones will you be able to restock fastest.
    I’m thinking of;
    1 each of the zip tees
    1 attack pant
    1 guide jacket
    1 guide vest
    1 each, guide hat,beanie, neck gaiter and belt

    Now is where I have to make decisions, a frame and pack or the outer shell?
    I have rain gear that doesn’t work too bad, and I do need a larger pack for the hunt. I have a feeling that both are going to be really popular, if they both sell out which do you see as being available before Sept.

    Thinking that the Spindrift jacket may still be available due to the requests for solids colors. If not I could get by with my current insulation layer, although the Spindrift looks like the BOMB.

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

    Doug Rauls.

  5. Jerry Gowins Reply

    This lightweight layering system is just what I’ve been looking for. With my current line-up of clothes I would need the Icon 6000 just to carry the layers!

    Jerry

  6. Ryan Bales Reply

    Looks really good. I like the common sense approach you have taken as far as what items to offer and which ones really don’t need to be available. (Example, 185 bottoms are only offered in a solid color vs. Vias camo.) You have really put a lot of thought into this company and it shows. BTW, are you responding to emails through KUIU.com’s contact page or do you have another email a guy could send you a message at. Had a buddy send an email a week ago and he hasn’t heard anything back yet. Thanks again, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some KUIU!

  7. Curt Cabrera Reply

    Some folks don’t realize the burden that heavy weight clothing puts on them while hunting, be it hiking in the mountains, or in a treestand. High warmth-to-weight is where it’s at! The KUIU line has raised the bar and taken hunting clothing to whole ‘nuther level!

    I can’t wait till some of the guys that I’ve talked to about KUIU get to wear the clothing I had the opportunity to test….I know they’ll be blown away by everything! Highest quality, state-of-the-art…design, material,and manufacturing…what else is there…

  8. Dave Beronio Reply

    I love this. One stop shopping and we have all we need. would any of the material you have been exposed to make good socks. Probably not cost effective to add that, but just curious nice work
    Dave

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      HI Dave,

      Thanks for the comment. The Merino Company has offered to help me get into a sock program. I am not sure if this makes sense for KUIU? Any suggestions?

      Jason

      • Doug Reply

        From the standpoint of one stop shopping it makes sense. If you had socks that were less expensive than those I can get locally, I would definitely buy. I know it goes against the idea of cutting weight by adding more accessories, but what about suspenders in the future? Probably not a big deal as I could use brown, black, gray or tan solid if I wanted.

        Doug.

        • Jason Hairston Reply

          Hi Doug,

          I have the resources to build an absolutely amazing sock for mountain hunting that would cost less because of our direct sales model. The question I have is would KUIU have the demand for a sock program? Maybe? This would be a good question for a blog post at some point.

          Jason

      • Larry Schwartz Reply

        Jason,

        KUIU so far has been filling a need that isn’t being addressed because of lack of vision or cost. I think that there are plenty of companies out there making excellent socks for the mountain hunter. The only way to reduce weigth would be to make them thinner or remove padding in the soles which would reduce their performance for mountain hunting and hiking. The only thing I could think of that would improve on what is out there already would be to make it faster drying, maybe by removing the synthetic yarn. That would be an improvement IF they still stayed up and didn’t bunch around your ankles.

        Larry

        • Jason Hairston Reply

          Hi Larry,

          I agree there are some great socks already out there. I have some amazing resources to produce a fantastic sock for mountain hunting and have a design in mind. However as you mention with all the choices out there now would KUIU have the demand. This sock would cost less in our direct sales model and we could add more build into it. Good question for the future here on the blog.

          Jason

    • Phil Stone Reply

      Build the Sock!

      • Jason Hairston Reply

        I will work on it.

        Jason

  9. Joe S Reply

    This looks great, as always. Are these all (as in the entire line) machine washable/dryable? This may have been asked or posted, sorry if I missed it.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Joe,

      Yes the entire line can be machine washed and dried.

      Jason

  10. Snow Standen Reply

    After reading your early posts, I’ve been trying to work out where this garmint fitted in to the system. Now I get it and won’t need to worry about the itch after all. I think that we’re all going to be warm and dry.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Snow for the comment. Glad to help clear this up for you.

      Jason

  11. Joe Reply

    looks great!

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you Joe.

      Jason

  12. Ray Knechtel Reply

    I’ve used 200 and 260 weight for elk hunting the last few years and I think your options of 185 and 250 are spot on. I’m glad to see you didn’t just follow the norms when designing these layers.

    Could you expand on the statement “This fabric is designed to be worn over your Merino-185 series.” Mainly, will the 20.5 micron feel itchy worn as a first layer?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Ray,

      I did not pick a smaller micron for this style for better durability, with the idea to wear the 250 over the 185 as a system versus a stand alone piece. The 20.5 can be worn against your skin but it will have a slight itch.

      Jason

  13. Paul Reply

    Jason,

    Great looking stuff. I have the same question as Ray Knechtel. Will the 250 series feel itchy next to skin?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Paul, it will have a slight itch.

      Jason

  14. Chris Reply

    Hi Jason

    The gear is looking great – cant wait to get my hands on some of your gear. Just a quick question from someone who lives North of the Border. As the gear is made in Vancouver will there be a chance to get it shipped direct from there so that us Canadians dont have to pay duty when it comes back up here?

    Thanks and best of luck with Kuiu

    Chris

    • Doug P Reply

      I’ve asked this question via email and blog a while ago. I haven’t heard back, so I’m going to assume that won’t be an option. Would be nice, as my list is getting rather large, but won’t stop me from buying.

      • Jason Hairston Reply

        Hi Doug,

        Would you repeat the question for me. I am very sorry for not responding, I try and get back to everyone. Please let me know.

        Kindest regards,

        Jason

      • Chris Reply

        Hi Jason

        The question was regarding whether or not us Canadians would be able to buy direct from the Canadian factory and avoid the border hassles of shipping and the like?

        Thanks

        Chris

        • Jason Hairston Reply

          Hey Chris,

          As I mentioned to Doug, I was in Vancouver yesterday meeting with my cut and sew partner. A drop ship program for Canada is on the horizon, based on your requests. We are going to run this season to see how much product ships to Canada with the goal to set this up for 2012 if we have enough demand. We also discussed a pick up in Vancouver option. I will keep you up dated as this gets closer to happening.

          Jason

    • Andrew Reply

      Chris,

      I believe there should be no duty on items made in Canada or USA. Most items we (Canadians) pay duty on are sold in states but made overseas in which Canada does not have a free trade agreement.

      Hopefully we just pay shipping.

      Andrew

      • Jason Hairston Reply

        This is correct.

        Jason

  15. Dan in Wyoming Reply

    I believe I have read all the Blogs and the Care Instructions for the Merino items has not been mentioned. Are they Machine washable?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Dan,

      Yes they are machine washable and dryable.

      Jason

  16. Steve Cromm Reply

    Hi,
    Looking good. Q for you is this stuff windproof if it is the only stuff that I am wearing on top? Or is it just to keep me warm and I would need something else to stop the wind?
    Thanks for your time
    Steve

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Steve,

      I would recommend another layer over the top for wind such as our Guide Jacket or Guide vest.

      Jason

  17. Tye Abell Reply

    Weight? Pretty curious as to the weight for either the medium or large sizes in both the 185 and 250, tops and bottoms.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Tye,

      Great question. The 185 Zip-T weighs 9.5oz, bottom 8.6oz. The 250 Zip-T 12.5oz, Bottom 11.2. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Jason

  18. Kyle Reply

    Wasn’t sure exactly where to make this comment, and it probably has been addressed already. I think eliminating the middleman is a great idea particularly since it saves me money. However, I am reluctant to drop big bucks on gear that I haven’t seen. Not so much a concern with quality etc., but with fit. I might put on your pack and think it is the best thing ever, or it might notfit me comfortably. Are there any shows or other opportunities to try before I buy?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Kyle,

      We will pay for shipping on exchanges to help eliminate concerns with fit. I totally get this and it is the only sacrifice to this model. Let me know if I can help you with any questions to help with sizing etc. I am in Vancouver tomorrow working with the development team on our sizing chart and reviewing production. I hope the have the sizing chart available by the end of the week.

      Jason

  19. Ryan Bales Reply

    Jason,

    Just curious what KUIU’s warranty is? I have not seen any information about it on this blog or on the website. Thanks, and I am very excited about KUIU’s products. It appears to fit my style of hunting to a “T”!

    Ryan

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Ryan,

      We have a lifetime warranty against manufactures defects. If at the time of purchase you are unsatisfied for any reason please return the item for a full refund. We pay for the return shipping on exchanges for size or color. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Jason

      • Ryan Bales Reply

        Jason, just sent you an email about my subscription. Something funky happened. Thanks.

        • Jason Hairston Reply

          Hi Ryan,

          I am in Vancouver on a production review & new product development meeting. I am back tomorrow and will have someone from KUIU follow up on this for you.

          Jason

  20. Matt Reply

    Jason, I was looking through all your photos and noticed some from an “A” zone hunt. I am assuming that is California and were I live (Redding, ca). Temps can be over 100 deg here for opener and in the 30’s also, so here is my question for you. What would be your “system” of clothing if you were me and in what order would you rank buying items. I’m not rich so these will be birthday/xmas gifts (hopefully because my family never buys me what I want). Thanks for any help and love your new company.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Matt,

      Great question. I love merino is hot weather, the evaporative cooling effect of wool is quite amazing. Here are my suggestions for you hunting in similar conditions I hunt in. You are right, I have frozen during a July A zone hunt more than once. That cold ocean air comes in an it can get surprisingly cold. If you ever get down our way please stop by the office & showroom. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Jason

      Hot Weather
      Attack Pant
      Merino 185
      KUIU Ball Cap

      Colder Weather
      Merino 250
      Guide Vest or Jacket
      Guide Beanie
      Guide Gloves

      • Phil Stone Reply

        Jason- I was curious, is the new headquarters up and running? If so, is there any product/prototypes availiable to swing by and try on for fit, prior to the pre-order?

        Thanks, Phil

        • Jason Hairston Reply

          Hi Phil,

          We just moved into World Headquarters. We are not set up with product. We open the show room on April 16th and we will be having a grand opening event. Until then, we will be just selling on line. Too much to do to get ready with the online launch to do both.

          Jason

  21. Steve Ameral Reply

    Another awesome product Jason.
    I like your idea of socks. I am not super happy with any of the socks I currently have. Most are pretty big and bulky and don’t really fit too well.
    Some wind up in the bottom of your boot or sag around the ankles. I have big feet so most are too short and look like the shorty tennis socks.
    Keep us posted on the sock idea, I am interested.
    Well will be over tomorrow to finish.
    Thanks,
    Steve

    • Justin Starck Reply

      I would recomend some Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light or Medium Crew. They are much better than their “Hunting” socks.

      • Jason Hairston Reply

        Thanks Justin, well noted.

        Jason

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Well noted Steve! Thank you.

      Jason

  22. Bart Hill Reply

    Will you be doing an update of all the accessories as well–ball caps (in Vias camo or just brown?), beanie, belt, neck gaitor, gloves?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Bart,

      Yes, I will. Ball caps in Vias Camo,

      Jason

  23. Doug P Reply

    Hi Jason,
    This is in response to your above request…didn’t seem to be a reply tab there. Anyway, I was responding to Chris who asked about drop shipping for us lucky Canucks who live in BC – where all this good gear is being made.

    It seems sensible to us to save the shipping down to the US, then the shipping back – as sensible as that seems, I understand there may be a good reason from the business side for not offering that option.

    My post wasn’t a slam at all. It’s rather difficult to convey body language and tone in a blog.

    Thanks again,
    Doug

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Doug,

      You timing is good. I was in Vancouver yesterday meeting with my cut and sew partner. A drop ship program for Canada is on the horizon, based on your requests. We are going to run this season to see how much product ships to Canada with the goal to set this up for 2012 if we have enough demand. We also discussed a pick up in Vancouver option. I will keep you up dated as this gets closer to happening.

      Jason

      • Chris Reply

        Hi Jason

        I would definitely be interested in a pick-up option in Vancouver as well (just so I am clear is that a possibility for this year?). Cant wait to get my hands on some of the product as the design and build of it looks top notch. I know there has been a lot of interest up here in your products (all of my hunting buddies have been talking about it).

        Also, I would encourage the production of socks as well especially with your direct retail model.

        Chris

        • Jason Hairston Reply

          Hi Chris,

          This is not something that will be available until 2012 and we have a better understanding of the size of our Canadian business. If we have enough business to support a drop ship program from Vancouver we will invest in setting this up.

          Jason

      • Doug P Reply

        Sounds great. Thanks for considering the options.

        • Jason Hairston Reply

          Thank Doug, I appreciate everyone who is willing to take the time to comment. This is how we will make KUIU the best brand.

          Jason

  24. JR Reply

    It looks like Medium is the smallest size? I have a buddy that is down that there is no small sizes. Anyway, does this mean the sizing does not run in the traditional fashion? Is M more like a S and L more like an M? Jason can you tell me what size of Merino top you have on in the Vias Camo pallet pictures?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi JR,

      No the line is true to size and we will have a sizing chart out very soon for everyone to review. The Merino Zip-T in the photos is a size large and I wear an XL. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Tell your buddy if I get enough requests for a size I will make it. In my past experience we always were stuck with smalls in inventory.

      Jason

      • JR Reply

        If I am 6 foot 190 will I need a L Merino Zip-T and a 34 Attack pant? Or bigger. Your and XL, what is your size and weight if you dont mind? Im real concerned about sizing, I want to get it right. Tomorrow is the 10th already, cant wait to order! Sure your real busy thanks for taking the time to communicate. Looks like an awesome product.

  25. Brent Hahn Reply

    Jason, seeing the requests for socks and thought I’d give you my 2 cents, right now I use a thin coolmax liner(no matter where or when) with varying degrees of sock thickness but usually medium weight merino wool blend, I like the smartwool stuff with the extra in the toe box and heel. The one thing I would like to see is a sock system like your clothing, the liner sock should be an inch or so longer to fold over the outer sock so it wouldn’t bunch. right now I use over the calf liners with “crew” height socks, but have to fold them back and forth a couple of times over the sock.
    I have never had my liner bunch but would be just as effective if top inch of liner folded over. Alot of good socks out there but with your direct mktg could work.

    what about boxer briefs?
    Brent

  26. Allan Reply

    Hurry tomorrow — I want to place my order!!!!

    Allan

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Allan,

      You will be receiving an email from KUIU’s Customer Service manager Eric tomorrow outlining the pre-shop program. There will be a process to this madness to make sure we manage it correctly. Shopping will not commence tomorrow, just more information of how and when. Sorry if I was not more clear on my blog post.

      Jason

  27. Aaron Reply

    I will second the boxer brief idea. I have always struggled with the full length base layer bottoms for early season archery in southern utah. Boxer briefs would be a instant favorite for me.

    Thanks.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Well noted Aaron!

      Jason

  28. Doug Reply

    Just like a watched pot of water will never boil.
    “THE” email will never come with me staring at my email program.

    : )

    • Josh Reply

      Second that! haha

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Doug,

      LOL! We will be sending out an email to everyone around 12:00pm PST. It will include information regarding the previewing the product line on the shopping site, setting up an account and the dates of pre-orders and shipping. Thank you for your enthusiasm and excitement for KUIU.

      Jason

  29. Rod Reply

    Its 12:30 PST and do you know where your KUIU email is at?

    Nothing for me, yet.

  30. Roger Reply

    Like the merino, but have had most all my wool items, merino in particular, damaged by insects since moving the Utah. Will Kuiu be making any synthetic base layers?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Roger,

      I am not planning on synthetic base layers. Have you tried storing your merino in a ziplock or other air tight storage container. Cedar chips help as well. I am sure you already know this and I can understand where you are coming from.

      Jason

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