September 12, 2019


Crowley Tights Made of Polartec® Power Wool™ Fabric with Ultra-Fine Merino Wool Are a High Performance Alternative to Traditional Synthetic Tights and Yoga Pants

Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2019) – In partnership with Polartec®, Ridge Merino® announces the debut of the Crowley Compression Merino Wool Tights, a high performance alternative to traditional synthetic tights or yoga pants.

Designed, tested and sewn in the U.S.A, the tights are made from a new compression version of Polartec® Power Wool™ fabric technology, a superior bi-component knit that features the best of both natural and synthetic fibers, with soft Merino wool next-to-skin and durable synthetic fibers on the outside.

“For years, our design team collaborated with our athletes, our customers and outdoor enthusiasts to understand what they wanted in a compression Merino wool tight. The product needed to fit great, perform technically and incorporate natural materials,” said Jeff Russell, president of Ridge Merino. “We realized early on that Polartec was the perfect partner, based on their commitment to innovative and sustainable textile solutions.”

According to Russell, the response has been positive, with customers calling the tights a “game changer for winter workouts,” and the “Holy Grail of performance leggings.”

With winter running and long-distance hiking in mind, the Crowley Tights perform in all areas of outdoor adventure. The Merino wool tights feature a highly durable exterior and a comfortable interior that allows for natural movement while on the pavement or trail. Polartec Power Wool fabric consists of a unique plated construction that places high quality merino wool next to the skin to moderate body temperature, wick away moisture, and fight odor, and synthetic fibers on the exterior which enhance stretch and maximize movement, without any restrictions.

Offering superior shape retention and wind resistance, the compression Merino wool tights gently squeeze the legs in all the right places, offering optimal support to help alleviate muscle fatigue and improve post-workout recovery when logging long miles. The natural fibers feel great next to skin and deliver warmth in harsh conditions.

“Ridge’s attention to technical detail, and their innovative use of our new compression Polartec Power Wool fabric, is exactly the type of collaboration we’re looking for,” said Polartec Vice President of Marketing and Creative Director David Karstad. “We are always interested in partnering with companies who seek creative, new applications for our fabrics.”

Additional features of the Ridge Merino Crowley Tights include:

  • Patented bi-component knit fabric combines the best of both natural and synthetic fibers
  • Advanced synthetics (nylon + spandex) on exterior provide compression and durability
  • Soft Merino wool twill knit puts natural fibers next-to-skin and provides extra warmth and wicking power not possible with typical fully synthetic tights
  • Odor resistant
  • Side pocket with bonded flap
  • Mid-waist fit keeps you covered during any activity
  • Tight compression knit has superior shape retention and is wind resistant
  • Made in USA: Designed and tested in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. and sewn in San Francisco
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About Polartec

Polartec is the premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions. Since inventing modern technical fleece in 1981, the engineers at Polartec continue to advance the science of fabric, creating fabric technologies that solve problems and improve the way products are designed and used. Polartec products range from lightweight wicking and cooling fabrics, to insulation and weather protection textiles, and are utilized by leading consumer brands, the U.S. Military and other global militaries, flame resistance, workwear, and contract upholstery markets. For more information, please visit and follow Polartec on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Ridge Merino

Based in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Ridge Merino develops Merino wool apparel that performs as well in daily life as it does in the wildest outdoor conditions. Committed to operating in a responsible and ethical manner, all of Ridge Merino’s wool is sustainably sourced from select sheep farmers in Australia and New Zealand. The company continues to innovate by using all-natural, renewable and biodegradable fabric and materials whenever possible. As a 1% For the Planet member company, Ridge Merino contributes at least one percent of its annual sales to environmental nonprofits that share its values. Learn more about the company Outside Magazine named “One of the Five Best Outdoor Brands You’ve Never Heard Of” at

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