Stay Comfortable and Stylish with Ibex Merino Wool During Shoulder Season Rides

If you’re a rider looking for the ultimate in comfort and performance during shoulder season, you should have some merino wool layers. Here in Oregon, it has been a slow and wet transition into spring. Having good gear to help us stay outside is crucial, and Ibex has made a collection to help do so.

Ibex is a premium brand that produces high-quality merino wool clothing for riders of all levels. Their merino wool is soft and comfortable, and it’s great at regulating body temperature and wicking away moisture. With Ibex merino wool, you can ride all day long without feeling too hot or too cold.

What really sets Ibex merino wool apart is the company’s commitment to sustainability and ethical manufacturing practices. They’re dedicated to creating clothing that’s not only comfortable and high-performing but also environmentally responsible. Ibex has created a collection of gear to keep you comfortable during “Mud Season” aka shoulder season. Here is our Ibex Mud Season gear review.

The Lab

The Ibex Indie Hoodie

The Ibex Indie Hoodie is a performance hoodie that’s perfect for everyday wear. With a slim-fit hood that stays up during activity and raglan seams for optimal movement, this hoodie is designed to keep you comfortable during any adventure. The minimalist zipper placket offers extra breathability, and thumb holes make layering easy. The scuba hood can be worn under your helmet and the quarter zip allows for easy venting during strenuous activity.

Made with MECool fabric, a 100% merino wool material with a performance finish, this hoodie is thermoregulating and offers odor control. The fabric is steamed using a proprietary process that makes it feel cooler to the touch, increasing its versatility in various climates. With no tags for maximum comfort and flatlock stitching that eliminates chafing, the Ibex Indie Hoodie is perfect for anyone looking for a comfortable and stylish performance hoodie.

The Shack Vest

The Ibex Shak Vest is a versatile and stylish vest that offers high-performance features. Made with densely knit 19-micron merino wool, this vest provides natural stretch and a fitted design with sleek seam lines for a comfortable and modern look. It also features a stand collar for warmth, wind flap zipper guard, and spring-loaded zipper pull for silent wear.

With a weight of 375 gm2 (grams per square meter), the Ibex Shak Vest is designed to keep your core warm and comfortable in any weather condition. It also includes a zippered chest stash pocket and two side pockets for easy storage of your essentials.

The Indie Quick Link Gaiter

The Ibex Indie Quick Link Gaiter is a lightweight and stretchy neck gaiter made of 100% merino wool. Measuring at 10 in x 15 in, it is designed to protect your face and neck from harsh weather conditions. The gaiter is super soft on the skin and features a MEcool finish that provides breathability and thermoregulation for all-day comfort.

With its versatile design, the Ibex Indie Quick Link Gaiter is perfect for all outdoor activities, from hitting the slopes to going for a run. Its stretchy material ensures a comfortable fit, while the 100% merino wool construction provides warmth and protection from the elements.

Our Thoughts

The sustainable packaging of Ibex gear caught my attention right away – no plastic to be found! But the Indie Hoodie is what really impressed me. The fabric is soft to the touch and the flatlock stitching keeps the seams smooth and unobtrusive. It’s light and packs down small, making it a versatile layering option. I like the slim fit and how well the hood fits under a helmet. The quarter zip helps save weight, although I’m not typically a fan of quarter zip hoodies.

The Indie Quick Link neck gaiter is a perfect match to the hoodie, both in color and in terms of being lightweight and soft. It feels great around the neck, and is breathable enough to cover the nose and mouth without much air restriction. The Shak Vest has a quality weight and feel to it, and fits snugly around the core without being too tight. The densely knit merino wool blocks a lot of cold air while keeping warmth where it’s needed. I also appreciate the form-fitting arm openings, convenient pockets, and the smooth zipper.

Overall, Ibex gear is impressive in terms of both sustainability and quality. The merino wool wicks away moisture and doesn’t hold onto odor, making it perfect for outdoor activities. And while the gear is certainly technical, it also has a great look that’s not too “outdoorsy.” I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for high-performing, sustainable gear that’s also stylish and comfortable. Ibex Mud Season gear does come with a high price point, but with that you get a high quality, sustainable product to enjoy for many years.

Price: Indie Quick Link Neck Gaiter – $42, Indie Hoodie -$170, Shak Vest – $200

Sizing: S-XXL
Colors Pictured: Gaiter & Hoodie -Ginger Biscuit. Vest – Charcoal

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