From cross-country skiing with your friends to cold-weather hiking with your pup, the Ibex Men's Woolies 1 Zip-Neck Top keeps you warm and cozy. The merino wool construction naturally wicks away moisture while fighting off odors and bacteria. And since this mock-neck top has a close-to-skin fit with flatlock seams, it feels smooth and warm as you move.
- Merino wool (18.5 micron)
- Flatlock seams
- Item #IBX007I
- Q & A
A little scratchy
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: large
I've been expanding my base layer collection from synthetics to wool and wool blends. This is my first Ibex purchase.
Generally, the fit is good. I have kind of an average build, and the fit through the body and sleeves is snug (no bagginess), but not overly tight. Overall length is nice, with the bottom of the garment falling about six or seven inches below the waist band of a typical mid-rise pant, so there's plenty of material to tuck in without worrying it will come untucked when bending over and such.
The sleeves are maybe an inch or so longer than they need to be, but my wrists definitely stay covered when reaching and extending my arms.
Being the lightest weight (Woolies 1), the fabric is fairly thin—you can easily see through it—so insulation value will be minimal, but this breathes easily and, for wool, doesn't take long to dry.
The fabric is plenty stretchy to move with you. The sleeve ends stay put when you pull the sleeves up the arm a bit, but aren't too tight. Same with the neck when it's zipped all the way up—not constricting the way some zip tops can be.
The only real downside is that the material seems a bit itchy-scratchy to me. To call the texture sandpapery or even rough overstates it, but it's not as smooth or comfortable as some other wool fabrics (Rab, Smartwool) that i've seen. Wearing another thin base layer under the Ibex—like the lightweight Patagonia Capilene—helps to mitigate this, and that's probably how i'll use these.
So, a star off for that, and another just because i haven't used it enough to say anything about durability.