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53881 wrote a review of on December 16, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The endearing shak has made an impression on me, for sure. Soft and well woven, I suppose there's a reason for it's legendary status for Ibex. Which, btw, is one of the best producer of wool clothing in the world. USA Made, terrific quality and I love how it fits snug which makes it functional as a base, mid or top. This partnered with a merino stoic t or my zepher zip t underneath can take me anywhere from 25f to 60f, courtesy of its zip feature. It's got a butt flap, which compared to the classic shak full zip makes it look a little frumpy as a top layer. I could care less really. Order with peace of mind...between backcountry.com and ibex's tear-free warranty, you cannot go wrong.

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53881 wrote a review of on December 16, 2012

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5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up 2 of these, a shak jersey and a scout 1/2 zip for a summer excursion to Norway which featured a week long backpacking trek in alpine. Sure it was July, but where I was going was sub 30F at night. Coming from the brutal, 90+% humidity/temp of the east, I was GLAD I had picked up these amazing garments. Among the 3 styles, the nomad's were my favorite. Super soft, extremely warm and quite versatile, everything about this...fleece?...sweatshirt?...mid-layer? was well-designed. Equally worthy for bumming around the house in comfort, hitting up a nice restaurant or as an essential layering item for a backcountry adventure, this is probably the favorite piece of clothing I own! I'm 5'11.5, 175lbs and the medium fits great. Someone else my size may want to get the large for a more traditional, "American" fit, ie: bulky and less flattering. Other design aspects I dig: the seams are well constructed, the buttons are relatively easy to snap yet very secure, and the refined look (esp compared to the shak). Oh yea, forgot to mention it took me until a few weeks ago to wash for the FIRST TIME. And even then it was out of guilt having not done so already. Highly recommended.

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53881 wrote a review of on December 15, 2012

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got this hoping it would live up the hype...and it did...until the entire cuff came undone. This happened after maybe the third time I wore it using it casually from point a to point b around town. Honestly I've never had something fail so quickly EVER, let alone on a garment that's recommended for backpacking and alpine skiing. It's warm, sure, but good luck making it last.

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