Published on October 22nd, 2011 | by Ruth0
Stylish And Warm With Ibex
Remember adolescence, when your mom insisted you bring a jacket with you in December, even though it messed up your outfit? Occasionally a compromise could be reached with a sweater, but you knew in your heart that you’d be fine in that tank top. As we grow older we grow fonder of outerwear without an outside insistant influence. We would like to think this is because we’re older and wiser, but it might just be that there are more warm things to wear that look good. We tried out two items from Ibex, the Men’s Shak FZ Classic in Charred and the Women’s Juliet 2Nicki in Deep Blue Sky that fit the “warm but nice” requirement.
The Shak is a well-fitted zip up men’s jacket, worn with the ease of a sweatshirt, but with much more class. Greg, who is very attached to the softness of the North Face Golite we reviewed a while back, found that this fabric is, by contrast, a bit lacking on cozy factor. However, the fabric is warm for the weight, and hasn’t pilled during the time we’ve known it, promising to wear well. The sizing runs true, rather than the outerwear size inflation we’ve become accustomed to, with well-proportioned sleeve and torso length. The typical waist-height pockets are sacrificed, helping create the smooth lines of the slim fit. Don’t grab the murse quite yet, though- there is a left-breast pocket to slip your card and some cash into if you’re planning on going from a hike to a night in a wine bar.
The women’s Juliet 2 Nicki, if worn hiking, would turn heads on the path. The top has what my grandfather referred to as a “sweater girl” fit. The tunic is quite long- something I missed the full extent of in the photos. For chilly days this can be a huge plus- even with the arms fully outstretched overhead there’s no awkward tummy exposure between the top and the jeans. Like the Shak, the Juliet 2 Nicki is quite warm material. I found it great for spring and fall (or SF summer) over a light cotton tank-top, but could imagine it getting a bit warm indoors. When the temperature really drops it’s great layered under an additional jacket. The color is vibrant, with a fun print, feeling classic without being “old.”
We were relieved to find the fabric for both Ibex pieces seemed built to last, because at their prices, we want them to be around next season too. The men’s jacket, at $150, competed well with items you’d want from Banana Republic or North Face- an interesting mix in use-cases, worth the price. The women’s tunic, at $130 was a slightly harder sell for us- we really love it though, so maybe the price is ok for a distinctive warm layer.