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Published on October 22nd, 2011 | by Ruth


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.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.

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