Gear Review – Ibex Woolies 220 Base Layer

With temperatures warming up and spring around the corner, it’s time to review what gear enabled us to survive one of the coldest Northeast US winters on record. With ambient temperatures often in the teens, and wind chill making it feel like zero (and on a few days below zero), we start with the Ibex Merino Wool 220 long-sleeve crew shirt, a warm, natural base layer made of 100% certified New Zealand merino wool. This top is so warm, functional and comfortable, it makes you want to challenge the elements!

Continue reading my review below the photos.

Ibex Merino Wool 220 crew top with slightly tailored fit and raglan sleeves

Smooth, ribbed knit with flatlock seams

Cuffed sleeves with flatlock seams

Comfortable crew neckline, no tags

Insulation: The Ibex Merino Wool 220 is made from 100% certified New Zealand merino wool, knitted in New Zealand, and assembled in Canada. The 220 weight wool (220 grams per square meter) is a heavier knit than the 150 weight wool, and insulates when worn as a base layer down to 0F. The Ibex Merino 150 is more appropriate for temperatures down to 32F. As a base layer, the Ibex merino top maintains the core body temperature when exercising on cold days.

Fit and Feel: The Ibex Merino Wool 220 crew top is slightly tailored with a close to body shape. It drapes naturally over the body, and moves with the body motion yet maintains its shape after repeated wearing and washing. The shirt has raglan sleeves for freedom of movement, flatlock seams for comfort, and is knitted from fine merino wool in a ribbed pattern that feels smooth and comfortable next to the skin. The shirt weighs less than 11 ounces.

Product Care: The Ibex Merino Wool 220 is easy to wash and dry. Simply machine wash in hot water with a normal laundry detergent, and hang overnight to dry. I turned the top inside out when washing to reduce any pilling (it did not pill). The shirt maintains its shape and fit after dozens of washings.

Price and Styles: $90. On sale as low as $70. Available in both men’s and women’s in several colors (men’s colors: mud, blue, black). Also available as 1/2 zip top and in lighter 150 weight merino wool.

Overall: This was the go-to base layer for my 13 year old son and me from late December until early March for runs up to one hour. The warmth, comfort and easy care made this a no-brainer. The Ibex Merino Wool 220 crew top has replaced our synthetic base layers when temperatures drop below 32F.


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