Rethinking Wool

If you like to play outside, chances are you’ve thought a lot about how to stay warm while you hike, ski, climb or ride. And like us, you’ve probably spent some time in polyester base layers that tend to smell funky, even straight out of the washer. We went looking for a more natural alternative and found it in Vermont, where they know a thing or two about staying comfortable in cold weather. Ibex, a hip clothing company located in White River Junction, uses something surprisingly retro to make their long underwear: wool. Only this isn’t your mother’s wool. Ibex founder John Fernsell (pictured) set out to design “new” wool garments that perform better and are more sustainable than synthetic fabrics. What’s new is the super fine weaves using wool that comes from merino sheep in New Zealand. It’s as soft as cashmere and it’s absolutely not itchy. Plus it’s naturally anti-microbial. Believe it or not, you can wear an Ibex Woolie for several days — and sweat in it — and it won’t smell funky (a great feature if you’re camping far from laundry facilities). When you return, you can machine wash your Ibex Woolies — and start planning your next outdoor adventure.

Ibex Woolies

Lightweight Base Layer Performance Clothing

Rethinking Wool

If you like to play outside, chances are you’ve thought a lot about how to stay warm while you hike, ski, climb or ride. And like us, you’ve probably spent some time in polyester base layers that tend to smell funky, even straight out of the washer. We went looking for a more natural alternative and found it in Vermont, where they know a thing or two about staying comfortable in cold weather. Ibex, a hip clothing company located in White River Junction, uses something surprisingly retro to make their long underwear: wool. Only this isn’t your mother’s wool. Ibex founder John Fernsell (pictured) set out to design “new” wool garments that perform better and are more sustainable than synthetic fabrics. What’s new is the super fine weaves using wool that comes from merino sheep in New Zealand. It’s as soft as cashmere and it’s absolutely not itchy. Plus it’s naturally anti-microbial. Believe it or not, you can wear an Ibex Woolie for several days — and sweat in it — and it won’t smell funky (a great feature if you’re camping far from laundry facilities). When you return, you can machine wash your Ibex Woolies — and start planning your next outdoor adventure.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Keith
    Keith

    There is a science to being comfortable while being active outdoors and at Ibex we've got our lab coats on figuring out the right formula. We use the finest merino wools to create the softest, lightest, most comfortable long underwear that you've ever experienced. They wick moisture and regulate temperature so you can enjoy your activity longer in comfort. We are happy that Daily Grommet has chosen to feature our products and give you a better alternative to synthetic products. If you have any questions about Ibex Woolies long underwear, I'm here to answer them!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/8/2010 12:00 PM

    Here are the size charts (also found under the 'Grommet Details' tab below the story).

    Men's size chart:



    Women's size chart:

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    2/8/2010 1:06 PM

    Hi Keith;

    I'm already a 'true believer' in merino wools. DH & I work and play year-round 'in the weather'. He's a shellfish farmer, which means night tides in winter, to boot. So for anyone reading who's wondering about the efficacy--here's an unsolicited endorsement for merino wool in general.

    Could we talk sizing and 'spring/give' of your garments? I'm atwitter at the idea of an underlayer in merino, but concerned about whether the pants would bunch and ride up or conversely, begin to gap and slide. Also wondering about how well they hold their shape and size over time and washings. How does the Ibex design manage these issues?

    Thanks for any info on this, Keith.

    And thanks, Grommet, for showcasing Ibex. I would never have thought to go looking for this product on my own.

    Cheers, Catherine

  • Caroline
    Caroline
    2/8/2010 1:11 PM

    I'm a recent Ibex convert--now won't wear anything else but. I've found the underlayers hold their shape remarkably well and are so soft and comfortable. I ran a half-marathon in an Ibex wool bra and everything stayed where it was supposed to, plus I stayed cool and dry.

  • Keith
    Keith – Special Guest
    2/8/2010 1:39 PM

    The woolies is a great first layer, and they are knit with a rib construction. What this means for you is that our base layer is going to be body tight, but not skin tight like a spandex piece. These base layers have been out in the market for about 6 years and been around the world, literally.

    Our fit is athletic, and is meant to move dynamically with you with minimal friction or gathering.

    And in regards to the product and how it holds up? We stand behind everything and will warranty the garment for any reason.

    So go ahead and give them a try, we guarantee them!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/8/2010 1:49 PM

    Hi Catherine, Thanks so much for sharing your experience with merino wool. I wonder if anyone can top the demands of shellfish farming in the winter at night! Glad we were able to introduce you to an idea for making this intrepid life you live a bit more comfortable.

  • Jill
    Jill
    2/8/2010 9:04 PM

    Couldn't let this Grommet go by without a comment, I'm an IBEX addict! Been an active runner, hiker, skier for years and certainly use woolies for all of these, but unlike most active wear this wool is elegant and makes the transition to dinner out. The black woolie, never fades,never pills, retains its shape and can be rolled into a carry on and comes out without a wrinkle. If you like these try the Shaks, the vests, the sweaters, the gloves the hats.......

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    2/8/2010 10:38 PM

    I'm a huge fan and agree with Jill. The Ibex line is such high quality -- truly an investment that you will get a ton of use out of and that you will treasure for years.

  • LD
    LD
    2/9/2010 7:46 PM

    When I saw the headline, I thought, oh, no thanks. . . wool = itchy and hard to wash - but Ibex sounds wonderful! Thanks for the heads-up!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Ibex Woolies

Lightweight Base Layer Performance Clothing

Rethinking Wool

If you like to play outside, chances are you’ve thought a lot about how to stay warm while you hike, ski, climb or ride. And like us, you’ve probably spent some time in polyester base layers that tend to smell funky, even straight out of the washer. We went looking for a more natural alternative and found it in Vermont, where they know a thing or two about staying comfortable in cold weather. Ibex, a hip clothing company located in White River Junction, uses something surprisingly retro to make their long underwear: wool.

Only this isn’t your mother’s wool. Ibex founder John Fernsell (pictured) set out to design “new” wool garments that perform better and are more sustainable than synthetic fabrics. What’s new is the super fine weaves using wool that comes from merino sheep in New Zealand. It’s as soft as cashmere and it’s absolutely not itchy. Plus it’s naturally anti-microbial. Believe it or not, you can wear an Ibex Woolie for several days — and sweat in it — and it won’t smell funky (a great feature if you’re camping far from laundry facilities). When you return, you can machine wash your Ibex Woolies — and start planning your next outdoor adventure.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Keith
    Keith

    There is a science to being comfortable while being active outdoors and at Ibex we've got our lab coats on figuring out the right formula. We use the finest merino wools to create the softest, lightest, most comfortable long underwear that you've ever experienced. They wick moisture and regulate temperature so you can enjoy your activity longer in comfort. We are happy that Daily Grommet has chosen to feature our products and give you a better alternative to synthetic products. If you have any questions about Ibex Woolies long underwear, I'm here to answer them!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/8/2010 12:00 PM

    Here are the size charts (also found under the 'Grommet Details' tab below the story).

    Men's size chart:



    Women's size chart:

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    2/8/2010 1:06 PM

    Hi Keith;

    I'm already a 'true believer' in merino wools. DH & I work and play year-round 'in the weather'. He's a shellfish farmer, which means night tides in winter, to boot. So for anyone reading who's wondering about the efficacy--here's an unsolicited endorsement for merino wool in general.

    Could we talk sizing and 'spring/give' of your garments? I'm atwitter at the idea of an underlayer in merino, but concerned about whether the pants would bunch and ride up or conversely, begin to gap and slide. Also wondering about how well they hold their shape and size over time and washings. How does the Ibex design manage these issues?

    Thanks for any info on this, Keith.

    And thanks, Grommet, for showcasing Ibex. I would never have thought to go looking for this product on my own.

    Cheers, Catherine

  • Caroline
    Caroline
    2/8/2010 1:11 PM

    I'm a recent Ibex convert--now won't wear anything else but. I've found the underlayers hold their shape remarkably well and are so soft and comfortable. I ran a half-marathon in an Ibex wool bra and everything stayed where it was supposed to, plus I stayed cool and dry.

  • Keith
    Keith – Special Guest
    2/8/2010 1:39 PM

    The woolies is a great first layer, and they are knit with a rib construction. What this means for you is that our base layer is going to be body tight, but not skin tight like a spandex piece. These base layers have been out in the market for about 6 years and been around the world, literally.

    Our fit is athletic, and is meant to move dynamically with you with minimal friction or gathering.

    And in regards to the product and how it holds up? We stand behind everything and will warranty the garment for any reason.

    So go ahead and give them a try, we guarantee them!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/8/2010 1:49 PM

    Hi Catherine, Thanks so much for sharing your experience with merino wool. I wonder if anyone can top the demands of shellfish farming in the winter at night! Glad we were able to introduce you to an idea for making this intrepid life you live a bit more comfortable.

  • Jill
    Jill
    2/8/2010 9:04 PM

    Couldn't let this Grommet go by without a comment, I'm an IBEX addict! Been an active runner, hiker, skier for years and certainly use woolies for all of these, but unlike most active wear this wool is elegant and makes the transition to dinner out. The black woolie, never fades,never pills, retains its shape and can be rolled into a carry on and comes out without a wrinkle. If you like these try the Shaks, the vests, the sweaters, the gloves the hats.......

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    2/8/2010 10:38 PM

    I'm a huge fan and agree with Jill. The Ibex line is such high quality -- truly an investment that you will get a ton of use out of and that you will treasure for years.

  • LD
    LD
    2/9/2010 7:46 PM

    When I saw the headline, I thought, oh, no thanks. . . wool = itchy and hard to wash - but Ibex sounds wonderful! Thanks for the heads-up!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.