Ibex Wear: First Impressions

Brown Santa (aka RL) stopped by my office last week to drop off a nice little package from Ibex Wear.

I have always appreciated simple jerseys. When I first started off mountain biking I liked simple synthetic mountain biking jerseys but now I have also come to appreciate wool and the roadie-jersey with back pockets. Ibex Wear has always been one of those companies I drool at from afar. Just looking at the pictures, I could see the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Back to Brown Santa’s nice little pacakge: What did I receive?

Indie Full Zip Short Sleeve Jersey in Asphalt / Sea Grass

Giro Mountain Jersey in Soil / Limon

Giro Neo FZ Long Sleeve Jersey in Soil / Deep Lake

Duo Wool Bike Short

What I instantly noticed about all the clothing is the attention to detail. The little extra bits of color, the flat seams or the flap that covers the zippered pockets are all nice touches that really set apart Ibex Wear. Each zipper has a bit of rubber with the company logo! This is not even mentioning the fact that all these clothing pieces are made out of very soft merino.

Indie Full Zip S/S Jersey features contrasting color flatlock stitching. I dig ’em.

I found that the Ibex Wear’s sizes run pretty true. If you look at their size chart at 6’`” and just over 200lbs, my measurements are on the high side of Large. Because I prefer slightly larger jerseys and all wool tends to shrink in the wash, I asked for XL sized clothing.

Nice burst of blue on the Giro Neo FZ L/S Jersey

My only thought after putting everything on (not all at once!) was that the shirts end a little lower than expected (inches below the waste) and the shorts are quite a bit longer than what I am used to. Again, with a little shrinkage in the wash I think they will be fine but I will definitely keep you posted on how these clothes fit after a few washes.

Mountain Jersey has a rear zippered pocket on the bottom right. Perfect for keys and a small cell.

Overall, my first impressions are that the the wool is quite comfortable, the clothing has excellent stitching and I really dig the small touches and functionality. We will see how the Ibex Wear clothing fits over time and how they do under normal usage I will put them through over the next few months. Keep checking back for a full review.

Ibex Wear can be found here.