Not Your Ordinary Wool
Ibex wool is no ordinary wool. It’s New Zealand and Australian-raised merino and is a natural performance fiber. Merino sheep live through frigid winters and sweltering summers with the same coat, and we’ve harnessed those performance properties to make technical outdoor layers that work together to protect you from the elements no matter the weather or occasion.
Just as our namesake, the Ibex mountain goat, migrates according to seasons, the Ibex brand was born for modern migration from office to outdoors, bouldering to boardrooms, parks to pubs, and everywhere in between. This is adventure gear to live in.
Performance Wear for Everywhere
AN ACTIVE FIBER THAT THERMOREGULATES
Merino naturally keeps sheep warm in temperatures as low as -4℉ and cool in temperatures up to 95℉, making it the perfect choice for performance apparel as it reacts to changes in your body temperature. The natural crimp in wool provides durability and elasticity, while hydrophilic properties wick moisture and thermoregulate the body to naturally cool or insulate you relative to ambient outdoor temperature. Put simply, in cold conditions you’ll stay warm, and you won’t overheat when working hard on hot days.
MERINO WON’T SWEAT IT
The ultra-fine merino fibers we use in our apparel are naturally breathable, which helps prevent you from feeling clammy, damp, or sweat-soaked when you’re exercising. While synthetic fabrics can wick away sweat, merino keeps the body cool during exercise by trapping that moisture and releasing it as vapor before it even condenses on your body.
WOOLLY, MINUS THE MAMMOTH ODOR
Wool’s natural ability to manage moisture means odor-causing bacteria don’t get a chance to raise a stink. Even if you wear your merino layers for a whole week on a grueling trek, you’ll be able to drink a celebratory pint at the end of the trail without bringing a noxious cloud into the pub. Lightweight merino is an ideal layer for seasoned travelers, commuters who don’t want to change after their rides into work, and anyone hitting the road with limited luggage space or no time for laundry.
Performance Travel and Easy Care
THE VERSATILE FABRIC FOR NOMADIC HUMANS
Merino layers are lightweight, packable, and easy to wash by hand while traveling whenever you want to shake off a hard-earned layer of dirt. That makes Ibex layers ideal for minimalist travelers and ultralight backpackers who value versatility and the freedom that comes with owning, packing, wearing—and laundering—only what’s necessary.
HOOF IT ANYWHERE AND TRAVEL LIGHT
While there’s weight to our argument that merino is superior to any other fabric known to man or sheep, Ibex is categorically light. Ibex merino is also wrinkle resistant, ready-to-wear, and static-proof so it collects less dust and lint. These low-maintenance layers free up space and time in your luggage and schedule by working overtime to meet all of your adventure travel needs while you’re on the road for business or checking new lands off your bucket list.
ALL HAIL THE CHORE-RESISTANT WOOLLIES
Everyone’s got a trick for getting stains out of clothes. Ours is simple—we don’t allow them to form. Merino wool is naturally stain-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your Ibex layers with a rogue spill in the camp kitchen. In between trips, you can skip the washing machine and hang your chore-resistant layers to air out instead. Mother Earth will be happy to hear it.
Every Day Performance
ALL OF OUR SHEEP ARE NON-SMOKERS
Wool is naturally flame-resistant, so it’s a great layer to wear around camp. Merino’s ignition point is about 1,000°F—more than twice that of cotton—and its fibers are also self-extinguishing. We do not advise testing this first-hand, but we will absolutely encourage late-night dancing and s’more-making around the campfire.
EVER SEEN A SUNBURNED SHEEP?
Neither have we. Merino fabrics are naturally resistant to UV rays without the need for chemical treatments. Our chunkier mid- and heavyweights offer UPF 50+, while our lightweight range offers around UPF 25. That means that while your muscles might feel the burn as you push for the summit, your skin most certainly won’t.
WE’VE (NOT) BEEN ITCHING TO TELL YOU THIS
We’re not showing off when we say that merino wool is superfine. It really is some of the finest-gauge wool you can get – less than 24 microns in diameter, which means Ibex layers are soft against your skin and never itchy or irritating. Merino is an ideal layer for those with sensitive skin. It’s also incredibly elastic on its own, so it hugs your body and holds its shape even in the face of long days and tough hikes.
Wearing merino next to your skin helps thermoregulate your body to keep you warm or cool and dry. Add merino midlayers and outerwear on top of your underwear and baselayers to create a system that works in unison to help sweat and heat escape as needed before you get damp or catch a chill.
THERE’S A LOT OF SPRING IN OUR STEP
Merino wool contains keratin, the same protein in your skin and hair, which gives clothes natural bend and flex. Micro-bends in the fiber – known as fiber-crimp – add elasticity, resilience, and strength. Like a coiled spring, the fibers mirror your every move. You can push them to the limit or give them a gentle workout and they’ll return to their original shape without damage – more than 30,000 times. And although our clothes copy your every move, they’re never clingy. Moisture retention within the fiber means no more sparks or cling, just plenty of spring.
UNDERSTANDING THE MICRON
The smaller the micron, the finer the wool fiber. That's what makes Ibex wool ultra-soft and comfortable. Our wool fiber is carefully selected based on specific criteria we outline that are critical for comfort and performance. Our selection process begins long before these merino fibers are knit and crafted into fabrics, providing superior performance and function.
WE SPIN WOOL, NOT STORIES ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY
Merino is biodegradable. Pure and simple. It’s a natural fiber that breaks down over time – some experiments have shown decomposition in as little as one year* when buried in soil. It’s also antimicrobial. That means it’ll stay cleaner for longer, so you wash it less, using less water. It’s durable, too, so you can wear it for longer before putting it out of commission.
*Note: if blended with synthetic fibers, it may take longer.