Ibex Shak Lite Full-Zip Sweater - Men'sis rated5.0out of5by5.
Rated5out of5byDharmabhumfromAwesome light layerI wear this as a light long-sleeve layer, mostly on cool evenings (relatively speaking) in southern California. It's really light and the one time it started to lightly rain it dried out quickly but it really didn't get soaked by any means either. I haven't taken it out for a run or hike yet but its versatile and would yield to whatever activity you do, though I would be afraid to take it through brush and branches because it is a soft wool and it could get caught on any number of things in the woods.
As for sizing, I really like the long sleeves and the thumb holes. In a large, they're perfect for me at 6'3" 200 lbs but I have to say that the chest and waist are a bit bigger than I would have hoped for something that's described as 'semi-body-fit' or whatever term Ibex uses. It's actually a little baggy, more so near the bottom than the chest but neither is particularly snug and I was really aiming for something that had a nice close fit so I could wear it with other very compact, snug layers like my REI Rauk jacket. It's still light enough that it'll fit under a tight jacket without even noticing it and it's not TOO baggy that it matters to me all that much, but again I was just expecting something that had a tighter silhouette when I wore it as a top layer. I don't think I'd go for a medium because of this though because sleeve length is important for a tall guy (and the Shak has plenty of sleeve).
Minor gripe though, and I'm not going to give it less than the 5 stars it deserves. It's expensive and I got this on sale which helps a ton, and it's gotten me more into wool gear which has been good because it tends to last longer and perform better than cotton which means its usually worth the price.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated5out of5byJRP5220fromMulti Use California outerwearLight weight, high quality material and stitching
Fits nicely under rain shell for warmth in cold rainy weather
I appreciate the thumb holes for holding sleeve when adding another layer
Full zipper is nice for California springs, It's cold in the a.m. heats up fast and cools down quickly in late afternoon.
Its light to carry and doesn't wrinkle when crammed in a pack.
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated5out of5byjonyskidsfromComfort, Fit and WarmThis is a great layering piece. When worn with a wool baselayer you will not need to take off and put back on when you are being aerobic. The material is durable for wool and comfortably lean and long in the torso with Ibex standard long sleeves.
I use this for skinning up the hill or a good early spring bike ride.
The only negative is you can not wash with cotton or it picks up all the lint. I guess I need more wool so I can have a full load in the washer!
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated5out of5byTomsbrewfromGreat piece, USA made, wool and all!Love this piece. Been a big fan of Ibex for years since getting my first pair of El Fito cycling bottoms in 2002. One big favorite on the Shak Lite is the 100% US sourced wool through construction. I've used Zephers and Shaks over the years and really like this in-between weight built with the sturdier Shak fabric. I think its great to see Ibex find a US source for Merino Wool!
Date published: 2013-03-10
Rated5out of5bySKINHfromThe Best Mid-Layer on EarthGet rid of that old poly fleece and grab yourself an Ibex Shak. The material is bomber, I have one that is over 5 years old and looks like new. The shak is an unreal layering piece and regualtes temperatures perfectly. Merino wool is an amazing fabric and should be a go to for any outdoor adventure. You will be hard pressed to find a better mid layer on the market. Ibex product is top notch.
Date published: 2013-03-10
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Ibex Shak Lite Full-Zip Sweater - Men's Customer Reviews