Ibex Wool Aire Sweater
The Ibex Wool-Aire Sweater is a lightweight jacket…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $295
The Ibex Wool-Aire Sweater is a lightweight jacket made of lofted wool encased in water resistant nylon fabric. I wear this jacket year round. I like it best as a camp jacket after a day on a bicycle tour, but I can also wear it while riding when the temps drop. Best of all, if it rains, because it is wool, it still keeps me nice and toasty warm even if it gets wet.
- Warmth without bulk
- Water resistant outer fabric
- Packs into its own inner pocket
- The zipper is too lightweight
The Ibex Wool-Aire Sweater is one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Because the nylon shell is filled with lofted wool, it keeps me warm when it's cold. I also don't overheat when it is warmer. It seems to breathe well when I'm working up a sweat.
I wore it under a rain jacket while snowshoeing. As I was working hard, I was sweating. The jacket wicked the moisture away from the inside. I felt warm and dry even though the outside of the jacket was damp under the rain jacket. The Wool-Aire is warm without being bulky. The outer fabric is water resistant, not waterproof. But, even wet, it's wool, so I stay warm.
Because of its lack of bulk, it packs easily into its own interior pocket. There are also two hand warmer pockets that zip closed. The full zipper zips all the way to the top of the stand up collar to keep my neck warm. If I had to choose a weakness, it would be the zipper. It is very lightweight. If the zipper is not firmly in the bottom, it will come out and pull apart from the bottom. A slightly beefier zipper would probably solve this issue.
The Wool-Aire fits true to size without any tightness that would restrict movement. The sleeve length is just right. I can even ride my bicycle without the sleeves pulling up on my arms.
I have worn this jacket on two long distance bike tours. It is still in just as good of shape as when I got it. It's been laundered a few times (machine wash, hang dry), but, again, because it is wool, it doesn't retain odors.
I've had several lightweight jackets before finding the Wool-Aire. This has all the features I was looking for, but not finding, in the other jackets. This is a great jacket for any outdoor pursuit; on its own, or layered as a mid-layer or outer layer.
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Free Shipping. Ibex Men's Aire WLI Sweater FEATURES of the Ibex Men's Aire WLI Sweater Lightweight wool insulated jacket Semi-fit 70g/m2 wool insulation Reverse coil zipper at center front and hand pockets 7in. hand-warmer pocket and 6in. chest pocket Adjustable hem and cord lock system Elastic cuffs Interior mesh pocket that doubles as a stuff sack Center back length: 29in. (size L) Machine washable Made in Canada SPECIFICATIONS of the Ibex Men's Aire WLI Sweater Shell: 100% Recycled Nylon with DWR finish Lining: 88% Recycled Rip Stop Poly, 12% Regular Poly Double Ripstop Fill: 90% Australian Merino Wool, 10% Recycled Polyester Weight: 15.04 oz
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
You've felt the warming effects of wool base layers, but Ibex Outdoor Clothing has decided to take their wool into the insulation department. Enter the Aire WLI Sweater. Featuring merino wool insulation to keep you nice and toasty, this outer shell is constructed from rip stop nylon to combat the frosty weather elements. The insulation is kept in place thanks to the jacket's baffles, so when you unpack the jacket from the interior mesh stuff sack, you'll still have full-coverage insulation. Hand warmer pockets and elastic cuffs help keep the cold away so you can play. PRODUCT FEATURES: Shell Fabric: 100% recycled ripstop nylon / 20 denier / 43 g/m2 Fill Fabric: 90% merino wool / 10% Igneo (PLA) Fit: Semi-fit Hood and Sleeves: 70 g/m2 wool insulation Body: 100 g/m2 wool insulation Reverse coil zipper at center front and hand pockets 7" hand warmer pocket and 6" chest pocket Adjustable hem and cord lock system Elastic cuffs Adjustable hood wtih cord lock Interior mesh pocket that doubles as a stuff sack Embroidered WLI logo Garment weight for L=14.5 oz. Center back length=29"
- Appalachian Outdoors refers to the men's version
Key Features of the Ibex Wool Aire Sweater Jacket for MenLightweight wool insulated jacketSemi-fit,� 70g wool insulationReverse coil zipper� Adjustable hem and cord lock systemElastic cuffs, interior mesh pocketIbex Wool Aire Sweater Jacket for MenEven in damp or wet conditions, the Ibex Wool Aire Sweater Jacket for Men is perfect for backcountry travel and snow sports. The Wool Aire Sweater is a technical performance jacket that works as hard as you do in extreme winter conditions. The 90% Australian Merino lofted wool insulation in the Wool Aire Sweater was designed to match the qualities of down and synthetic insulations. Other Features of the Wool Aire Sweater include reverse coil zippered center front and hand pockets, a 6 in. chest pocket, and an interior mesh pocket that doubles as a stuff sack to pack the Wool Aire Sweater down small. Slightly less dense than its older hood-sporting brother, the Ibex Wool Aire Sweater Jacket for Men slips from business casual to backcountry basic and beyond.
- SunnySports refers to the men's version