Monday, July 9, 2012

"Made in the USA" Gear Review: Ibex Indie Zip-T Merino Wool Base Layer Shirt

Stylish and oh so comfortable, Ibex’s Indie Zip-T Merino Wool base-layer shirt has become one of my favorite backcountry shirts to throw on whenever the thermometer heads abruptly south. 

Since receiving it for review back in late winter, I’ve worn the Zip-T on almost every field test and backpack trip. During the cold days of winter and early spring, it made a great base-layer that was itch-free even with its all-wool construction. During the warmer summer months, it’s been great to throw on underneath a Gore-tex shell during high-altitude thunderstorms (where the temps can drop almost 40 degrees in the space of an hour) or during cool mountain nights.

The Zip-T has also held up well to repeated washings, with minimal shrinkage while also retaining it’s softness and elasticity.

Mid-weight Base Layer
Contrast stripe details
9" Zip Neck w/ locking zipper pull
Machine washable
Mid-weight jersey
18.5 micron
100% Zque™ New Zealand Merino wool
195 g/m2
Garment Weight (oz): 9.92  
Made in the USA


Durable, comfortable and competitively priced compared to equivalent foreign-made wool base-layer shirts, the Indie Zip-T definitely merits your attention the next time you're out shopping for a new wool base-layer shirt.

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About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ (without spaces)