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Ibex Indie Hoody too Hot for Summer in the Sierras?
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Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Ibex Indie Hoody too Hot for Summer in the Sierras? on 06/02/2013 23:49:54 MDT Print View

I replaced my beloved BPL Hoody after taking it on the JMT and wearing holes through the shoulders with the Ibex 195 weight Indie Hoody.

I am considering getting the Ibex Woolies 150 weight Zip Turtle Neck as a lighter, cooler alternative.

Key for me is having a half zip in the front for regulating temperatures and merino wool.

Anyone have any experience with the Ibex Indie Hoody in warm temps of 85-70 degree temperatures in the Sierras to let me know if I am going to fry in it?

Ideally, I would love to have a 150 or lighter weight hoody or something as light as the BPL Hoody.

Searching the internet, I can not seem to find one....suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

Thank you.


Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Re: Ibex Indie Hoody too Hot for Summer in the Sierras? on 06/03/2013 06:37:17 MDT Print View

For me personally, I'd die trying to hike in an ibex indie hoodie at 85 degrees. Even standing around would be quite uncomfortable.

I'd definitely pick something lighter

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Re: Indy on 06/03/2013 06:42:02 MDT Print View

I can't comment on the Sierra, but I'm pretty sure you'll fry at temps above 70. The Indy has been my most used base layer for the last 4 years. I love it tremendously, but can't use it during the summer. Too sweaty.

John Pain

Locale: Road trip
Re: Ibex Indie Hoody too Hot for Summer in the Sierras? on 06/03/2013 06:45:44 MDT Print View

I hiked in a brown Indie last September in Yosemite. It was fine in the high Sierra when I was around 8,000 feet and above. I was able to ventilate well during the hottest parts of the day (mid to high 70s) and the wool was able to regulate heat well.

When I was down lower though (going from Yosemite Valley to Half Dome) it was a bit too hot and I had to switch to a lighter merino T shirt (GoLite Koli)

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Ibex Indie Hoody too Hot for Summer in the Sierras? on 06/03/2013 08:30:36 MDT Print View

Tony, THE i/o bio Colby hooded zip is 160GSM single jersey knitted using 96% Australian Merino wool with 4% Lycra , and the new Rab MeCo Hoodie is 165 baselayer top made with Rab's excellent mix of 65% merino wool and Cocona.
What size do you wear?

Edited by annapurna on 06/03/2013 08:32:26 MDT.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Ibex Indie Hoody too Hot for Summer in the Sierras? on 06/03/2013 10:49:35 MDT Print View


Thanks for the suggestions.

I wear a medium size.

If I keep taking the bovine steriods, I might make it to a large size in the future. :)

@ everyone else....thank you for confirming what I suspected about the Hoody that I have. Prolonged use in the heat will lead to sterility.

Looking to buy something soon for a trip that I have in July with Jeremy.

This time he wants to try to kill me on a 130 mile trip.


Corey Downing
(hardcorey) - MLife

Locale: Denver
Merino 1 on 06/03/2013 13:50:41 MDT Print View

Would a Patagonia Merino 1 LS Crew be too hot for JMT in September? Because that was my current plan.

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Ibex Indie Hoody too Hot for Summer in the Sierras? on 06/03/2013 14:25:24 MDT Print View

I have a Patagonia Wool 1 (Silkweight) Zip that I prefer for my 3 season hikes. The sleeves are easy to push up when it gets too warm and it breathes easily. The fabric is thin and I have worn a few small holes at my lower back where my hip belt rubs. I think this is the nature of the beast with thin merino garments. If I had to today, I would replace it with the Patagonia Wool 1 long sleeve crew. I believe the Patagonia Wool has a blend of merino and polyester. I have an older (~4 yrs old) Ibex Woolies Zip-T in blue, and found that it was much scratchier than my current Patagonia merino. So much so that I could no longer use it when skiing due to some irritation. It is also a much trimmer/athletic cut compared to the Patagonia. I'm sure the closer skin contact allows for improved wicking action but it felt too constricting for me.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Merino 1 on 06/03/2013 14:35:05 MDT Print View


I could not find the LS Crew on Patagonia's website.

Maybe this is what you meant?

If it is this one, I think it would be fine.

It is the lightest weight that they have and the weight of it seems lighter than what I am looking at or close to the same.

The temps that I remember on my 2011 JMT trip in Aug was 75F or lower.

September should be a little cooler.


Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Re: Merino 1 on 06/03/2013 14:39:21 MDT Print View

Tony, that is the Merino I was referring to as well.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Ibex Indie Hoody in a Lighter Color on 06/03/2013 15:01:52 MDT Print View

I use Ibex Indie Hoodies for sun/heat protection. I wear a women's XS and there is quite a bit of drape to it...not oversized but not form fitting. I think the 150 woolies top might end up being warmer. The ladies version is a tight fit and the colors are dark.

Just got a a new Indie Hoody in a mustard yellow color...still debating. I wore a light turquoise one and a light tan one last summer. They still have mileage on them. Much cooler than sunscreen.

The Indie gets thinner with wear and wash...until finally it is thread bear.

I don't think you can go strictly by manufacturers' gauges in this context.

All else equal, lycra will no doubt make the piece warmer.

The indie gel pockets or silly zip pockets to interfere with hip belt, harness.

Icebreaker has a light merino hoody for the ladies but it's more of a fashion placket instead of zipper and a slouchy hood...cute though. I just sent it back.

Patagonia still does not have merino right. I can get it at a good discount and I still don't wear it.

Edited by backpackerchick on 06/03/2013 15:17:08 MDT.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Merino 1 on 06/03/2013 15:04:18 MDT Print View


Thanks for the feedback on the Ibex Zip T.

The only thing that kills me on the Patagonia is that it does not have a half zip in the front, which I have appreciated while panting for air and sweating buckets on the uphill stretches of the trail.

Any options that you can think of for me?

Would like a Hoody, but might have to settle for something without a hood, which would be fine for summertime use.

Sucks when gear runs out....have to start thinking and spending money. :)


Fitz Travels
Ibex Indie Hoody on 06/03/2013 15:09:14 MDT Print View

I wore mine yesterday in 90 degree weather. Felt fine. Back sweat where my backpack was at.

Edited by fitztravels on 06/03/2013 15:13:22 MDT.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Smartwool Microweight Half Zip -- 150 on 06/03/2013 15:17:47 MDT Print View

If you are willing to forgo the hood (I'm not). The smartwool microweight half zip should do the job. It is lighter than the Indie.

They rate it 150.

Widely available. I use this piece a lot as a base layer in winter...when my next layers have hoods.

It has no silly features (gel pockets, etc). But no thumb holes either :(

Edited by backpackerchick on 06/03/2013 15:32:19 MDT.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Merino 1 on 06/03/2013 23:00:06 MDT Print View

"Would a Patagonia Merino 1 LS Crew be too hot for JMT in September? Because that was my current plan."

I have a couple of the Patagonia silkweight Merino crews. Based on wearing these every day for a while now, and my experience in the Sierra, but not on the two together (let you know in a week or two) I guessing these will be a perfect match as a hiking baselayer there in the summer.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Smartwool Microweight Half Zip -- 150 on 06/03/2013 23:29:08 MDT Print View


Thanks for all of the insight on the hoodies with other options for me to consider.

Sounds like you love the hoody as much as I do.

Gotta love the simplicity of the whole thing without any of the extras that are just not needed.

However, I have to point out that Eric has generously offered to PIF and give me his Ibex Woolies Zip T Neck that he is not using.

Man, I really do love this community!

Still, I will check out what you and others have suggested because I would like to have a light weight hoody option for when it is cooler.


Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Merino hot? on 06/03/2013 23:41:24 MDT Print View

Dear Mark:

Merino is not hot! Sunscreen is hot! Polyester is hot!

"Crew" will you protect the back of your neck? Hat? OK. Crew and baseball cap? You better confirm just how high the crew comes up and just how long your hair is!

Patagonia's merino 1 won't ever be as hot as sunscreen or polyester! The more merino layers the better provided they feel good on top of each other.

Slightly heavier merinos may actually be cooler than lighter ones in brutal sun.

You can rinse in stream and dry over night with the lightweight ones. They aren't cold when damp like polyester (which of course has fancy names these days).

If you have a Patagonia merino you like, awesome. I didn't mean to diss Patagonia completely. You order and you never know what you will get...what shape the garment will be, etc. I think men are designing the bras now! And you can always send it back. So they are not all bad!

Ibex woolie is a nice gift! It is a piece you will probably use even if you go with a looser top for hot sun. It can get cold at night in September (I hope I didn't confuse threads!)...really cold. I am thinking in terms of lighter bags and more clothes. Don't know exactly where you are but I use a "bag"!

This is fun. But I need to start running my ass off and loading my gps for adventure and not debating textiles. LOL

We are procrastinating. It is so easy to get carried away on this forum! Especially me. Better than facebook.

One last question. I can wear merino all day, top and bottom. Merino bras and panties! I can sleep in merino tops but not long bottoms. They are all prickly at night! Is it just me? I can sleep in merino top but only synthetic not's the legs! Ever heard of this?

Edited by backpackerchick on 06/03/2013 23:58:32 MDT.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Merino hot? on 06/04/2013 02:18:10 MDT Print View

"Dear Mark:

Merino is not hot! Sunscreen is hot! Polyester is hot! "

Thanks for educating me. Especially about the sunscreen and the hat and all the rest. Maybe cut back a smidge on the espresso or something. LOL

FYI I also have and wear the Ibex indie hoodie, and the similar merino hoodie from MEC. I have hiked in the conditions Tony asked about, and with some of the garments he asked about. My 2 cents for Tony is that, for me, the merino hodies would be too hot a lot of the time, and always take a SW crew as well. Who the hell knows why, but once I get fully warmed up I the ibex goes back in the pack. I find the hoodie (or anything similar) generally end ups layered over something lighter in the late afternoon, or at stops, and for sleeping. The "something lighter" is what I usually end up most comfortable in most of the day, above about 60F, specifically while exerting myself. And yes up to now it has been a SW capilene crew. And yes Hartley, I manage to take care of my neck via other means, but thanks for the concern.

It will be interesting to see if the SW merino crew (the exact one Tony and Erik were talking about) is an improvement for me, but as I mentioned haven't had a chance to try it specifically in the sierra yet, just here on the coast in 70-80 weather. I was hoping it might be the best of both worlds, at least for me. FWIW, I even like the silt color, and wear them at work.

However, I am also smart enough to know different people feel comfortable in different things in the same conditions, and not to pontificate too much on the issue. Just another data point for Tony to digest.

Edited by millonas on 06/04/2013 02:49:58 MDT.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Thanks on 06/05/2013 05:08:53 MDT Print View

Oh gosh, I didn't mean to come off like that. I don't generally, preface my opinions with IMO, or I think, unless it is a delicate subject. Obviously, the comments are only my opinions and preferences.

I find that Patagonia Silkweight Capilene (I have the stretch and non stretch versions in long sleeve) is very cold when wet. It is great to keep the sun off on a late afternoon hill run but I turn around to go downhill and the sun goes behind the mountain and burr. I hate how it sticks to the skin when wet too...brrr. I bring layers to put on but I usually whip off that cold silkweight piece first or I'm still freezing. I do not find that it wicks. Now lightweight merino gets wet, but doesn't feel so cold against skin and I can throw another layer over it and not feel cold...the wet merino actually starts to dry...or wick moisture to the next layers.

SW Capilene smells in the pits after a single use and still smells after it has been through the washer. And that's with daily showers.

I have not tried the Merino 1 in years. It was not a good product a few years ago. The women's version had a lace like design with holes through the much for sun protection. It was handwash and shape to dry. The new version is a merino blend with 35 polyester.

What is FWIW? Another garment? Always interested.

How do people get sunscreen off on a walk like the JMT? I have a hard enough time at home. I use it when I swim, And I need a buff and a lot of shower gel and warm water to remove it. A real good sudsing!

After couple weeks of walking with pack, scrubbing, wringing and hanging in the sun the Indie Hoody is lighter weight merino than when it was purchased.

A similar phenomenon occurs with Icebreaker Tech T with use, I just pitched a couple of them that were thread bear and full of holes and replaced them with new ones...they are longer now and a bit wider in the waist.


Edited by backpackerchick on 06/05/2013 05:18:44 MDT.

Sean Passanisi
(passanis) - MLife
Merino 1 vs. Merino 2 zip on 06/05/2013 11:54:50 MDT Print View

For those that have used both the Patagonia Merino 1 and Merino 2 baselayers, is the Merino 2 zip neck worth the additional weight in terms of venting and perhaps durability?