Wool base layers are getting softer and more comfortable every year. Soon there will be no excuse to avoid wool, so long as you can afford to lay out 70 dollars or more for a base layer. As a long time synthetic base layer user, I was skeptical of wool base layers, but the new softer fabrics are quickly making me an advocate of wool and its excellent properties. The new Ibex fabric is another step forward for wool garments.
Ibex has released a new 17.5 micron merino wool fabric that adds a new level of comfort in next to skin wool base layers. The 17.5 micron fabric has an increased density of wool fibers in each strand of yarn, giving the fabric a noticeably softer feel that 18.5 micron wool used in other Ibex base layers. The new fabric is used in 2 women's and 2 men's base layers. Both sexes get the Qu T, a t-shirt style base layer. Women will also have the long sleeve Kate (pictured at right), while the men's line features a long sleeve crew called the Nelson. The 17.5 micron fabric is more dense and heavier than 18.5 micron fabric (165 g/m2 versus 150 g/m2).
Features and Specifications
17.5 micron merino wool fabric
Men's and Women's styles available
Women's Qu T - T-shirt style - $85
Women's Kate - Long sleeve - $95
Men's Qu T - T-shirt style - $85
Men's Nelson 17.5 - long sleeve crew - $85
"Ibex 17.5 micron Merino wool fabric (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/ibex_kate_orwm2006.html, 2006-01-29 03:00:00-07.