Ibex Hooded Indie

Manufacturer Description

We call the Indie a perfect shoulder season fabric, and is cornerstone of our line. This Indie Hoody has a form-fitting, stealth-ready hood and thumbholes for hitching a ride up the road or getting streamlined. 9-inch zip neck adds versatility.

Features

  • 18.5 micron New Zealand Merino jersey; 195 g/m2
  • Semi-fit
  • 9 inch center front zipper
  • Interior chin guard
  • Bound sleeve openings, thumbholes and hood
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Flatlock seams
  • Machine washable
  • Made in the USA
  • Measured size medium
    • Pit to Pit measurement – 50 cm (19.7 in)
    • Center Back measurement – 77.5 cm (30.5 in)
    • Sleeve Length – 95 cm (37.4 in)
    • Weight – 269 g (9.5 oz)
  • Retail – $100

YMMV Review

If you have read some of my other reviews you will see I like wool. It is natural, durable, renewable, and performs well. Ibex makes high quality wool pieces with wool sourced from New Zeeland. Most of their pieces are Zque Certified. Zque fiber combines natural performance wool with an accreditation program that ensures environmental, social and economic sustainability, animal welfare (non-mulesed) and traceability back to the source. Also many pieces, including this one, are made in the USA and that is something I like to support. If you would like to learn more about wool, check out the link below.

Design ★★★★☆

The Ibex Hooded Indie is a “Jack-of-all-trades” top. It is not overly fancy by design. The Hoody is made out of 18.5 micron wool. Wool comes in a variety of thicknesses and the thicker you get the coarser the fabric becomes. Old school wool pieces used to be made out of 30+ micron wool. The finest wool fiber being used by Ibex is 17.5 microns so at 18.5 this piece is soft and built to be next to the skin. Using the 18.5 micron wool, the fabric weight of the Hooded Indie is 195 grams per square meter. This is how Ibex specifies the thickness of the fabric being used. The lightest fabrics are 150 g/m2 while sweater and warmer garments get up to 300-400 g/m2. At 195 g/m2 the Indie is a good middle to light weight piece that is made for a variety of conditions.

Ibex Indie Fabric Video

Back

The Hooded Indie does not have any pockets, which is the one thing I think is missing. Whether it was a hip stash pocket, arm pocket, or rear pocket; a pocket on this would give it five starts for me. This is a preference and I imagine some will like it the way it is. There are thumb loops for those days when it might be a bit chilly but you do not want to wear gloves. Around the cuffs, thumb loops, and hood there is a contrasting piece of fabric to add durability and style. There is a 9 inch chest zipper for venting with a zipper guard in the back to protect your chin. It features raglan sleeves and flatlock seams for comfort. Overall while not a flashy piece, it has been well thought out and designed.

Fit ★★★★★

The Ibex Hooded Indie fits me really well. I like to call it my “Speed Skater Hoody” as it reminds me of a speed skating outfit you would see at the Winter Olympics.

Hoody's Fit

It is built to be semi-fit which means it is close to the skin but not skin tight. The arms have a good length to them and the torso is long as well. I sometimes find it hard to find pieces that fit my criteria in both these places but this one does. I am normally a medium and the medium is what I like in this top as well. The arms are loose enough that I can pull them up on hot days. The thumb loops also work well instead of gloves. The hood is also semi-fit around the head. It is not tight but close enough that it moves when you turn your head and fits great under a helmet when skiing or climbing. The fit on the Ibex Hooded Indie is spot on for a semi-fit hoody, one of the best fitting pieces I own.

Performance ★★★★☆

I like wool and this is no different. The performance has been up there with the other wool garments I have. The only issues I ever have is fit. I have had some products that in the past have not fit well, this is not one of those. The wool has a good stretch to it, breathes well, moves moisture off the skin, and keeps me warm when needed. It is possible to wet out the top if you are sweating a lot but it dries quickly, though not as quickly as some synthetic garments. One of the main features that wool  has is it does not stink. You can wear it for multiple days if needed and it will not stink like most synthetics.

At 195 g/m2 the Indie is in between a lightweight and midweight piece. I like using it for cool weather running, hiking, and just wearing around town. It also can be used as a baselayer piece when skiing and snowshoeing. It is very versatile. The only thing I missed was a pocket, but this is my preference and it may not be yours.

Thumb Loops

Overall ★★★★½

The Ibex Hooded Indie has been one of my better purchases. I have the blue with gray contrast and it looks great too. I am a blue, black, and gray kinda guy so this fits my wardrobe perfectly. While the initial investment on wool is higher, you definitely get what you pay for. This top if taken care of will last a long time. One thing to remember on wool garments is not to put them in the dryer, air dry and you are good to go. If you are looking for a good all around hoody I would not hesitate to purchase this one. Ibex has made a winner here. Even better yet it is made in the USA. Thanks for reading, as always your mileage may vary.

Pros

  • Good Fit and Looks
  • Breathable
  • Anti-Stink
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • No Pockets

Adventures

About the author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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