Spring 17: New Fabrics and Styles Have Arrived

Spring is around the corner and whether you’re getting ready to posthole through the thawing snow melt or battle the chilly temps at your local crag, Ibex has your back with their new warm weather line. The unpredictable weather of the shoulder season makes scrambling for the perfect layers a lot like playing the lottery, but Merino wool’s breathability and versatility makes it a natural choice.

Our new Spring 2017 line is full of new fabrics, styles and colors as well as some of the Ibex classics you already know and love.

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New Lumen Collection: Warm Weather Staples

Ibex turned to the fabrics prized by ancient civilizations and created the new Lumen Collection. Made from ultra fine wool and silk, Lumen is an incredibly soft and durable jersey knit blended fabric.

Whether it’s climbing through the crux of your project or awaiting the final leg of your trip, Lumen was born to move with you every step of the way. Ibex’s thoughtful design means it doesn’t just perform well, it also pulls off the post adventure happy hour with style.

Bonus: All Lumen garments are machine-washable, making them easy to clean after traveling or relentless warm weather days.

 

New Videria Collection: Wardrobe Boost

Ultra comfortable and lightweight, the Videria Collection is a unique blend of 76-percent Merino wool and 24-percent polyester. This super light, semi-sheer shadow jacquard fabric means more breathability and moisture management for long, warm days.

The fabric’s subtle patterning layers well over an active tank or sports bra for versatile styling so you can do more with less. Plus, Merino’s stink-proof qualities mean your adventure partner won’t be holding her breath when you decide to wear the same shirt for the third day in a row.

 

Axiom and Balance Collections: Redesigned First Layers

Axiom is a new collection of everyday luxury basics that redefines intimates and underlayers for active living. The cut-and-sew collection is made from a lightweight jersey knit blend of Merino wool and a hint of spandex for added stretch.

Ibex’s redefined Balance Collection is designed for activities where mobility and fit are key. The performance underlayers are seamless and never constrictive and are made from a blend of ultra-fine Merino wool, nylon and Lycra. Engineered mapping offers the right balance of support and compression for the first layer.

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An Outdoorsy Kind of Love

The best relationships have us swearing we could never imagine life on our own; in the not-so-good ones, we’re positive that living alone (dirty laundry on the floor, brewing the coffee to our desired intensity, and going fishing whenever we feel like it) surely beats the heartbreak and drama of trying to manage two souls instead of one.

Whether you’re coupled up with Cupid or throwing darts his way, you can use Valentine’s Day as a time to reflect on the one bond that’s immune to breaking: our love affair with the outdoors. All of those characteristics you’ve been searching high and low for in another person? The outdoors serves them up, plus some, and requires very little in return. We think that sounds like a match made in heaven.

Here are five reasons why the outdoors is the perfect partner:

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Winning sense of humor

Decided to leave the backpack (containing rain jacket) at home on that sunshiny mid-July bike ride? Surprise! Who doesn’t love a quick must-duck-into-abandoned-barn pit stop before pedaling home with the token mark of foul-weather carelessness tattooed onto the backside of their cycling kit? The sun will most definitely come back out as soon as you pull into the driveway.

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Alpenglow. Rainbows. Double Rainbows. Double overhead waves with an offshore breeze. Breeze in the tallgrass prairie at dusk. Dusk. Dawn. The green of spring shooting valiantly forth. Summer’s light, late into the evening. Golden aspen and fiery maple in the fall. Tiny paw prints on the crystalline winter snow.

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Compassionate listener

A blessing and a curse, the human mind certainly knows how to spin its wheels. Something happens, though, when we spin on the bike – or run on trails, or ski, or hike, or float through waterways – that tends to quiet distracting mental banter. We may leave the house gripped with anxiety about work or finances or family, but each passing moment in the outdoors acts as a gentle balm. Like any good listener, nature lets us have our say – and then she offers birdsong and babbling brooks in return.

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Sound advice giver

When Robert Frost came to the clearing in the woods, he opted for the path less taken, although – what could have really gone wrong if he’d chosen the other route? The outdoors excels at encouraging us to access our own innate wisdom. It provides subtle clues – a riffle in a stream, the movement and build-up of clouds in the sky – that help us make decisions, and then accompanies us through the ensuing experience. Which isn’t to say that sometimes nature’s recommendations are more explicit: if you ignore the hair-raising buzz of lightning on the mountain, then you’ve got no one to blame but yourself.

Sexy as hell

It’s not the clothes that you wear but how you wear them, right? The outdoors can rock the barren desert depths of Nevada just as well as the chaotic jungle cacophony of the Hawaiian islands. Sometimes it feels like wearing drizzly gray, and other times it wakes up and puts on a sherbet sunrise. Nature never says ‘oh, no, I can’t dance,’ it just shakes what its momma gave it. The outdoors is, without a doubt, one sexy beast.

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Ibex Advocate Katie Sealer Puts Wool to the Test

By Ibex Advocate Katie Sealer

I must confess, I do not love winter (contrary to the many smiles on my Instagram feed). I am always cold and dressed in too many layers to properly move, but this year I was given the opportunity to work with Ibex to solve this problem. While I loved their products before testing them out fully, I didn’t completely understand WHY they worked so well. I now can tell you how to survive winter with a big smile and how to get more outside when you really don’t want to!

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First, accept you’re going to be cold at some point, but you will warm up. Know your weak points. I have a minor tear in my hip labrum so when my legs get too cold they get really tight. I have been throwing on the Izzi Pant for every climbing outing this year and it’s been a true game changer. It’s warm and I can actually move. Gone are the days of wearing two pairs of tights and hoping that my runner quads will allow full motion for climbing with that arrangement.

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I also have been the girl with two coats on just to go for a run in 30-degree weather. Seriously, my inability to handle cold is legendary. But I was given a Woolies base layer this season and I can wear this thin long sleeve alone in the 30s and still be SWEATING. It is a glorious game changer and saving my puffy coats from smelling like sweat.

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If all else fails and even your glorious and marvelous Ibex wool layers aren’t working, you can just grab a buddy and cuddle up tight. Both will make climbing and running outside more enjoyable, even in the bitter cold. I’ve been out bouldering in 37 degrees and rain this year; I’ve run in bitter 10 below weather. They both were great because I layered correctly and had good friends to keep me company when the idea of the cold was too much. So layer up, and charge straight into whatever winter throws at you.

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Exploring Eastern Sierra Rock with Ibex Advocate Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson moved to Mammoth Lakes, California for the winters, but a drought brought her to Bishop’s Happy Boulders instead of the slopes. She’s been climbing ever since, and while her love for the sport began with bouldering, she quickly started exploring classic sport routes in the Owens River Gorge and has added several of Yosemite’s traditional multi-pitch routes to her resume.

Tammy’s goal is to climb and play in the mountains for the rest of her life, and she works to support other women in their outdoor adventure goals however she can.

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When did you know you were hooked on climbing?

Tammy Wilson (TW): I moved to the Eastern Sierra for snowboarding, but we had a few really bad winters in a row. All of my friends decided to drop snowboarding for the season and go climbing. And I was like, “What is this climbing that you speak of? And why are you always in Bishop?” Finally, my friends took me, and I became completely addicted. The first day I went I realized I needed to go every day; I wanted to be immersed in every aspect of it. That was about three years ago.

What makes the Eastern Sierra your perfect home base?

TW: I can do everything I love all year round. And it’s always nice out! There’s so much hiking, all the lakes are beautiful, and the mountain biking is fun. I actually still snowboard all of the time—it’s still a big passion of mine.

What are your favorite Ibex pieces for winter climbing?

TW: I love Ibex because they make awesome wool pieces that are functional in pretty much every aspect of life up here. I can wear them outside walking around town and then go straight to climbing or wear them under my outerwear for snowboarding. The sweater knit headband is perfect for when you’re climbing and your hair is in a ponytail because you can keep your ears warm and keep your hair out of your face. And I pretty much wear my Indie Half Zip as a base layer for all of my outdoor activities. It’s the perfect layering piece. I have the Woolies long-sleeve crew, and when it’s really cold out, I’ll layer both of those pieces together.

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Shortly after starting climbing you became part of Flash Foxy, a women’s climbing group dedicated to celebrating and facilitating women climbing with other women. What is your role as a member of the “Fox Force”?

TW: I help plan the Bishop, all-women’s climbing festival. We’re seeing a huge need for organizations and events like this (our March festival sold out in less than five minutes!). I wanted to be a part of the Fox Force because girls are awesome. I am inspired by the all of the ladies that make up Flash Foxy—they have such strength, passion and love for the sport. Flash Foxy is a place where women can come to feel inspired by and connected to other lady crushers.

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What makes climbing with other women special?

TW: I like watching women climb; I can better relate to the way they move than most male climbers. I have an awesome crew of guys I climb with too, but while I’m thankful for their constant support, there’s nothing comparable to the energy of an all-women group supporting one another. And the snacks are better!

What advice would you give women climbers looking to gain the confidence to send hard routes?

TW: Just try! You never know what you are capable of until you try. The worst thing that can happen is you get shut down, but that’s what climbing is all about: trying hard, failing, trying again, and eventually getting to the top.

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Do you have any current projects in the Bishop area?

TW: I feel like every time I leave Bishop I have five new projects. I have some sport projects in Owens River Gorge and some bouldering goals in the Buttermilks. I’ve started to write a list of them on my fridge so I can try to stay focused. I just got back from a trip to Thailand, so I’m here in the Eastern Sierra for a while.

Follow Tammy on Instagram to keep up with her outdoor adventures.  

The Life-Changing Magic of Hygge: A Simple, Effective Way to Triumph Over Winter

Even for the winter sports enthusiast, the season can have its moments:

It doesn’t snow enough in December. It snows in June. The car gets stuck. It’s too dark to exercise after work, then it’s too dark to exercise before.

Ask the Scandinavians how they do it (and with as few as seven hours of daylight in December), and the answer is as streamlined as an arctic A-Frame: hygge.

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“Coziness” might be the word’s best translation, although it conjures up a host of other comfy characteristics like togetherness, enjoyment, relaxation, and ease. According to Meik Wiking, the CEO of Denmark’s Happiness Research Institute and the author of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well, “the true essence of hygge is the pursuit of everyday happiness.” (The proper pronunciation of the word is more like hue-gah)

Even if you think you’ve got winter down, you could likely use some more hygge in your heart and home. Embrace these four tenets of coziness to fully unlock the happiness of the season.

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Let there be light

Supplemental light is guaranteed to help you to relax into winter’s dearth of the natural stuff. String holiday lights through the trees in your backyard, adorn your deck with candles, and then treat the glow as something to behold. Same goes for inside: have fun with lamps, strands of different-sized and colored bulbs, and candles, putting them in unlikely places like around the kitchen and leading to the bathroom. No indoor space to make a fire? Cluster an assortment of candles in a safe spot, and enjoy your homemade candleplace. According to hygge expert Wiking, “no recipe for hygge is complete without candles. When Danes are asked what they most associate with hygge, an overwhelming 85 percent mention candles.”

Ibex Advocate Alex Gulsby takes a cozy break by the fire.

Ibex Advocate Alex Gulsby takes a warm break.

Fire it up

Admit it — it can be hard to feel happy when you’re cold. But, as anyone who’s bellied up to a campfire after a big day playing outside knows it’s pretty easy to remedy the despair of shivering with the warmth of a fire. Rally some buddies or get the kids off the couch, build a stone fire ring in the backyard (or, rent/use one from your local parks and recreation, and get to work assembling your best tipi or log cabin. Be sure to have plenty of logs to keep the heat cranking. Want to really set your natural thermostat high? Gather and chop the firewood yourself. The Reversible Camp Shirt Jac will keep you toasty and protected from the elements while you channel your best inner lumberjack.

Get out

The third tenet of hygge, access to nature, is certainly our favorite. Traditional winter sports like Nordic and downhill skiing are no-brainers if you live in places where it snows. If you’re not a skier, new technology like fat tire bikes and micro-spikes for your trail running shoes mean that you can access some of your favorite summer trails when they’re blanketed in winter white. The Indie Half Zip is a perfect layer for high-output activities, and you won’t turn into a block of ice when you stop to sip hot cocoa mid-ski/ride/run. After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.

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Gather round

As hygge practitioners around the world know, the ultimate antidote to winter’s potential to encourage isolation and solitude is the gathering place. Like the farmer’s market or a concert in the summer, communal spaces encourage people to relax, socialize, and share in an experience. Throw in a cold beer and a picnic basket loaded with cheese and crackers, and who wouldn’t feel like all is right in the world? The winter gathering place may seem more elusive, but if you mix equal parts whiskey, lemon, honey, and hot water (or tea), organize an impromptu sledding session or urban walking tour, you can create the cold-weather equivalent of a laid-back summer day. Some cities like Edmonton, Alberta and Portland, Oregon are even making the winter gathering place a civic duty, creating festivals and outdoor art installations that draw people to gather together when they might otherwise stay home alone.

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Multisport Days in a Multisport State: Microadventuring in Durango, Colorado

By Ibex Advocate Alex Gulsby

The state of Colorado is sprinkled with some of the most amazing little mountain towns. Durango, Colorado is no exception and I’m honored to call this place home. First snow means everything to the locals here, as it signifies the seasonal transformation of adventure sports.

Rock turns to ice in the climbing world. We trade out our hiking boots and trekking poles for snowshoes and ice axes. We tuck away the kayaks and river rafts and blow the dust off our skis and snowboards. There is literally so much to do, which means that a weekend spent in Durango offers the ultimate Winter Durango microadventure.

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Friday Night: Once every December, the city of Durango celebrates all the local shops and shop owners by throwing one big Noel Night event on Main Avenue. It’s basically a bigger, better Black Friday where businesses offer games, crazy discounts and delicious Christmas treats. From Tippy Canoe to Pine Needle Mountaineering to Urban Market to Gardenschwartz and Durango Coffee Company, the streets and sidewalks are always packed! …but the lights are warm, the chocolate is hot, everything reeks of peppermint and the stoke is high.

When dinner comes around, it’s worth a trip to check out the always-crowded Steamworks Brewing. Want something fancier? We opted for OpenTable reservations at Ore House. Best. Steak. Ever.

Saturday Morning: No winter trip to Durango is complete without a visit to Purgatory Mountain Resort.

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Boasting 94 ski and snowboard trails and 300 days of sunshine – for me – this mountain is home…and you should spend as much time on the backside and in the trees as possible.

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Saturday Afternoon and Evening: After getting a fried chicken basket at Dante’s Backside Bistro per tradition and riding the last lift of the day at 4PM, it’s time to hit PJ’s Market. Good company deserves good chili and good beer…And PJ’s is the perfect stop back through town for all the fixings. AND, it’s nearly right across the street from Trimble Hot Springs and Spa – need I say more?

Finish the night with a stoked fire, some slow yoga and an awesome book.

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Sunday Morning: If you’re not hitting the slopes again, you’ve got a couple options. Durango marks the terminus of the Colorado Trail, a nearly 500 mile trail that slithers through the San Juan Mountains and much later, spits you out all the way in Denver. Since you probably don’t have the time for that, it’s still worth a hike or a jog to Gudy’s Rest for a beautiful forest vista.

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Sunday Afternoon: Durango is home to some of the most epic bouldering spots and if the weather is right, Turtle Lake is always my go-to…if my hands don’t freeze.

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And it would almost be sacrilege to visit Durango without either a visit to Grassburger or Rice Monkey – both are AWESOME lunch spots on Main and neither is too food coma inducing.

Photo from Grassburger Facebook Page

Photo from Grassburger Facebook Page

 

Sunday Evening: Chase the sunset and salute your epic weekend by doing something different. From cross country skiing to ice skating to fly fishing to dog sledding to snowmobiling to riding the train to Silverton – by Sunday evening, the weekend will, undoubtedly, feel too short. Mine absolutely did.

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To curb your inevitable Monday blues, make sure to spend the entire next morning checking your calendar and getting pumped for the January Ouray Ice Festival.

Simple Pleasures

There are many simple pleasures in life and no better time than the Christmas season to luxuriate in the things you love best. Focusing on these simple pleasures may help relieve some of the stress and complications associated with this harried time of year.

Picture those things you love. This could be taking your dog for a long walk, grinding a fresh coffee on a cold morning, putting your feet up in front of a wood stove, reading a good book, sitting down to a nice meal with family and friends, or going for a cross country ski. You get the idea. It is these moments that make the Christmas season special and it is these moments that are the antidote to our busy and distracted world.

By this point you might be thinking that this all sounds good, but you have 49 different gifts to buy and 5 Christmas parties to schedule in. It is nearly impossible to find the perfect gift in a world with as many choices and expectations as the one we live in. But it precisely at this point that it is necessary to remember the simple pleasures that we daydreamed above. Consider the things you love to do and think about one thing that everyone can use in each of the situations above – socks!

I humbly suggest that there is nothing in this world that is more luxurious than a new pair of socks. The simplest of simple pleasures is what you wrap your feet in day-in and day-out. Socks are practical, always in need, and less susceptible to the whimsy of fashion. In short, a good quality pair of wool socks is hard to beat! This Christmas, forget about the newest techie gizmo or gift card to Store X. Buy the people you love a simple gift – some Ibex socks – that they can enjoy all year long.

Dan Clark, Ibex Ambassador and explorer.

Ibex Makes its Denver Debut Just in Time for Winter

Dear Denver and honorary members of the Ibex flock,

The time has come. In mere days, our newest Ibex store in Denver, CO will be holding a Grand Opening celebration at 250 Columbine Street in Cherry Creek North!

On Saturday, December 10, we’ll be celebrating all things Merino from 12pm-8pm – just in time for the holidays. Not only will you be able to browse our newest line of clothing for the outdoors and rub elbows with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, we’re throwing in a few perks too.

Arrive early as we kick things off at noon with a gift bag of Ibex goodies and other Vermont-y swag for the first 50 attendees. Stay for the afternoon and join us for a Merry Match game, raffle drawings, hot cider, light snacks, and of course, free gift wrapping. Happy hour starts at 5:00 pm and we’re whipping up a special Vermont-inspired cocktail and will have delicious hors d’oeuvres, Wyoming Whiskey, Colorado beers, and wine.

Why is Ibex coming to the Rockies? With adventures around every corner and locals bragging about the average 300+ days of sunshine a year, we couldn’t resist. We know that people who love Ibex also love to squeeze adventure out of every second of the day, so we made this list of things to do in and around Denver for those few moments when you aren’t busy gift shopping for your favorite outdoor adventurer.

Running in Wash Park

Lace up your running shoes, pull on your all-season Indie Crew and head out the door for a loop around Wash Park. The breathable Merino fabric lets you pick up the stride and soar past giant Aspens and pines just blocks from downtown.

Snowshoe in Indian Peaks

It’s hard to top an early morning snowshoe complete with a warm beverage, jaw-dropping views, a few close friends and the Loden Hat to top things off and keep in warmth. Just a short trip from the city, Indian Peaks feel like a world away from the urban jungle.

Sledding at Ruby Hill Park

The thrill of zooming down a hill on a sled never gets old! Slip on a good base layer like the Woolies 1 Bottoms, grab your sled of choice and head to Ruby Hill Park. As one of the highest points in Denver, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the city and mountains before you plummet down the hill head first.

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Skiing and Snowboarding at Copper Mountain

Head for the hills… and then keep going ‘til you get to Copper Mountain. World class skiing is only a short drive from the Ibex store in Cherry Creek North. When the temperature drops, you’ll be glad you have the Wool Aire Matrix Hoody to keep sweat and the chill out and warmth in.

Cozy up with a Book at the Tattered Cover

Even the burliest of lumberjacks needs a cozy afternoon with a book and a nice espresso. Head to Denver’s Tattered Cover, find the book that suits you, select your caffeine vice and curl up in your Taos Plaid Shirt for a good read. See our book recommendations here.

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Around the Bend: Pleasant Detours through Central Oregon

By Ibex Advocate Anna Jacobs

We’re pretty fortunate here in Bend, Oregon – we get 300 days of sunshine a year, and living in the high desert means the air is always dry and the weather tends to be fairly predictable. It was peak foliage season a few weeks ago, and my friend Tony and I were determined to capture as much fall color as we could during the coming weekend.

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We made a plan, determined our destinations, calculated travel time, and put a short gear list together. I woke up at 4:30 a.m., threw some last minute items in my pack, brewed some tea and scooted out the door. We were on the road by 5, driving toward Sisters, OR. The drive out to Sisters is beautiful. Before reaching the town of Sisters, we had planned to stop at a scenic pull-off to catch the sunrise on our way out of town. It’s a distant but panoramic view of the Cascade Range, and is always sure to impress.

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After capturing a few photos of the pink hues on the rising white peaks, we hopped into the car and continued driving. As we made our way through Sisters, we began observing the morning sky – we noticed there was not a cloud in front of us, which did not bode well for our plans – which included visiting 4 -5 waterfalls throughout the span of the day. We began to panic a bit, thinking of what other sights were ahead of us that would be showing fall color and wouldn’t be affected by harsh sunlight. Music off, phones in hand, frantically sputtering out destinations. Finally, we came to our conclusion – there were clouds behind us and we would backtrack to Bend, and head in the opposite direction toward the Umpqua National Forest. We had added an additional hour and a half to our trip and felt defeated after forced to abandon our original plans.

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There are a lot of captivating waterfalls in the Umpqua National Forest, like the ever popular Toketee Falls, framed by a wall of volcanic basalt, or Watson Falls, known for its lofty 272 ft. drop into a collection of moss covered rocks. But we had both visited these beauties many times and were eager to see something new. We followed the windy roads into the forest and made our first stop at a bridge off of Hwy 138. For such simple scenery, Tioga Bridge was exquisite; the vibrant fall colors that surrounded it and the warm tones of the wood were a photographer’s dream. I threw on my Ibex Taos Flannel and wandered around the area with my dog, Charlie. My flannel perfectly matched the autumn colors and it kept me warm as we explored.

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We visited a few other falls before making our way to our final destination, Fall Creek Falls. The trail was surrounded by towering trees, adorned with yellow and orange leafs. There was a large mossy rock outcrop that we wound our way through, it was glowing an electrifying shade of green. As we reached the falls we realized there was not another soul here, we had this magical place all to ourselves. There are four tiers to Fall Creek Falls, collectively measuring around 120’.  The final tier dives into a small pool of water before it trickles down over the staggering rocks. The ground around the pool was sprinkled with brightly colored leaves. We took in the beauty of this waterfall, grateful to have found such a calm, untouched destination on, what can be, busy weekends.

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As we drove back to Bend, our hearts were full of new adventures and fond new memories. Although it wasn’t the day we had planned for, our journey worked out splendidly. We were able to spend our day venturing into new places in the great outdoors and running around with our pups. And as we like to say, ‘At the end of the day, if our pups had fun, then that’s really all that matters.’

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DTL: Down to Lounge? An Ibex Quiz to Determine How You Get Down When the Time Comes to Lie Down

Relaxation is:
a) A state of mind.
b) Something I schedule into every week.
c) Like sleep: I’ll do it when I’m dead.

When I roll home after work:
a) I pop a beer and plan my weekend.
b) I try to catch the “Glutes of Glory” ski fitness class if the timing works out.
c) I jump on my bike and squeeze in an interval sesh.

It’s a rainy Saturday (and I don’t live in Seattle or Portland). I’m going to spend it:
a) Guiltlessly bingeing through my Netflix queue.
b) In a yin yoga class, then reading a good book.
c) Running! No one else is out when the skies open up.

My favorite lounge singer is:
a) Nick the Lounge Singer, because Bill Murray…duh!
b) Nick the Lounge Singer, because I don’t really know what a lounge singer is.
c) Nick the Lounge Singer, because it’ll get this damn quiz over quicker and I can do something productive.

 

My favorite movie is:
a) The Big Lebowski
b) Star Wars
c) Breaking Away

After a day of skiing, I:
a) Am ready for a fire and hot drinks.
b) Invite friends over for a potluck.
c) Run through some plyometrics to work on my speed and power.

My workout playlist includes:
a) Lots of stuff – I just cop ‘em from Spotify.
b) I’m way into sitar stuff right now. Or I’ll play “Lemonade,” start to finish. Beyoncé. Love.
c) I warm up with “Under Pressure.” Bowie and Queen. Actually, the Ben Harper/Jack Black version is pretty sweet, too. After that, anything with at least 180 beats per minute (180 bpm) is fair game.

When a buddy says “take it easy” as we say goodbye, I automatically think:
a) Already on it, bro.
b) Easy is as easy does.
c) I don’t understand.

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If you answered “A” to most of the questions: Congratulations, you are an ultimate lounger! By no means does this imply lethargy; it’s just a recognition that life does not need to be lived on full throttle at all times. When it’s right, you can kick back with the best of them. Your friends look to you set the chill vibe.

Perceived (in)famous “ultimate loungers” from history and today: Dorothy Parker, Bill Murray, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski

Sartorial matchmaking: Ultimate loungers need ultimate lounging pants or “sleep-n-goes.” My pants are comfy enough to sleep in, and stylish enough to roll right out the door in the morning: a.k.a. sleep and go. We recommend the Ibex Northwest Lounging Pant for men, and the Waffle Knit Bottoms for women.

If you answered “B” to most of the questions: Congratulations, you are a balanced lounger! You live your life like a perfectly modulated sine curve, making equal space for hard charging, moderation, and low-key times. You’re the friend who gets the call to hang at a barbeque, climb a peak, or hit up a club. In other words, you kind of do it all.

Perceived (in)famous “balanced loungers” from history and today: The Most Interesting Man in the World, Helen Mirren, Jon Stewart

Sartorial matchmaking: Balanced loungers need a pant that’s just as ready for a good book as it is for an outdoor adventure. The Ibex Dolce Legging and Dolce Pants for women check all the right boxes: comfy, warm, performance-oriented, and they each look great on their own. Wear them to yoga, under a skirt, under ski pants, or snuggled under a blanket on the couch. For men, the Highlands Pant is as versatile as they come for camping and hiking to an easy-going dinner party at home.

If you answered “C” to most of the questions: Congratulations, you are a no-can-do lounger! Lounging to you is lunging with an extraneous ‘O,’ because you turn the volume up to 10 on everything you do. No one is saying you can’t relax, but really, who has the time when there are so many other fun things to do? You’re the one people call when they want to charge.

Perceived (in)famous “no-can-do loungers” from history and today: Lindsey Vonn, Jens Voigt, Katniss Everdeen

Sartorial matchmaking: You need something that is ready to go on a moment’s notice. Even though these bottoms feel great while awaiting your next adventure, the barometer tips toward performance for you. For men, the Gallatin Classic Pant is rugged enough for outdoor pursuits and comfy enough for a day of ski touring. On the women’s side, the Ibex Izzi Tight is the winter-ready, do-it-all, up-for-anything tight.

Ibex How-To: How to Talk About Your Gear as if it’s Running for Political Office

Our neighbor to the East gets all of the attention in election years (damn you, New Hampshire)! It’s just not fair, we tell you. Here at Ibex, we’ve got a fever for politics and there isn’t enough cow bell in all of the dairy states to satisfy. We take the governance of the country and our responsibilities as citizens quite seriously. Even so, it’s hard to escape the circus quality of our modern elections.

So we got to thinking: while the national media is bickering over platforms in the Presidential election, we’d take up the passionate calls to action of our outdoor gear. Like any good campaign manager, we have to be ready with sound bites, interpretations of the opponent’s capabilities and over-inflated egos. Fact-checking be damned! Context is for the weak. Let’s get out there and buy…err…earn some votes!

Ibex_Woolies_merch.jpegWhy limit your election year options to just Red and Blue?

How to pitch your gear as if it were running for office

Step One: Define your identity. Your gear needs to announce to the world why it makes the user instantly cooler/more athletic/more attractive/smarter than the competition.

  • Example: Use the word “innovate.” Use it early and use it often. Use it as a response to any question to which you don’t have an answer.

Step Two: Announce your platform. Slightly different than defining your identity, this is the part where you differentiate your candidate/gear from the others. Important: never use the actual name of your competition.

  • Example: “In test after test (meaning two subjective tests designed and executed by employee of manufacturer), our jacket has proven to be the go-to piece when it’s 30-degrees below zero and snowing sideways – not like those “other guys” who are always rambling on about versatility.“

Step Three: Make bold claims. Promise, promise, then promise some more. Let’s not get caught up in the pesky details of checks, balances and democracy. Post-election you can blame everything on being misquoted.

  • Example: “My ultra-light backpack holds three Thanksgiving dinners, an eight-man tent and a small ATV.  And it only weighs 12-oz. Plus, it solves world peace. Yeah, world peace.”

Step Four: Step Four: Cue the human interest story. No matter how tenuous, stretch to make some positive connection between your gear and someone’s actual, heartbreaking story. Turn their misery into your gain.

  • Example: “Meet Kate. She and four thousand other people were cut off from their fresh water supply by a massive mudslide that killed an entire village. Luckily, the innovative ballistic bases on our skis meant they wouldn’t miss out on skiing – even when mud provided the only piste. Thanks to our scratch-free bases, Kate hasn’t missed a day of recreating.”

Step Five: Prepare your acceptance speech. The important detail to remember is that you’ll give the same speech – win or lose.

    • Win: Your belief in [insert gear here] has carried us through to this day and we’re not stopping here – regardless of what “the competition” implies. We aim to continue on with our mission!
    • Lose: Your belief in [insert gear here] has carried us through to this day and we’re not stopping here – regardless of what “the competition” implies. We aim to continue on with our mission!

Good luck out there. Let’s fight fair and encourage productive discussion. And if that doesn’t work, we can always keep doing exactly what we’re doing now.

Good luck out there. Let’s fight fair and encourage productive discussion. And if that doesn’t work, we can always keep doing exactly what we’re doing now.

Now seriously: make your voice be heard and be part of a solution. Promote civil debate, engage locally, and vote. You know you love your Ibex gear and we love making it for you. Access to outdoor recreation and conservation are two platforms in which we unabashedly believe.

New Ibex Wool Aire Reversible Camp Shirt-Jac Featured in Outside Magazine Winter Buyer’s Guide

outside-buyers_ibex-wool-aire-1The 2016-17 edition of the winter Outside Buyer’s Guide has hit stands and its esteemed editors are recommending our brand new men’s Wool Aire Reversible Camp Shirt-Jac. We don’t want to boast, but on behalf of sheep the world over, we are so very proud.

With the versatility of a shirt but the warmth of a jacket, this new shacket offers the classic look of a plaid winter jacket with a modern update. The reversible wool-insulated jacket blends the mid-weight lambswool Taos flannel with ripstop wool fabric for function and performance. Wear the ripstop side out and take in the last gasp of this season’s foliage atop the ridgeline, or flip it inside out when it’s time to add to the wood pile.

The Outside gear testers remarked on this shacket’s versatility and said, “Wear the reversible Aire flannel side out and you’re bar hopping in Breckinridge. Flip it so the shiny nylon shows and you’re hitting the galleries in Chelsea. Either way, thick wool insulation make it one of the warmest breathable tops on this page.”

Updated for Fall 2016, Ibex’s new Aire insulation is the best defense against the coldest weather. It’s 100-percent wool packed inside for great insulation and breathability. Our innovative non woven is equipped with plenty of air pockets to pair with the wool to keep you toasty.

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Thanks to Outside for this recognition. The Outside Buyer’s Guide is not yet online, but print copies are available at your local newsstand.

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