Category: Tutorials

Don’t be a Creeper When You’re a Peeper

This is the time of year when Vermont and our New England brethren are thrust in the national spotlight for little more than our natural beauty. It’s time for fall colors and that means leaf peepers. Honestly, it’s so objectifying. Can somebody please get John Oliver on it? We could use a little bit of… Read more »

Why You Should Wear Merino Wool in the Summer

First of all, one billion sheep (worldwide census, circa 2011) can’t be wrong. Come summer, sheep around the world shed their heavy wool for a lighter-weight variety. The average sheep only lives about 10 years ‒ they’re not going to spend five of those uncomfortable. But we’re not resting on our laurels for this one…. Read more »

World Cup Fever: What Not To Do at THE Biggest Football Match in Four Years

Thanks to Tim Howard, flamboyant hairstyles, and the collective enthusiasm of the rest of the world, Americans have finally begun to like soccer. This Sunday, the biggest tournament of the globe’s most popular sport wraps up with the final match between Germany and Argentina. If you’re lucky enough to be partying in Rio right now,… Read more »

What is Merino Wool?

What is merino wool, you ask? Only a weather-regulating, all-season, sustainable, do-it-all, soft as a kitten, sophisticated yet easy-going, non-wrinkling(ish), badass ninja of a fabric. That’s what. Where does it come from? Merino wool comes, not surprisingly, from the Merino breed of sheep. Hailing originally from Turkey and Spain, the breed is now globally widespread… Read more »

Midway Through Bike Month: A Guide to Better Bike Commuting

Thanks to a growth in cycling culture, infrastructure and outreach, the last decade boasted a small increase in people commuting to work and school by bicycle which we think is great news and something that inspires us. Closer to our home, we were also inspired by the story of our fellow Vermonter, 11 year-old, Griffin… Read more »

The Conscientious Employee’s Guide to Skipping Work On A Powder Day.

Here at Ibex HQ, we’ve enjoyed a rather large pummeling of powder over the last two weeks.  With a fresh 24 inches expected by tomorrow night, it goes without saying that we’re letting folks out early for some safer travelling home. We’ve also moved a few meetings to make them more powder day friendly. We’re lucky. As… Read more »

The Science of Layering: How Walter White Would Dress for Ice Climbing

We were a little late to the “Breaking Bad” party. Nothing a little binge-watch on Netflix can’t take care of. Aside from the secret shame of how much screen time we’ve put in this January, we’re jacked up on science now – thanks to everyone’s favorite anti-hero. Aside from the haz-mat suit and pleated slacks,… Read more »

It’s Never Too Late To Give A Sheep! New Year Gift Guide

Photo by Jake Lyell, Courtesy of Heifer International What ever happened to easy? Remember when a lump of coal or an orange was the barometer of a good holiday? Okay. We don’t either. But we do remember a simpler time, when the crush of holiday gift giving wasn’t so overwhelming with choices and access and… Read more »

The Science of Layering for Skate Skiing, Downhill and, Of Course, Sledding

credit: http://www.prettyunexpected.com/handmade-type-thursday-fabric-layers/ Layer, shmayer. Everyone says it and we all get it, right? And how often do we all blow it? Regularly. There are three primary reasons for the value of layering: Proper layering leaves enough space to trap air, which your body will heat and the air will return the favor. Practically speaking: If you… Read more »