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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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!

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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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