The Ibex Women’s Hooded Indie is an all-season hoody made from 100% New Zealand Merino wool jersey. Designed as a mid-weight base layer, this versatile piece is meant to be worn directly against the skin and plays well as an outer layer, too.
I am wearing the Ibex Women’s Hooded Indie Baselayer. This is an extremely lightweight, but warm for its weight baselayer that has many different uses. I can see this being used in all seasons throughout the year. You could use it on its own just as a baselayer when it is a little bit chilly but you need that extra warmth in your arms and in the hood. It would be great as a baselayer with lots of other layers to layer up on really chilly days.
It is made of 100 percent New Zealand Merino wool. And that Merino wool is extremely soft. So it is meant to be worn against the skin. It does have quite a bit of stretch to this piece so you can move in it. It is, like I said, it is trim fit, so it is meant to be worn against the skin. And all the seams here are flat lock seams. So they are really flat seams. They really cut down on chafing and it just makes a real clean look for this piece.
The wool itself is harvested with ZQ certified Merino wool. And basically what that means is it is very environmentally and socially responsible practices are put into harvesting this wool. So you can feel good wearing this piece. And some of the features here include a quarter zip, so you have a nice zipper right here on the front. It protects your neck really well if you have that zipped up. It is a really comfortable there and, again, with that stretch it keeps you nice and toasty warm. It does have a hood, so this is the Hooded Indie. And the hood fits nice and tight around your head to keep you warm. If I zip that up it has got a nice shape here around your face, so it is not too tight. It is not too lose. It definitely is going to hold in your heat there and, again, with this flat lock seams you have got just a really nice shape there. And all around the hood you have got a lot of stretch. So you could definitely wear a helmet over top of this and it would fit really well.
Down here on the cuffs you have got a stretchy cuff there and you have got super comfortable thumb holes. So if you are wearing it to just warm up your hands a little bit, the sleeve is long enough to accommodate for that. But if you are just wearing it on its own, it is really nice.
So nice thumb holes there. The fit is spot on to what I would expect from Ibex. Again, it does fit close to the skin. I am wearing a small right now. And I normally wear smalls in other brands in their base layers, so this fits really well with all of that stretch. And it would be so great for a multitude of activities from trail running to hiking, climbing, anything you can throw at it. If you are building up that sweat or you are doing high aerobic activities, that Merino wool has natural antimicrobial properties, so it is almost like an anti odor naturally built in to that wool. So this would also be a great traveling piece if you need to pack light and need to bring just a few layers, but you need to wear them over a long period of time.
It is an excellent piece for all of those activities and it is the Ibex Women’s Indie Hooded Baselayer.