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#634 | Men's

Shak Vest

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The Ibex Promise
The Shak Vest goes everywhere. Workday? Dress up your everyday wear with some 21 micron Merino wool warmth. Ski day? Add the Shak as a core layer that naturally regulates temperature, reduces odor and looks great during a post ski beer stop. Semi fit. Always in style. The Shak Vest might just be the most versatile Ibex piece made.

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Tech Specs:

Signature dense Merino ponte vest

Full zip with locking zipper pull
Back length from top of shoulder=29" (size L)
6 1/2" zippered chest pocket
Interior chin guard
Contrast stripe at back yoke with Ibex logo
Flatlock seams
21 Micron
380 g/m2
Garment Weight (oz): 12.32



We start with the best New Zealand Merino wool to make a range of insulative yet breathable midlayers that outdoor enthusiasts swear by. This exclusive knit is square and dense, creating a rugged yet soft fabric with inherent stretch and long-wearing durability. Our Shak fabric is best used as a midlayer but is soft enough to wear as an expedition-weight baselayer and substantial enough to be used as an outerlayer in some conditions. No matter how you wear it, the performance is unbeatable. Machine washable. 100% Merino Wool

Fiber Source: UruguayWhere the fibers of this fabric are sourced.

Fabric Source: New ZealandWhere the fibers are knit or woven into this fabric.

Garment Source: United StatesWhere the fabric is assembled into this garment.

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Why did you choose this?
Ibex Outdoor Clothing Store
Like all Ibex products. Like sales.
Linnette E on Jul 28, 2015
Exceptional Quality and great color options
Anne G on Jul 14, 2015
Like all Ibex products. Like sales.
Linnette E on Jul 28, 2015
as a gift
Katherine M on Jul 28, 2015
Exceptional Quality and great color options
Anne G on Jul 14, 2015
Great piece for my running son / great price on sale
Sarah F on Jul 8, 2015
love vests, and this one was great
Jeffrey W on Jun 14, 2015
perfect for both casual and sports --
Spencer H on Jun 2, 2015
I purchased as a gift for my husband. M was a bit tight so exchanged it for L. Fits well for doing chores (chopping wood, plowing, etc)
KD on May 29, 2015
Very good, just short of great.

The right added warmth in the Bay Area. Cut, color and quality of wool are perfect for trails, pitch meetings and first dates.

My only gripe: Why no slim zip pockets at the hips?!? While the breast pocket bulges with anything besides a few bills, and/or cards, hip pockets would have hid keys/phone and retained the svelte lines.
David S on May 19, 2015
Previous experience with Ibex products.
Mark B on May 19, 2015
My boyfriend likes wool cycling clothes and is happy with these gifts.
Linda G on May 15, 2015
Nothing beats wool for warmth.
THOMAS O on Apr 29, 2015
Sorry, I sent this one back: too small and it wasn't me! Really, just felt like a Medium for some odd reason. The ones with the sleeves were great, but this one was sized too small.
Steven A on Apr 27, 2015
Item allows for versatile layering at a wide range of temperatures. Also, it's durable, packable, and washable.
David P on Apr 22, 2015
as a gift
Katherine M on Jul 28, 2015
Great piece for my running son / great price on sale
Sarah F on Jul 8, 2015
Is the collar lined with some material that does not itch?
THOMAS O on Apr 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The collar does not itch at all - I did not wear this with a t-shirt though - i always seemed to have a shirt with a collar - even though these items are made of wool, the material is so fine that there is no itch or even a hint of itch - not quite but like a pair of 150's wool trousers that feel like they are made of silk....
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worthwhile in-vest-ment
This vest is a nice weight, and at 6' and 185 lbs, a L fits perfectly, close to the body as a vest should but not to the point of being tight. There's enough stretch in the fabric to alleviate that, anyway. Haven't used it yet for anything other than insulation while relatively sedentary indoors, and for commuting by train, driving, and walking in the city. Great as a layer under heavier layers
January 31, 2013
Fantastic Vest
Shak Vest is the perfect mid-layer. Warmth without any bulk. The trim, close fit is very attractive. I ordered my usual size and the fit is just right.
December 9, 2012
Great for work, play and travel
This vest is the ideal three-season layer for under a jacket or parka. It goes with me around town on cool evenings. It's perfect for travel. My dark gray one is suitable on it's own around the office. I agree with the description that this is Ibex's most versatile piece. I love it!
May 3, 2015
4 months ago
The most versatile article of clothing I own?
This is a terrific garment. I'm 6'0" and 185 lbs. and got the L which fits me perfectly. It adds just the right amount of warmth and wind resistance in a wide range of temperatures, and it looks as good as it is comfortable. Bravo!
April 23, 2015
6 months ago
a beautiful garment
I appreciate the chest pocket, perfect for cell phone. I'm 6'1" 170lbs 40" chest, 34" waist,and the medium fits perfectly over a lightweight wool medium size zip T-neck. Could be indispensible. I bought a color that is not now listed-Pewter Heather. Ibex should make this color a staple IMO.
November 27, 2014
Great product
I have several ibex products. They are first rate. Service is the best. I wear them all the time. I wear a size 42 suit coat. Depending on fit I order medium or large.
May 25, 2015
3 months ago
The Perfect Vest
Initially I thought the vest might be too tight but the stretchy fabric is so comfortable and the trim fit looks great. I ordered my usual size. It's perfect for a mid-layer, not bulky but warm for its light weight. A great Ibex product.
December 2, 2012
Doesn't fit as well as I'd like it to
The material of this vest is top-notch, soft, comfortable and durable. Workmanship is great. The vest is too long in the body however and not close fitting enough especially in the lower portion, given the stretch of the material. I was hoping for a more tapered, close fitting garment. This is too loose, I feel.
April 27, 2015
5 months ago