Shak Vest

# 626 | Women's
Signature dense Merino ponte vest

  • Signature dense Merino ponte vest


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Updated Classic

If you're looking for efficiency and economy, the Shak Vest is your winner. Like Jack's magic beans, this 100% Merino wool core warmer turns your baselayers into a killer temperature-regulating system. Wear it over layers or under another jacket for added insulation; the Shak Vest performs in every condition.

Tech Specs +

 Semi-Fit Fit Guide
Wool Gauge:
 21 micron
Fabric Gram Weight:
 380 g/m2
Garment Weight:
 9.76 oz
Fiber Content:
 100% Merino Wool
Fiber Source:
 New Zealand
Fabric Source:
Garment Source:
 United States

Wool Type +


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.

It Starts With Free Range New Zealand Merino Sheep
It Starts With Free Range New Zealand Merino Sheep
Understanding the Micron
Understanding the Micron

Size & Fit Guide Expand +

How Do I Determine My Size?

We recommend a general body measurement guide to determine your size in Ibex clothing. This sizing chart is not garment specific, but in fact a body measurement chart. Here are some helpful hints when measuring:

Bust/Chest: relax arms at sides, keeping the tape parallel to the floor, measure the fullest part of your bust/chest
Waist: keeping the measuring tape comfortably loose, measure around your natural waistline
Hips: standing with heels together, keep the tape straight and parallel to the floor, measure around the fullest part of hips
Sleeve Length: a 3-point measurement, standing with arms relaxed and slightly bent at sides, measure from the base of the neck to the shoulder and then from the shoulder to the wrist bone, add together measurements
Form-fit: garment designed to fit snug to the body throughout
Semi-fit: garment will be contoured to the body
Regular-fit: garment will not be slim, but also not oversized
Relaxed-fit: garment drapes loosely on body

Still need help determining your size? Call 800.773.9647 or email us at for specific garment measurements.

Q&A and Reviews

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Why did you choose this?
Ibex Outdoor Clothing Store
comfortable and warm!
Emily H on Oct 3, 2015
a perfect birthday gift for my red-haired niece.
Marsha S on Sep 2, 2015
comfortable and warm!
Emily H on Oct 3, 2015
I have a shorter one, and I love it.... wanted a longer one for extra warmth & coverage.
Donna S on Oct 2, 2015
a perfect birthday gift for my red-haired niece.
Marsha S on Sep 2, 2015
Have this vest in several colors and love them all!!
laura h on Aug 29, 2015
Birthday present
Joseph M on Aug 8, 2015
I love the Shak jackets I have and want to add a vest to my wardrobe.
sherry on Aug 2, 2015
Going to Maine in a week and forgot my ibex full zip down when I came to FL. This is a great alternative to the long-sleeved version, given that it's summer. Plus in winter I can double up with this and my long-sleeved zip down if the weather warrants it.
Margaret d on Jul 21, 2015
John Carlyle on Jul 21, 2015
I love the charcoal gray color, and the fit.
KATHY K on Jul 9, 2015
Sale price initially sparked my interest. I like vests for light layering in Southern Ca. The Shak lite hoody I purchased fits me nicely and figured this would be a good choice. I get tired of black (even though it is essential) and saturated colors (that are unkind to light skin tones), so I was happy to see this vest in white wool that is fitted and not bulky like down.
Laurie A on Jul 5, 2015
have not tried shak vest so want to have the vest option in a neutral (easy-to-add-a-layer) color
Ruth W on Jun 30, 2015
sea salt color
martha k on Jun 11, 2015
Great style!
I N on Jun 3, 2015
A gift for me! Very versital and warm.
KD on May 29, 2015
Like to wear with my hoodie tops extra layering piece
Kim P on May 22, 2015
I saw it in a retail store when shopping for a birthday gift, but they were out of the size, so I ordered this online. It is really beautiful and a great break from boring old fleece.
Dennis O on May 14, 2015
Need a natural fiber layer to wear under flight suit. This also looks sharp enough to wear at the office.
Active Alaska G on May 12, 2015
I had one before and loved it. Unfortunately, I lost it traveling.
ann c on Apr 27, 2015
Have another one, wear it a lot.
Rosemary J on Apr 22, 2015
I love it. It fits perfectly and looks amazing.
Norma S on Apr 22, 2015
I have a Shak hoodie and I get a lot of use out of it. I'm hoping the vest has a similar fit.
Jennifer S on Apr 17, 2015
This vest had becoming tailoring and color, and my mother wears it as another layer of warmth.
elizabeth g on Apr 13, 2015
Great vest, perfect length, fabric and cut are very slimming. I can use it all year.
Karina E on Apr 10, 2015
This is a great vest with a flattering fit. I had one that was logo'd for where I used to work and would like a plain one
Anne B on Apr 9, 2015
I have a shorter one, and I love it.... wanted a longer one for extra warmth & coverage.
Donna S on Oct 2, 2015
Have this vest in several colors and love them all!!
laura h on Aug 29, 2015
How do I find the Shak Vest in that beautiful green? I see that it is not available through you guys
Jazmin E on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If it's the Bottle Green color you are looking for, we have XS and S in stock. It is located in the web specials section of the website:

If you need a different size, let us know and we can try to track one down.
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Simple perfection
This vest is one of my favorite garments. It goes from distance bike rides to hiking to dinner. Equally perfect with athletic bottoms to dress pants to skirts. The fit is super flattering and the fit is spot on.
In an effort to simplify my wardrobe and my life, the shak vest is an essential.
October 5, 2010
Love it.
Got my vest last week and its great. I am in the process of buying more with this present sale. It is form fitting (but not too much), so go up a size if you like things a slightly baggy or if you are large breasted (me, not.) I use it working with horses and its just great. In the CA winter it is the middle layer between a polo shirt and an outer jacket or anorak. And I confidently take the jacke
December 12, 2011
I love my vest! I wear it to work or dress it up with a scarf and wear it out. When traveling, it doesn't wrinkle and I just change the color of the turtle neck and scarf to make less clothes to pack.
April 25, 2015
8 months ago
Women's Shak Vest
I rotate wearing my Shak vests almost every day as an essential layer in late fall and winter. They are wonderfully warm, but also ventable with the zipper. The colors are beautiful and go well with lots of other colors for under layers. The zipper on a vest I purchased this year was very difficult to start so I sent that vest back. The replacement vest's zipper was much better, but still not as
January 2, 2014
Absolutely Love It
Perfect for layering. Lightweight and comfortable. I wear it with my Ibex pants. If it gets colder I switch to their heavier weight vest.
December 6, 2012
Love this vest
Nice change from fleece or down vests; you may want to size up if you plan to wear bulky layers underneath
November 14, 2010
Great basic
This vest is wonderful, warm, looks good, leaves your arms free, great cut. Washes well. I wear it or take it for hiking and skiing year round.
April 26, 2015
8 months ago
I want it in every color!
Wore it skiing, and out to dinner! Perfect for both.
December 27, 2010
This is an awesome vest!
I bought this during an after Christmas sale and am so pleased with it. It's a great layer with a little bit of stretch. Love it -- I use it as a mid-layer for winter running, hiking, and snowshoeing.
January 17, 2012
Vested interest in this vest
I bought this along with the Izzi skirt so I could use the two pieces as an ensemble. It's fantastic. I can also see myself using it as a layering piece for spring outdoor activities. Love it!
November 30, 2010