Shak Vest

# 626 | Women's
Signature dense Merino ponte vest

  • Signature dense Merino ponte vest


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Updated Classic

Queen of the multi-tasking minions, the Shak Vest can do it all. Made of breathable, machine washable 100% Merino wool, the Shak is a performance powerhouse that’s dressy enough for days in the office. You can throw it on with Woolies for mountain adventures or pair it with the Talia Shirt for coffee with your boss; the Shak Vest is up to all the day’s challenges.

Tech Specs +

 Semi-Fit Fit Guide
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.

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Why did you choose this?
Ibex Outdoor Clothing Store
Love all my other Ibex clothes.
Ruth G on Aug 25, 2016
I wanted something thin and good for layering.
Megumi D on Aug 13, 2016
Love all my other Ibex clothes.
Ruth G on Aug 25, 2016
looks like I could wear it to work, warm, easy to take off.
cynthia c on Aug 15, 2016
I wanted something thin and good for layering.
Megumi D on Aug 13, 2016
I have several Shak Vest's and absolutely love them and wear them a lot in the winter.
Deb on Aug 2, 2016
I like the look and it seems to be versatile
Caroline G on Jul 31, 2016
It is versatile.
Linda S on Jul 24, 2016
It was the one piece missing from my spring/fall wardrobe....
Jet S on Jul 24, 2016
It was on sale and I like the shorter length.
Judith F on Jul 22, 2016
I love your vests and have really used my other one so I needed t his one as aback up
marilyn m on Jul 21, 2016
Gregory M on Jun 19, 2016
I have four of these now. They are perfect for the transitional seasons.
Chesapeake Bay on Jun 16, 2016
An exquisite fit, and just the right level of warmth. This will be worn often.
Kristen E on Jun 14, 2016
I have the Shak vest in purple and I love the fit.
Elizabeth C on Jun 5, 2016
I lost my other Ibex vest which I loved because it is warm and classy.
Marjorie G on May 27, 2016
love the color and the great price
Jamie T on May 24, 2016
I own a Shak Vest in black and it's one of my favorite layering pieces for 3 seasons of the year.
Karen G on May 23, 2016
Wear it all the time,closer fitting than the other vest I love too, great colors (turquoise blue I got) warm and cozy
Karen E on May 22, 2016
I worn this together with the woolies 1 crew top, went to a few hiking during 10-15degC and this combination kept me warmed all the time! Highly recommended to wear it with the Woolies 1!
Micha on May 11, 2016
I need a light vest
Kelli C on Apr 29, 2016
Perfect for those chilly days over either the Indie Hoodie, the Woolie 3 hoody, or long sleeve Woolie 1 during long treks. Used for 4 weeks in Patagonia.
Guest S on Apr 11, 2016
for running, skiing and hiking -- wanted something close fitting i could layer
Susan H on Apr 1, 2016
I love these vests and wear them all the time. I find them great for travel. They dress up nicely and look great over the Juliet tunics.
Leslie R on Mar 30, 2016
I have several Shak cardigans and like the material. Unfortunately the vest seemed quite short on me so I returned it.
Paula K on Mar 20, 2016
I love the clean lines of this vest.
K A on Mar 8, 2016
need a new vest
Ann C on Mar 1, 2016
Great color, comfort and love how wool wears.
Rachel M on Feb 29, 2016
I've always liked this vest!
Guest S on Feb 29, 2016
i use it all the time
marta c on Feb 21, 2016
styling, weight and color. Bought the rock salt as gift. Tends to run small though
Tova A on Feb 20, 2016
I have a black Shak vest which I got four or five years ago, and it's my favorite/most used item EVER. When I saw these colors on sale, I jumped. It's one drawback is there's only one pocket, and it's on the left hip.
Stephanie M on Feb 17, 2016
i have a black one and adore it!
Mary C on Feb 6, 2016
This is my second vest purchase. I love the way wool insulates without overheating me. Ibex products that I've purchased are comfortable in fit, warmth and are very attractive.
Dina W on Feb 2, 2016
My old Shak vest is an absolute all-time favorite so I am thrilled you still make it!
Jennifer O on Feb 2, 2016
Have it in black and wear it often, comfortable, attractive, warm!
Diane H on Feb 2, 2016
My husband loves his plus great reviews. Love my Ibex Carrie vest and finally decided to buy shak when it went on sale.
Guest S on Jan 31, 2016
I have other Ibex wool items and love them - well made, warm, fit well for many situations, and have worn some for 7-8 winters and they still look brand new. Excellent quality.
Maria H on Jan 27, 2016
Love my Shak, but sometimes it is too warm, wanted an intermediate layer, felt the vest would be the perfect answer.
wendy b on Jan 26, 2016
I returned this item. It did fit me well. I did not like the styling.
Hawaiian Trekke on Jan 20, 2016
i like the black vest
Kathryn S on Jan 20, 2016
I love the Carrie vest and wanted to expand my Ibex collection with something appropriate for layering under a coat or wearing around the house in chilly weather.
Michele C on Jan 15, 2016
Love the style, color, quality and weight. The large fits me well. although I usually wear a small or medium and have a short torso.
judith s on Jan 14, 2016
Good layering piece I love wearing it with my Woolies 220 Zip T. Great quality.
Michelle D on Jan 6, 2016
Great to wear all day long. Perfect to layer over woolies and under jackets.
Julie H on Jan 1, 2016
Nice vest, but preferred the longer lines of the Carrie vest.
gina s on Dec 30, 2015
Purchased for my wife who enjoys Ibex items and wears them on most of our outings (hikes, walks, and longer journeys).
Leslie K on Dec 30, 2015
Been living in this vest for 3 years now and needed a second one--slightly different color--as insurance! Great layer. Adds warmth without bulk. Wouldn't travel anywhere without it.
Jude on Dec 29, 2015
Love this. Have it in black and grey and wear it all the time. Warm and good looking.
Elizabeth B on Dec 18, 2015
Looked cool as hell.
Guest S on Dec 18, 2015
Stylish, versatile and warm. Great fit and can be dressed up or down.
Jean S on Dec 12, 2015
Guest S on Dec 12, 2015
looks like I could wear it to work, warm, easy to take off.
cynthia c on Aug 15, 2016
I have several Shak Vest's and absolutely love them and wear them a lot in the winter.
Deb on Aug 2, 2016
What is the difference between the Carrie vest and the Shak vest?
A shopper on Feb 4, 2016
W's Shak Vest
W's Shak Vest
W's Carrie Vest
W's Carrie Vest
BEST ANSWER: The Carrie is heavier and looser fitting and has 2 zipper pockets. The Shak is somewhat lighter weight; has a tighter, smoother weave; is more form fitting and stretchy; and has 1 zipper pocket. Both have the same body length and size of arm hole openings. (My Shak is from last year and my Carrie is from 3 years ago, so some features may be different in the current models.)
Is the Shak vest really tight fitting?
A shopper on Jan 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The vest I got in 2014 fits perfectly for me! It is a close fit, rather than loose, more like European dressing. I am 5'5", 140 ils, with size D chest, and the small fits well (I also like things close-fitted). 2015-16 siizing may have changed. I ordered a Shak vest in gray this year, and the S was much smaller than the one I got in 2014. I laid the new vest flat over the '14 vest, and the overall torso shape was considerably narrower (by over an 1") on the sides. I ordered it again in M, and the chest fit OK, but arm openings gaped, and the waist flared out in an unattractive way. Returned both S and M vests and very disappointed. Shak service claimed it was the exact same style and shape, but not my experience. That being said, I have this vest in 3 colors and want more. I wear it all the time and it works perfectly for casual or professional. I wish the sizing was the same. Would recommend that you order in 2 sizes and see how the shape fits on you.
Is the pewter gray really gray? I have one from a few years ago, and I don't want that greenish gray color again.
A shopper on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm with you! Yes, the women's Shak Vest gray that I have from December 2014 is a 'true' gray...not greenish at all. I hope you find that true for you, I know everyone';s color sense is different- but, for me, mine is a 'true' gray- not greenish!
why is mens vest on sale and not womens?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, we changed to the Fall/Winter 2016 season yesterday and both the men and women's Shak Vests are full price. Thanks!
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.
4.1 / 5.0
49 Reviews
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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
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
1 year ago
Paris in the winter
I bought this to wear skiing and soon found that this is one of the most useful pieces of clothing I have ever bought. I wore it almost every day for 10 days this winter in Paris. Layered under a city jacket, it was great and kept me warm without binding. The only problem I had was my daughter-in-law kept borrowing it from me! Around the house it is that "just right" piece to warm you up without s
June 5, 2011
The vest I bought my wife for her birthday was sized too small so we had to exchange it for a larger version. A significant drawback is that it only has one side pocket. Otherwise it is very well made and attractive and is an ideal alternative to the common fleece.
June 9, 2015
1 year ago
Great lightweight layer!
The thin, soft fabric is great. No scratchy neck if you just have a crew neck underneath (unlike the heavier fabric of the Carrie vest, which is a just little scratchy). Beautiful colors. If it were longer in the body (like the Carrie vest), it would be a perfect 5 stars! I am 5'7, 125 pounds, light frame but a little chesty (C cup), and the women's small is just right for me.
December 14, 2015
9 months ago
i used to love 'em but its all over now
i have several of these vests from the past. they have gotten shorter and smaller in the armholes over time. i am giving up on them though i gave a great review you can still see here some time back. redesign please. i am not a big girl at all (135 lbs at 5'9") and the medium is just too small, except in the waist, where it is too big. nor am i curvy. vest here has a strange fit, ladies, so watch out. hopefully will be just right if you have really thin arms and a big waist.
January 19, 2016
7 months ago
Great vest
I ordered this vest for myself as a present from my husband. I checked the sizing chart and ordered the small, which is my correct size. It was cut really small and fit too tightly. Had to exchange for a medium, the medium is perfect. Nice fabric, lightweight, but warm. The exchange was easy!
December 27, 2015
8 months ago
Great midlayer
I have several pieces of Ibex in the Shak material both regular and light thickness, which is my favourite material along with the 17.5 for more casual wear. I had been pondering getting a Shak vest for a couple of years because my Carrie bouclé Ibex vest is too thick for some occasions. Well, I'm so glad I finally bought the Shak vest because it is not too light and not too heavy either, and layers very well over any Ibex pieces both technical and casual, but it leans more toward being a technical vest due to its minimalism and warmth to weight ratio. Because its a vest, not a jacket, and not too bulky I can throw it into some of my purses when I'm out and out and when I get cold just throw it on. Great piece!
February 14, 2016
Seattle, WA
Age: 45-64
7 months ago
Trim, practical and Neat
A good purchase for a fitted vest. Nice colors. Size up if you plan to wear a bulky layer underneath. Bought this for cross country skiing and every day wear.
May 1, 2015
1 year ago
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

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