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
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
Have it in black and wear it often, comfortable, attractive, warm!
Diane H on Feb 2, 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
I love this vest. it provides just enough extra warmth without the bulk of another full layer. Perfect for wearing indoors when the house is chilly.
Lynn K on Dec 9, 2015
I work as a guide in the Himalayas and it's my go to piece.
Cat on Dec 3, 2015
I have one I bought 3 years ago and I could wear it everyday but I kind of "save" it. Now I can wear it every day, even around the house.
Janis J on Dec 3, 2015
Great vest!
Joanne C on Dec 1, 2015
I love my black one
Jack R on Dec 1, 2015
warmth and styling
Guest S on Dec 1, 2015
This vest is perfect, lightweight but warm. Stylish. Great!
linda w on Dec 1, 2015
I have a black one and wear it all of the time. love it
Guest S on Nov 30, 2015
I have this vest in several colors. After years of regular use, it still looks sharp, I can dress it up or down, it's a terrific weight for winter wear indoors, and it fits well.
Sophie S on Nov 24, 2015
I have had a black Shak Vest for a number of years. I love it, and wear it often. It's a great weight - not too heavy, but affords great core warmth. I am anxious to get the same vest in this beautiful grey... and it will match the Izzi Pants I just ordered in grey!!
Chachie on Nov 18, 2015
Big reason: my husband has one and I like It a lot and always wanted one. He's hard on his clothes and no matter what he does this vest still looks great on him.

warm, light weight, can wear to work, professional looking, slenderizing fit, non itchy wool. live in Alaska so like something not too hot to wear when I'm indoors cuz the buildings here are all well heated. Also will keep my core warm as mid layer when I'm outdoors
Donna P on Nov 4, 2015
Great weight, perfect for cool weather running as well as a bit more core warmth for every day.
Mzkitty on Oct 29, 2015
I am petite, 5'3 and 120 lbs. THis jacket fit perfectly. The shoulders of the vest were not so wide that they extended beyond my shoulder.
Elizabeth A on Oct 27, 2015
I picked the Carrie vest and saw the review that it may be a little long, so then I moved to this as my sister is average to petit and this is an inch shorter.

I am purchasing this because it is made in the US!
elisabeth J on Oct 25, 2015
I have two of these vests, black and pale gray and ADORE them. I dress them up and down, they always look better than my fleece vests if I leave the house, it is warm and construction and wool are refined, simple and elegant.
Meg S on Oct 21, 2015
what's better than a wool vest?
Katherine A on Oct 15, 2015
Tried this on in a store and it felt wonderful - but too small. So getting a larger size. Also saw that it rated very high in reviews.
Carrie R on Oct 10, 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
My old Shak vest is an absolute all-time favorite so I am thrilled you still make it!
Jennifer O 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
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.
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.)
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
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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
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
8 months ago
Winner Winner
Bought this last spring thinking it seems like a silly option for spring (I.e. Too warm?) but I took it to Paris for two weeks in May and hardly Took it off! Perfect layering piece, trimming fit. Have it on right now, working in garden, and will wear w fun scarf to lunch date and appointments this afternoon. I'm 5'5 140lb 34C. Medium is PERF. Waiting for my second vest (identical) to arrive. Will leave one at mt cabin-
November 18, 2015
4 months ago
Not a success...
Vest was very small so fit was much tighter that I expected. Also the fabric was thinner than my previous Ibex purchases. Was not in line with my expectations
November 4, 2015
3 months ago
Why only one pocket?
I love my Shak hoodie and was hoping this would be similar. But...the huge flaw is that there is only one hand pocket! I found this such a strange design choice that I had to return the vest. Otherwise, I probably would've kept it. You really need to include this in the description of the vest.
July 1, 2015
9 months ago
This was a birthday present for my daughter who lives in New York. I gave it to her while she was visiting me in Colorado. She loved it and wore it practically every day she was here.
April 24, 2015
1 year ago
nice garment
This vest was purchased as a layer to wear to work. It is great. Fits nicely and looks good.
May 10, 2011