repost: Samson Phan Ibex Woolie Zip-TFR
<a name="FRPT">FIELD REPORT</a>
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
The Ibex Zip-T was tested primarily in the Sierra Nevadas around the
Lake Tahoe and Bishop area (elevation: 7000 ft or 2100 meters plus).
Conditions ran the gamut, from clear still days to 30 miles per hour
(48 km/hr) winds in white outs. I was never rained on. Temperatures
ranged between 25-50 F (-4 to 10 C). In all cases of use, snow was on
the ground while hiking in moderate terrain. The average trip was 3
days, usually out and back from a car base. Total wear time is
somewhere around 20 days. Many trips were taken with just a Camelbak,
though 2 involved packs exceeding 40 pounds (18 kgs).
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
The Zip-T is an amazing piece of clothing. Even while under a
nonbreathable rain jacket, the Zip-T kept my skin dry as a bone. And
it was comfortable to wear! As expected, the Zip-T did nothing to
brace against the wind. Merino wool must also be good at blocking UV
as I did not burn under the clothing when it was worn by itself.
The material and cut of the cloth combined with the stretch of the
material allowed for a highly formfitting fit which did not restrict
movement. The length was sufficiently long to not leave a gap bare in
the back. The high neck covered much of my neck without making me
feel like I was suffocating. The zipper was a little difficult to
unzip with just a single hand. If my second hand was busy, I would
often have to bite on the collar while pulling down. In addition, the
zipper would sometime chafe my neck when fully zipped. The addition
of a material to cover the zipper when fully pulled up would alleviate
The care instructions dictate washing only in cold water and to dry
flat. On more than one occasion, it found itself in a warm wash and in
the dryer. I expected the material to shrink or pill. Neither
occurred. My fears that wool would acquire smell quicker than tech
clothes proved unfounded.
cut of the cloth
breathability of material
chafing from the zipper
difficulty in actuating zipper with one hand
I would highly recommend the Zip-T as a base layer. My anathema for
wool has been changed permanently. Aside from some chafing from the
zipper when fully closed, I did not encounter any issues with the
I will bring it on trips to Big Basin in Northern California and Mt.
Whitney in Southern California. I expect cool nights and hot days on
the these trips. This concludes my Field Report. The Long-Term
Report should be completed by June 30, 2008
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Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.
Just one more edit, you're good to upload when they are addressed:
> I will bring it on trips to Big Basin in Northern California and Mt.Edit: remove "the" before "these"
> Whitney in Southern California. I expect cool nights and hot days on
> the these trips. This concludes my Field Report. The Long-Term