Cozy midlayers are an essential part of every outdoor enthusiast’s winter wardrobe no matter whether you prefer skiing up or down hills. The criteria is simple for what constitutes a great mid layer: warm, breathable and wicks sweat. The Ibex Woolies 3 Hoody is a super warm layer perfect for wearing over a light thermal and under your jacket.
The Woolies 3 is the warmest and heaviest baselayer from Ibex. The 1/4 zip hoody we tested has a 10 inch zip neck with locking pull, flatlock seams, and raglan sleeves with thumbholes. The back length in size Medium from the top of shoulder is 25.5 inches (I’m 5’9″ and 150 lbs and wear a size Medium) which is an improved length from Ibex’s previous lines of woolies great for us taller gals. The exterior of the top bears a poly-faced exterior that moves freely under a shell. Unlike the Woolies 1 and 2, the Woolies 3 are brushed on the interior for a fleece-like feel. Together, these materials form an Expedition Weight Double Face Knit Fleece (combo of wool and synthetic fibers) that will keep you warm and dry. Ibex recommends using this top cycling, hiking, traveling, running, doing any winter sports, aka wearing it everyday, all the time in colder temperatures.
The Woolies 3 from Ibex is just about as warm as a baselayer can get for as lightweight it feels on. Ibex describes it’s interior as fleece-like and that’s definitely my feeling as well. At 5’9″ I struggle to find baselayers and midlayers that are long enough that I’m not baring skin every time I bend down or crash in the snow, and I like the extra length this top has, hitting right above my hip bones. The zipper of the hooded top is a nice length as well, opening up enough to be able to ventilate well from the front during strenuous exersize. The hood fit my large head comfortably and I think would definitely fit under a bike or climbing helmet well especially if they are adjustable. I’ve tested this top both downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing and running. It is definitely as warm as they suggest and I wouldn’t recommend wearing too many extra layers with it as it insulates and wicks sweat so well that a few times I ended up way over dressed. For that reason I think that it is definitely a worthwhile investment as it almost throws a few pieces of clothing into one, packing a cozy fleece and a mid-level baselayer into one. It is also a super stretchy material so when I’ve needed to shed a layer it’s super easy to tie it around my waist and because it is so lightweight it isn’t much of a hassle. One of the best features of this top is how well it washes and dries – typically I have to be super careful about snagging my Woolies out of the washer and hanging them to dry (which I recommend you do with all of your outdoor gear), but incase they don’t make the cut, it’s good to know they dry in a machine without incident.
At $155 (OR under $90 at the links below!!) for men and women this isn’t your cheapest midlayer fleece, but for a piece so durable, that will reliably keep you warm and dry I think it’s worth the price tag.
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Gretchen Powers is a Maine based freelance filmmaker and photographer. She specializes is branded content creation and outdoorsy weddings. When she’s not wielding a camera she loves xcskiing, hiking, knitting, drinking tea and exploring with her pup Ella. www.gpowersfilm.com