“Classic” used in titles of just about everything, tends to be a bit overused, but in the case of the Ibis Shak Classic-it fits the bill perfectly. I’ve grown to love this sweater? Jersey? Shell? Tough to describe exactly-I’ve worn it as outerwear on breezy fatbike treks and also as a midlayer for added warmth on a few really cold snowy frozen river rides. Wool clothing has made it into my closet for outdoor activities, but none as well finished and versatile as the Shak.
For one thing, I love the style-long enough and with some stretch to prevent hiking up the back and arms when riding and lot’s of pockets. I liked the full zip front for venting when needed and the interior chin guard. The Merino wool just stays looking great ride after ride- it’s durable, doesn’t pick up odors or pill, is soft and not itchy like my old plaid wool hunting gear. I’d feel comfortable running to Fleet Farm in as well as using it on the trail.
The Shak is lightweight and on one of my first rides, on an open windy lake, I worried about its wind cutting ability-those thoughts unfounded in the end. The dense weave of the wool really does work well and using just a base layer under it, I stayed plenty warm. I also used the Shak while cross country skiing where one can generate a lot of sweat and heat-the breathable wool again performed outstandingly. In sizing, the fit and length are true to size. The Shak Classic is a winner, it’s the most versatile piece of clothing I’ve used riding this past winter and into the spring. Defiantly super quality, attractive, long lasting and functional multi season wear for the cyclist.
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