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Old 12-02-2017, 06:39 PM
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PSA: Ibex Outdoor Clothing likely going out of business

This is a local company to me, so this is definitely disappointing. From the local news, they're not pursuing bankruptcy. Instead, they're liquidating everything and will be winding down operations in February 2018.

If you're looking for wool clothing, keep an eye out for discounted prices on their site and in the usual places like sierra trading post.
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Old 12-02-2017, 06:41 PM
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Noooo! That’s good stuff, and it will be missed.
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Old 12-02-2017, 06:54 PM
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I'll make a comment that is only slightly tongue-in-cheek: Their stuff is so good it lasts forever and that cuts into repeat business. A first class outfit.
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:31 PM
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Agree, it's a first class outfit. I tried many wool garments and Ibex was, and continues to be my favorite. They will certainly be missed.
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:14 PM
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I have many pieces of wool clothing from Ibex, all first-rate. I've been wearing the same Ibex merino wool undershirts for many years.

Very sorry to hear about this.

https://www.ibex.com/end-of-the-trail-letter
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:02 PM
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Same here. Love their stuff. And yep, it lasts. And lasts. How's that for irony, it's almost too good.
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:28 PM
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Just ordered some Ibex stuff on sale from Forum sponsor BikeTiresDirect before seeing this - get it bruh!
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:38 PM
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Yes it is unfortunate when a major conglomerate like VF Corp that owns the SmartWool brand buys up IceBreaker it doesn't leave much room for the one of the remaining wool brands. I guess in one way you can laud them for not filing brankruptcy in some scheme to appear more attractive to a purchaser ala Niner.
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:43 PM
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Yes it is unfortunate when a major conglomerate like VF Corp that owns the SmartWool brand buys up IceBreaker it doesn't leave much room for the one of the remaining wool brands. I guess in one way you can laud them for not filing brankruptcy in some scheme to appear more attractive to a purchaser ala Niner.
If you're interested in some of the details, the article from our local paper has a decent write up about some of the issues. I was perusing their site the other day and was thinking to myself they must have a complicated network of raw materials and labor. I think I counted 7 or 8 different combinations of origin of material and location of manufacture, and that was just a small sampling of products.

http://www.vnews.com/IBEX-Outdoor-Cl...ssets-14077205
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I stopped by their Seattle store yesterday and picked up a bunch of my favorites 30-40% off. My Shak sweaters and El Fito bibs are two of my favorite clothing items. They are super durable and I expect my current kits to last much longer, but will be very sad when I can't get them anymore.

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Old 12-03-2017, 01:26 AM
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I’m so bummed. They’re all I wear.
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:24 AM
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Don't recall seeing the brand in any shops up here in Toronto.
Can anyone comment on the fit? I'm curious about a few items. Too bad I'm late in the game.
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:05 AM
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Don't recall seeing the brand in any shops up here in Toronto.
Can anyone comment on the fit? I'm curious about a few items. Too bad I'm late in the game.
I found it variable... I have some things from them that were undersized, but I haven't bought anything from them for a few years, and the bibs I bought from them are much bigger than typical cycling products (maybe 5 years old).
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:55 PM
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Can anyone comment on the fit?
In my experience (which is limited to long- and short-sleeved baselayers, and long- and short-sleeved cycling jerseys) they tend to run large & loose. So whereas I would take a large in almost any other manufacturer's product, I wear a medium in Ibex.

Definitely gonna stock up on baselayers, those Ibex Woolies 150 are my go-to for 3 out of 4 seasons.
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Old 12-03-2017, 07:00 PM
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I can't help but wonder if this is related to their business changes. I have several Ibex products and love them.....but once they moved production out of the US I stopped buying from them. I was willing to pay the premium for US made clothing but since the price didn't come down when production moved away....

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Can anyone comment on the fit?
Unlike Bob, I found the fit to be spot on. I'm normally a medium and all of my Ibex stuff is medium as well.
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