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Ibex love their merino wool and it’s easy to see why when you ride in this jersey. This wool –and it’s 100% wool with no added synthetics – is soft. Think cashmere, think duvets, think marshmallows. You get the picture, this is fine stuff, and it feels great next to your skin. And that’s still the case after several spins through the washing machine.
The wool does a good job of shifting sweat away from your body to keep you feeling dry and comfortable and, unlike some man-made fibres, it doesn’t start to honk as soon as you put in a decent stint in the saddle. The one downside is that if it does get wet, it can get pretty heavy compared to a synthetic that’ll dry out in next to no time.
The cut is pretty standard stuff – body-hugging with a high neck and three pockets in the extended back. Raglan sleeves provide comfort around the shoulders, the hem is elasticated, and the collar and cuffs are ribbed for a close fit. A full-length front zip provides maximum ventilation and a small reflective logo on the back helps you get seen. All good.
It’s still expensive though!
Beautifully soft merino jersey in a classic cut - but you have to pay a premium price
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Make and model: Ibex Giro Full Zip Merino jersey
Size tested: M
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very comfortable
Would you consider buying the product? Only if I come into some money
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 36 Height: 184cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.