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Feb 14, 2015

Ibex Merino Wool Quick Link review

I was first introduced to Ibex, a company headquartered in Vermont, over three years ago when I reviewed their wool running shirt and underwear.  See reviews HERE.  I will say that I've been very impressed with both of these items and still have and use them both, mostly for Winter running.  Ibex has really high quality clothing and while they can be fairly high on the price, I've always found with running clothes, that you get what you pay for.  Ibex is no exception!  This is also the case for the Ibex Quick Link which I had great success with.

A month ago I received the Ibex Wool Quick Link for review.  For those of you that don't know what it is, it's a piece of wool fabric made to go around your neck to help keep you warm during Winter running.  The company says it can also be used for just cooler weather as well but I see myself using this primarily for Winter.  Here's what I received:
Ibex Wool Quick Link
I've done reviews on something similar to this with the Buff.  There are some key differences in the Buff and the Quick Link -- not that it's bad or otherwise good.  First, this is made with Merino wool making it SO COMFORTABLE!  The wool is really nice.  It not only keeps you warm, like it did for my run today with minus 10 degree windchill, it also keeps it's shape nicely.
The Quick Link before my run
As you can see, there is plenty of material so that it can go over your nose and keep you nice and warm.

It has the ability to be used as a neck warmer but also a hat or a Balaclava.  I'm not a huge fan of the balaclava.  I've always felt that it was too restrictive.  With the Quick Link, however, it does not feel restrictive and it's very easy to breath through it.  Being able to breath well with it over your face is, of course, a key factor for using it during Michigan Winters.
Perfect length
The product is very well made with good stitching.  I've washed it at least 10 times and it comes back looking like new again after it's washed.
Well made
I do admit I was a little worried about the seam that runs the length of the Quick Link, however, it has not been an issue at all and I've run up to 13 miles with it.  I do tend to put the seam at the back of me so that I'm sure I don't have any issue but again, it's not been a problem regardless.
Stitching on side
If you are looking for something to really help you through the hard Winters, for me personally, this is a must.  It keeps you comfortable and allows you to run long in any temperatures.  I usually pair it with a hat and place it over the back of my head to make it very easy to pull up and down at the front.  This allows for easy access to my water bottle as I'm running.  I could not run in the extreme temperatures without it.

It retails for $30 on their website.  Well done, Ibex, well done!

Interested in learning more?

Go to the Ibex Website

Go to the Ibex Facebook page

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary Ibex Quick Link in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a particular opinion other than an honest one.


  1. Doesn't get cold enough here in Cape Town, so if I ever headed were it was cold I would just make a plan for the days I was there, but I wouldn't go anywhere without a buff.

  2. What are the differences between this and the wool buff?

  3. For me, it's the fit. The Ibex tends to keep its shape better than the buff. My wool buff I have to double over to get a better fit. I don't have to do that with the regular buffs.