Gear Institute's 2012 Insulated Jacket Reviews: Ibex Aire WI Sweater

The Ibex Aire WI Sweater is an eco-conscious down puffy that uses wool's natural performance attributes in a casual, easy-wearing design

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THE GOOD
    •    Green cred: recycled nylon shell, wool interior.
    •    Slim, attractive fit.
    •    Machine washable.
    •    Wool insulation is warm when wet and naturally moisture wicking away from the body.
    •    Made in Canada, eh!.

THE BAD
    •    Fairly heavy for the category.
    •    Not as compressible as down or synthetic.
    •    Less "puffy" than other jackets tested.

THE VERDICT
The Aire ditches the bulging insulation in a your typical down sweater for a slimmer profile. But it still packs the same warmth as its down brethren and layers well under a shell and over baselayers. If you like the idea of a down puffy, but don't want to look like Pop-Eye, this is your best choice in the test.

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