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The soft feel of merino makes you doubt that it's wool. Far gone are the days that wool was scratchy and irritating to your skin. And forget even considering wearing wool underwear. Merino has changed how wool is used in clothing.
Ibex has been designing merino clothing since the late 1990's. The Zepher 3/4 Johns is a base layer that's designed to come to the bottom of the calf.
The Ibex Zepher 3/4 Johns is made of the 18.5 micron Zepher fabric. The small diameter of the wool fiber produces a finer wool fabric that is soft and comfy next to your skin. The only other noticeable feature is the trap door on the bottom's front, so guys can conduct their business easier.
I threw on the Zepher 3/4 John and hit the local western Pennsylvania trails. A calf-length pair of merino socks was the chosen companion. I hiked through the winding trails of Hartwood Acres and North Park in November and December.
The Zepher 3/4 John felt soft and served as a warm base layer for the hikes. I haven't used them yet for skiing, but have sported the pant with my ski boots to get an idea of my layering once I head to the hill.
The bottoms overlap a few inches onto my ski socks and just enter the top of the ski boot. It's a much better alternative for me than a full length base layer bottom which can shift in your boot and cause some inconvenience. (MSRP $75)
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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