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Kora Shola 230 Crew

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Shola 230 Crew has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Kora Yushu Crew.

photo: Kora Shola 230 Crew base layer top

Warm, soft, well-fitting, comfortable even in warmer temperatures.

Pros

  • Yak wool, soft, warm
  • Not itchy, at all
  • Better than even Merino
  • Commitment to Fair Trade practices

Cons

  • Pricey

It's been years since I've lived in a climate cold enough for a base layer. Actually it's been 13 years... I remember them as itchy, uncomfortable, and most of the time I would rather freeze than wear them.

I definitely have needed them since returning, and I decided to bite the bullet and pick up a set for the upcoming winter, which the Farmer's Almanac says will be one of the coldest winters in some time.

I typically would not need more than one or two sets, as temperatures usually moderate after no more than a week, so I decided to splurge on the set from Kora. 

It has performed as advertised and test reports. The fit is excellent, and the wool is soft, and is comfortable enough to wear as a long sleeved crew shirt in windy 70°F weather. 

My expectations have been exceeded.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150

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Specs

Price MSRP: $145.00
Reviewers Paid: $150.00
Material Yak wool
Fabric weight 230 gsm
Cut body-fit
Uses Athletic, casual
Perfect for as a first layer from September through April, up or down the mountain
Other UPF 40. Natural anti-odour

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