Fitted, like a second skin that you will not notice
September through April, up or down the mountain
UPF 40. Natural anti-odour
Kora’s yak wool Shola 230 Zip base layer beats the itch of other wool. It provides a lot of warmth without a lot of weight or thickness.
- Yak wool doesn't itch
- Soft and warm
- Cut long
- A little pricey
- Can only be purchased online
This zippered base layer top is constructed using Kora’s own Hima-Layer Original 230 yak wool fabric. All testing of the Kora Shola 230 base layer was done on the ski hill.
I am very sensitive to lamb’s wool, and was pleasantly surprised when I first put the Kora zip base layer on. Immediately it became evident that not only is yak wool not itchy, it has a luxurious feel and is very soft.
The base layer fit true to size and the length allowed the top to be tucked well into my ski pants. The sleeves are extra long, which allow increased range of motion without riding up the arms. I really like the extra tall collar and the zipper is backed with material for added comfort.
Worn on several 20-degree ski days in the Sierra under a midweight ski jacket, the yak wool base layer was all that was needed to keep me warm all day. The breathability was appreciated during some out-of-bounds hiking and the front quarter zip can be used for additional ventilation when needed.
The natural odor resistance of yak wool was put to the test when the zip base layer was worn on multiple days without washing. On a particularly nasty storm day with temperatures in the teens the Kora zip was worn under a heavy ski jacket and again it kept me toasty warm without having to add extra layers. The colored seams provide a bit more style than a plain black garment.
I like this base layer a lot. It’s a great alternative to lamb’s wool.
- Size- Small – 2XL
- Color – Shale Black, Obsidian Blue
- Cost - $160
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)