Men's Xenolith Sweater
The yak wool’s warmth and ability to endure day-after-day wear with fluctuating temperatures makes it a must. It also remains a fabric that is my base layer on most days just ‘living’ here in Shangri-La.
Our unique yak wool fabrics development programme
The Hima-Layer Difference
Yaks live comfortably at 16,000 feet in the freezing-cold Himalayas—kept warm by their natural coat of wool. The secret to yak wool’s incredible warmth-for-weight is that the fibre is hollow, trapping more air next to the body. This is why Kora’s Hima-Layer Original 230 fabric is warmer, weight-for-weight, than traditional merino fabrics - up to 40% warmer. Move aside, Sheep.
Yak wool is softer than soft—making it the ideal baselayer and midlayer material. Aside from our unique performance fabrics, yak wool more frequently used as an alternative to cashmere. Whether you’re embarking on a long, challenging day in the mountains, cruising the streets, or lounging at home, Kora’s Hima-Layer fabrics offer supreme comfort.
This is one of my favorite garments. I have to force myself to wear other sweaters to work for variety. It's extremely warm for its bulk, and it's exceptionally breathable. The size medium is perfect for me: 5'6", 145 lbs, relatively broad shoulders and back. (Mediums usually fit me well.) The trim cut around the waist reduces bulk. The extra long zipper is noticeably more effective for venting than your standard half-zip. The fabric is wonderfully soft and smooth, and it does not seem to collect pet hair. This piece is extremely expensive, but you can tell where your money is going. I don't see much point in the internal chest pocket, but it doesn't really bother me either.
The Kora Xenolith Sweater is the most technologically advanced garment that I have ever used. Yak Wool. Merino Wool. Polartec Alpha. The combination makes for something that you may wonder if it works or not and if the associated price tag to go along with it. After my initial 160 days of wearing this garment, the answer to that is an unequivocal "YES". Somehow Kora pulled off a combination of super high-end fabrics to make for one hell of an amazing garment. If you are on the fence about buying this garment, hit the buy button. I have published some further thoughts on the garment at: https://hikelighter.com/2017/12/22/kora-xenolith-sweater/