Men's Shola 230 Crew
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.
We found yak to be equal to merino wool in wicking performance and odour resistance, but better for temperature regulation
This midweight top is worth its price for its versatility from the mountains in summer to any activity from fall through spring
I am so pleased with how well this piece has performed in the various situations I have used it. I have mainly used it for a base layer for snowboarding, which I rarely have to wear anything besides my shell over it. It is remarkably warm and comfortable on skin, while doing a great job wicking. I have hiked in in many times as well and can honestly say I have only washed it once in about 50 wears and it still does not stink. I wore it once hiking for an hour in the snow at 28 degrees F, no jacket over it, then just wore it around the house afterwards all while not being too cold or hot. I did this just to test the temperature regulation. I am seriously impressed by the versatility of this yak wool piece. Thank you for designing such an amazing piece of gear!
Received the Shola Crew as promised and have been wearing it both in town and for my walks. Well made with and like seam placement. So far so good- happy with thermatic properties. Looking forward to continued .
I have been using the Shola crew, zip and leggings since November 2016, and just got another set, this time in blue. Its my absolute favourite base layer for autumn/winter/spring. As others have stated, the fabric feels lovely - its a good weight without being bulky, and super soft to the touch. It keeps me warmer than my similar weight merino gear, and stays odour-free for longer. Its also really nicely made/finished (unlike Icebreaker).The fit of the zip is nearly perfect - fitted without being too tight, long body length so no worries about the top coming untucked and letting in cold air. The arms are just long enough for me - I would prefer a little longer - but this is an issue I find with lots of tops. There are lots of nice touches, such as the zip having yak wool on the inside so it does not touch the skin. The fabric is so soft that having the neck zipped up is so comfortable I can forget it's there.
Tested in a fresh head-on NE wind with snow flurries on the South Downs of England over two days. Wonderfully warm; soft and comfortable next to the skin. Also Stayed fresh when I warmed up going up hill.
I bought these because of memories of base layers from my childhood. Wool was itchy, and my skin doesn't react well to synthetics. I just received them, and I am amazed at the fit and feel of the garments. They aren't itchy, and didn't react to my skin, - they are airy enough to wear comfortably at 75 degrees. The top is snazzy enough to wear as a sweater. The fabric feels a lot like cashmere, and is a lot cheaper than cashmere would cost (if anyone offers cashmere base layers). They are light and thin enough to wear under clothing comfortably, and without restriction. As they are wool, I probably won't need any more than one washing per week, so I don't need 5+ pairs, and it represents a savings over several cotton base or silk, which is too fragile... I am very pleased with this product, and would reccomend them to anyone.