Men's Shola 230 Zip
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.
November 2018: "yak wool is warmer and more breathable than Merino, and is also lighter and softer—and so far I think they're right”
"Exceptional. Cut to an athletic fit, this 100 percent yak wool layer is warm, quick drying, and comfortable.”
“These garments are incredibly warm and will serve as an excellent base layer in even the most extreme environments.”
AWARDED 5 STARS. “The author, who is very sensitive to lamb’s wool, was pleasantly surprised when the zip was put on. Immediately it became evident that not only is yak wool not itchy, it has a luxurious feel.”
“It feels very soft and comfortable next to the skin, wicks moisture fast and dries fairly quickly...The top doesn’t smell after continuous wear – I slept in it on the overnight trips, so it was worn for 30-plus hours non-stop..."
GROUGH AWARDED 'BEST IN TEST'. "Warm enough to be worn on its own on a cool day and makes a good layering base when up in the mountains in poor conditions.”
"Achieves everything promised by the manufacturer and then some....if you're a fan of merino, or sad enough to be still clad in polyester, you might be happy to join the vanguard of odourless winter toastiness with a covering of yak wool; it just gets better and better."
I purchased this item for my wife as a gift. In her own words, here's what she thought about it: As a person who easily gets cold, this was a great buy for its claims of more warmth than Merino wool. Having a product like this that is light, smooth and more warm was very comfortable to wear. It is cool on first few mins of wear but quickly warms up. While it is warm, the wind will still pass through. This just means I have to cover with an outer layer. However, there was an instance wherein I only had this one layer on and my husband needed 2 layers outdoors. I also feel that my skin is able to breathe with this fabric and it not being clingy on the skin should I break a sweat. Having a neck zip for temperature regulation is a bonus for this garment. Note for neck comfort, for my 5 foot and 105 lb frame with measured neck circumference of 13 inches and who usually wears a size small clothing, Medium Shola 230 Zip with 14 inch neck circumference was more comforable on the neck compared to the small Shola 230 Zip which had 13 inch neck circumference as well. While the product is really good, we also truly loved Kora's after-sales customer service! We needed a size exchange and Beth, one of their wonderful team members, was warm, understanding, and quick with assisting us to make sure everything was right so that we were 100% satisfied. We wish all companies' customer care teams were as nice as her. Overall, I am truly satisfied with this purchase for its beneficial offerings, material uniqueness, clean looking style, and shopping experience. They definitely won a repeat customer in us.
Without doubt the best active top I have ever used, and I have used a lot. Had my set; zip, crew, leggings, hat etc etc for nearly two years. They have been virtually the only base layers on month long trips to Antarctica, Svalbard, Greenland, Japan and have performed brilliantly. This with continual blasts in Wales and Scotland. They particularly excel when the weather is at its most inclement and I do not mean just ice cold. They have a wide ambient temperature comfort range. Curiously the Zip is also to be seen no where near the mountains as a general smart top. Great products. You really get what you pay for.
I have now owned this Shola 230 Zip for 53 weeks. I have worn it for many 100s of hours during extended cycle rides, generally between -8'C and +15'c. In the colder temperatures usually with a gilet on top and arm warmers and in the extreme cold with a windproof jacket as well - in the warmer temperatures it copes beautifully just by itself, and then any warmer than that I tend to wear a short sleeve merino sportswool made by somebody else. I have washed it once - not because it smelt or particularly needed washing, but because I wanted to take the 5% shrinkage out of it. Its just ridiculous how well this top has performed. If I had could make one tiny change, it would be to increase the zip length by a couple of inches to assist core temperature regulation but that's being picky as you should be able to adjust your top layers more readily. I believe this is one of the best purchases I have ever made. It travels everywhere with me. I cannot recommend it highly enough. You get what you pay for.
I bought the Shola 230 zip top in November 2017 for the upcoming training throughout the months of December, January, February and March towards the Geneva Marathon this May. The fit is fantastic and feels so comfortable when you put this on. Ran 13 miles today with this Shola 230 zip top and the weather was cold with parts of the run where the wind seemed to hit you more. Never felt the cold at all and the body temperature throughout the run was perfect. Its as almost you hardly feel your actuallly wearing a top as it feels so comfortable on the run. Without a doubt this is the best top I have worn for the cold months. Ill be buying another top and the leggings.
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.