Women'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.
fit is rather tight, arm length just okay but could be longer. the overall fit is okay but i wished it was longer overall for more coverage, fabric is great. order a size up, i wish i had ordered large, i am 5.9 and 143 lbs and the medium is quite tight.
This layer is extremely soft, especially after a few months of wear. At first, it was just a tiny bit scratchy (similar to very nice merino), but soon became soft similar to a polyester layer. I have worn it many, many times running - especially this winter. It is just the right warmth to wear alone for temp in the 40's to 50's. I get cold easily, but this works so well. So breathable as well. Finally, one of the best things about this layer is that I wear it almost every day to run, since I just hang it up to dry after I run and only need to wash it twice a week. It does not smell. Even though it is expensive it's worth it, since it does the job of at three other layers. Absolutely great durability so far, not a stitch out of place and zero tiny holes (like the type you would get in merino). The absolute best thing about this layer is that it is humanely sourced, which is very important to me. I no longer buy merino wool for ethical reasons.
Ive had this, the leggings, and neck gaiter for nearly a year. They truly are a class above in warmth compared to the same weight of merino. I love putting them on.
I purchased in November 2015 the Shola 230 zip (top) and leggings in shale black colour (attractive brown). Since I'm always cold alpine skiing, I was attracted to the claim that yak wool is I took the garments skiing. I wore them as mid layers for the first 2 days and after that, my body was desensitised. I have been wearing the layers directly on the skin ever since (for maximum effectiveness). With the rinse of hair conditioner, the fabric feels luxurious and comfortable as a pyjama. I was always cold on the slopes but this year I was able to cut down the number of layers I wear which is a huge relief. Last year I wore up to 6 top layers which was very impractical. Now I only wear 3 or 4 layers under my jacket. The sleeves were 10 cm too long and the leggings were 5 cm too long for me. After 6 hand washing, the fit is just right (just slightly long). A note for skiers: since I now ski terrain, I wish I had bought the 3/4 leggings to avoid bulk in the ski boots. It is better to only have a pair of socks and nothing else under tight fitting boots. It is less of a concern for intermediate skiers. In summary, I am very satisfied with this purchase and believe I got good value for money. I am warmer on the slopes but do not get too hot. The less frequent need for laundry or hand washing make these a great choice for traveling. The expensive price tag is justified. I love this product. I hope this long review will give you all the practical information you need in making your decision. 40% warmer than merino wool yet keeps you dry. In my experience the claim is true. The size "large" fits me just right at the shoulders and the waist. Im 1.63m and normally wear size UK 12. The top design is especially flattering. I will be comfortable taking off my outer layers when I get inside from the cold. I appreciated the neck coverage on windy days on the ski slopes. So far I don't get too hot nor too cold (unless I get tired and hungry). On warmer days the option to unzip the neck was perfect. I need to wash the top every 9 days of wear. I get sweaty skying moguls (but I don't feel it). I would wash it less frequently if I only skied groomed slopes. The leggings are still fresh after 18 days of wear. I once accidentally hung the top to dry and the shoulders were stretched. Not recommended! It took back its shape with the next wash. After hand washing, I absorb extra moisture with a dry towel and lay the garments flat on another dry towel. In a 50% humidity room, they are almost dry the next morning. I just had to wear the top for 15 minutes to dry it completely. I feel confident on future trips to take these as my only base layer. My skin is sensitive to wool in general. Yak wool is slightly scratchy until several washes. It induced sneezing after a 30 minute wear around 20 degrees Celsius (before the ski trip). I hand washed the garments with Woolite and rinsed with water and white vinegar. The fabric was noticeably softer but still induced sneezing. I rinsed it 3 more time with a quality hair conditioner increasing slightly the amount of conditioner each time (up to the size of a quarter coin, well diluted in a small amount of water). By the 3rd rinse, I could tolerate the garments on my skin with only discomfort in the sinuses.
I was amazed by the warmth of my new shirt. - AND no itching at all. - I've been wearing it for more then two years and I am also a big fan of the quality of the fabric. - While Merino tends to fall apart and usually has holes within a few months, my yak wool shirt shows no signs of weariness. - I can really recommend it highly. I would of course love to see more different styles and colours, but that wish can only get fulfilled if more customers start appreciating these wonderful pieces! Keep it up!