Kora’s Shola 230 zip base layer beats the itch of other wool while retaining more body heat.
This zippered base layer top is constructed using Kora’s own Hima-Layer Original 230 yak wool fabric. Providing warmth and breathability this fabric is very soft to the touch and itch- free. Yak wool being moisture wicking and naturally odor resistant allows the garment to be worn multiple times between washings. The yak wool is naturally stretchy and being cut long in the torso and sleeves, the wearer remains covered no matter what position the body is in. The sleeves are designed so that raising the arms does not make the waist move up. Contrasting colored flat seams have been used throughout to reduce chafing. An extra tall collar is featured and the zipper is backed with material for added comfort. The Zora quarter zip is available for both man and women.
All testing of the Kora Shola 230 base layer was done on the ski hill. 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. The base layer fit true to size and the length allowed the top to be tucked well into the author’s ski pants. The sleeves are extra-long which allow increased range of motion without riding up the arms. Worn on a 20-degree day under a mid-weight ski jacket the yak wool base layer was all that was needed to keep the author 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. Hitting the lounge after skiing, the colored seams provide for a bit more style than a plain black garment. On a particularly nasty storm day the Kora zip was worn under a heavy ski jacket and again it kept the author warm without having to add extra layers.
While nomadic Himalayan herders have been raising yaks and wearing products made from their wool for centuries, Kora is the first company to introduce yak wool to the outdoor adventure community. After spending time in the eastern Himalayas with a family of yak herders founder Michael Kleinwort became intrigued with how warm the yaks seemed. From that event, Kora was born. After several years of testing in the mountains, the Kora brand was launched in 2013. By working directly with the herders and perfecting their own fabric they have set themselves apart. In a recent university study looking at heat loss while running in low temperatures, yak wool retained body heat significantly better than merino wool or synthetic fabric.
The Kora Shola 230 zip base layer top not only had a soft, non-itchy feel but did a great job of keeping the author warm under a variety of outer garments.
- Sizes – Women, Small – XL
- Sizes – Men, Small – 2XL
- Color – Shale Black, Obsidian Blue
- Cost – $160.00
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.