Grough, Bob Smith - Awarded 'best in test' in a comparison of 12 leading base layer brands. - "We used it comfortably in a variety of conditions: cold and wet; cool and dry; and it did what was asked of it. The ShoLa is 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. The Hima-Layer fabric – geddit? – feels nice and soft too."
A Luxury Travel Blog, Paul Johnson- "These garments are incredibly warm and will serve as an excellent base layer in even the most extreme environments...If you’re going somewhere adventurous or off-the-beaten track – perhaps cycling, trekking, climbing, camping or skiing - it’s highly recommended that you look this one up."
The Great Outdoors, Chris Townsend- "I’ve worn this base layer on half a dozen day walks and on two overnight trips and I’m impressed. 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 – or after strenuous sweaty exercise... if you want a cool weather base layer this is one of the best around."
Scotland Outdoors 5 Stars- "The baselayer also does a superb job of wicking sweat to the outside. I could actually see this happening. When I unzipped my jacket after cycling hard for an hour and then again half way up a steep Munro I looked down to see water vapour (presumably sweat) on the outside of the top. From here I can only presume it evaporated itself off into the air (or through my Gore-Tex jacket)."
Gear We Are Recommended product - "If I’m being asked to part with £105 for a baselayer, I want it to work some minor miracles. I’d want it to be massively warmer, much more breathable, better wicking, lighter and less likely to get smelly than any other baselayer I owned. And I’d want it to look good too. So, imagine my amazement as this new Yak Wool (Yes, Yak. The hairy mountain beasts from the Himalayas) ticked all of those boxes and lived up to some bold claims by its new British manufacturer."
The Independent Travel Section "Take your pick of the kit" - "Using "Hima-Layer" fabric, these are the first base layers made from yak's wool."
Washing Machine Post - "In my opinion, it 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."
In the Snow - "It’s a popular misconception that yak’s wool coarse but in fact it’s yak’s hair that is, not the wool, which is an inner layer of fine wool that the animal grows each year to insulate against the cold and is very soft. They’ve been growing it in the Himalayas for at least 10,000 years."
Mac's Adventure Blog - "The fit of the kora ShoLa women’s medium size baselayer is perfect. I am usually a UK10. The trunk length is ample and the arm length is brilliant. I have long arms and the sleeves are still long enough to tuck into my gloves."
Trek and Mountain - "Unlike their wiry top coats, inner layers of fine, insulating wool fibres are grown by yaks seasonally to protect them throughout the Himalayan winter. To ensure these base layers offer high protection from the elements, Kora founder Michael Kleinwort spent months in the Himalaya testing each item, while meeting tribes and nomadic yak-herding communities from where the wool is sourced to ensure its sustainability."
Singletrack - "While yak hair is quite coarse (and is used to make tents, rope, and carpets), the underlying wool layer is actually quite soft- keeping yaks warm and comfortable in some truly nasty mountain environments."
Bike Biz - "Move over Merino, yak wool is warmer and better at wicking"
Trek World - Interview with kora founder Michael Kleinwort