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In cold temps, move over Merino Review by Jay Bautista on 2/2/2016
We were prepping for a winter excursion into Northern Finland expecting colder temps. As a dedicated IceBreaker & Smartwool Merino fan for over 10 yrs, Merino has proven itself in both cold and warm temps but I wanted to see if there was an alternative material out there.

My wife found an online technical review of the warmest wools available and Yak Down was rated near the top - only Musk Oxen/Qiviut was warmer but also twice as expensive and Merino was towards the bottom.

Naturally, the review mentioned Kora as a resource for Yak and happened to rate the 2 products I was interested in at the top of their respective categories: Shola 230 Zip and Shola 3/4 Leggings, so I gave both a go.

After returning from my trip with temps averaging -19°C/-2°F (dipped to -25°C/-13°F), I can say the Kora Shola combo proved it's value. Overall, the Shola 230 was warmer than my Merino 230 (which I wore 1 day to compare) and was so soft and comfortable, I never wanted to completely remove even after a long day of activities. Lucky for me, the Yak has excellent vapor permeability/drying properties that transferred all my moisture to the outside layers.

Technically:
- the 230 Zip's construction position the seams in a clever fashion - never chafed or interfered with my other layers
- the sleeves, tail and neck were long & high enough to keep drafts out
- the long 3/4 front zipper was super helpful when controlling heat management
- the colors aesthetically compliment each other (I purchased the Navy version w/plum deals).
- I paired the 230 Zip with the 3/4 Leggings in consideration of the liners, socks, pants, boots and gaiters that I needed to deal with

I'm sold and look forward to using my Shola 230 Zip and 3/4 Leggings again in cold temps with full confidence…sorry Merino. I will very interested to see how Yak down will perform in warm temps where Merino does excel equally (perhaps another review?)

Only one caution for future owners - the product will shrink (as noted by Kora) by about 5% after first washing but will loosen after normal wear and stretching. Note: I rated the Fit at 5 stars during initial use and prior to washing.
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BEST PRODUCT IN MOUNTAIN Review by ALBERTO QUERCETTI on 1/13/2016
For high level ski mountaineering and extreme mountain biking (vert riding) simply the best base layer i have ever worn.
After three seasons of intensive use some tufts of wool left on the skin after activity.
Quality
Design
Fit
 
Awesome base layer Review by James Edwards on 1/6/2016
This base layer is my go to companion when Im in the hills. It has a wide comfort range. Basically warm when its cold and cool when it warms up. The material is very soft too. It wont irritate your skin.
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Design
Fit
 
Best Base Layer Review by Des on 1/5/2016
My order has just arrived and could I say that this is the best base layer I have ever worn. I will definitely be trying your other products.
regards Des
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Amazing!!! Review by Boone Wagner on 1/4/2016
The material is amazing. The quarter zip is my go to base layer when I expect to be exerting myself beyond what the wool will handle. Compared to my merino, my Kora blows it out of the water. I cannot imagine any improvement above what Kora already applies! Do not second guess yourself, buy it!!!!
Quality
Design
Fit
 
Very comfortable Review by Jayme Morgan on 1/1/2016
The Shola is an extremely comfortable top. Initial when putting the top on it is a little chilly against the skin however after a few minutes a lovely balanced temperature is reached which is kept through high intensity and then sitting around.
The zip is a great addition for the fine tuning of temperature.
Quality
Design
Fit
 
Mens base layers Review by Andrew Thorncroft on 1/1/2016
I have been using merino base layers for as long as I can remember. So when I heard about Kora I was very interested to see and feel the difference. At first I thought whether or not I could justify the price as they are almost double the price of a good merino base layer.
I've just returned from 3 weeks skiing in the Swiss Alps and only removed my Kora zip top and leggings to shower.
They pretty much do what the web site claims.
They are comfortable next to the skin, very warm but lighter than the equivalent merino, and wick away moisture very well.
I also bought the gaiter and hat and felt pretty smug and snug at 4000 m when others were feeling the biting wind.
Overall a very good investment.
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Design
Fit
 
Feels fantastic Review by Simon on 9/10/2015
My order has just arrived and I could not wait to try it on, the reviews are correct that this is very soft and feels great, having worn merino for years I am looking forward to testing this great base layer.
I ordered a large, which I am in all clothes and the fit is perfect.
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Design
 
Pricey but worth it Review by Bruce on 9/10/2015
Wore it winter trekking in the Everest Region in Jan this year. Well below freezing at Kala Pattar with wind chill. Very warm under a Montane top. Slept in it as well. Good wicking. Close fitting the medium is almost too small for my just 40 inch chest. Would prefer thumb-loops but the sleeve is long enough and fits well enough to cover the wrist. Will use it as a first choice high altitude warm base-layer in preference to a merino. One star lost for the cost over the equivalent Icebreaker but if that is not a deal breaker this is a better product
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The future of baselayers Review by Dan on 9/10/2015
I mainly use the kora shola for motorcycle winter commuting and trips. The top fits very nicely and is surprisingly not as a itchy as I'd have expected, in fact I'd say less so than my merino wool base layer. The material feels thick and well made. I can feel the difference between this wool and merino and it does indeed feel warmer. A valuable addition to anyone out in the cold . If your after a decent base layer it's worth the extra money, comfort in the cold doesn't have a price . I can't think of anything bad to say about it!
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Shola 230 Zip

£105.00

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Could this be the world’s best base layer? We certainly think so.

Our ShoLa Zip is made from luxuriously soft Hima-Layer™ Original 230, a pure yak wool fabric.

It’s wonderfully warm in extreme cold, yet exceptionally breathable with efficient moisture-wicking. So when you step up the pace, you’ll stay dry and comfortable.

It's naturally odour-resistant too, so you can wear the same top for days.
Fabric & Care
Yak wool evolved over millennia to protect against the extreme Himalayan climate.

We've spent years transforming this astonishing fibre into a range of technical fabrics for outdoor adventurers, through our in-house development programme Hima-Layer™.

This garment is made with our Hima-Layer Original 230 fabric, using yak wool sourced from nomad families on the Qinghai Tibet plateau in the Himalayas.

  • Even better than merino. It’s 66 % more breathable and 40% warmer, weight for weight.
  • Wicks moisture efficiently and allows sweat vapour to escape from your skin, so you won’t overheat or feel clammy.
  • Naturally anti-bacterial fabric smells fresher longer - so you can pack light.
  • Built-in 40+ UPF sun protection.
  • Feels soft like cashmere - and there’s no itch.
  • Ideal for outdoor adventures in autumn, winter and spring.

Caring for your garment

  • Cool machine wash on wool setting at 30˚c.
  • Line dry in the shade.

As long as you follow our care instructions, any shrinkage will be minimal.
Product Design
  • Ergonomic design allows your body to move freely.
  • Extra-long body length keeps your mid-section covered when you stretch, twist and bend.
  • Sleeves are long with extra articulation in the armhole, so you can reach and raise your arms without pulling or lifting the rest of the garment.
  • Flat-locked seams reduce chafing. Positioned off the shoulder, so they won't rub against pack straps.
  • Tall collar provides extra warmth and wind protection for your neck, but can be unzipped for extra ventilation.
  • Minimalist zip with internal double facing reduces bulk and prevents chafing.
  • Tape on the cuff depicts contours of the Himalayas and colours of Tibetan prayer flags.
  • Contrast seams circle sleeves and body to signify a kora - the devotional practice of walking around a sacred mountain.
What The Experts Say
Gear Junkie
"Exceptional. Cut to an athletic fit, this 100 percent yak wool layer is warm, quick drying, and comfortable."

UltralightInsights.com
"It feels softer against my skin than merino and softer to the touch, like cashmere. It is finely woven, and shows no signs of pilling. For active winter sports in colder weather, worn under a shell jacket or alone on warmer days, I was very pleased with its warmth, breathability, and comfort. In my opinion, it’s a measure better than a comparable merino wool baselayer. From a cost standpoint, the Shola costs about $40 more than the Icebreaker 260 Zip-T I compared it with. People reading this review will ask if the extra warmth and performance is worth the extra cost. My response is you basically get what you pay for; you will not be disappointed with the Kora Shola.”

Examiner.com
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. 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.”

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."

Gear We Are
Awarded ‘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.”

Scotland Outdoors
Awarded five stars. “I wore the yak wool baselayer when cycling, running and Munro bagging. And so far there has been no sweaty whiff whatsoever...At no point did I feel damp on my skin and even after exercising, when I stopped to get into the car and drive for an hour, I stayed warm and dry.”

The Great Outdoors
“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."

A Luxury Travel Blog
“These garments are incredibly warm and will serve as an excellent base layer in even the most extreme environments.”

Washing Machine Post
"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."

Delivery & Returns

We hope you'll love your garment. If you don't for any reason, just return your (unworn) item to us within 30 days of purchase for a full refund or exchange. For more details visit our customer care and returns page.

 

Delivery prices

Key: Standard Express

Country / RegionShipping timeCost
UK 2-3 working days £5
  next working day £10
EU 6-10 working days €12
  1-4 working days €18
China & SE Asia 3-16 working days US$15
  1-2 working days US$24
Hong Kong 1-2 working days US$5
USA 6-8 working days US$10
  3-5 working days US$32
Canada & Mexico 3-16 working days US$16
  4 working days (CA)
5-6 working days (MX)
US$32
South Pacific (NZ & AU) 8-15 working days (NZ)
7-11 working days (AU)
US$15
  5-6 working days (NZ)
4 working days (AU)
US$30
Singapore 3-16 working Days US$15
  3-5 working days US$24
Rest of the World 3-16 working days US$15
Sizing Guide
sizing guide

Need help with sizing?

We've organised our sizes into convenient categories (small, medium, large, etc), but of course we're all different shapes. It's quite normal to find your measurements fall into more than one size category.

So what do you do if some of your measurements say you're a small and others say you're a medium? Well, some measurements are more important than others.

For tops, you should choose the size which matches your chest measurement. For bottoms, it's the waist measurement.

S M L XL XXL Men's Size Guide
CHEST (A) 92cm 98cm 104cm 110cm 118cm
36.2" 38.6" 40.9" 43.3" 46.5"
 

CHEST: MEASURE JUST UNDER THE ARMS AND ACROSS SHOULDER BLADES HOLDING TAPE FIRM AND LEVEL, WITH YOUR ARMS DOWN BY YOUR SIDES.

SLEEVE (B) 83cm 85cm 88cm 90cm 94cm
32.6" 33.5" 34.6" 35.4" 37"
 

SLEEVE: WITH ARM RELAXED AT YOUR SIDE AND SLIGHTLY BENT, MEASURE FROM CENTRE BACK NECK, OVER POINT OF SHOULDER, DOWN THE OUTSIDE OF THE ARM DOWN TO THE WRIST BONE

WAIST (C) 76cm 82cm 88cm 94cm 105cm
29.9" 32.3" 34.6" 37" 41.3"
 

WAIST: MEASURE AROUND YOUR NATURAL WAISTLINE

SEAT (D) 95cm 101cm 107cm 113cm 120cm
37.4" 39.8" 42.1" 44.5" 47.2"
 

SEAT: MEASURE AROUND FULLEST POINT OF SEAT WHILE STANDING

INSEAM (E) 80cm 81.5cm 83cm 84.5cm 86cm
31.5" 32" 32.7" 33.3" 33.8"
 

INSIDE LEG: MEASURE PANTS THAT FIT YOU WELL.LAY THEM FLAT, WITH THE FRONT AND BACK CREASED SMOOTH. MEASURE ALONG THE INSEAM FROM CROTCH TO BOTTOM OF LEG HEM. ON BODY = CROTCH TO INSIDE ANKLE BONE

 

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Customer Reviews 10 item(s)

 
In cold temps, move over Merino Review by Jay Bautista on 2/2/2016
We were prepping for a winter excursion into Northern Finland expecting colder temps. As a dedicated IceBreaker & Smartwool Merino fan for over 10 yrs, Merino has proven itself in both cold and warm temps but I wanted to see if there was an alternative material out there.

My wife found an online technical review of the warmest wools available and Yak Down was rated near the top - only Musk Oxen/Qiviut was warmer but also twice as expensive and Merino was towards the bottom.

Naturally, the review mentioned Kora as a resource for Yak and happened to rate the 2 products I was interested in at the top of their respective categories: Shola 230 Zip and Shola 3/4 Leggings, so I gave both a go.

After returning from my trip with temps averaging -19°C/-2°F (dipped to -25°C/-13°F), I can say the Kora Shola combo proved it's value. Overall, the Shola 230 was warmer than my Merino 230 (which I wore 1 day to compare) and was so soft and comfortable, I never wanted to completely remove even after a long day of activities. Lucky for me, the Yak has excellent vapor permeability/drying properties that transferred all my moisture to the outside layers.

Technically:
- the 230 Zip's construction position the seams in a clever fashion - never chafed or interfered with my other layers
- the sleeves, tail and neck were long & high enough to keep drafts out
- the long 3/4 front zipper was super helpful when controlling heat management
- the colors aesthetically compliment each other (I purchased the Navy version w/plum deals).
- I paired the 230 Zip with the 3/4 Leggings in consideration of the liners, socks, pants, boots and gaiters that I needed to deal with

I'm sold and look forward to using my Shola 230 Zip and 3/4 Leggings again in cold temps with full confidence…sorry Merino. I will very interested to see how Yak down will perform in warm temps where Merino does excel equally (perhaps another review?)

Only one caution for future owners - the product will shrink (as noted by Kora) by about 5% after first washing but will loosen after normal wear and stretching. Note: I rated the Fit at 5 stars during initial use and prior to washing.
Quality
Design
Fit
 
BEST PRODUCT IN MOUNTAIN Review by ALBERTO QUERCETTI on 1/13/2016
For high level ski mountaineering and extreme mountain biking (vert riding) simply the best base layer i have ever worn.
After three seasons of intensive use some tufts of wool left on the skin after activity.
Quality
Design
Fit
 
Awesome base layer Review by James Edwards on 1/6/2016
This base layer is my go to companion when Im in the hills. It has a wide comfort range. Basically warm when its cold and cool when it warms up. The material is very soft too. It wont irritate your skin.
Quality
Design
Fit
 
Best Base Layer Review by Des on 1/5/2016
My order has just arrived and could I say that this is the best base layer I have ever worn. I will definitely be trying your other products.
regards Des
Quality
Design
Fit
 
Amazing!!! Review by Boone Wagner on 1/4/2016
The material is amazing. The quarter zip is my go to base layer when I expect to be exerting myself beyond what the wool will handle. Compared to my merino, my Kora blows it out of the water. I cannot imagine any improvement above what Kora already applies! Do not second guess yourself, buy it!!!!
Quality
Design
Fit
 
Very comfortable Review by Jayme Morgan on 1/1/2016
The Shola is an extremely comfortable top. Initial when putting the top on it is a little chilly against the skin however after a few minutes a lovely balanced temperature is reached which is kept through high intensity and then sitting around.
The zip is a great addition for the fine tuning of temperature.
Quality
Design
Fit
 
Mens base layers Review by Andrew Thorncroft on 1/1/2016
I have been using merino base layers for as long as I can remember. So when I heard about Kora I was very interested to see and feel the difference. At first I thought whether or not I could justify the price as they are almost double the price of a good merino base layer.
I've just returned from 3 weeks skiing in the Swiss Alps and only removed my Kora zip top and leggings to shower.
They pretty much do what the web site claims.
They are comfortable next to the skin, very warm but lighter than the equivalent merino, and wick away moisture very well.
I also bought the gaiter and hat and felt pretty smug and snug at 4000 m when others were feeling the biting wind.
Overall a very good investment.
Quality
Design
Fit
 
Feels fantastic Review by Simon on 9/10/2015
My order has just arrived and I could not wait to try it on, the reviews are correct that this is very soft and feels great, having worn merino for years I am looking forward to testing this great base layer.
I ordered a large, which I am in all clothes and the fit is perfect.
Fit
Quality
Design
 
Pricey but worth it Review by Bruce on 9/10/2015
Wore it winter trekking in the Everest Region in Jan this year. Well below freezing at Kala Pattar with wind chill. Very warm under a Montane top. Slept in it as well. Good wicking. Close fitting the medium is almost too small for my just 40 inch chest. Would prefer thumb-loops but the sleeve is long enough and fits well enough to cover the wrist. Will use it as a first choice high altitude warm base-layer in preference to a merino. One star lost for the cost over the equivalent Icebreaker but if that is not a deal breaker this is a better product
Fit
Quality
Design
 
The future of baselayers Review by Dan on 9/10/2015
I mainly use the kora shola for motorcycle winter commuting and trips. The top fits very nicely and is surprisingly not as a itchy as I'd have expected, in fact I'd say less so than my merino wool base layer. The material feels thick and well made. I can feel the difference between this wool and merino and it does indeed feel warmer. A valuable addition to anyone out in the cold . If your after a decent base layer it's worth the extra money, comfort in the cold doesn't have a price . I can't think of anything bad to say about it!
Fit
Quality
Design
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