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Review Details - Shola 230 Crew

Product Review (submitted on November 22, 2015):
I admit it, I'm obsessed about weight and performance, as a one bagger. And yak gives one of the best weight to warmth ratios around*. When you add in it's superior wicking and anti-microbial properties it is, as they say, a no brainer choice for us lightweight travellers. So how does it perform in reality? Well I spent a week in Japan this Autumn going from wet, cold and rainy in Kyoto to the windchill of crossing a very bleak Lake Ashi up in the Hakone ranges, and everything in between. Although I brought a mid layer, almost all of the time I just wore my Shola top, and threw on a goretex shell as needed. That's a very useful property when you're going from cold to warm and don't want carry a heap of different clothes. Next big test will is December on Kilimanjaro where, once again, you've got a range of climates to contend with. About the only thing I'd like to see would be thumb-holes, but that's a really minor issue. All in all two thumbs up. :)

*Quiviut (or Musk ox) is about the only thing that beats yak and yes I do have a quiviut piece. :)