Craft Zero Extreme Women’s Crewneck base

 

Craft have never disappointed us with their women’s specific clothing and this super soft base was a pleasure to test, because the Zero Extreme Women’s Crewneck base layer is extremely comfortable, surprisingly thin and super lightweight. 

 

Craft Zero Extreme Crewneck Base

 

The fit is very close to the body, with the highly elastic fabric accommodating every curve – the very definition of a “second skin” – and this really helps it wick away moisture quickly.  There are flatlock seams which ensure there is no irritation or chaffing and interestingly these seams, which at first appear to be in slightly odd positions, are in fact deliberately placed to allow the base layer to follow the movement of the body.

 

The Zero Extreme is aimed at maintaining just the right body temperature during workouts in fair and cold conditions, so we loved that the cut was long enough to allow for a very generous tuck in and it did not ride up whatever we got up to on the bike. 

 

It claims to be fabulously ergonomic and we certainly could not fault it in that respect because we had complete freedom of movement on the bike and in the gym – our tester suggested she forgot she was wearing it at all!  We really liked the crew neck, which gives a little extra protection to the base of the neck, which can feel exposed on long rides when the weather is cold .

 

You could be forgiven for thinking that polyester is well, polyester, when actually not all polyesters are created equal.  The high tech fabric used for this base layer is channel stitched and combines two different fibres: next to the skin is a hexa-channelled fibre which transports moisture away from the body to keep you cool and dry, and on the outside, there is a hollow fibre which offers isolation and acts to move moisture to the next layer.

 

No nasty smells either, because the CoolMax Extreme Fresh Fabric works to keep odours at bay and you should know that we took it on some long and testing rides to really give it something to work on. 

 

A big plus is that it is very easy to care for - you can wash it up to 60 degrees, so no need to keep it to one side waiting for a gentle wash.

 

A really high tech base layer with unbeatable fit and generous length.

 

Sizes: XS to XXL

Colours: Black/Lava, White/Silver

Price: £36.00      

Website: www.craft.se

 

Performance: 9/10

Value: 8/10

 

Tested by Janet Birkmyre

 

 

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