Craft Active Extreme Round Neck Women’s base

 

Craft never fail to produce the goods where base layers are concerned but they have exceeded all expectations with this base layer.  The Craft Active Extreme Round Neck Women’s base is super lightweight and remarkably quick drying, which makes it an effective and high performing base layer for use in cooler conditions.

 

Craft Active Extreme LS

 

The Craft Active Extreme Round Neck Women’s base comes in either a long sleeved or short sleeved version and both are aesthetically pleasing thanks to a flattering feminine cut and super-stretchy fabric.  In fact we liked the appearance of this base so much that we soon started wearing it as a fashionable walking garment and subsequently pulled it on at pretty much any opportunity, even when we weren’t planning on working up a sweat, because it looks and feels great.

 

The design of the Craft Active Extreme Round Neck Women’s base steps away from the traditional symmetrical seam stitching with contrasting coloured stitching on the right shoulder and sleeve; it is great to see a unique and eye-catching feature on a base layer.  Craft have subtly featured their logo on the left cuff and their trade mark as a tab on the lower front side of the vest and we thought it all looked rather smart.

 

The fabric feels super soft against the skin and despite being a snug, figure skimming fit we were never conscious of it being tight or restrictive during any activity.  A long body and sleeve offer full coverage of wrists, lower torso and back, indeed the vest has a slightly dropped tail to protect the lowest part of the back.  An added bonus is that because the material is so thin we found we could tuck it into shorts or tights and it was not possible to detect its presence; no ridges or wrinkles in sight and it has stood up very well to repeated washing – despite us wearing it almost non-stop, it still looks and feels new.

 

Craft Active Extreme short sleeved

 

Above all of these features the Craft Active Extreme Round Neck Women’s base does exactly what it claims to; it keeps you warm and wicks away moisture from the body.  We put it through its paces on the bike, running and walking, all in sub-zero temperatures, and we found it kept us remarkably warm.  Worn under a wind or waterproof garment when we were working up a sweat we were pleased to find the fabric dried out exceptionally quickly, very effectively moving sweat away from the body and never allowing us to feel any kind of dampness.   The short sleeved version will be a great option for spring and cooler summer rides.

 

The Craft Active Extreme Round Neck Women’s base feels like a second skin; it fits perfectly but with no restriction in movement.  And it kept us warm too, with excellent wicking away of sweat, we simply could not fault this high performing, uniquely designed garment.

 

Sizes: XS-XL

Colour: LS: white, black/platinum, crush/ruby, brisk/crystal/flumino SS: black or white

Price: long sleeve £37.00, short sleeve £34.00

Website: LS Craftsportswear.co.uk active extreme long sleeved or Craftsportswear.co.uk active extreme short sleeved

 

Performance: 9/10

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by Emma Silversides 

 

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