Thursday, 16 February 2012

Review - Craft Pro Zero base layer

Craft Prozero base layer
This has turned out to be a great find, compensating for the mediocre Montane featherlite marathon jacket that I'm also wearing in this picture.

Craft clothing have a couple of different terms for their baselayers with the Pro Cool being designed for keeping you cool in warm weather and Pro Zero for cold conditions, which is the subject of this brief review.  Over all I am very pleased with it, better than I thought actually.  Here's why:
  • It fits really well.  I went for the medium size and it is a good fit for me; nice and snug.  There's a certain amount of stretch in the material which is helpful.  It is also cut quite well for cyclists i.e. slightly longer arms and a slightly longer than tail.
  • It is made from a light, soft fabric which rolls up tightly (handy for touring).  Clearly to get the best from this base layer it needs to be worn as part of a layering system.
  • The performance is superb.  I have had a few sub-zero runs lately and it has performed very well.  Moisture wicking has been faultless.  It has helped keep me at just the right temperature during a cold run involving huffing and puffing my way up a few hills and blasted by bitterly cold winds when I reached the top.
  • Flat lock seams for comfort - very comfortable.
My only criticism is that it is a really drab boring colour.  Not cheap at about £30 in a retail shop but there's every sign it will last and last for a long time (certainly many winters).

I would therefore recommend the the Craft Pro Zero base layer for both running and cycling during cool or cold conditions.   The only thing holding me back from a total thumbs-up approval is through not knowing anything about their trading practices and how 'ethical' they are i.e. supply chain ethics, customer service, environmental, do they supply dodgy military regimes at all?  I'm afraid to say I don't know the answers to these questions but will look into it sometime, unless you already which case you are especially welcomed and encouraged to leave a comment below.

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