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The Best Base Layer for Cold Weather

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Kora’s Yushu Collection of base layers provide exceptional warmth, softness, and breathability with added corespun panels to ramp up strength and durability in high-wear areas.Kora’s Hima-Layer™ Yushu fabric is knitted out of 60% premium yak wool with 40% superfine Merino (18.5 micron certified mulesing-free) and comes in at 240 grams per square meter. With Yushu, kora has created an ultra-breathable fabric that has a wonderfully soft handle for everyday skin-fit comfort and provides yak wool’s exceptional Himalayan-born warmth. Kora designs and tests all of its own Hima-Layer™ fabrics, and has been developing high-performance yak wool base- and mid-layers since 2011.

Tibetan nomad with yaks walking across Shey La pass on in the Nepal Himalaya.

The Yushu collection is named after the Himalayan home of kora’s yaks: the Yushu prefecture sits at 4800ms / 16,000 feet of altitude on the Qinghai Tibet plateau. The collection launches with styles for men and women, including long-sleeve tops, leggings, and men’s shorts, as well as a hat and neck gaiter. All styles come in black and feature corespun merino textile (a nylon yarn wrapped in merino) to increase durability in high-wear areas such as the crotch and the under-arm. All seams are crafted with overlock and triple step zig-zag stitching ensuring a completely flat yet ultra-strong finish.

The pieces in the Yushu collection are finished at the cuff with a colored woven tape inspired by the colors of prayer flags and the terrain of the Himalayas, making each Yushu piece unique. Prices range from $45 for the hat to $140 for the long-sleeve zip top.

The benefits of Yushu’s yak and merino combination include:

  • Exceptionally warm in very cold weather, yet cool and comfortable during intense exercise
  • Breathable and draws moisture away from the skin so you stay dry
  • Naturally odor-resistant, so you can wear it for days at a time and pack light
  • Super-soft and itch-free for more comfort
  • Natural stretch that flexes as you move
  • Built-in 40+ UPF sun protection
  • Machine washable; dries fast

The Yushu Collection

The Yushu Collection is made from Kora’s all-new base layer fabric, the world’s first performance base layer fabric that pairs yak wool and merino wool. Corespun panels are added in high wear areas for enhanced durability.

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Photo by Kora Outdoor.

Photo by Kora Outdoor.

Photo by Kora Outdoor.

Photo by Kora Outdoor.

About kora:

Founded in 2013, kora is the pioneer of harnessing the potential of yak wool for athletic pursuits, and sources its wool direct from a cooperative of nomadic yak herders, supporting their traditional way of life. Kora designs and develops all of its own Hima-Layer™ fabrics, which are used across its award-winning line of baselayers, midlayers, and accessories. Kora continues to push the boundaries of technology to create products for outdoor adventures using yak wool – the Himalayan miracle fibre.

Kora’s Mission:

To craft yak wool’s miracle properties to offer supreme comfort; make the highest performance products on fair trade principles, and never compromise on quality or integrity.

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