Craft Zero Extreme Concept ReviewAugust 1, 2012
- Feather light, especially for a mapped out fabric with vent zones.
- Snug fit aided in wicking.
- Good for high movement activities due to design and flex.
- Non-constricting on skin.
- Post activity odors (not your best friend on a long expedition).
- Fabric pilling noted on the outside core warming areas of the fabric.
The Craft Zero Extreme Concept provided one of the lightest layers we tested and especially did well in active performance activities where the stretchy, snug fit provided excellent wicking and freedom of movement.
The Craft Zero Extreme Concept is designed as a baselayer for cool to cold conditions constructed of 100 percent polyester that is body mapped with venting zones under the arms, upper back and forearms.
The Craft Zero Extreme Concept was light enough to be almost non- existent under other layers and contained a good deal of flex for good movement during aerobic exercise. This is a purely functional layer so don’t expect any sex appeal as I kept it hidden under my other layers during the testing.
Movement was fantastic in the upper body however a bit snug lower down over the stomach where it seemed a bit thin for my medium to larger frame. Wicking in both winter and summer activities was excellent in the mapped areas (pits, upper back, and forearms), but slower in the core. The skin around my core areas (chest and back) remained wet a bit longer and eventually dried completely even after sitting in my car for 10-15 minutes pressed against the seats where I was soaked in sweat.
Odors were noticeable, and I found this baselayer to be best used for aerobic events. I found the functionality to be fine, especially if you planned to wash it between events.