CRAFT Women's Active Extreme 2.0 Long Sleeve Base Layer
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Engineered to make you lighter, faster and better, the world's most advanced baselayer once again ups the ante.
Active Extreme 2.0 CN LS is a highly functional baselayer made of a thin, lightweight and elastic fabric that allows you to perform optimally during workouts in fair to cold conditions. The high performance fabrics feature CoolMax Air and propeller-shaped micro-channel cross sections that enhance moisture transportation, breathability and insulation. for superior body temperature management. Bodymapped mesh panels with big holes ensure superb ventilation where its needed most. Ergonomic 3D design provides a tight, perfect fit with excellent freedom of movement. Developed for devoted athletes.
- Comforts your body in zones you need it
- Soft and breathable
- Ultra lightweight fabrics
- Crewneck (CN)
- Seamless torso, ergonomic fit
- Flatlock seams that follow body movement
- Keeps you fresh during intensive activity
- Moisture transportation: High
- Intensity level: High
- Recommended temperature range: -5 to +10 degrees C
- Fit: Tight
- Body and arms fabrics: 100% Polyester; Underarm fabrics: 96% Polyester, 4% Elastane
- Article number: 1904491
Craft's collection of functional sportswear is based on ergonomic performance - the design, fit and fabrics combine to provide garments that will make you get the most out of your training and feel comfortable at the same time.
Craft Active Extreme 2.0 baselayer: ISPO Award Gold Winner 2016 (see here):
Jury statement: "This new baselayer is very lightweight and thin, has a cool feel, but it also offers great insulation when it's cold outside during the workout. The new knitting pattern creates a beautiful look. And what's best: If you are into endurance sports, you can really rely on its moisture management!"
Craft Active Extreme 2.0 baselayer review, TriRadar, October 2016 (see here):
"We have had the opportunity to review this new baselayer from Craft and while they claim it is "engineered to make athletes lighter, faster and better", we're only really able to verify that we were comfortable while trying to become lighter, faster and better!
This is designed to be a tight fitting top, and it doesn't disappoint. The fit remains as snug after a few washes and doesn't lose its shape at all. We tried the short-sleeve version and the arm length is great, it doesn't creep up and that's the same for the body length. This was especially noticeable on the bike, when leaning forward, there wasn't any skin exposed and it remained comfortable and in position throughout the ride.
During runs, a long bike ride and a day hiking up in the Brecon Beacons, this top was doing its job and keeping the body warm and dry. The design ensures that the parts of the body where you're sweating more have the means to keep you dry. The only thing to note, is being aware of what you put on over the top, as a non-breathable jacket for example, limits the capacity to keep you dry. It's not a mistake you make twice!
The stitching compliments the fit and there wasn't any itching or irritation. It's almost invisible under layers, and is a good investment as the cold weather is almost upon us."
Craft Active Extreme 2.0 baselayer review, Fiona Outdoors, October 2016 (see here):
"Craft have launched a new Active Extreme 2.0 baselayer that they claim is "engineered to make athletes lighter, faster and better".
Version 2.0 builds on the successful baselayer Active Extreme, which was worn by 38 medallists at the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014.
Key to the baselayer's performance is a double-layer fabric featuring CoolMax Air that offers great air permeability and rapidly drives moisture from the skin.
Apparently, 'the fibre surface area is bigger than generic wicking cross-sections', so providing a larger surface area for movement of sweat.
In addition, the 2.0 Craft baselayer is 20g lighter than its predecessor.
I have the women's size small and it's a very neat fit. I would imagine it's meant to be a neat fit so that's fine. However, if you prefer not to have every indentation, curve and bulge of your physique on show you might choose a larger size! The arm and body length are excellent though.
The neat fit is good for performance factors, however, and many athletes will probably wear another t-shirt or top over the baselayer so a tight fit isn't too much of an issue.
I also have very sensitive skin and I found the baselayer to be a bit itchy at the seams. I doubt many people would have this problem but I thought I should mention it.
Aside from these grumbles the top is superb. It's extremely lightweight and does a great job of keeping you warm, yet not sweaty. I wore it for a day's mountain hiking and also for several long-ish runs and I stayed at a great temperature and never felt damp.
There are areas under the armpits, where you sweat the most, that have larger holes for allowing the sweat vapour out.
Of course, it does depend on what you are wearing over the top. If you have a non-wicking upper layer this will constrain the breathability and wicking potential for the Craft baselayer but on the whole I found it to be really good.
If you wanted to have a spare baselayer with you in your rucksack this would take up very little space although I think it's best just to pop it on at the start of your training session or outing and leave it on until you get home. It works that well.
I would wear this for walking, running, skiing, cycling and generally just when I need a baselayer for warmth."
Craft Active Extreme 2.0 baselayer review, Cycling Weekly Magazine, January 2017:
"The ideal, as with all these baselayers, is to keep you warm and dry and that is what the Craft does better than any one product in this grouptest - I never felt damp and as a result never really felt the chill. It does this while still being one of the lightest garments on test too.
Fit is good with a good-sized collar and cuffs too. These help eliminate any chilly leaks and the material is comfortable on the skin without an itch, though it doesn't feel as soft as Castelli's offering."
Score: 10 (out of 10)
Best on Test
Craft Active Extreme 2.0 baselayer review, road.cc, January 2017 (see here for full review):
"The Craft Active Extreme 2.0 CN LS is an excellent baselayer that manages heat better than almost any I have used. Having worn this in freezing and mid-range conditions, I can testify that not only does it keep you warm, it also has great wicking and breathability.
Overall I was really impressed by this baselayer. As a reviewer I always try to find the faults in a product, but with this, try as hard as I could, there was very little not to like. It manages heat incredibly well, dries quickly and wicks sweat impressively. What else could you want in a baselayer?"
Score: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
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