Craft Active Extreme CN base layer review

Lightweight form-fitting top

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £32.00 RRP | AUD $70.00 | USD $75.00
Craft's Active Extreme CN base layer is highly effective for such a light garment

Our review

Cheap, effective light-mid weight base layer, great in spring or autumn
Buy if, You want a light, effective base layer that's perfect for the transition seasons
Pros: Good wicking, comfy seam-free body, warm
Cons: Not flattering if you're carrying any excess, slightly short in the torso
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Swedish brand Craft doesn’t have the biggest presence in the UK, and is better known in cross-country ski racing circles, but that background gives the firm great insight into building a decent base layer.

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The lightweight, stretchy fabric gives a very close fit, meaning the fabric is best able to wick sweat away from your body. There’s no real compression from this base layer, but those of a slightly self-conscious persuasion should be wary of wearing this top alone in public – every ripple and bump is exposed. Flatlock seams aid comfort and it’s nice to find that the torso section is completely seamless.

The slightly ribbed material makes the top warmer than you might expect from such a thin base layer, helped by the high neck, which keeps heat trapped. That said, I didn’t find the top too warm under a rain jacket in early winter conditions.

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The material wicks sweat well, with my skin staying pretty dry under the top, while the outside of the arms were a touch damp – transporting the moisture away from the skin. On the bike, the arm length is excellent, our only complaints are that the torso is a touch short and we’d like a little more coverage at the back.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Active Extreme CN
Brand Craft

Sleeve Type Long-sleeved