Sizes: XS-XL Women’s version reviewed, but also comes in a men’s version.
Fit: Slim fit
Colors: Area, Lychee, Black, Fame, N Light
Temperature Rating: 23-50 degrees F
Fabric: 40% Polyester SEAQUAL™ 39% Polyester “Coolmax” 21% Polyester-recycled
Availability: Online or Retail
How obtained: Company sample
RBR advertiser: No
Comfort and Warmth for Cooler Weather
I’ve been wearing Craft long-sleeve baselayers with their waffle-knitted design for years. Slipping it on is like getting a warm hug. The garment immediately starts to capture body heat. Craft’s Active Extreme X is designed for high-intensity workouts. The no-bulk fabric and slim fit design make it ideal for layering, depending on the temperature outside. But even with the next-to-skin fit, the fabric stretches plenty without restricting movement so that you can be your best in any outdoor activity.
The waffle-knitted design enhances moisture management, moving sweat away from the body to keep you dry and comfortable. The added feature of under the arms mesh inserts aid in ventilation, helping to keep you dry.
Craft’s baselayer comes in sizes XS-XL and five unique colors. The fabric is made from SEAQUAL polyester, produced from recycled fishing net, making it environmentally friendly. The only negative I have with this fabric is that it easily snags, so you need to be careful with rings, earrings (crewneck), cats, and laundering.
With winter in our rearview mirror and spring knocking at the door, this is an excellent long-sleeved baselayer to shoulder the two seasons and then break it out again for that late fall into winter ride. The Active Extreme X has a rating of 23°F to 50°F (-5C to +10C), and I’ve tested it at both extremes with positive results.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.