Craft Zero Extreme Windstopper short sleeve  £52.00

8/10

Versatile wind-cheating base layer that earns its keep

Weight 113g   Contact  www.craft.se

by David Arthur   June 10, 2013  

A high quality base layer forms the foundation of your cycling outfit, even in warm weather, and the Craft Zero Extreme Windstopper base layer adds superior wind protection for beating the chill.

Swedish company Craft add a Gore Windstopper membrane to the chest panel of this base layer, which adds impressive protection against the wind. With wind protection next to the skin, it frees you up from having to wear a windproof outer layer and gives you a little more versatility.

The rest of the base layer is made from a polyester fabric with channels to help breathability with good air movement, and it's very soft next to the skin.

The fit is very good, but the Windstopper membrane lacks much in the way of stretch so it produces a slightly tighter fitting base layer. Once on though, it's very comfortable, with a tapered torso and short sleeves, and a comfortable collar.

It's been a good choice for the crazy spring weather with its rain one minute, heatwave the next. Because the base layer provides such good protection from the wind, I've been getting away with a long sleeve jersey over the top and coped where I would typically reach for a gilet to keep the wind at bay. For that reason the Craft base layer means you can wear fewer layers which is undoubtedly more comfortable.

The Zero Extreme is really a good choice for autumn right through to spring. Even as the weather has started warming up I've still found it a good choice on blustery days when the wind can provide a chill.

It costs a bit more than a regular short sleeve base layer because you're paying for the Windstopper material. The flexibility of clothing options it provides you with, not to mention the protection from the cold wind, makes it a very versatile choice. It's a premium base layer and does work very well, and is ideal for spring weather.

Verdict

Versatile wind-cheating base layer that earns its keep.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Craft Zero Extreme Windstopper short sleeve

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Developed to keep you at the optimal temperature throughout any workout in fair , cold and windy conditions. Be Active Extreme Windstopper® is made of a thin, lightweight and elastic micro polyester fabric and Gore Windstopper® panels. The polyester combines CoolMax Extreme and Thermolite fibers to provide excellent moisture transport and body temperature management. The Windstopper® panels are placed in exposed areas and move individually, providing wind protection and freedom of movement simultaneously.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Windstopper® Front and shoulder panels

Seamless torso

Ergonomic fit

Soft feel

Temperature range: 0° to 10° Celsius

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Top notch.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Fantastic, removes the need for a gilet on windy days. Good in the winter too.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

No concerns here.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

The polyester is very comfortable but the Windstopper membrane does prove a little restrictive when pulling it on.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

It's more expensive, but then if you factor in the cost of the gilet it can essentially replace, it's not so bad.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well, combining Windproof performance into a base layer is the work of a genius.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The Windproof front panel.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

 

4 user comments

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So good I bought a second one!

posted by paulfg42 [374 posts]
11th June 2013 - 20:27

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I love this jersey, but if I could change one thing I'd make it longer at the front so you could tuck the Gore wind stopper round you delicate bits. Chilly willy was a big issue for me during winter night rides! Surprise

posted by antozzi48 [17 posts]
11th June 2013 - 21:44

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I have a couple to, they are probably the best single item I have in my extensive cycling wardrobe. Even wore mine last Sunday when although it was 20c there was a cool wind, I knew if I went with a normal base layer I'd have a gilet on most of the day so used this instead and was comfy the whole ride in it + s/s jersey

posted by fuzzywuzzy [59 posts]
12th June 2013 - 7:34

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"I have a couple too..."

Yeah, I know...tiresome £$&ker grammar pedant!

posted by Hasis [36 posts]
13th June 2013 - 16:01

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