Review by Arnie P
The Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M was provided for review.
Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M
The Craft brand began in 1973 when the Swedish inventor Anders Bengtsson donned the first set of underwear and went for a run. Now, on most days people see Craft employees leaving the office for an outdoor activity testing their latest products.
The Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M is a base layer long sleeve top with a half zipper and a collar. There are bands of ribbing along the outsides of the sleeves and vertical bands on the front and back of the shirt. The location of the vertical bands are right and left of center. The shirt is a solid color with the ribs being lighter. The collar fits well around the neck. I find the height of the collar perfect. The fit around the neck is snug but not tight. The zipper extends down to the sternum on me. This shirt is long for me as it extends about 8 in below my waist.
Specifications on product received
Measured weight: 10 oz/283 g
The washing instructions are in international symbols. My interpretation is: wash at or below 40C (104F), do not bleach, do not tumble dry, do not dry clean, use a cool iron on reverse side. I will use my standard wool washing method (warm water with Woolite soap on a gentle cycle and hang dry).
Trying the Drama Wool Comfort Zip M
When I applied for this test, I did not have a choice of colors. Although I would not have chosen this color, once I removed it from the package, it did not look like it would have looked on a computer monitor. This is a good color to have during hunting season. In the fall, I hike in areas during hunting season.
When I tried it for the first time on my skin, I could feel a slight itchiness. I wore it for 4 hours the first time. The next time I tried the shirt, I wore a long sleeve silk undershirt for the first layer. I wore that combination in the house when I was not active. At 64F in the house, I felt cool, but not uncomfortable. I added a sweater and felt warm, but not hot. Since I felt comfortable with the silk undershirt, I will wear it unless I specify otherwise.
Out for a walk
The next time I walked to the plaza, it was 30F, high humidity, and it felt raw outside. I put a down jacket over the Drama Wool Comfort Zip M. On the return trip, I stopped at Starbucks for a pound of coffee beans. My hands and face got cold. Since I had a backpack, I could warm my hands in my jacket pocket.
In my next report, I will share the results of hiking with my Wednesday hiking group, and more local walks. I will go to the gym and cardio exercise. My gym is cold in winter and in summer. My testing will be over when the hot weather of summer arrives. I will be in my basement with my pellet stove running. I will be there when the temperature reaches at least 85F. This should be a good sign of performance in warmer weather. I won’t be able to replicate a hot humid environment. There’s always a chance I will find something else interesting to report about.
I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Craft for the opportunity to test the Drama Wool Comfort Zip M base layer shirt. Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say.