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March 30, 2021 – Kora (https://koraoutdoor.com), the pioneer in using yak wool for performance apparel, today announces the launch of its new Neema Collection, a lightweight blend of yak wool, merino, and CoolMax Eco™. The fabric is designed around four-season activities and provides thermoregulation and breathability in all temperatures.
Neema is the latest in Kora’s line of Hima-Layer™ fabrics, and after years of R&D and several generations of prototypes, the brand developed Neema’s lightweight performance blend of 20% yak wool, 40% merino, and 40% recycled polyester (a high-performance fiber with excellent wicking and quick dry properties).
The Neema layers are soft to the touch and have been designed as a stand-alone skin-fit summer layer or a lightweight base layer for all-year-round activities. The breathability and comfort makes it perfect for yoga, summer walks, or a cycling or SUP board adventure (as a water base layer under a wetsuit).
“We conceived, designed, and developed the Neema fabric from the ground up,” says kora founder, Michael Kleinwort. “Drawing on the needs of daily shifts between chasing kids, working, and sneaking in some exercise, we found that we wanted a light base layer that would perform all day outside, inside, and around the city. Neema offers all the benefits of yak wool in a fabric that’s lightweight, highly breathable, and easy to care for.”
The Hima-Layer Neema fabric is knitted in a rib construction so is super-soft, stretchy, and flexible. It’s easy to pull on and off and with extra length in the sleeve and body, it won’t ride up, making it perfect for cycling, yoga, or tucked under a mid-layer. Neema comes in at a lightweight 160gsm. The combination of yak and merino provides body temperature regulation and odor resistance, and the addition of the polyester keeps the body dry and comfortable.
Construction of the garments focuses on reducing bulk, weight, and waste; labels are now pad-prints. Inspired by the seams and durability of sailboat sails, the seams use a triple step zig-zag on an overlock seam to improve durability, last longer and have a flat, comfortable fit on the body.
The collection includes three styles for both men and women: tank, short sleeve crew, and long sleeve crew, and a relaxed-fitting hat. Neema is available in kora’s new colorways: light grey and sky blue.
The benefits of Neema’s yak, merino, and Coolmax combination include:
- Lightweight base layer with thermoregulation to keep the body cool in the heat and warm in the cold
- Breathable and draws moisture away from the skin so you stay dry
- Naturally odor-resistant, so you can wear it for days at a time and pack light
- Super-soft and itch-free for more comfort
- Natural stretch that flexes as you move
- Machine washable; dries fast
Explore the new Neema collection at: https://www.koraoutdoor.com/collections/the-neema-collection
Founded in 2013, kora is the pioneer of harnessing the potential of yak wool for athletic pursuits, and sources its wool direct from a cooperative of nomadic yak herders, supporting their traditional way of life. Kora designs and develops all of its own Hima-Layer™ fabrics, which are used across its award-winning line of baselayers, midlayers, and accessories. Kora continues to push the boundaries of technology to create products for outdoor adventures using yak wool – the Himalayan miracle fiber.
Kora’s Mission: To craft yak wool’s miracle properties to offer supreme comfort; make the highest performance products on fair trade and environmental principles, and never compromise on quality or integrity. Learn more at https://koraoutdoor.com and visit @koraoutdoor on Instagram and Facebook.