Move over merino, it appears yak wool is taking over as the new all-natural baselayer fabric of choice. Kora Outdoors was the first to launch yak wool apparel last year and now New Zealand upstart Peak to Plateau aims to join the charge.
Earlier this winter, Kora sent me one of their Azog Hooded Jackets to test out. An extremely versatile midlayer, it has served me well for skiing, hiking and ice climbing the past few months.
As consumers flock to more natural fibers and brands look for a way to distinguish themselves, merino sheep are being passed over for the more exotic llama, bison, and now yak. Active wear company Kora creates apparel made from yak wool sourced directly from nomadic herders in the Himalayas.