Engineered to make athletes lighter, faster and better, the Active Extreme 2.0 from Craft Sportswear claims to take the performance base-layer to a whole new level.


Building on the baselayer Active Extreme, which was worn by 38 medalists at the Sochi Olympics, Active Extreme 2.0 is made of a double-layer fabric featuring CoolMax® Air, a new generation of performance fibers engineered with a propeller shape that offers air permeability and drives moisture from the skin. The fiber surface area is bigger than generic wicking cross-sections, providing a larger surface area for movement of sweat – which results in faster and greater moisture transport.

In addition, this exceptional high-tech fabric weighs in at a mere 100gsm, making the new collection 20gsm lighter than its predecessor.

The 2.0 comes with technical features such as 3D fit and body-mapped mesh panels with big holes ensuring total freedom of movement and superior ventilation. As a result, the garments allow elite athletes and enthusiasts to perform with optimal body temperature during racing and high-intensity workouts in mild to cold conditions.

The collection comes in several colorways, including a fluorescent and reflective version for extra visibility when wearing the 2.0 as a single layer.

✔ CoolMax® Air performance fibers
✔ Lightweight fabric, 100 gsm
✔ Ergonomic 3D design
✔ Mesh panels with big holes in hot spots
✔ Flat, smooth seams

The Active Extreme 2.0 has now been launched and is available to buy.

We have had the opportunity to review this new baselayer from Craft and while they claim it is “engineered to make athletes lighter, faster and better”, we’re only really able to verify that we were comfortable while trying to become lighter, faster and better!

This is designed to be a tight fitting top, and it doesn’t disappoint. The fit remains as snug after a few washes and doesn’t lose its shape at all. We tried the short-sleeve version and the arm length is great, it doesn’t creep up and that’s the same for the body length. This was especially noticeable on the bike, when leaning forward, there wasn’t any skin exposed and it remained comfortable and in position throughout the ride.

During runs, a long bike ride and a day hiking up in the Brecon Beacons, this top was doing its job and keeping the body warm and dry. The design ensures that the parts of the body where you’re sweating more have the means to keep you dry. The only thing to note, is being aware of what you put on over the top, as a non-breathable jacket for example, limits the capacity to keep you dry. It’s not a mistake you make twice!

The stitching compliments the fit and there wasn’t any itching or irritation. It’s almost invisible under layers, and is a good investment as the cold weather is almost upon us.


  • Overall: 4 out of 5
  • Price: From £34
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