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ColdPruf Quest Performance Base Layer

Initial Report - November 3, 2017
Field Report - coming soon
Long Term Report - coming soon


TesterNAME:            Brett Haydin
EMAIL:            bhaydin AT hotmail DOT com
AGE:                44
LOCATION:     Madison, Wisconsin, USA
GENDER:         M
HEIGHT:          5' 11" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT:         200 lb (90.70 kg)
CHEST:            42 in (107 cm)
WAIST:           36 in (91 cm)
SLEEVES:        33 in (84 cm)

I started backpacking in Wisconsin as a youth, being involved in Boy Scouts programs. As a young adult, I worked at a summer camp leading backpacking, canoeing and mountain biking trips. I now generally take short weekend or day trips. I plan several longer trips each year in different parts of the US, where I typically carry about 40 lb (18 kg). I prefer to be prepared and comfortable, but I have taken lightweight trips as well.

Initial Report

Product Information & Specifications

Trying on the base layers
Manufacturer: Indera Mills Company / ColdPruf
Year of Manufacture:  2017

Manufacturer's Website:
MSRP: $32 Pants
            $40 Mock Zip Top
Listed Weight: N/A
Measured Weight Pants: 10.5 oz (298 g)
Measured Weight Tops: 8.1 oz (230 g)
Color Tested: Black (only available color)
Size Tested: Large (also available in S, M, XL, XXL)
Material: 85% microfiber polyester, 15% spandex
Warranty: No questions asked replacement - anytime.

Other Details provided by Manufacturer

    • ColdPruf Technical Fiber Polyester with SILVADUR™ Intelligent Freshness
    • Fabric Weight: 6.5 oz.
    • Tagless and Flat Seams for Added Comfort
    • Extended body and sleeves for ultimate athletic fit

      Product Description

      The ColdPruf Quest Performance base layers are synthetic tops and bottoms that serve as the first layer to help wick moisture away and provide additional insulation. ColdPruf is owned by the Indera Mills Company. For this test, I am using the Men's Mock Zip top, but a crew style and a mock neck style are also available. There is only one style of pants. Both the pants and tops are packaged in separate, re-sealable bags. The base layers incorporate SILVADUR, a patented polymer-containing silver technology that is applied to the fabric. This technology inhibit microbial growth resulting in longer lasting garments while controlling odors.

      The pants have a 1 in (2.5 cm) elastic waist band with COLDPRUF and their logo integrated into the fabric. The seams are all flat. The leg cuffs are hemmed at the ends as well. There are no tags on the interior, but rather the sizing and laundering instructions are printed on the interior. The wording also states that the product is manufactured in Mexico, but with American components.

      The shirt top has a 9 in (23 cm) zipper that is considered a 1/4 length. The top of the zipper has a triangular shaped amount of fabric sewn over the top for comfort - no zipper rubbing on my chin, yay! The zipper pull is a loop of webbing printed with COLDPRUF. Like the pants, the seams are all flat and have 0.75 in (2 cm) hems at the waist and cuffs. The back has a small ColdPruf logo printed on the back in silver. The back also has a drop tail, meaning it extends a little further down the backside to provide extra cover. The sleeves are on the long side, but that is by design for the "Ultimate Athletic Fit" according to the manufacturer.

      Initial Impressions

      The Quest Performance base layers appear to be a superior set of base layers. The stitching is flawless. The fabric is smooth to the touch and felt great when I tried it on. The stretch of the fabric means that this is a perfect fit! While the lengths of the leg and arm cuffs are a little long I actually prefer that. Many of my other base layers leave a little gap at the end of my limbs that can leave me feeling a little cold in the winter. I can't wait to get in the outdoors and play with these!

      Reading the Instructions

      Right away, the manufacture recommends washing the base layers before wearing for the best fit. This gave me a great chance to follow the laundering instructions. Wash in warm water with like colors. Detergent must be bleach free. The base layers should be dried on a low setting. I am happy to report that the base layers fit perfectly still.

      The website is full of useful information. I was able to search for base layers by temperature rating (cold, very cold or extreme cold) and by activity type (low, medium and high). The Quest Performance layers are designed for any of the conditions, however when I searched the THERMACHOICE link, the layers fall under the cold/very cold and medium/high activity categories.  It is just a minor discrepancy, but I do hope it lives up to the extreme cold!


      The ColdPruf Quest Performance base layers are a comfortable set of base layers right out of the box.

      Pros: Excellent fit, comfortable fabric.
      Cons: None so far.

      This concludes this initial report. I would like to thank the Indera Mills Company, ColdPruf and for allowing me to test the Quest Performance base layers. Please check back in approximately two months so see how the layers have held up with the start of winter.

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