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Craghoppers Tarbert Half Zip Fleece

Wearing the Craghoppers Tarbert Fleece at the renowned Moraine Lake near Banff [© Jean Gormley]

The Craghoppers Tarbert Fleece is a warm and very wearable multipurpose lightweight stretch jacquard fleece construction garment, writes Mike Gormley.

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This is another one of the Craghoppers brand’s really useful everyday wearing garments. I took it away on a recent trip to Alaska and Canada and found myself wearing it for all sorts of occasions. Plenty tidy enough to wear as a general daywear top and perfect for the long flights.

The front zip pocket is ideal and note also the underarm panel of cooler more venting material [©JG]

It has a very good level of warmth to deal with the chill days and evenings and makes a very good mid-layer, if not quite up to the cooler weather. I used it a lot, so it needed a ‘shower wash’ and was not difficult to get dry for the next time.

Sleeve cuff showing the discreet and featured thumb loop [©JG]

The Tarbert has a very handy, if not essential, well-sized, zipped chest ‘phone’ pocket. The hem has drawcord adjustment if required. What initially looked like coloured ‘features’ on the cuffs, are in fact thumb loops; very handy when cold and when pulling a jacket on over the Tarbert. The front zip is a half zip and it zips up well into the collar to keep the chill out when required.

Ship’s eye view of a very soggy Juneau, the capital town of Alaska ~ the Tarbert was fine when on the ship but needed back-up when out in the town [©JG]

The outer material is a one-way stretch jacquard for ease of movement and gives the Tarbert a different, perhaps featured, look. The inner surface is a very cosy feel fleece for added warmth. The pocket and under arm sections are made for thinner material which also is part elastane. As for many of Craghoppers’ clothes, this fleece is made partly from repurposed plastic bottles ~ about fourteen.

The weather in Juneau was a bit much for the Tarbert alone so I teamed it up with the previously reviewed Craghoppers Compresslite jacket [©JG]

This sample is Chilli Red which I really like, but there are four other colours to chose from to suit your taste. Another great garment from Craghoppers.

Exploring the Stanley Park near Vancouver on another good day for the Tarbert as although sunny it was quite chilly out of the sunlight [©JG]

Footnote: In the lead photo I am wearing the Tarbert at the renowned Moraine Lake near Banff, having walked up onto the terminal moraine for a better view. It was a good evening and I was warm on the walk but it was chilly when at rest so the Tarbert provided welcome insulation.

[images © Jean Gormley]

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