Bright fun looks meet instant warmth thanks to an extra layer of Borg material in the unisex Tyrell, a lovely hooded option for casual use as outerwear in chilly conditions.
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Craghoppers Tyrell Fleece: first impressions
The first thing we wanted to know when setting eyes on Craghoppers’ Tyrell Fleece was – is it as cozy as it looks? And we quickly found out that, yes, it is. Pull on this hooded half-zip fleece and you’ll want to live in it all winter.
While Craghoppers call it a mid layer, the thick Borg fleece (Borg is a synthetic, shearling-like lining that adds warmth to fleece) and large hood of the Tyrell make it better suited as an outer layer worn on crisp clear days – you’ll struggle to get it under most waterproof jackets.
The fleece used to make the Tyrell is recycled using no less than 25 bottles, for eco-friendly brownie points, and two generous zipped pockets hold a phone and other essentials.
• RRP: $80 (US) / £60 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Unisex
• Sizes: S / M / L / XL / 2XL
• Weight: 755g / 1lb 10.6oz
• Colors: Avalanche Blue / Winter Lagoon
• Compatibility: Great for walks and for casual use as an outer jacket
Craghoppers Tyrell Fleece: on the trails
For our best women’s fleece jackets buying guide, we tested the Tyrell out on camping trips and trail walking adventures in Cornwall, and loved reaching for it to sling on for frosty morning walks, or when cooking in the campsite.
The hood is comfy but cut on the wide side, so it doesn’t always stay put in windy weather. While this unisex design is on the boxy side, the adjustable hem and elasticated cuffs trap in heat nicely and create instant warmth.
A note on sizing – this is a unisex design but the Small is still pretty small, so women who are usually a medium or a large should plump for that. Lastly, we love the bright and bold zigzag pattern of the Tyrell, which looks cheerful on the greyest of winter days – who says fleeces need to be boring?
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.
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