I get it. You’re setting off on your gap year and have visions of tropical islands, bright blue skies and sunny weather in your head. The last thing you are thinking about is a warm, furry fleece. But a good fleece can be a godsend on an extended round the world trip, and if you are going to carry one, it may as well be a good one.
The truth is, if you are on an extended trek around the world you will have to contend with a range of climates from hot and tropical to downright cold, and for that you will need to plan ahead and have with you a range of suitable clothing. Even if you are sticking to a hot or tropical regions such as the tropics or deserts, there will be times where an extra layer will come in handy. Travellers tend to forget that they will often have to contend with sub zero air con on long distance buses in Asia, cooler air if you head up into mountainous regions or go on a sunrise mountain trek, and even deserts get cold at night. All times when you need something to keep you warm.
Put very simply, a nice, light fleece as an extra layer is an essential bit of kit.
The Corey fleece from Craghoppers is about as good as you will get. Soft, warm, comfortable and lightweight, you can pull it out when you need it and easily fold it away into your pack when you don’t without adding too much weight or taking up too much space.
The one downside to this fleece that I will get out of the way is the sizing, many Craghoppers gear does tend to be on the less than generous size. I am a big guy with some muscle, and the XXL fits me, just. So I would recommend if you like a little bit of give in your clothing get the next size up. Saying that however it isn’t a huge problem, you just have to make sure you order the right size for you.
When you do have it on the fleece is ultra comfortable. I have had many Craghoppers fleeces over the years and all have without fail more than lived up to expectations, and the new Corey fleece is no exception. I genuinely wear this all the time when the temperature requires it. The Corey fleece is also easily washed too, drying relatively quickly and requiring no ironing in my experience, which makes it perfect for a life on the road.
One of the best aspects to this new range of fleeces however is the fact that it is made of recyclable material.
With absolutely zero impact on the price, comfort or feel of the fleece, Craghoppers have now upped their environmental credentials by ensuring that the Corey fleece is now made partially out of recycled plastic bottles. Seriously. I’m not joking.
I have worn this almost non stop since I received it and I honestly – hand on heart – cannot tell any difference whatsoever. It is still as warm, as comfortable and as soft as my other Craghoppers fleeces. If I hadn’t have been told it was made out of recycled materials I would not have known!
So when wearing this fleece, eco conscious travellers can be warm and comfortable whilst being assured that the great performance product they are wearing is having a positive impact on the envioronment.
I’m sorry, but that is just damn awesome!
The Corey fleece is an amazing product for backpackers or gap year travellers regardless of destination, and one that is perfect for taking with you on long extended trips or shorter excursions where the temperature will require something a little warmer than usual.
It is warm, comfortable, comes in a range of colours to match your style and is at a good price point. I’d say that this is a must have in any gap year packing list.
Ready to buy? You can get your very own fleece here.
This review was possible with a product supplied by Craghoppers. The views and opinions expressed are the authors own and are honest and factual without any bias. No incentives are ever accepted in return for positive coverage, and in the instances where assistance or products has been given by travel industry professionals and services, full editorial integrity is maintained and all reviews will remain honest and forthright.