Craghoppers NosiLife Tee Shirt
TEST SERIES BY LARRY KIRSCHNER
INITIAL REPORT - April 25, 2015
FIELD REPORT - July 18, 2015
LONG-TERM REPORT - Sept 17, 2015
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5' 9" (1.75 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
I've been an intermittent camper/paddler since my teens, but when my kids were avid Boy Scouts,
I caught the backpacking bug. Now that they have grown up, my wife and I plan to continue our adventures on the
trail. I consider myself a mid-weight backpacker because I like comfort, but I can always learn to go lighter and
April 25, 2015
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Country of Manufacture: Sri Lanka
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.craghoppers.com
Color: N/A. The shirt I am testing is "palm green"
Weight: Measured 7.25 oz/205 g on non-digital scale (size XL or Eur 56)
Craghoppers is a UK-based company that is focused around the
production of "World Travel Clothing." For this test, I will be
evaluating the NosiLife long-sleeved t-shirt, which is a product
so new there is little information available about it on the
company's website. From the hangtag that accompanied the shirt,
the shirt is designed to provide "moisture control" and provide
sun protection rated at UPF 30+. It is also noted to be
lightweight and to be constructed of an "easy care, quick drying
fabric". There is no information on odor control, so I am
assuming this shirt does not have anything like that. On the UK
version of the website, it shows that the shirt comes in "black
pepper" (=dark grey) and "faded indigo" (=medium blue) in
addition to the "palm green" I am testing.
The shirt itself is a long-sleeved t-shirt meant to be worn as a
baselayer. It is constructed of 61% polyester, 36% cotton, and
3% elastane, a composition which is indicated on a small tag on
the inside of one of the seams near the bottom of the shirt. The
shirt also is labelled "Insect Shield" repellent apparel, to keep
away those nasty bugs. The chemical that makes this shirt
bug-repellent is permethrin 0.52% w/w. It is worth noting that
the "Insect Shield" designation is not specific to Craghoppers
items, as I have other camping/backpacking gear with this same
treatment (such as the BugAway bucket hat I reviewed a few years
back). There are also tags and designation from National
Geographic, noting the connection between Craghoppers and the
National Geographic Society. As an outdoorsman, I think this is a
good thing, but I don't know it has much to do with the shirt
The shirt has standard construction for a t-shirt, with a double
stitched round collar. The blended fabric feels soft and smooth.
The seams appear sturdy and well-made. There is an embroidered
"Craghoppers" on the left front chest area, and a small symbol
on the left sleeve near the shoulder. Because these are
embroidered with a greenish thread, they are barely visible on
the background of the pale green shirt.
INSTRUCTIONS and WARRANTY
Instructions for washing the shirt are provided in multiple languages (English, French, German, Dutch,
Spanish) on the inside shirt tag which lists the materials. The tag simply reads (in English) "Wash dark
colours separately. Do not bleach. Do not use fabric conditioners. Do not tumble dry. Cool iron.
Do not dry clean. Do not iron on print. On the front of the tag, this information is also provided in
symbols for experts, and large red letters read "KEEP AWAY FROM FIRE". It would have been handy to know
if there were any issues with washing this shirt in a washing machine. The attached tag describing the
Insect Shield technology indicates that "Repellency remains effective for 70 washings. Do not dry clean."
On the back of the tag it further states "Dispose of garment in trash. Wash separately from other clothing.
Refer to hangtag for more information." The Insect Shield hangtag indicates that normal home laundering
is recommended, and repeats the warning not to dry clean, as this will remove the active ingredient.
In terms of a warranty, there is nothing that accompanied the shirt. The Craghoppers website "Returns"
tab indicates a "100% guarantee." If the customer is in any way dissatisfied, the good can be exchanged
or returned, provided they are unused and sent with the original labels and packing, including proof of
purchase. Faulty items can also be returned, although more details are not provided. Another section
of the website (the "Register Guarantee" tab) indicates that all clothing is guaranteed for life for
faulty production, which (reasonably) does not include normal wear and tear or misuse. However, this
is limited to items that were purchased directly from Craghoppers via the web or catalog. They recommend
that all other problems be addressed by the location where the product was purchased.
The shirt feels well made, and I am looking forward to taking
it on the trail. I'm not really sure how warm this shirt will be
on the trail, as there isn't much info available.
EXPECTATIONS for the Craghoppers NosiLife Long-sleeved T-shirt:
This baselayer t-shirt seems fairly lightweight, so I'm expecting
it will be quite comfortable in the warmer weather, and the sun
protection is a bonus. I'm not quite sure yet if I will need to
bring an extra long-sleeved shirt for warmth, though. I'm a little concerned
about the use of a cotton blend in this shirt. Although I love to wear
cotton for the comfort, it is usually something I avoid on the trail. I'll
have to see if there are any issues as the test proceeds.
THE STORY SO FAR
- Soft, comfortable fabric
- Seems well made
- Bug repellent technology always a plus
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- The green color not my favorite
- A little worried about a cotton blend on the trail
July 18, 2015
Field Conditions and Experiences
Over the past few months, I have taken the Craghoppers shirt with me on a bike ride and 2 backpacking trips.
For the bike ride, I wore it as a baselayer on a 25-mile / 40-km bike ride in the spring, when temperatures were about 60 F / 15 C.
The first was a 3-day/2-night 18 mile / 29 km hike on the Zaleski Backpacking Trail in McCarthur, Ohio.
Elevations were 750 -1000 ft (230 - 305 m), and the weather was sunny, with temps 65 F / 18 C overnight, up to 87 F / 30 C with HIGH humidity during the day.
No wind either, so it felt really hot. The terrain was very up and down, especially during our 11 mi/ 17 km trek on Saturday.
The second trip was a 3-day/2-night 16 mile / 26 km hike on the Adventure Hiking Trail in Corydon, Indiana.
Elevations were between 450 and 850 ft. (137 - 260 m). The weather was again sunny,
with temperatures between 75-92 F (24-33 C), and it also quite humid (60-70% most of the day).
The terrain was similar to the first trip.
The first time I wore the shirt was on the bike ride. The fabric is rather soft and quite comfortable.
I felt like it did a good job blocking the wind on the ride as well.
The weather on both backpacking outings was not good-too hot and humid. On the first trip,
I wore the shirt the first night in camp, thinking that it might cool off. The weather stayed hot and humid,
and so did I. It was really uncomfortable, but I'm not sure that any shirt would have been comfortable under those conditions.
I wore the shirt on the third day of the trip, when I hiked about 5 miles/8 km out. The shirt kept the sun off my arms,
but it was still unpleasantly hot. On the second trip, it was so hot the shirt never made it out of my bag. I would
comment that the shirt packs down nicely in my backpack. Lastly, as described above, the shirt is treated to be bug repellent.
Although it was hot and humid on the days I wore the shirt, I didn't really notice any problems with bug bites. However, I'm not especially
sensitive to bites, and
I don't think bugs were a huge problem for anyone else in the group. Thus, I'm not sure I can attribute my good fortune
to the shirt. I will try to keep an eye on this as the test continues.
WEAR AND TEAR
I've worn the shirt a total of 3 days so far, and washed it twice so far. There is no visible wear and
tear yet, but I can't say that it has gotten a lot of action so far.
Overall, I like the shirt. It is comfortable to wear. I'm still not sure how warm it is, as each of my trips so far as been unusually hot. I'm going backpacking in the mountains next, so that should be a much better chance to see how this shirt does for me.
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September 17, 2015
FIELD CONDITIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Over the past 2 months, I took the NosiLife long-sleeve t-shirt as my warmth layer
11-day/10 night 80 mile (130 km) backpacking trip in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
near Cimarron, New Mexico. Elevations ranged from 6500-11800 ft (1980-3600 m).
Temperatures ranged from a high of 80 F / 27 C during the day to a low
of 40 F / 4 C overnight. We got rain on 4 days, including some extended rain
lasting a few hours on 3 of the days.
Although it wasn't especially cold most nights, it was chilly on the nights we
camped above 8000 ft (2440 m), which was about 5 nights. On those evenings, I
tended to put on the Craghoppers shirt when I got into camp, either by itself,
or on top of another t-shirt. I found that the Craghoppers shirt plus a
lightweight fleece kept me plenty warm down to the mid 40's F (5-8 C). On the
night it was 40 F/ 4 C, I wore my raincoat on top and was fine.
On the last day of the trip, I wore the Craghoppers shirt for the entire hike.
We started early, so it was about 50 F (10 C). After a few minutes of warm-up,
I was fine the rest of the day. It eventually was sunny and warm, but I did not
feel overheated in the shirt, and the long sleeves actually protected me from sun
exposure on my arms. Here is a photo of me and the fabulous Mrs K enjoying the view
from 9006 ft / 2745 m.
We also had a few days of rain on the trail. The first day it rained most of the
afternoon, I got cold quickly when I got into camp. I put on my Craghoppers shirt
as a dry underlayer, followed by a fleece. This enabled me to quickly warm up and
I felt much better after that.
Even after 11 days on the trail, the shirt was a little dirty but otherwise looked
good (just like me!).
More importantly, it did not have a strong odor, which is always a good
thing! I didn't have any issues with bugs when I wore the shirt, although I'm not
sure I can completely attribute this to the shirt. Could be, though.
I have washed the shirt 4 times now (I washed it after taking it camping, even if
I didn't wear it). It still looks great and has no obvious wear.
Overall, I found the Craghoppers NosiLife long-sleeved t-shirt to be a comfortable
baselayer shirt that kept me warm in cool temperatures. It does not have
a "skin-tight" fit like some of my other baselayer shirts, and I generally liked
this feature. This shirt will definitely join the rotation of backpacking gear
for trips, especially when cool weather is expected.
Things I liked about the Craghoppers NosiLife T-shirt:
Things I disliked about the Craghoppers NosiLife T-shirt:
- Comfortable fabric that kept me warm
- Somewhat loose fit was nice
- Sturdy and well made
- Bug repellent
- Minor quibble: scoop neck design leaves more room for potential sunburn around the neck
Thanks to Craghoppers for providing this shirt for testing, and to BackpackGearTest.org for giving me
the chance to participate in the evaluation process.
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