Please read the instructions below this size chart before ordering. We have indicated whether this size chart uses body or garment measurements in the notes below the size chart. Allow 1cm variance for all garment measurements (as an example a 56cm garment measurement has a variance of 55-57cm. Please factor that into deciding on the size to order.)
To select cm (cm) or inches (in") please see the top left corner of the size chart table.
Please read the information below before selecting your size to get the best fit & save on returns costs:
⊙ We have included the following estimated conversion sizes for UK / US / EU sizes for this product. However, please do still scroll down and always use the garment measurements and instructions to get the best fit. Size 8/XXS: UK Size 6/8 | USA Size 4 | EUROPE Size 36 Size 10/XS: UK Size 10 | USA Size 6 | EUROPE Size 38 Size 12/S: UK Size 12 | USA Size 8 | EUROPE Size 40 Size 14/M: UK Size 14 | USA Size 10 | EUROPE Size 42 Size 16/L: UK Size 16 | USA Size 12 | EUROPE Size 44 Size 18/XL: UK Size 18 | USA Size 14 | EUROPE Size 46 Size 20/XXL: UK Size 20 | USA Size 16 | EUROPE Size 48 Size 22/3XL: UK Size 22 | USA Size 18 | EUROPE Size 50
⊙ The measurements shown in the size chart above are garment measurements so should be compared to the measurements for a similar garment you already own, rather than your body measurements. For instructions on how to measure please scroll down to see 'Three easy steps to ordering the right size' below. Once you have worked out your size please scroll back up this page to place your order for this item.
⊙ You can view the size chart in inches or centimeters by clicking on the "cm" or "inch" text on the green bar above the chart.
Three easy steps to ordering the right size:
You will need the following items:
• Measuring tape
• A flat surface (such as a table or counter)
• A notepad and pen
• An item of clothing from your wardrobe that fits comfortably and is similar to the one you wish to purchase (e.g. if you are looking at buying a collared shirt then use one of your own collared shirts to compare measurements to.)
TIP: If you do not own a similar fleece, then using a collared long sleeve shirt or jacket which is a comfortable fit will give you an idea of the size which will fit you the best.
Referring to the images above, place your garment on a flat surface and record the following measurements:
A. 1/2 Bust/Chest: Measure across the front of the shirt from armpit to armpit.
B. Sleeve Overarm: Measure from the end of the cuff to the shoulder seam.
C. Centre Back Length: Measure from the nape of the neck on the back of the shirt to the bottom hem.
Compare your measurements with our size chart and order the size closest to those measurements. Chest/bust is usually the most important measurement if you are in a hurry, but checking all three will make for the most comfortable fit.
TIP: If you do not have a measuring tape, use your credit card. The long side of a credit card measures 8.5cm and the short side is 5.4cm. Simply use the centimetre measurements on our chart and divide by 8.5cm to get an idea of how many credit card lengths equals the measurement you are recording.
Please note: If you are unsure about which size to order, please contact us before ordering and we will help you as best we can.
⊙ Weight: 600g / 10.6oz.
⊙ Made from soft, warm, double-bonded Rufiji™ fleece fabric with a tight weave.
⊙ Adjustable elasticated waist to suit conditions.
⊙ Elasticated cuffs.
⊙ Full-length zip.
⊙ Storm flap at the top of the zip for extra warmth.
⊙ Two zipped hand pockets.
⊙ Packaged in a bag made from recyclable paper as part of our 'say no to plastic' environmental philosophy.
The SafariElite Fleece is made from the warmest, cosiest bonded fleece. This safari essential has undergone thorough sampling and testing to assure style, warmth, and comfort on safari and every day.
It is usually very difficult to look good in a fleece. Our original fleece has been completely re-designed and re-styled to earn the SafariElite name. We sourced the most comfortable double-bonded fleece fabric we could find and sampled and tested it until the final product met our high standards. The Rufiji™ fleece fabric has a tighter weave and is double-bonded for extra warmth and a smoother finish. The result is a fleece that meets your needs as a safari essential and which you will use day in and day out around the house, outdoors, on the farm, or in the countryside – whenever a chilly breeze blows or you wake up to a crisp, clear morning.
The waistband is elasticated and has an adjustable drawcord and toggle, allowing you to adjust your fleece to suit the conditions. The cuffs of this fleece are also elasticated to prevent draughts going up your sleeves. The full-length zip goes right up to the chin with a storm flap so the chill doesn’t creep in when your fleece is zipped up. With a Sand-coloured outer and a Sage-coloured inner and storm flap inner, the combination of these colours gives this fleece a stylish two-tone look.
All of these features combine to keep you insulated from the cold. The two zipped hand pockets are perfectly angled to slip your hands in to keep them toasty and keep your accessories close at hand.
You may be asking: “A fleece on safari?” Trust us, on the back of an open Land Rover at six in the morning or eight in the evening, it does get cold! Much of Africa is also over 1000 metres above sea level (the Masai Mara, for example, is at 1,500 metres - the height of many ski resorts in Europe) and this contributes to the morning and evening chill. Please do not be fooled by hot midday temperatures - the hotter it is at midday, the earlier you go on safari. The simple fact is you will be very cold without a safari fleece, as the quote below confirms.
You will need a fleece for the majority of safaris. Not convinced? Please read the quote below, or contact us:
"My husband did not procure one of your safari fleeces before we went and alluded to the fact whilst shivering on the back of a Land Rover on an early morning game drive that obviously you knew what you were talking about." R. Kneller, on safari in Botswana in October - one of the hottest times of the year in the Okavango Delta region!
Say no to plastic packaging
Your Rufiji™ clothing is packaged in a recyclable paper bag. At The Safari Store, we are working hard to eliminate plastic from all of our packaging. This forms part of our commitment to a green future and the preservation of the environment, so future generations can enjoy pristine natural spaces.
*Please do not assume your size. Always check the size guide.
Rufiji™ SafariElite Bonded Long-Sleeved Fleece – Further Information:
⊙ MATERIAL: Made from 100% warm, soft, double-bonded, tightly-woven Rufiji™ fleece.
⊙ ELASTICATED WAIST AND CUFFS: The elasticated waist of the Rufiji™ SafariElite Bonded Long-Sleeved Fleece is a design feature which allows you to adjust the waist of your fleece according to conditions by means of the drawcord and toggle. Trap the warmth and avoid cold drafts by adjusting it to a snug fit. The elasticated cuffs prevent draughts creeping up your sleeves.
⊙ ZIPS: The Rufiji™ SafariElite Bonded Long-Sleeved Fleece comes with a full-length zip which zips right up to the chin with a storm flap so your neck is not exposed when it gets chilly.
⊙ POCKETS: The two zipped hand pockets are at perfect angles to keep your hands toasty and to keep accessories and items close at hand.
I'm so glad I bought this fleece, as it has the warmth I wanted from my other not-warm fleece. You can feel it will keep you toasty even before doing up the zipper. I love the design of it, and the sage green lining. It's not as soft as I expected, but I'm guessing it will soften the more I wear it, like a pair of jeans -- and I'll be wearing this loads, for sure.
10 May 2023
A really good quality fleece. Beautiful colour, and nicely warm. The measurements provided, were correct. Very friendly and great service when I had questions about the size and the shipping. Very happy that I bought this fleece.
8 Jun 2020
I am so pleased with this fleece, it’s a perfect size 12 fit
29 May 2017
A really good quality fleece. Lovely colour, and very cosy. I am a high street 16, but bought a size 14 based on the measurements provided, which fits well. For me (bingo wings!) the sleeves could just be slightly wider at top of arm to allow for shirts underneath. Delighted I bought this.