Elements and activities – the Rufiji™ SafariElite Bonded Long-Sleeved Fleece:
Quick Facts: ⊙ Weight: 600g; ⊙ Made from 100% Rufiji™ double-bonded fleece fabric; ⊙ Adjustable elasticated waist; ⊙ Elasticated cuffs; ⊙ Two zipped hand pockets
Activities: ⊙ Safari✓ ⊙ Outdoors✓ ⊙ Travel✓ ⊙ Everyday ✓ ⊙ Outdoor hobbies✓ ⊙ Adventure✓ ⊙ Expeditions✓
Features: ⊙ 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
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. 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!
*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.
|cm / inch||8||10||12||14||16||18||20||22|
|1/2 Bust||50 cm||52 cm||54.5 cm||57.5 cm||60.5 cm||63.5 cm||66.5 cm||69.5 cm|
|1/2 Waist||46 cm||48 cm||50.5 cm||53.5 cm||56.5 cm||59.5 cm||62.5 cm||65.5 cm|
|Centre Back Length||63 cm||64 cm||65 cm||66 cm||67 cm||68 cm||69 cm||70 cm|
|Sleeve Overarm||60.4 cm||61 cm||61.6 cm||62.2 cm||62.8 cm||63.4 cm||64 cm||64.6 cm|
Three easy steps to ordering the right size:
With so many different brands from all over the world available on the high street and online, the only way to get your size right the first time round is to compare a garment you own and which fits you well with one of our garments.
STEP 1: You will need a measuring tape, a flat surface such as a table, a notepad to record your garment's measurements - and a similar garment which you own. If you do not own a similar outer layer, then using a collared long sleeve shirt which is a comfortable fit will give you an idea of the size which will fit you the best. 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.
STEP 2: Referring to the images above, place your garment flat on the table and record the following measurements: ⊙ 1/2 Bust/Chest - Across the front of the shirt from armpit to armpit; ⊙ Centre Back Length - From the nape of the neck on the back of shirt to the bottom hem; ⊙ Sleeve Overarm (if applicable) - From the top of the sleeve where it joins the shoulder to the end of the cuff.
STEP 3: Compare your measurements with our size chart and order the size closest to your 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.
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.