Have you checked out Craghoppers yet? This outdoor brand is quietly but steadily winning a place in my heart. Their clothing is consistently practical, affordable, comfortable, and stylish, and they have an especially nice selection of kids’ outdoor wear, which can be hard to find.
The Craghoppers Appleby Half Zip is my kid’s current favorite pull-over for fall, but he actually wore it most of the summer as well, starting with a trip to Iceland.
When we returned, I thought the Appleby would find a place at the back of his closet until the weather cooled, but instead, it was trotted out on camping trips as a light layer in the mornings and to the coast, where it’s perpetually windy in our part of the world.
I know it will make for a great mid-layer this ski season, and right now, it’s his go-to light jacket for school days. The combination of the Appleby being all-season and multi-purpose, plus being an item of clothing my kid actually loves, makes it well worth its modest price tag of $50.
The Appleby Half Zip is made of recycled fleece, and features elasticated bound cuffs and collar…no sleeves getting all grimy from dragging over kids’ hands. It’s thick and fluffy, but still lightweight, and has contrasting stripes that makes it more fun for kids to wear.
As you’d guess, you get a half-zipper, that comes to mid-chest, and the neckline is a half-turtle style, that rises to the chin if needed but can also be folded down in nicer weather.
Definitely grab the Appleby now so your child can get as much use out of it as possible: this is a piece that will work well from fall all the way through next summer, as a staple in cooler weather then as a travel essential when you need a light layer.
The Appleby comes in size 5-6 to 13 year, and I think it runs true to size. My small 12-year-old fits nicely in the 11-12 size.
It washes nicely, staying fluffy and not pilling, and has not shrunk at all. The only downside: it doesn’t pack down too small, given its fleecy nature, but it doesn’t wrinkle, either.
Pick up the Appleby in two colors on Craghoppers: quarry grey or dark plum for $50. Or look for deals on Amazon (we found the Appleby there in multiple additional colors including turquoise, moss and pink for a bit less).