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Craghoppers Nosilife clothing

By Magnus Angus

Nosilife Sherman Gilet, light, practical and very wearable.
Nosilife Sherman Gilet, light, practical and very wearable.
Nosilife Angler's Shirt, insect repelling fishing shirt.
Nosilife Angler's Shirt, insect repelling fishing shirt.
Craghoppers Nosilife Cargo Trousers. Soft man-made fabric, so these are tough and fly-weight.
Craghoppers Nosilife Cargo Trousers. Soft man-made fabric, so these are tough and fly-weight.

Very well known for their outdoor clothing, designed in the UK, I associate Craghoppers with walking, travel and general outdoor wear, which can obviously also mean fishing wear, but Craghoppers now also offer a couple of garments designed with fishing in mind.

All three of these samples from Craghoppers are exceptionally light and pack down small, really small – a huge advantage for destination fishing.

The fabric in all three of these garments have the added benefits of Nosilife. “NosiLife clothing is treated with a permanent insect repellent that is proven to provide up to 90% protection from mosquitoes and other biting insects.” The idea is simple, rather than douse me with insect repellent, I can wear clothing which is permanently treated, so any time I pull on those trousers, that shirt or jacket according to tests I should repel midge, mosquitoes and ticks. I believe the repellent is a pyrethroid.

(As it happens I bought my first Nosilife shirt last year – not this model, but similar. As a rule midges like me, especially the ones by the trees in the park where I practice casting, tiny wee biting midge designed to torture! I started wearing that Craghopper shirt and it seemed to help significantly, still a few burning bites in my hair, but less, and nothing on my arms.)

Craghoppers Nosilife Anglers Shirt
Long-sleeved shirt, soft lightweight synthetic fabric, feels soft and supple, this is a rip-stop type fabric. The cut is slightly tapered, but the fit is fine. The design of this fishing shirt takes the way we move into account with 'gussets' under the arms – I can raise my arms to cast without chaffing or lifting the shirt – nice little detail.

The chest features an impressive set of pockets, two main pockets and four smaller 'sub-pockets'. The pocket flaps shut with Velcro and have a handy fabric loop on the flap. Craghopper provide a “hidden zipped security” pocket in the body of the shirt, for those worried about being robbed at the river-side?

An excellent fishing shirt with the added benefit of Nosilife treatment.

Craghoppers Nosilife Sherman Gilet

Lightweight sleeveless jacket/waistcoat. Similar fabric used for the shirt, fully lined with mesh. For bank fishing, river or lake, this type of waistcoat is still hard to beat. The main lower pockets are big enough for a decent fly box, nicely placed down low. In the left, lower pocket Craghoppers have fitted a small hidden waterproof pouch - for car keys, a small phone and or a fishing licence.

The main chest pockets are divided into assorted sizes, in my opinion these are not as useful as they look, a couple are too narrow/deep to get more than a finger into, not handy when you are trying to pull out a pair of snips or a small whatever from the bottom of the pocket.

Very comfortable to wear, extremely light weight, the mesh-lined fabric seems to offer more windblock and more warmth than I expected. This gilet is longer than my normal fishing waistcoats which are designed for wearing with waders, and frankly easier to wear, less cramped and far more comfortable.

Craghoppers Nosilife Cargo Trousers

Lightweight cargo trousers, same soft fabric, same Nosilife treatment. Craghoppers have used mesh for the internal pockets, at the sides and bum, in keeping with the lightweight idea of these garments but keys and the like can snag in there.

The waistband has elastic at the sides, good wide belt-loops. These fit easily and 'drape' exceptionally well. The leg, specifically the thigh, is cut slightly narrower than I expected, more like jeans than the baggier fit I expected – still they fit well.

The soft man-made fabric used for Nosilife Cargo Trousers dries easily, these resemble my nylon wading pants and could easily be used for flats wading. Note: where the lightest breeze whistles through my nylon wading trousers, the Supplex fabric used in these trousers is tighter woven, more wind blocking.



Price: £60 (Five sizes, small to XXL, three colours, blue, olive and parchment – sample is parchment.)
From: Craghoppers and stockists


Price: £75 (Five sizes, small to XXL, two colours, pebble and black pepper – sample is black pepper.)
From: Craghoppers and stockists


Price: £55.00 (Three colours: pebble, olive drab and black pepper. Waist and leg lengths from stockists.)
From: Craghoppers and stockists


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