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Swazi/Ray Mears Hooded Back 40 Shirt - Olive


Swazi/Ray Mears Hooded Back 40 Shirt - Olive


Brand: Swazi
Weight: 822 g         6 reviews
The Swazi Hooded Back 40 Shirt is a rugged, dependable, no-nonsense bush shirt made from heavy-weight polar fleece. It features a long-cut tail to keep your back warm while working hard, a high zip-up collar for extra comfort, domed cuffs and two spacious chest pockets for your kit and valuables.

When you're out in the wilderness you often have to depend on yourself, simply because there is no-one else around. So it is imperative to have gear that you can rely on. With this in mind, Swazi believe that there is no better, or more versatile a shirt, than the Back 40 Shirt.

Being a fleece garment, the Back 40 Shirt has the benefit of being extremely lightweight and quick-drying. In very cold or wet weather, the Back 40 Shirt is an ideal garment to be worn underneath the Swazi Tahr XP Anorak.

This particular version of the Back 40 Shirt is a revised model that is exclusive to Woodlore, following field tests and adjustments made by Ray Mears. The key alteration is the addition of a polar fleece hood, helping you to see out those extra cold days or long nights around the campfire, you will not find this special-edition garment anywhere else. As with all collaborations between Swazi and Ray Mears, the Hooded Back 40 Shirt features the subtle Ray Mears 'Snowshoe' logo on the right chest pocket.

Woodlore are proud to be working in conjunction with Swazi Clothing, a company who pride themselves on creating the world's most durable outdoor clothing.

Sizing: To choose a size according to your chest measurements, please select from the drop-down menu. The actual garment measurements are shown for your information in the sizing chart image.

  • Made from 350 gsm polar fleece
  • Custom corded hood
  • Exclusive to Woodlore
  • Subtle Ray Mears logo on chest pocket
  • Long-cut tail for back warmth
  • Two handy, large chest pockets
  • High zip-up collar
  • Colour: Olive

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  Overseas deliveries
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  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 30 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

Product Reviews

Swazi/Ray Mears Hooded Back 40 Shirt - Olive is rated 5/5 based on 6 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 6

  I’ve just bought another! Eleven years ago I purchased this top and it’s still going strong like all my Swazi gear. I use it for work and play in the Scottish Highlands for stalking, fencing, in the woods and on the farm to name a few. It's a very well made and robust fleece. Warm, slightly generous sizing (I’m not wee but a medium is just right I find). What more to say, hopefully it’s still available in another 10 years. It benefits from occasional washing with Nikwax fleece soap to keep it a wee bit proofed. Thanks Woodlore and Swazi for collaborating on this great top. Nat :-)  

  Nat Beckett
21st October, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 6

  Regarding the Ray Mears store, I am yet to buy something and regret it ... when we buy something from them, we do not buy just a product, we buy decades of experience. I see big value in that. Great products, great services. Greeting from Belgium.  

20th August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 6

  Fits well, comfortable and very good quality. So good, I bought the other colour  

  K Curtis
21st July, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 6

  Very well-made fleece shirt. I am 5 ft 7 inches tall and 170 pounds and it fits me well. I only wear a single shirt underneath. This is a thick fleece and not your usual thin type. The Olive colour is more of a beautiful deep green. The added hood is good to have too. Stitching is well done throughout. Comes with the Ray Mears logo, which I like!  

  Dana Rowsey
14th December, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 6

  What can I say, this is a fantastic bit of kit. Delivery is super-fast as usual. Have this already in the other colour and felt it was too light in colour to be used in camp as I would ruin it, this colour is perfect. I also got a size up this time as I felt my normal size large (the one I ordered previously) was a bit snug. The XL gives me plenty of room to wear a light merino tee, plus a woolpower original turtleneck with a 5.11 tactical shirt then the back 40 shirt. It might seem a bit on the expensive side but it is a well-made top with a great sized hood & nice zip up neck feature. Cuffs have poppers so you can roll up the sleeves and the pockets are large to carry all sorts of bits securely fastened with velcro & poppers so nothing comes out. I will be looking at adding the new Swanndri Ranger extreme to my ever growing outdoor collection next, such a shame they didn’t put a large hood on that as well seeing as they made the liner waterproof what a wasted opportunity.....  

  Stephen Hart
13th November, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 6

  I love this item and was greatly pleased by the quality of the shirt. It is perfectly fit and super warming. Just the right item for a warming back packing layer. Soft, just the right thickness and a lovely colour with a great hood, pockets, nice cuffs and great length. Very happy with this shirt.  

  Kirkland Baptie
21st October, 2019

Rated: 5/5

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