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Swazi/Ray Mears Hooded Back 40 Shirt - Tussock Green


Swazi/Ray Mears Hooded Back 40 Shirt - Tussock Green


Brand: Swazi
Weight: 586 g         21 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. The Tussock Green colour has also been chosen by Woodlore, and 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 280 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: Tussock Green

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  Overseas deliveries
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  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


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Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
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United Kingdom

Product Reviews

Swazi/Ray Mears Hooded Back 40 Shirt - Tussock Green is rated 5/5 based on 21 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 21

  I've now used the Swazi/RM Hooded Back 40 Shirt for a few weeks cycling and walking. As the weather has recently turned cooler and wetter, it has come into its own. The fleece is a fairly heavy weight one and performs well. Like all Swazi items the shirt is of good quality and well made. It's warm, comfortable and seems durable (although only time will tell). I have other, lighter fleece items from Swazi, such as the Brocco, and they are still going strong so hopefully this should last. Very pleased with my purchase and would recommend to those thinking of purchasing. Woodlore dispatched the item quickly too. It was ordered on a Sunday evening and dispatched by the following afternoon and it arrived within 2 working days. Thanks Woodlore.  

  Steve Aylmer
28th October, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 21

  Great bit of clothing. I was a bit concerned about whether I should have got size XL when I purchased this item but I have absolutely no concerns. As soon as it arrived I put it on and it felt very comfortable, the pockets are great. It felt very warm next to my base layer, it was a relatively cold day, a light jacket on top, no problem, well satisfied. When I'm out and about I shall be wearing this garment more often than not. Swazi has become to me, my clothing of choice, this is no exception, can't rate it highly enough. Even though I'm not one for hoods per se, I've made an exception with this..the hood feels snug and the garment feels just right, not feeling heavy at all, unlike some I've had in the past. Again thank you to everyone at Woodlore.  

  Mark Adam Armley
15th February, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 21

  Very warm and practical. The hood and zip up collar do well keeping the wind out and protecting your neck a feature I like as I spend a fair bit of time outdoors in autumn and winter. Decent level of water repellency. The breast pockets are particularly helpful for stashing things away like small note book.  

  Pete M
7th January, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 21

  Now the third one of these incredible shirts/fleeces I’ve had which I guess says it all! Amazing quality, superbly comfortable and super super warm!  

  John Thornhill
2nd December, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 21

  Great item as always from the site. Prompt delivery, fitted well with the exception that although it’s the same size as the Doughroaster I’ve got, it does come up slightly smaller. The Doughroaster in the same size I can get a base layer & the wool power top underneath with plenty of room, this one I can only get a base layer on under then it’s snug. Well-made and nice to have a hood, my only other criticism is it’s a shame it doesn’t come in olive, the colour is nice but if worn out & about in woods or camp it will get dirty rather quickly but all in all it’s a quality item.  

  Stephen Hart
16th May, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 21

  This shirt is now my absolute favourite piece of clothing. It is comfortable to wear, warm and practically designed. The hood is a great addition too. The zip and cuffs mean it is easy to control your temperature so you don't need to keep taking it on and off. It is hard wearing and well-made. The only thing that has stopped me wearing this every day since I bought it is the hot weather we've had this summer! A fantastic product and once again Woodlore service and delivery was impeccable.  

28th July, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 21

  Highly recommend this item! Tremendous fleece by Swazi... Warm, breathable and a fleece I wear by itself or comfortably under my Fjallraven No8.  

15th May, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 21

  I ordered this during the freeze at the start of March so delivery took 4 days, no fault of Woodlore just bad conditions on roads. As for the Swazi back 40, fantastic fleece, very warm, strong winds will go through it but it is still very warm. I used it in -7C with a tee shirt under it and was toasty warm. The hood is very useful and keeps the neck and head warm. This is not a light fleece like some cheaper ones but a thicker fleece and more heavy duty and hard wearing and I am very happy with it. Thanks to all at Woodlore. Paul  

  P Barrett
23rd March, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 21

  This is a fantastic shirt made by Swazi.  

  Paul A Hemingway
10th May, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 21

  Absolutely delighted. Wore this shirt this morning under my Tahr XP anorak (which is also brilliant) and although it was wet, cold and windy, I was extremely toasty. I would highly recommend this great piece of kit. Also the hood is really a touch of brilliance and adds to comfort in inclement weather. Thank you for a great item and the superfast delivery.  

  Stuart John Fear
8th February, 2017

Rated: 5/5

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