Great review from airsofters and outdoor adventurers, Noble & Blue, of The TAD Gear Shagmaster:

This piece has been in the TAD catalogue for as far back as I can remember, and simply resists the gentrification that’s absorbed the rest of the brand’s output.

Pile fleece is criminally underrated in the era of hard face fleece and Power Stretch. The interesting story behind it is that Malden Mills – which is now known as Polartec – started out making toilet seat covers from this very fabric.

That’s right – the toilet seat covers (and mats) came long before the idea to make the stuff into clothing.

The fabric was first adopted for use in apparel by UK and Norwegian North Sea fishermen, and the rest is history. We now have more types of fleece than it’s possible to list.

For more anecdotes about technical fabrics (including this one) it’s worth reading Let My People Go Surfing, by Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard.

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