Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
I tend to be the only person in our house who feels the cold, everyone else will be walking around in t-shirts and I can have a jumper and body warmer on and still be cold. It doesn’t bother me putting lots of layers on; I was brought up in a draughty farmhouse with no central heating so when you were cold you just added another layer. I now live in a centrally heated house but if there is only me in the house it really doesn’t seem worth putting the heating on so I rely on jumpers to keep warm. My Heat Holders Snugover fleece jumper arrived just as the weather changed so I was able to try it out straight away.
The luxurious Heatweaver fur like thermal fleece has a 1.4 tog rating to keep you lovely and warm, even on the chilliest of evenings. It has a funnel neck which you can tighten with drawstrings to keep you cosy. I am 6’ tall and I like my jumpers to be long enough to cover my bottom and the men’s L/XL Snugover did just that. It was a good length and the drawstring enables you to custom the fit to your body shape. The Snugover has two front pockets; they are perfect for keeping your hands warm but not deep enough to put anything else in, apart from maybe a tissue. It is quite baggy but this means you can wear a couple of layers underneath.
I did find the drawstrings let the jumper down, there was nothing to stop the cords from going inside the jumper and on more than one occasion I lost one end of the cord and had to try and pull it out using a safety pin. I ended up tying knots at the end of the cord to try and stop the cord from disappearing through the hole, which did help.
Designed for warmth rather than style the Snugover isn’t a jumper that I will be wearing out of the house but it is perfect for popping on whenever you are feeling cold. You soon warm up once you are wearing it and I can see it getting a lot of use this winter. I will also take it next time we go camping as I can either wear it for bed or just in the evenings when it starts to get chilly.
The Ultimate Thermal Sock
My son’s favourite socks are his Heat Holders so when I received a pair for myself I was finally able to understand his excitement about them. On initial inspection they look like any other thick black boot sock but on closer inspection they have a lovely fleecy inner face to the fabric. This soft brushed inner maximises the amount of warm air held inside the sock for all day warmth and comfort. The socks have tog of 2.3 which means your feet are kept lovely and warm, even on the coldest days. The socks are quite thick so best suited to wearing in the house to keep your feet warm or with wellies or boots.
The socks wash well and keep their shape when dry.
If you want to save a bit of money on heating this winter and still stay warm and cosy why not knock down the thermostat a couple of degrees and get a HeatHolders Snugover and a pair of thermal socks and you will be toasty warm this winter.
RRP: Snugover £23.99 / Socks £9.99
Available to buy from www.heatholders.co.uk.