Sherpa Tsepun Zip Tee Zip (2014)

Features
From a company owned by Sherpas, the Tsepun Zip Tee has a chest pocket big enough for a credit card or the like. Nice details include the ‘endless knot’ symbol on the rear neck and ‘prayer flag’ zip, plus padded cuffs and collar. The zip is generous: more like 1/3 than 1/4. The women’s equivalent is the Dikila. 5/5

Fabric
While ‘synthetic’-feeling, this is still extremely comfortable. Warm but light (271g for a size M), the DryZone polyester/nylon mix fabric (soft-touch inside but open-weave outside) wicks incredibly quickly, dries fast and is SPF 50-rated, making it good for snowy heights. Antibacterial silver ions also reduce synthetic-prone odours. 5/5

Fit
The fit is looser in comparison to some other base layers, and when unzipped, the Sherpa Tsepun Zip Tee has a bagginess to it that allows great ventilation. When pushed up the cuffs don’t dig in. 4/5
 
In use
This is a great base layer for cooler weather – spring, autumn and winter – which at this price is generally what you’ll be buying. The top feels good when on, and the fabric substantial and superb at wicking moisture. There are no chafes, and no discomfort with a rucksack; however the chest pocket, while handy, can interfere with the sternum strap of a rucksack. The only thing likely to be in there is a credit card or key, but both could form sweat patches or cause points of discomfort while walking. 4/5

Value
This is a pricier base layer, which for a synthetic product with no wool content is a gamble. But it’s high-quality, no doubt. 3/5

Verdict
The Sherpa Tsepun Zip Tee is a great top which may be worth the stretch if you’re after warm layer (and want a pocket). 4.2/5

Verdict
The Sherpa Tsepun Zip Tee is a great top which may be worth the stretch if you’re after warm layer (and want a pocket). 4.2/5

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Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine October 2014