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Fleece Jackets

By Daved Brosche | Permalink | 2 comments | October 15th, 2010

Fleece Jackets – the perfect mid layer

On the hunt for a fleece jacket? We want to help you pick out the perfect fleece jacket. This guide will help you understand more about what to look for in fleece jackets and why you need one.

Fleece jackets are an invaluable piece of outdoor gear. They are warm, soft, and comfortable jackets that make good insulators and breathe well during aerobic activity. Fleece jackets make a great base layer in cool weather, and typically dry fast when wet compared to down or synthetic puffy-styled jackets. Only downside of fleece jackets is that they are not for serious cold though and they can be heavier and bulkier than down or other synthetic jackets.

While there are a variety of types of fleece jackets on the market, look for a jacket made with Polarfleece or Polartec. These two names are the trademarks of Malden Mills, original inventor of modern fleece and are popular, high-quality jackets.

Fleece jackets also come in different weights. The weight of your fleece jacket will depend on the type of activity you plan on using it for. Microfleece is perfect for a light first layer or for gloves, liners, and headwear. Medium weight fleece jackets tend to be the most popular. These fleece jackets are the most versatile because they work well as a mid layer or as a standalone jacket. The Polartec TM 200 series is one of the most popular weights because it provides excellent warmth without being bulky.

For colder activities you may want more weight in your fleece jacket. Polartec 300 and up provides a warm thermal layer for extreme colds. This weight is known to be the best insulating fleece on the market for fleece jackets. But keep in mind that the heaviest fleece is not going to be as warm as down or or some synthetics such as PrimaLoft. Also wind can permeate fleece pretty easily, so look for a fleece jacket that contains a wind-blocking face or wear the fleece under a shell to keep protected from the wind.

Not sure where to start? Here are some of our favorite fleece jackets:

Men’s Fleece Jackets

Women’s Fleece Jackets

Got a particular fleece jacket you like? Let us know!


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