A fleece is a versatile item of clothing that everyone should have in their wardrobe. Find out why and how to choose the perfect fleece for you in our fleece clothing guide.
What is fleece?
Fleece clothing is made from a manmade synthetic fibre (not to be confused with the woolly coat of a sheep or goat!). Most fleece is made from 100% polyester.
Fleece clothing includes fleece pants and fleece gilets but more commonly refers to fleece jackets and tops. Fleece is the ideal material for a mid-layer as it is made from long lasting synthetic fibres that are able to trap air and keep you warm. Fleece tops are generally manufactured with different weights and varied technical features to suit different purposes.
Types of Fleece
Thin and lightweight microfleeces are a great mid-layer but are also ideal outerwear in milder weather. A microfleece will provide a low level of insulation whilst the breathable properties make them perfect for active pursuits.
Weight is the key priority with this type of mid layer so you are unlikely to find features such as pockets or hoods.
Our Snowdon and Montana Fleece are popular choices season after season because of its lightweight feel and effective insulating system.
Ideal for: General wear, walking or high energy activities such as running or skiing.
The most versatile and common fleece type, a mid-weight fleece is ideal for every-day wear and for many different activities.
Mid-weight fleeces have a higher level of insulation, comfort and breathability than microfleeces.
For example a mid weight fleece would perform well as an outer layer whilst on a country walk or as a warm layer under a waterproof jacket in the mountains.
Our Ash fleece for men and women is a popular mid-weight fleece. It is thick enough to keep you warm on a cool day but can equally be worn under a jacket for added warmth in the winter.
Ideal for: Everyday, climbing and mountaineering, or in conditions where you require ease of movement, flexibility and you do not need a lot of extra insulation as you will be producing body heat naturally.
Textured fleece comes in many forms, most often a waffle or fluffy fleece will be described as textured. Our Yogi and Yeti textured fleece are super soft and perfect for keeping you warm on a winters day.
Ideal for: Every-day wear on cold autumn or winter days.
When a fleece is described as anti-pill this means the fabric has been treated to prevent little balls (or pills) of thread appearing on the surface of the fabric. These balls of thread are mostly a result of abrasion when washing and drying. The anti pill treatment means the fleece will be bobble free for longer.
Fleeces are designed to keep you warm and although they are breathable, to allow moisture out, most will not keep you dry if worn on their own in the rain. Some fleece will however feature a showerproof membrane making them suitable for light showers.
Some fleeces feature a windproof membrane within the inner lining. This membrane will stop wind penetrating the garment allowing you to stay warmer with the use of fewer layers. Our Mens Bernard Fleece is an excellent examples of this.