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Fleece Jackets Buying Guide

Fleece Jackets Buying Guide

11.10.2023 | Outdoor Buying Guides

With winter on the horizon, fleeces are a great option for keeping you warm and comfortable without breaking the bank.  From working as a mid-layer during colder months to being a practical ‘just in case’ item for cooler days and nights, here’s everything you need to know about fleece jackets.

What is a fleece jacket?

Fleeces are products made of long-lasting synthetic insulating fabric, typically polyester. Lightweight, warm, and soft, they can be found in gilets, jumpers, trousers and jackets. Ideal for autumn, fleece jackets keep you warm on a cool day and can also be worn under an outer layer when it starts to get colder.

Microfleeces vs Mid-weight fleeces

Microfleeces provide a low level of insulation with breathable properties that make them perfect for active pursuits. Mid-weight fleeces have a higher level of insulation, comfort, and breathability, ideal for everyday wear and for activities such as climbing and mountaineering.

Is fleece waterproof?

Fleeces are not waterproof but can easily be paired with a lightweight jacket for rainy days. If unpredictable weather is your concern, a good option is investing in a 3-in-1 jacket like our Bracken Extreme 3 in 1 Waterproof Jacket, which can be worn in three different ways: as an outer waterproof shell, inner warm lightweight jacket or both together for waterproofing and warmth.

What are the features to look out for?

  • Full zip vs Half zip – Fleece jackets are most common for having full zip and are ideal if you’ll be removing layers throughout the day, whereas a half zip fleece goes over your head like a jumper and opens at the neck.
  • Anti-Pill – The fabric has been treated to prevent little balls (or pills) of thread from appearing on the fabric’s surface. The anti-pill treatment means the fleece will be bobble-free for longer.
  • Pockets – We all know what pockets are but where they’re located changes how useful they are. When on the chest, they are great for stashing small valuables.
  • Windproof – Some fleeces feature a windproof membrane within the inner lining which stops wind from penetrating the fabric, so you stay warmer.

Need to know which fleece is for you?

Read our ‘How to Choose a Fleece’ guide to find out more.

Check out Mountain Warehouse fleece jackets range