Fleece is warmer, dryer, and softer than almost any other synthetic material currently available. A quality fleece jacket can be one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you own. The most important characteristics to look for in a fleece jacket are flexibility, lightness, aeration, softness, proper fit, and overall value.
We realize finding the perfect fleece jacket can feel like quite the undertaking. In order to simplify your shopping process, we have poured over hundreds of fleece jackets and chosen ten of the best fleece jackets currently available.
This jacket does a great job of regulating your body temperature. Lightweight composition makes it a smart choice for active adventurers as well. It’s clear that plenty of thought has gone into the conceptual design and material quality. Hydrophobic water wicking fabric repels moisture on the exterior and helps sweat evaporate easily from within. A quarter-zip design adds an additional ventilation factor. It’s perfect for brisk morning hikes or long cold weather strolls. This jacket is also durable, so you can depend on it season after season. It’s a great option for transitioning from fall to winter. Wear it as an exterior jacket in temperatures as low as 40º Fahrenheit, or for colder temperatures use it as one of your base layers. It’s also non-restrictive and allows for a full range of motion. It won’t get in the way or slow you down. It’s an attractive and versatile option made of premium quality materials that balance utility and comfort well. On the downside, it runs small and is prone to shrinkage. You’ll definitely want to go up a size.
This particular fleece jacket is the kind of outdoor garment that you’ll be glad you own. The Denali runs truer to size than the North Face TKA 100 Glacier. It has an updated design that clearly factors in performance and consumer satisfaction and makes utility a top priority. The relaxed fit gives you more limb mobility as well. The unique inner zipper design allows you to pair this fleece with any compatible North Face outerwear options, a definite bonus. It will stay secure under a coat all day without shifting or twisting around. The water-repellent fabric of this jacket is thick enough to trap air and keep you toasty warm in cold weather while remaining breathable enough to allow moisture and sweat to escape and evaporate easily. The only downside is that it has been designed for compatibility with North Face Gear. While it will fit under other coats, the extra zippers seem out of place and can be annoying.
The Condor Alpha Tactical Fleece Jacket is a great option for wilderness explorers who want a frugal and utility friendly option. It’s made of 100% polyester and is reinforced with abrasion-resistant nylon, which increases durability and overall functionality. The two-inch extendable sleeves have thumb holes for a secure fit when you’re on-the-go. Other useful features include the full front zipper and the adjustable drawstring waistband. With two 4″ x 4″ hook and loop shoulder patch panels, a vertical chest pocket, and two more slanted hand pockets, you’ll find that this jacket has a variety of tactical possibilities. We particularly like the sleeves. As far as material construction goes, the outer shell is comprised of polyester, super fine fleece, and features oxford style reinforcement. Overall, this is a durable jacket that comes at a fantastic value. On the flip side, if you want lots of color choices, you may be out of luck. This jacket only comes in four, very similar, colors.
If you’re not planning to climb any mountains this week, this is a comfortable fleece jacket that can be worn almost anywhere. It’s made of super soft fleece and has plenty of room, so you won’t feel stifled or constricted. The oversized fit cut keeps you warm, comfortable, and cozy all day long. One-inch double elastic cuffs and a tailored design keep it from riding up without making it too restrictive. A tapered contrast color adds an element of style to the 1/4 zip design. It comes in ten color choices. Unfortunately, we’d be lying if we said the design wasn’t a bit dated. It also doesn’t have any pockets and the baggy look isn’t very flattering. This jacket could use a few style updates. Still, for the price, you can’t beat it. It’s a quality garment that’s extremely comfortable.
Outdoor enthusiasts know that a warm and high-quality fleece jacket can make any wilderness excursion more enjoyable. This is that sort of fleece jacket. Besides the fact that it’s durable and designed to hold up well under cold or wet weather conditions, it’s downright sharp. This is one of the most attractive jackets that we’ve seen so far. It’s as nice as The North Face Denali, but a bit more flattering. It has a tailored design that accentuates the shoulders while slimming the waistline, you really can’t go wrong. It also comes in eight trending colors that compliment any skin tone. It’s constructed with 100% polyester and other imported materials. It also zips all the way down. Large zippered pockets and an embroidered logo add to the appeal. Your inner explorer will love this super-comfortable microfleece jacket. It has a center back of 28″ and runs true to size. However, if you are planning on wearing a thick shirt underneath, you’ll want to go up a size as this jacket may feel tight. We find this to be a bit frustrating. Other than that, this is a great looking and very comfortable microfleece option.
The Limelight has an interesting build. It features a large front door and a smaller D-shaped door in the back with two vestibule areas. It does have good livable space, but we’d prefer this tent for single camping. The large double door is excellent, but most campers will have trouble getting into the smaller door in the back without disturbing the tent. Vestibule space is minimal, so you’ll have to store a lot of your gear inside. The full coverage fly is made of 68 denier polyester taffeta with a 1500 mm waterproof rating, and the catenary style floor uses the same 68 denier fabric with a 2000 mm waterproofing.
DAC Pressfit poles are a highlight of the tent and provide excellent structural integrity. Pitching uses a color-coded system to cut down on confusion, but make sure you guy out the fly properly, so you don’t get rain or splash back in the floor mesh vent. It comes with a footprint making fast pitching an option, but it does add weight to an already heavy pack.
What kind of list would this be without a women’s option? This is a true fleece jacket, equipped with a hood and a water-resistant shell. It’s a stylish and functional option that looks great and feels even better. This jacket combines cutting-edge fabric and insulation technology with smart tailoring and construction for a garment that’s durable, light, comfortable, and breathable. It has the ideal amount of air permeability and warmth, so you can wear it in a variety of situations. It would work well for hiking, trekking, backpacking or climbing. Not planning on wearing this jacket on the trails? It would also be a comfortable option for daily casual wear. The soft moisture-wicking materials keep you warm, dry, and comfortable all day. We love that it’s odor resistant as well. It’s also a very attractive option. It comes in nine color combinations and all standard sizes. The only downside is the price. It’s a little more expensive than other options. Still, for the quality and design, we can’t say that the price tag is unfair. This jacket is well worth the money.
A hybrid sweater and fleece under layer, this is an extremely warm and comfortable option. This jacket has been created using knit polyester and fleece. It’s extremely dry, warm, and durable. It’s also aesthetically appealing. The attractive sweater-knit face of the jacket gives it an upscale feeling, while the super warm interior allows it to be utilized by the active outdoorsperson in you. The long raglan sleeves have been designed for mobility and comfort for wearing under a backpack. The layered interior fleece dutifully wicks moisture away from your torso and underarms.
Two zippered hand-warmer pockets are available for small item storage while a zippered left-chest pocket allows you to easily keep valuables safe. The shape-holding design of the micro polyester jersey style trim keeps this jacket from losing its shape if machine washed. The back of the neck and bottom of the hem have been reinforced for added abrasion resistance. This is a quality jacket that could be worn in the wilderness or to any semi-casual gathering. It’s classy, yet rugged. The only disadvantage is the price tag, which is somewhat high.
Marmot has a history of producing warm and durable outerwear. As they have been making reliable active outdoor gear since the 1970s, it’s no surprise that this jacket is both comfortable and utility-friendly. This fleece would be a great option for jogging, daily wear, or as an underlayer. It’s lightweight and durable and of quality construction. We like the design, reinforced collar, and loose fit. The little accents in contrasting colors are attractive as well. Other impressive features include wind flaps, bonded zippered pockets, breathable polyester velour panels, reinforced cuffs, and a lifetime warranty. On the downside, the loose fit may not be appreciated by everyone.
Like the Arcteryx Delta LT Jacket, it has a loose feel at the bottom. It also isn’t as stretchy as some other fleece options. Still, the larger design makes it great for layering under a coat or over a thick thermal. It also dries quickly, so if you get rained on, you won’t be wet for long. You could comfortably wear it at home while lounging on the couch or under your coat while trekking through the frosty terrain.
Another Arcteryx fleece, this is a high-quality option that can be worn in the great outdoors. It’s got a hoodie design that is made of abrasion resistant fleece. It’s great for layering or wearing as your sole outer layer, depending on the temperature. Unlike the Arcteryx Delta LT Jacket, this jacket is true to fit. It has an almost tailored feeling to it. It’s also very lightweight. It won’t encumber your movement or feel restrictive. It also has a wide neck that with a hooded collar that looks futuristic and won’t make you feel stifled when fully zipped. The only disadvantage of this jacket is that while it isn’t too loose or baggy at the bottom, it’s a bit short. This can be frustrating for shoppers with longer torsos. If you’re taller, you’ll want to go up a size. The good news is that it fits snugly enough that even if you do go up a size, it won’t feel too loose or baggy. This fleece comes in nine color combinations, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Finally, our favorite feature of this jacket is the way that it fits in the arms or shoulders. It accentuates muscular builds while bulking up slimmer individuals without looking too thick or chunky. All around, this is a stylish and attractive fleece jacket. If you want something that’s comfortable, versatile, and aesthetically appealing, it is worth your consideration.