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Fleece Jackets - The Insulating Layer
Arctic, Antarctic and Mountain Clothing

Fleece is a polyester velour material that creates air pockets so trapping and retaining body heat. There are a wide range of fleeces available, some for real bargain prices. Despite initial appearances, you do get what you pay for. Less expensive fleece fabrics just can't retain their insulating qualities and non-pilling appearance after repeated use and laundering, they also start off with less insulating properties for their bulk.
Advantages of fleece:
  • Provides warmth without the weight and bulk of traditional insulating fabrics
  • Very breathable to provide comfort in all activities; does not restrict the movement of water vapor
  • Dries quickly to minimize heat loss
  • Machine washable
  • Versatile; appropriate for a broad range of activities
  • Available in light, mid, and heavy weight constructions to provide a choice of insulation level
  • Many styles are also available with a water and wind-repellent surface that sheds rain and snow. This makes fleeces suitable for use as an outer shell layer in many conditions. However, do not assume that you will be able to get away with using a fleece as a permanent outer layer in all conditions, they are no substitute for a proper wind-proof and water-proof outer shell. In Antarctica (and other environments too) you NEED a fully windproof outer shell.

    In selecting clothing for cold and extreme weather the priorities are:
  • keep the body warm, particularly fingers and toes
  • allow for free removal of perspiration
  • allow free movement
  • be comfortable at all times, whatever the weather
  • Layer one: underwear / base layer (can be short and thin or long and "thermal")
  • Layer two: the insulating layer, tops & pants - This Page
  • Layer three: outer shell layer
  • Men's Fleece Jackets
    More men's fleece jackets

    Dynafit Men's Technostretch Thermal Layer Jacket $104.95

    Norr Lofoten Warm1 Fleece Jacket - Men's
    On sale - now $92.56

    - was $108.9

    Patagonia Synchilla Marsupial Fleece Pullover - Men's
    On sale - now $70.85

    - was $109

    Kuhl Men's Rival 1/4 Zip
    On sale - now $69.99

    - was $109

    Patagonia Men's Synchilla Marsupial $109

    Columbia Thermarator II Fleece Jacket - Men's
    On sale - now $65.97

    - was $109.95

    Salomon Men's Cruz FZ Hoodie $109.95

    Outdoor Research Men's Radiant Hybrid Hoody $110

    Marmot Power Stretch Fleece Jacket - Men's
    On sale - now $74.72

    - was $114.95

    Women's Fleece Jackets
    More women's fleece jackets
    Lole Women's Jogs Cardigan $100

    Dynafit Women's Technostretch Thermal Layer Jacket $104.95

    Norr Lofoten Warm 1 Fleece Jacket - Women's
    On sale - now $65.34

    - was $108.9

    The North Face Morningside Hooded Fleece Jacket - Women's
    On sale - now $76.97

    - was $109.95

    Eider Women's Feel Jacket $109.95

    Mountain Hardwear Women's Pyxis Jacket
    On sale - now $81.99

    - was $109.95

    Outdoor Research Women's Habitat Jacket
    On sale - now $59.99

    - was $110

    Marmot Power Stretch Full-Zip Fleece Jacket - Women's
    On sale - now $80.47

    - was $114.95

    Marmot Women's Power Stretch Jacket
    On sale - now $79.99

    - was $114.95

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