User Review: Eddie Bauer Men's First Ascent Cloud Layer Fleece 1/4-Zip
Price Paid: $29
It's unusual I would be sitting down to review a fleece zip tee - - something we all don't pay much attention to.
But I've been wearing the First Ascent Cloud Layer for my past few outings and really love it compared to some of the other fleece zip tees I have, including several North Face Microfleece zip tee's. I generally use these as either a base layer with nothing under them or over a Patagonia Cap 2 or 3 zip Tee - - depending on the weather. I usually go with Capilene plus fleece combo if I might be wearing just the fleece without a jacket. I go with the fleece alone if it's really cold and I'm going to layer on top.
The Cloud Layer is very very good for winter layering either alone or with something under it. It's a slightly heavier fleece than the other Microfleeces, but not enough to make it bulkier. It has a nice heavy multi-ply collar that really helps you stay warm and it's a little higher than the other fleeces I have and really turtles up when you zip it shut - -the other fleeces I have use a single layer collar that aren't as warm.
And probably the best thing about it is the chest pocket. Most microfleece style zip tees in the price range don't have one. I like to use it to keep an energy bar warm in very cold weather, or carry accessories when I'm wearing it alone or with a wind shirt over it. Great feature !!
Overall this is a terrific product and a very good value from First Ascent.