The best fleece tops, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 2, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
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The R1 Hoody is one of Patagonia's iconic fleeces for a reason: Just the right amount of features, and expertly laid out. While the latest version (2021) isn't as warm as previous years, the added length and even better "mini gloves" are just too good to pass up. What's left to say about this—a clothing article bound to be included on the Mount Rushmore of Patagonia clothing (and perhaps on the entire outdoor industry's Mount Rushmore for that matter)? As it turns out, just a bit more! Patagonia… Full review
An all-around, all-purpose midlayer that has been designed with the small details in mind, like a long torso length that stays tucked in no matter the activity, a chest pocket that sits below a pack’s sternum strap, and a sleeve length that is long enough to actually enjoy the integrated thumb holes. Useful in a wide range of activities and in a wide range of temperatures, from the single digits to 50°F. Testing Conditions I’ve tested the Helio Hoody for nearly four months during the fall and… Full review
A winning fleece layer from Patagonia. It’s light, soft, warm, and wicks moisture well. Despite the fluffy appearance, appears to be very durable. Great outer layer on cooler days, mid-layer for colder situations. INTRODUCTION Patagonia R1 fleece has been around for a long time. I first wore one twenty years ago. Light to mid-weight, extremely versatile for layering, it’s absolutely no surprise that it has remained, in evolved form, in Patagonia’s lineup. R1 Air Crew The R1 Air merges the… Full review
Alpaca is an incredible insulator, non-stinky, and still warm when wet. I love merino as a base layer, and have found the All-Paca Fleece to be a breathable, yet super warm next layer, functional even when wet. Lightweight and luxury feeling, is like wearing a hug, especially at the end of the day or during a break! Truth is I love alpaca. The animal, the fleece, visiting alpaca farms. I also love merino and have long "heard" as a spinner of these fine fleeces, that alpaca is not as durable, and… Full review
Very lightweight fleece base/mid-layers—dry quickly and a lot of warmth for the weight. Kuiu is probably a name a lot of folks aren't familiar with. They are a brand that focuses on backcountry hunting, but they make a lot of really good outdoor clothing suitable for any outdoor pursuit. I'm reviewing both the Peloton 97 zip hoody and zip-off bottoms, same material. I had read some really positive reviews on the Peloton 97 zip hoody and was looking for a really light fleece top and this fit the… Full review
A good choice for the environment...and myself:-) I've owned a couple of these recycled and recyclable fleeces. I gave one of them away after five years—and it was still in great condition. The one I still use must be 18 or 19 years old and looks a bit tatty now, but it still keeps me warm. This is a simple design—no zips and only one pocket. I lost one of the collar snaps, along the way and the material is thin and pilled. The pullover carries scars from house painting days and from campfire… Full review
A cosy three-season sweater which is durable, comfortable...but not really "technical" in the outdoor activity sense. High quality material and manufacture, minimalist design, which has its own appeal. Microfleece is one of the most useful weaves of this ubiquitous material. It resists pilling and abrasion much more effectively than looser, heavier fabrics. This means it is quite warm for its weight, but doesn't allow perspiration to evaporate as well as some competitor fabrics. I own a number of… Full review
A classic piece of cross-over kit. I've got both the jacket and pull-on versions of the Nexus. Both of them tick lots of boxes for me. I find that the cell structure of thermic fleece works well to retain body heat as effectively as bulkier heavier fleeces do, so you can travel lighter. The 6% elastine component of the Nexus is spot on. These garments are very comfortable to wear and the pull-on is easy to get on and off. Freedom of movement is assured (a lot more so than pull-ons with lower elasticity… Full review
Polyester fleece with a soft fleecy interior and a sweater-knit exterior. Heavier and less breathable than a comparable technical fleece like Patagonia's R2; not what I would think of as a great technical mid-layer fleece. More a heavy sweater for colder weather. Looks great—love the heathered color and rib knit. In fairness, this is not generally the kind of fleece I gravitate toward for harder outdoor activities. There are better choices for wicking moisture, warmth-to-weight ratio, technical… Full review