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Fleece Tops

The best fleece tops, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on March 8, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Fleece Top Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Pullover

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Craghoppers Corey Half Zip

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Rab Nexus Pull-On

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Patagonia Better Sweater Rib Knit 1/4-Zip

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Rab Nexus Pull-On

The Rab Nexus Pull-On fleece jacket is a comfortable, light, and warm mid-layer that breathes well and has an adjustable deep chest zip. Minor complaints include some pilling after 18 months of use, and a little floppiness in the collar. Rab is not as prevalent in the U.S. but I found this in a large coop online shop when searching for a lighter mid-layer. Previous fleece options for me were too bulky to pack along with a puffy, but now I can take both on cold weather trips as the Rab Nexus Pull-on… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Mountain Equipment Eclipse Hooded Zip-T

This warm base layer is perfect for those who go where it is really cold and those who just feel really cold whatever the temperature. It wicks, breathes, and dries well allowing it to handle the hot and steamy that cold weather activity can create. Can be combined with other layers as part of a passive insulation system, but excels in active applications.                                            Active fit follows body contours.Specs: Hang Tag Weight… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Patagonia R1 Hoody

The second best in its category. If you're looking for a garment in this category you have a choice of the R1 Hoody, the North Face Proprius Full Zip and the Outdoor Research Transition Full Zip. The Patagonia is the "heaviest" with the largest waffle pattern inside. That means it's the warmest. It's more base layer than mid layer. The sleeves are the tightest, and I honestly cannot see how you could get anything but a "compression" style shirt underneath. Personally, I use a sleeveless wicking… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Shiftup Zip Top

The women's Shiftup Zip Top by Outdoor Research is a versatile mid-layer that keeps me warm and comfortable across a wide range of outdoor activities. The hexagon fleece wicks moisture efficiently and feels comfortable against my skin. Testing Conditions: I tested the women’s Shiftup Zip Top as a member of the Trailspace Review Corps from late October 2017 through mid-February 2018 in and around the New Hampshire White Mountains. Temperatures during testing ranged from about -20 to 45 degrees… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Patagonia R1 Pullover

Good, with certain limitations. I bought a 2017 model R1 Pullover because I liked the color and was intrigued by the awesome reviews. It's attractive and I get compliments every time I wear it. I know that means nothing to gearheads. Functionally, its ratio of warmth-to-weight is great; but as many people say, it does not stop wind. The 2017 sleeves are tighter than previous years, making it almost impossible to wear anything more than a "compression" shirt underneath. I find a sleeveless underlayer… Full review