Best Fleeces 2019: For Any Kind of Adventures | Surfdome blog

Who doesn’t need a fleece? It could be a lightweight mid-layer, it could be colourful, have a loud print, or it could be a discreet, fluffy and heavyweight top layer. Truth is… whoever you are and whatever you like to do, there is a fleece out there for you. Here is a selection of our favourite fleeces for 2019.
Quiksilver fleece
Let’s start with the basics: what is fleece, what do you use it for and how to choose it. 
Fleeces are named after the fabric they are made of… you guessed it, fleece. Mostly used as a mid or top layer, there is a wide range out there, but they all have properties in common. They are warm, soft, usually brushed (on one side or two), and provide great insulation and moisture management. Different fabrics perform differently so with a bit of knowledge you can find the perfect fleece for your needs. Before you go and explore our fleeces range and reviews, discover why fleeces were created and what can we use them for?
Before the polyester took over the clothing market, people used to wear natural materials like wool to stay warm. The problem with wool is that it tends to be itchy and doesn’t manage moisture well. In the late ’70s, this gap in the market – especially within the sports & outdoor markets – caught the attention of a textile maker: Aaron Feuerstein. He started to explore the potential of the polyester fabric: there had to be a way to produce warm clothes that would also wick the moisture away. Following few years of experiment, it isn’t surprising that Feuerstein started collaborating with Yvon Chouinard, the owner of the iconic brand Patagonia  (which was at the time nothing more than a little-known outdoor clothing company). From this collaboration, the first generation of fleece was created – called Synchilla. It was light, warm and moisture-wicking, ideal for staying warm and (reasonably) dry during outdoor adventures and perfect during cold winter days in the city. Fleece has since been explored and developed so there are many options out there, from heavyweight to lightweight fleeces, different fabrics as well as more technical and packable options. Check the following guide if you want to learn more and find the perfect fleece for you.
The following fleeces are a small selection from our extensive fleece range and feature some of our best-selling brands.

Patagonia fleecePatagonia Better Sweater Rib Knit 1/4 Zip Fleece

Patagonia best fleece

  • Gender: Men’s fleece
  • 100% recycled polyester material
  • Pull over fleece with a 1/4 zip.
  • Raglan sleeves facilitate upper body movement.
  • Ribbed pattern and texture on the face.
  • Zipped chest pocket on the left-hand side which is headphone compatible.
  • Stiffer jersey trim around the collar, cuffs, and hem.
  • Flatlock seams prevent rubbing against your skin.
  • Faire trade certified
  • Material: polyester
  • Weight: 499g

This regular fit fleece is ideal to use as either a mid-layer under a waterproof shell or as a top layer. It is fitted around the neck with the possibility to zip down the quarter zip for extra room and air on warmer days.

Patagonia Better Sweater Women’s Fleece Full Zip

 Patagonia fleece womenFeatures:

  • Gender: Women’s fleece
  • 100% recycled polyester material
  • Fleece backing, making the inside soft to touch.
  • The front zipper has an internal wind flap, plus a zipper garage to prevent rubbing on your chin. Making the fleece warmer and more comfortable.
  • Raglan style sleeves to reduce seam pressure when wearing a backpack
  • Zipped pocket on the wearers left upper sleeve
  • 2 zipped handwarmer pocket at the hip.
  • The stand-up collar keeps your neck extra warm when the fleece is zipped up.
  • Fairtrade certified
  • Materials: 100% polyester knitted fleece.

Slim fitted, this fleece is designed to fit over a t-shirt or thin layer. It’s fitted in the body, keeping you warmer and ideal for layering on top of. This technical fleece owns its place in our best fleeces 2019 fvorites.

The North Face fleece

North Face Gordon Lyons 1/4 Fleece

Features:The North Face fleece men

  • Gender: Men’s Mid Fleece
  • Partially recycled pullover fleece.
  • 1/2 zip at the front.
  • Midweight fleece with a knitted face.
  • The brushed backer feels super soft against your skin.
  • Zipped chest pocket on the left-hand side.
  • Two zipped hand pockets.
  • TNF patch embroidered to the chest.
  • Jacket type: fleece
  • Material: Polyester (Recycled)
  • Fabric | 300 g/m²

This midweight fleece is the perfect mid-layer for snow or hiking trip. The long half zip helps with perspiration wicking during the effort. A stylish choice for winter adventures.

North Face Ambition Mid Fleece

The North Face women Fleece 

  • Gender: Women’s  Mid Fleece
  • Lightweight and breathable top
  • FlashDry™ fabric
  • Quick drying and moisture wicking
  • Body temperature regulation
  • Protective stand up collar
  • Half zip neck fastening with chin guard
  • Flattering directional stitching
  • Comfortable thumbhole cuffs
  • Reflective logo detailing to the chest and back

This slim-fit lightweight mid-layer fleece is the ultimate adventure companion. Stay cool and dry during your outdoor adventures thanks to the FlashDry breathable fabric.

Burton fleece

Burton Hearth Full Zip Fleece

Features: Burton fleece

  • Gender: Men’s fleece
  • Highly breathable Polyester Polartec fleece, this fabric is quick drying and has moisture wicking properties
  • Fully zipped fleece a rope toggle, making it super easy to do up or down even with gloves on.
  • Vertival zipped chest pocket with a contrast patch
  • 2 zippered hand warmer pcokets, with micro fleece lining
  • Stretch binidng at the collar, cuffs and hem
  • ECO: Bluesign approved making this a more sustainable product
  • Material: 100% Polyester Polartec fleece

Crafted from highly breathable polyester fleece with quick-drying and moisture-wicking properties, this fleece is also very warm thanks to Burton Polartec® fleece material. Perfect to use as a top layer on mild days and as a lightweight underlayer for winter freezing days.

Burton Hearth Fleece

Features: Burton fleece

  • Gender: Women’s Fleece
  • Embossed branded badge to the sleeve
  • Warm Polartec® fleece
  • Protective stand up collar
  • Quarter press stud placket
  • Two lower zip pockets
  • Inner media port
  • Lycra® binding to the cuffs, hem, and collar
  • Two year warranty from Burton

This women’s pullover fleece is warm and quick-drying. It is comfortable versatile and will take you on the best adventures on and off the mountain from Autumn to Spring.

Rab fleece

Rab Original Pile Fleece

Rab men's fleece Features:

  • Gender: Men’s fleece jacket
  • FitRegular fit
  • Berber high pile fleece outer
  • Windproof lining
  • Double pile collar
  • Hem drawcord
  • Heavyweight (807g)
  • Material: 78% Polyester, 22% Acrylic (Recycled content)

This heavyweight fleece is THE super-warm option. It is also windproof thanks to the Pertex® windproof lining technology from RAB. This revised version of the classic Rab “DOuble Pile Jacket” will keep you warm no matter what.

Rab Nucleus Hoody Womens Fleece

Rab women's fleece

  • Gender: Women’s fleece hoody jacket
  • Stretch fabric allows you to have a close fit hoody that doesn’t restrict movement.
  • Thermic material uses a grid system inside to trap warm air and reduce weight.
  • Ideal for general outdoors activities in cold temperatures.
  • Full-length YKK main zip with a high neck.
  • 2 zipped hand pockets with large pulls.
  • Flatlock seams reduce bulk and prevent rubbing.
  • Close-fitting hood
  • Weight: 350g

This mid-weight fleece from Rab offers all-round insulation and is ideal for activities such as walking, hiking or climbing in cold conditions. The stretchy material makes itthe ideal outdoor work-out partner.

Adidas fleece

Adidas Snowboarding Sherpa Full Zip Fleece

Features: Adidas Snowboarding fleece

  • Gender: Men’s fleece jacket
  • Full front zipper
  • Hand pockets and high collar
  • Funnel neck, long sleeve
  • Made with recycled polyester to save resources and decrease emissions
  • Mesh-lined body
  • Material: 55% recycled polyester / 45% polyester fleece
  • Reflective woven label on sleeve
  • Elasticated cuffs and hem
  • Fold over chin guard

Adidas Snowboarding delivered a great product with this fleece. It will keep you warm and cosy during your skate or snowboard sessions whatever the weather. It can be used as a top layer for warmer days and under layer during your winter freeskiing or snowboarding sessions.

Picture Organic fleece

Picture Organic Moder Women’s Fleece

Features: Picture Organic Clothing fleece

  • Gender: women
  • Insulation: Polartex thermal pro, this knitted fabric produced warmth through air pockets but doesn’t restrict breathability
  • This fleece is easy to pack without being too bulky
  • Full-zip fleece jacket with a chin guard at the top for extra comfort
  • Chest pocket  with a picture fabric patch
  • Elasticated pipped finish around the hem, cuffs and hood
  • ECO: Picture work to make sure that every stage in the process is as green as possible. This fleece is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. 
  • Material: Polyester (recycled)

The Picture Organic Moder fleece is a top option for any outdoor lover. The french brand has produced a quality fleece made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. It is a very technical product and the ideal companion for your mountain and “apres ski” adventures.

Volcom fleece

Volcom Rixon Crew Fleece

Volcom fleece

  • Gender: Men’s fleece
  • Pullover fleece with a 1/4 zip.
  • Contrasting colour block design on each sleeve.
  • Volcom branding embroidered on the chest.
  • Elasticated hem closes the fit around your body.
  • Regular fit in the body.
  • Material: 80% Cotton / 20% Polyester

This fleece is perfect to use in the city, under a nice hardshell for instance. As it is made with cotton and will keep you really warm during those cold winter days, but is not the best option for your rainy outdoor adventure (cotton takes time to dry). It looks awesome with the two stripes on the sleeves.

Rip Curl fleece

Rip Curl Sea View Zip Thru Polar Fleece

Rip Curl fleece

  • Gender: Women’s fleece
  • Two waist-level pockets
  • Full-length zip
  • Double fur collar and cuffs
  • Small leather Rip Curl patch
  • Material: 100% polyester

This women’s Rip Curl fleece has been created for the cooler days out and about in the city or on a coastal walk after a refreshing winter surf session. It is really comfy and soft, the ideal fleece for your beach strolls and surf checks.
This is only a fraction of our fleece range, we selected some of the best fleeces 2019 to cover a wide range of use and adventure kinds. Feel free to also check out our complete fleece 2019 range by clicking HERE.

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