A selection of stylish mid-layers to keep you warm this winter, custom-picked by our very own expert team.
As the seasons’ change and the days get shorter, it’s easy to let the cold weather dictate your lifestyle. But by stocking up your winter wardrobe with the right attire, you can brave the elements and carry on doing the things you love. Whether it’s shredding it down the steepest slopes, fending off gale-force winds trekking through the countryside or strolling down a deserted beach on a brisk morning, a winter fleece will go a long way in keeping you warm and content.
Winter weather might be cold and bleak, but your apparel doesn’t have to be. The range includes striking designs and bold colourways from the likes of Quiksilver, Billabong and Patagonia. Choosing the perfect fleece has never been easier, find out more about them below.
Quiksilver Bogong Gum Fleece
First up is the Bogong Gum fleece from surf aficionados Quiksilver. Named after a tree native to the brand’s home of Australia, this cosy half-zip has been designed to be your trusted cold-weather companion. Crafted from plush sherpa fleece and boasting a seriously breathable mesh lining, the piece will lock in the warmth without building up unwanted moisture. Available in a stylish tannin colourway and emblazoned with signature branding to the chest, the Bogong Gum encapsulates Quiksilver’s laid back vibe. Best of all, it is made from 100% recycled materials, so you can look good and feel good about what you wear.
Element Oak 2.0 Warmer Fleece
Part of the Wolfeboro collection, the Oak 2.0 combines authentic Element style with high-quality construction and functionality. The ultimate layer for warmth and comfort, the relax-fit fleece is cut in an all-recycled sherpa fabric and has a mesh lining for maximum airflow. Need somewhere to store your essentials? The Oak has you covered with a zipped chest pocket and two at the sides that will also warm cold hands. We stock this must-have winter garment in a dazzling colour block design, ensuring you’ll stand out from the crowd.
Billabong Furnace Anorak Fashion Fleece
Can’t decide between a hoodie and a fleece? Aussie surf and snow maestros Billabong have combined the best of both worlds with this versatile layer. The latest edition to their Adventure Division Collection, the Furnace Anorak is built from stretchy fleece fabric and specially treated for water resistance, ideal for keeping you protected from those pesky unexpected showers. Add a cosy drawcord-hood, kangaroo pouch pocket and side vents to the mix and you’ve got a fleece as perfect for active wear as it is for lounging around at home. Available in an eye-catching washed-blue print, you’ll be turning heads from the beach to the mountains, and everywhere in between.
Billabong Boundary Mock Neck Fashion Fleece
The Boundary Fleece is a staple you’ll be reaching for time and time again when the mercury drops. Whether you’re layering up or wearing it standalone, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the luxuriously soft fleece fabric and cosy mock neck. And if you’re venturing out into the cold, the cinchable elastic waistband will seal in that much-needed warmth. The fleece also comes equipped with two hand pockets and a zipped chest pocket to safely store your valuables. Our second Billabong selection, we just can’t get enough of the premium quality and unique prints of these timeless pieces.
Volcom Error 92 Mock Neck Fleece
Buttery soft and impressively warm, the only issue with the Error 92 is that you might never want to take it off. Designed to take on the outdoors when the temperatures plummet, the garment is constructed out of micro-polar fleece fabric, providing high-class insulation whilst wicking away moisture and ensuring you stay dry and comfortable. Elastic bindings to the cuffs and hem help keep out the cold and the side seam pockets are the best friend for chilly hands. Oozing seasonal vibes, the fleece features a bold rural print and is characterised by a mock neck and button-up placket. A Volcom Earth Tripper silicone patch at the chest puts the finishing touches on this winter wardrobe staple.
Rab Capacitor Hoody
Rab really are the masters of the mountain, and the British brand has been kitting out adventurers across the globe with performance apparel for the last four decades. The Capacitor Hoody is their answer to the alpine mid-layer. Providing the optimal balance between warmth and breathability, the piece is designed for active pursuits in challenging conditions, but its fresh aesthetic is more than suitable for casual, everyday wear. If you do fancy some mountain sports though, you’ll be pleased to know it comes equipped with a helmet-compatible hood, stretch side panels for improved mobility and several zipped pockets for storing trail essentials. A company passionate about sustainability, the high-tech fleece fabric is built from 100% recycled materials, as kind to the planet as it is on you.
Taking inspiration from the many mountain ranges of the brand’s home state Oregon, this stylish mid-layer will bring alpine attitude to any occasion. It’s not just aesthetically pleasing, the soft sherpa fabric will keep you feeling snug in wintry weather and its three practical pockets will solve all your storage needs. Feeling too warm? Simply unzip for instant ventilation. Whether you’re sitting around the campsite, out and about around town or simply relaxing at home, the Columbia Mountainside will be the mainstay of your seasonal attire. Don’t just take our word for it, pick one up and find out what all the fuss is about.
Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece
We’ve always been big fans of Patagonia, their sustainable ethos and nostalgic styles are right up our street, and they could be up yours too. The Retro Pile Fleece is everything you could want from a mid-layer, crafted from supremely soft double-sided shearling fabric and equipped with a zip-through collared hood for heat-trapping comfort. This easy-wearing pullover is equally at home in the mountain and the city and will be a seamless addition to any seasonal outfit. Patagonia is changing the game when it comes to ethical manufacturing. The fleece is made from 100% recycled materials and is sewn in a Fair Trade Certified™ factory, meaning the people who made it earned a fair wage for their labour.
O’Neill Sherpa Body Warmer
Last but certainly not least is the Sherpa Body Warmer from our good friends at O’Neill. A real winter must-have, the garment offers a rugged outdoor feel and will be sure to add a welcome layer of warmth to any cold-weather get-up. The gilet is made from soft teddy fleece, with full zip closure and a high collar your neck will be grateful for on breezy days. Zipped chest and hand pockets, elastic binding at the arms and hem and contrasting detailing rounds off this impressive release from the action sports pioneers.
We hope some products from this selection have caught your eye, or at least inspired your next purchase. Investing in the right fleece can make a big difference when getting outdoors in the winter, adding another layer of style to your outfit and giving you the confidence to embrace the elements.
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