Gear Review

5 5

The only fleece for winter

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

People must have led hard lives 20 years ago in winter, when the state of the art fleece technology was the plain old Polartec 200 or 300 weight fleece - the flat faced, "once you wash it it would pill", and not-at-all-warm fleece. The re-tool snap T on the other hand is extremely soft (don't worry about washing, it'll get softer, just don't machine dry it), extremely warm (due to the long snuggly fiber), and looks really good on. I set the room temp to 69 and just wear a t-shirt and I'm warm. It's the only fleece I need for winter. Love the kangaroo pocket - good for warming up hands, but not so good for layering under another jacket.

I have 2 of these, and wear them throughout the winter. After 2 seasons of hard wear, they look still quite new, other than the fleece bands at the cuffs. Sure other brands have their equivalent (e.g., Mountain Hardwear Monkey Women), but these look casual enough that doesn't sport the "look at me" look. Get these for the cold months.