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Gear Review

4 5

Warmer than you'd think

Fantastic fleece, very comfortable. I love the waffle knit. Its thicker and warmer than it appears, though it breathes quite well once you warm up. The zipper is the perfect length, allowing a deep enough opening to get some ventilation going when you get too warm. The velour cuff and collar liners are a nice touch. I find myself reaching for it on chilly nights when I want something cozy to sit around in. Its got that kind of security blankey kind of vibe to it.

The only downside is that it does not pack down small. Its bulkier and thicker than it looks. It takes quite a bit of effort to get it down to the size or a cantaloupe (I wear a large). However, its a fleece, that's how fleeces are. I wouldn't take it backpacking, it too bulky and heavy. But for a day out when you know you'll need some warmth, both sitting around and moving, this is a primo fleece.

Its fit, while still athletic, is a little more casual than some of their other pieces, so layering over it might be tough. Layering under it would be great though.