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How to Choose a Fleece Jacket

Although down insulation and wool are popular choices for midlayer jackets, a fleece can be a versatile, affordable choice. Fleece is a synthetic material that offers ample warmth, feels lightweight, and breathes well. A fleece jacket is a great option for a mid-layer under a shell or as a primary layer when you’re out in cold, dry weather.

Fleece Weight
Polyester fleece comes in a variety of numerical and relative weights. The higher the fleece weight the warmer the fleece will feel. A 100-weight microfleece pullover can serve as a thin mid-layer or even a baselayer, while a 300-weight fleece jacket makes an excellent mid-layer on really cold days or an outer layer on days that aren't too windy.
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Weather Resistance
While fleece can be quite warm, it usually doesn't offer much protection against the wind. Some fleece jackets feature a windproof membrane that makes them more versatile and better for use as a primary (outer) layer in cold, windy weather. However, this will also compromise breathability for highly aerobic activities. Many fleece jackets now feature a smooth knit face on the outside that's a touch more weather-resistant than traditional fleece, but just as breathable.

How to Choose Ski Gloves

Fine Motor Skills Cannot Be Replaced
How to Choose Ski Gloves

Skiing isn't just about the skis. From your helmet to your ski socks, every piece of clothing has a specific and important function. Gloves (or mittens) aren’t an exception. It’s vital that you protect your hands, whether it's cold, wet, or some combination thereof. Depending on the weather you routinely encounter outside, you'll want to consider the following features when you choose what to put on your hands: (a) glove versus mitten; (b) insulation; and (c) technical features like a waterproof membrane or fabric. Why risk frostbitten fingers and the loss of fine-motor skills when so many hand-warming options exist?

Gloves vs. Mittens:

Gloves give you the dexterity of five-fingered freedom. Mittens win when it comes to layering (over glove liners) and added warmth from skin-on-skin contact between your fingers.


Although it’s rare that you’d find a ski glove without it, insulation offers much needed warmth that’ll keep you from calling it a day early. Down offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio, while synthetic insulation offers relatively rapid drying times.


During the winter, wetness is just as dangerous as the cold. Look for a glove or mitten with a waterproof breathable shell or internal membrane a waterproof fabric coating.