How We Tested Fleece Jackets

How We Test
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We carefully selected eight different fleece jackets to test from several different manufacturers in a variety of styles and thicknesses. Then we used them for several months in and around Las Vegas, Nevada. If you don't think Las Vegas is fleece jacket weather, then you haven't spent much time in the canyons and mountains surrounding the city. While the weather in town might be predictably warm and sunny, we took them to Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston and Clark Mountain, where temps ranged from the mid-60's to below freezing. We hiked, climbed, and ran all over the desert and high alpine in these models to see how they performed in a variety of sports, terrain and weather.

Yes  it does snow in Las Vegas! We tested these fleeces in a variety of environments and altitudes  from chilly days in the valley to frigid snow days high in the mountains.
Yes, it does snow in Las Vegas! We tested these fleeces in a variety of environments and altitudes, from chilly days in the valley to frigid snow days high in the mountains.

After our testing phase we rated each model in eight different categories: Warmth, Comfort, Breathability, Ease of Movement, Layering Ability, Wind Resistance, Water Resistance and Weight. Some of the ratings were determined solely through field tests, and for others we did some extra product specific testing. For example, for wind protection we stood in front a fan in one jacket after another to compare how much air was getting through, and for water resistance we sprayed each fleece with a water bottle to see how quickly it soaked through.

In addition to wearing these fleeces out in rain and snow when we could  we sprayed them with water to see how porous the material was and how quickly it dried after.
In addition to wearing these fleeces out in rain and snow when we could, we sprayed them with water to see how porous the material was and how quickly it dried after.

We researched, compared and evaluated each layer, polling our friends and climbing partners for what they look for in a fleece, and rolled it all up into this review. We even considered how well each model did walking the dogs at night or wearing into town to run errands or heading to a pub, all to bring you the best fleece jacket review possible.

Climbing  hiking  bouldering  even spotting! We did it all in these fleece jackets to help find the best ones out there.
Climbing, hiking, bouldering, even spotting! We did it all in these fleece jackets to help find the best ones out there.


Unbiased.