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10 Best Fleece Jackets of 2023

To find the best fleece jacket for you, we tested top options from Arc'teryx, Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Columbia, and more.
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10 Best Fleece Jackets of 2023
Warm and breathable, the R1 Air Hoody is a go-to fleece jacket for a range of activities.
Credit: James Lucas

Our Top Picks

By Clark Tate ⋅ Review Editor
Monday July 17, 2023

We've spent the last decade testing the best 120+ fleece jackets on the market including the best men's fleece jackets and the best women's fleece jackets. Here we've rounded up our all-time favorites. To earn our esteem, they had to fight through the ranks in a series of rigorous side-by-side tests. After buying each jacket, we wear them in a range of temperatures while lounging and charging to understand their warmth and breathability. We layer them over t-shirts and baselayers and under down jackets and hard shells to see how well they insulate us in the colder months. A good fleece can make or break your layering system, keep reading to find the right option for you.

Editor's Note: We updated this fleece jacket review on July 17, 2023 with a number of new recommendations.

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Best Lightweight Fleece Jacket for Women

Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody - Women's

Weight: 10.7 oz | Type: Lightweight
Lightweight yet warm
Breathes and packs well
Slim fitting
Wind sneaks through

The women's version of the Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody is just as good, keeping you dry and comfortable while moving fast in chilly weather. This soft, lightweight fleece is warm enough to compete with many of the mid-weight options but breathable enough for hard work. The fitted hood insulates your head when you're on the go and the cuffs slide up your forearm easily without cutting off circulation if you start to overheat.

It is lightweight enough that we often cool off and get chilly when we slow our pace or take a break, there are no thumb loops, and it doesn't block wind or rain. The fuzzy fabric can hold onto dirt and debris. The hood and slim cut of the women's version can also feel restrictive. If you're curvy, it can be hard to find a size that fits your shoulders and your hips. If you nail the fit though, this fleece is great for runs and works well in a layering system for rougher weather.

Read more: Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody Women's Review

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The Patagonia R1 Air is our favorite lightweight fleece jacket. It keeps us warm when stationary and wicks sweat when we're working hard in cooler temps.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Best Lightweight Fleece Jacket for Men

Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody

Weight: 12.8 oz | Type: Lightweight
Great warmth-to-weight ratio
Breathes and packs small
Wind sneaks through
High pile grabs detritus

When you're on the move in frosty temps, we recommend adding the Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody to your layering system. The jacket's recycled polyester fabric breathes well while holding heat, making it our favorite option for high-octane activities like climbing or hiking demanding trails. The soft fabric makes it an easy layer to reach for when the weather turns chilly, and it's compact enough to earn a place in any pack.

The R1 Air is warm for its weight, but it doesn't hold enough heat to keep us comfortable in the cold while standing still. It also does little to block out wind or water, and we wish it had thumb loops to keep our hands warm. While the close-fitting hood insulates your ears, it can feel too snug at times. That said, if you need a fleece to regulate your temperature without holding onto sweat, this is our top choice.

Read more: Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody Men's Review

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The snug-fitting hood is great for retaining extra body heat.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Best Mid-Weight Fleece Jacket for Women

Arc'teryx Kyanite Hoody - Women's

Weight: 12.6 oz | Type: Mid-weight
Supremely comfortable
Warm and wind resistant
Not as breathable
Sim cut and expensive

The Arc'teryx Kyanite Hoody's stretchy fabric and generous cut throughout the shoulders lets your upper body move freely. A fluffy fleece lining keeps you cozy. It's a bit warmer than the Patagonia R1 Air and is much better at blocking wind. That makes it our favorite option for lower-output activities. It's also one of the most comfortable jackets we've tested, with smooth fabric that resists dirt and debris.

The Kyanite Hoody doesn't breathe as well and is not our first choice for sweaty, hard-charging pursuits. We also wish it had thumb loops, and the zipper is a weak point in a stiff breeze. While the cut works well in the shoulders, the hips are narrow. If you have curves, you may need to be careful about sizing. Despite these grumbles, when temperatures head south, this is the fleece we reach for.

Read more: Arc'teryx Kyanite Hoody Women's Review

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The Kyanite feels and looks like a simple sweatshirt but has a ton of clever features that make it an absolute joy to wear.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Best Mid-Weight Fleece Jacket for Men

Arc'teryx Kyanite AR Hoody

Weight: 15 oz | Type: Mid-weight
Moves with you
Cuts wind
Doesn't breathe well

Our favorite mid-weight fleece, the Arc'teryx Kyanite Hoody is warm and blocks wind well. It's also among the most comfortable jackets in the test, feeling more like your favorite sweatshirt than a performance fleece. And it looks as good as it feels, with a smooth, polished face fabric. We appreciate that the streamlined hood fits well under a climbing helmet and wear this fleece as much in the mountains as we do around town.

The tradeoff for the Kyanite Hoody's additional warmth is that it doesn't breathe as well, and we tend to wear it for slower-moving activities. And, while it does block wind well, some sneaks through the zipper. There aren't any thumb loops to help protect your hands from the weather either. Still, it's the jacket we reach for most when we need some extra insulation.

Read more: Arc'teryx Kyanite AR Hoody Men's Review

best mid-weight fleece jacket for men
With stretchy fabric and a generous cut through the shoulders, the Kyanite's soft fleece lining is a welcome addition to any cool weather adventure.
Credit: James Lucas

Best Value Fleece for Women

Outdoor Research Vigor Quarter Zip - Women's

Weight: 8.9 oz | Type: Lightweight
Better price point
Moves well and breathes
Hood is shallow
Light colors are see-through

The Outdoor Research Vigor Quarter Zip offers excellent value for a comfortable, lightweight fleece. The fabric is stretchy, with a generous cut in the shoulders, an extended hemline, and comfortable thumbholes. The jacket also breathes well and packs down small.

While it has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio, the Vigor offers only average warmth overall and not much wind resistance. The pocket bunches awkwardly and the lighter colorways are see-through. The long hemline also rides annoyingly low, covering the bum of several of our women testers. While it's not perfect, this fleece jacket offers the best performance at this price point.

Read more: Outdoor Research Vigor Quarter Zip Women's Review

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Comfortable, breathable, and affordable, the OR Vigor is one of our favorite fleece jackets.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Best Value Fleece for Men

Outdoor Research Vigor Full Zip Hoodie

Weight: 13.2 oz | Type: Lightweight
Well priced
Lower collar line
Hood is shallow

The Outdoor Research Vigor Full Zip Hoodie is made of light, stretchy fabric that moves with you, making it an easy choice for a range of occasions. We prefer it for fast-paced adventures thanks to its thin, breathable fabric. It's also easy to pack, and we often bring it along as an extra layer to pull on or off or as temperatures fluctuate.

The Vigor is a lightweight fleece and is not wind resistant. It also sports an oddly shaped hood that is shallow with a low collar. The combination leaves more of your face exposed to the elements. It's best for milder weather, as a layering piece, or to be worn on the go. If that's what you're looking for, you'll find that the Vigor offers a good value.

Read more: Outdoor Research Vigor Full Zip Hoodie Men's Review

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Breathable, comfortable, and affordable price, the Vigor is a high-value fleece that we love to wear when trying hard.
Credit: James Lucas

Best Buy for A Super Cozy Women's Fleece

Columbia Benton Springs 1/2 Snap Pullover - Women's

Weight: 10.4 oz | Type: Midweight
More affordable
Thick and cozy
Very soft
A variety of colorways
Bulky and hard to layer
Does not breathe well
Lacks pockets

If your idea of fleece is thick, super-soft, cozy, and affordable, we highly recommend the Columbia Benton Springs 1 / 2 Snap Women's Pullover. This jacket's reasonable price point makes it a great option for day-to-day wear. Its simple snap-pullover style and abundance of colors work in a range of social settings, from the backcountry to a casual office. Since it's so easy to wear, you're likely to get a lot of use out of it, further increasing its value.

We wish this fleece had pockets. And it doesn't breathe or pack particularly well, which is why we prefer to wear it on rest days or when running errands around town. Its bulk is partially why we find it so comfortable, but that does make it harder to wear as a mid-layer under your hardshell or down jacket. We If you're looking for an outer layer for shoulder seasons or a cuddly topper for post-surfing or couch-surfing seasons, this is your jam.

Read more: Columbia Benton Springs 1 / 2 Snap Pullover Women's Review

fleece jacket - best buy for a super cozy women's fleece
Simple, reasonably priced, warm, and with a casual style that works for a wide range of occasions, the Columbia Benton Springs pullover is easy to recommend.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Best Buy for a Super Cozy Men's Fleece

Cotopaxi Teca Full-Zip

Weight: 12.9 oz | Type: Midweight
Soft and warm
Cheerful design
Pockets lack zippers

Among the warmest fleece jackets we tested, the simple and soft Men's Cotopaxi Teca Full-Zip is a well-priced option for lower output pursuits. Though it is thicker than many options in the test, we still find it comfortable when layered under hardier outerwear for deep winter. We also pull it over a t-shirt or base layer to fight off a chill. Simple and fun with a bright color-blocked style, the jacket earns Earth points with its repurposed polyester and recycled fleece fabric. We like its cheerful style and wear it both in the great outdoors and while socializing around town.

While we appreciate its heft when we're in the mood for cool-weather comfort, the bulky nature of this jacket does make it harder to pack and more cumbersome to layer than thinner options. And, while we love having handwarmer pockets, we wish they had zippers to secure valuables like keys, phones, and wallets. We find these few drawbacks are worth it for a comforting layer at a comfortable price.

Read more: Cotopaxi Teca Full-Zip Men's Review

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Thick and cozy, The Cotopaxi Teca Full Zip still layers well under an outerlayer.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Best Women's Fleece for Weather Protection

Voormi High-E Hoodie - Women's

Weight: 16.1 oz | Type: Midweight
Impressive weather resistance
Durable construction
Solid style and color options
Not as breathable
Somewhat itchy
Stiffness limits mobility

Made of merino wool and polyester, the Women's Voormi High-E Hoodie features a hard, abrasion-resistant face fabric that protects you from water and wind better than any other option in the test. This is also one of the warmest fleece jackets in the test, making it a wonderful shelter from nasty weather all the way around. The connecting "kangaroo" front pockets offer refuge for your hands and a generously sized balaclava hood does the same for your head, neck, and face. We also like its style and find ourselves reaching for it often.

The High-E Hoodie's fabric sacrifices some comfort in favor of hard-core performance. It doesn't stretch well, and we find it a little itchy against our skin. The cut is also slim, particularly in the arms and chest. That makes finding the right size imperative. We recommend sizing up to get an unrestrictive fit. This fleece is not cheap, in price or construction. If you want a heavier fleece that is warm, weather protective, and likely to last, check out the Voormi.

Read more: Voormi High-E Hoodie Women's Review

fleece jacket - best women's fleece for weather protection
Warm and weather protective with good looks, the Voormi fleece is a technical option that is a little less cozy than the rest.
Credit: Amber King

Best Men's Fleece for Warmth and Flexibility

REI Co-op Hyperaxis 2.0

Weight: 16.7 oz | Type: Midweight
Plenty of stretch
Hand-protecting thumb loops
Weighs more
Less breathable than average

A classic mid-weight fleece, the REI Co-op Hyperaxis 2.0 is soft, stretchy, and supremely comfortable to wear. With fabric that incorporates spandex, it offers the best combination of warmth, flexibility, and movement in the test. The generous collar is wide and tall, offering refuge for your face and neck from cold and windy weather. The hood is large but fitted enough to stay put in a stiff breeze. The best part though, is pulling this jacket on over a t-shirt and enjoying the plush feel of the fleece lining.

This toasty warm jacket does not breathe well, nor does it pack down compactly. It's also heavy and not best suited to backcountry adventures. We appreciate the integrated thumbholes, but they aren't especially well designed and remained open on your wrist when not in use. This fleece excels in low-output, front country use, from touring town to casual hikes and crags.

Read more: REI Co-op Hyperaxis 2.0 Men's Review

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The Hyperaxis 2.0 is a really nice mid-layer to pair with a waterproof shell.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Best Women's Fleece for Running

The North Face Summit FutureFleece LT Hooded Pullover - Women's

Weight: 4.4 oz | Type: Lightweight
Exceptionally breathable
Comfortable with thumb loops
Excellent neck protection
Light and packable
Not a great overlayer
Not the warmest
Light colors are see-through
Lighter colors are see-through

The North Face Summit FutureFleece LT Pullover is one of the lightest options in the test. It fits more like a base layer than a jacket and is exceptionally warm for its weight. Thin fleece squares line the inside spaced in a grid pattern that holds in heat while letting moisture escape between patches of insulation. The snug hood stays in place while you play and tucks away to keep your neck warm when not in use. A comfortable thumbhole design extends warmth down to your hands.

The FutureFleece is so thin, light, and breathable that it holds in less heat than most of the options in the test. In the lighter color options, it's quite see-through, which we don't love. Its form-fitting cut can also make it difficult to pull on over an actual base layer. Still, this jacket shines in its place and at its time. That happens to be high-output activities like running hard in cool to cold weather. It keeps us comfortably on pace in temperatures as low as the teens.

Read more: The North Face Summit FutureFleece LT Hooded Pullover Women's Review

fleece jacket - we love the futurefleece lt pullover for winter runs.
We love the FutureFleece LT Pullover for winter runs.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Why You Should Trust Us

To test these jackets, we start by researching the entire market before buying the best options every year. Then we test the thread out of them, switching between them constantly during several months of field testing. We wear them while running, skiing, climbing, napping, lounging – you name it. We've tested them in the dry air of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nevada and in humid environments in Hawaii, Canada, and California. We also bring each option into the lab to complete repeatable, objective tests, like dowsing each with water and comparing the softness and pile of each fleece.

We assess these fleece jacket's performance in 5 key metrics:
  • Warmth
  • Comfort
  • Versatility
  • Breathability
  • Layering Ability

Our women's and men's fleece jacket testing teams are stacked with people who live outside and like to stay warm while doing it. Maggie Nichols and Amber King head up our women's review. Maggie is a professional backcountry guide with 15 years of experience leading expeditions, river, and backpacking trips in the US and abroad. From her childhood in the Midwest to her travels to Svalbard's glaciers, Lesotho's mountains, and Ecuador's cloud forests, Maggie has learned how to layer. Amber has 20 years under her belt as a climber, ranging from the North Cascades to Rocky Mountain National Park. She's also a science teacher and outdoor educator who climbs rocks, summits mountains, and runs rivers.

Testing the fleece jackets side-by-side helps tease out their...
Testing the fleece jackets side-by-side helps tease out their relative strenghts and weaknesses.
We test these jackets in a range of conditions and movements.
We test these jackets in a range of conditions and movements.
Each jacket we tested has its strengths and weaknesses. We found...
Each jacket we tested has its strengths and weaknesses. We found them all.

James Lucas, Buck Yedor, Adam Paashaus, and Ben Applebaum-Bauch lead the men's review team. A climber, photographer, and writer, James lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he enjoys lapping the First Flatiron and spending evening hours hiking out of Rocky Mountain National Park. Buck has spent his career in the outdoor industry and his life outside. He knows the importance of a fleece mid-layer for El Cap belays and days spent ski touring in the mountains. Adam is passionate about being outside and helping others find the gear they need to do the same. Ben guides canoeing, cycling, and backpacking trips and enjoys thru-hiking.

fleece jacket - from pushing hard in the mountains to relaxing by the sea, a fleece...
From pushing hard in the mountains to relaxing by the sea, a fleece will always earn its weight in your bag.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Why Do You Need A Fleece Jacket?

With so many layers to choose from when you head out on an adventure, how do you know which one to grab? When it comes to a fleece jacket, there are several things to keep in mind — how warm you need to be, how likely you are to work up a sweat, and whether you need your jacket to block wind or resist rain. You'll also want to consider what materials the jacket is made from and how durable they are likely to be. Additional features like hoods, pockets, and thumb loops can drastically increase the functionality of a piece, as can its fit. We'll walk you through each of these considerations below.

What Type Of Fleece

Fleece jackets serve as excellent outwear when temperatures are mild and you're fighting a chill. When the mercury plummets, many can shift to act as a layering piece to add extra warmth, often sandwiched between thin base layers (aka long underwear) and outer layers like rain jackets or parkas. How much warmth they provide often depends on their thickness or weight. Which one you need comes down to how warm you want to be and what you'll be doing.

fleece jacket - the sheer volume of fleece jackets on the market today is...
The sheer volume of fleece jackets on the market today is intimidating.
Credit: Maggie Nichols


As the name implies, lightweight fleeces are thinner, lighter, and pack down smaller than their heavier counterparts. These jackets are ideal for high-intensity activities like trail running or climbing when there is a chill in the air, but you expect to work up a sweat. They also work well as a light outer layer when temperatures are hovering just below t-shirt weather. When it's cold enough to need more insulation, these fit easily beneath a windbreaker, rain layer, or winter jacket.


Mid-weight fleeces are thicker and heavier than lightweight options. They almost always hold more heat, though the occasional lightweight fleece gives them a run for their money with high-tech insulation or construction trickery. The downside is that their bulk can make them cumbersome to move in and carry around. These jackets are usually still compact enough to serve as a mid-layer beneath a more weather-resistant outer layer.

fleece jacket - heavy-weight, high-pile fleece jackets can be thick enough to block...
Heavy-weight, high-pile fleece jackets can be thick enough to block wind.
Credit: Elizabeth Paashaus


Heavyweight fleece jackets are heavier and bulkier still. They don't work well as a mid-layering piece, i.e. beneath other jackets, and are really meant to serve as a standalone outer layer. Since they are less versatile, we don't test many of these.

Balancing Warmth and Breathability

It's also important to consider how well the jacket's fabric breathes. If it doesn't, and you start to overheat during a hike or run, you'll quickly find that your base layers are wet, and you are cold. This is why buying the heaviest, warmest fleece isn't necessarily the recipe for cozy comfort outside.

Lightweight fleeces almost always breathe better than mid and heavy-weight fleece jackets. (We can't think of any exceptions, but we're staying open to the possibility.) Similarly, mid-weight fleeces have a better chance of breathing well than heavyweight options due to the thickness and density of fabric alone. Often, lightweight fleece jackets are made with breathability in mind and have some sort of vapor release system built into the fabric.

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Some lightweight fleece jackets, like the Patagonia R1 Hoody shown here, build in breathability by adding spaces between grids of insulation to let moisture and excess heat escape.
Credit: Matt Bento

Consider When You Will Wear It

If you want a fleece to regulate your temperature when you're working hard enough to sweat in cool-to-cold weather, a lightweight and highly breathable fleece is your best bet. The other benefit to these layers is that they will wick moisture away from your body even if they are covered by another jacket, keeping you warmer and drier than a heavier, less breathable option would.

If you want a warmer, cozier option for slower-paced adventures, a mid- or heavy-weight jacket is likely to treat you right. We reach for these when heading out for meandering hikes, town tours, or relaxing around a campfire. Just keep in mind that if you also want to be able to wear it under an even warmer winter jacket or a rain layer, you probably want a mid-weight fleece.

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A slim-cut, lightweight, and breathable fleece works best for try-hard activities like climbing.
Credit: James Lucas

Weather Resistance

Fleece fabric is naturally hydrophobic, meaning that it can't absorb water. The fabric can collect water in the air gaps between fibers though, causing it to feel waterlogged. Though you can shake the water off when it stops raining or snowing and the jacket will dry quickly, this can weigh you down.

Some fleece jackets limit their surface area by including a wind or water-resistant face fabric or by using strategic panels on exposed areas like the chest and shoulders. The Arc'teryx Kyanite AR Hoody and Women's Voormi High-E Hoodie are examples in this review. Some fleece jackets are thick and dense enough that they stop wind well on their own.

fleece jacket - some fleece jackets integrate weatherproof features like a hardface...
Some fleece jackets integrate weatherproof features like a hardface exterior that beads water to help you shake it dry.
Credit: Matt Bento

Layering a fleece under waterproof or wind-resistant layers helps take advantage of their insulation without relying on them to shed water or block wind. See our best rain jacket review or our men's windbreaker and best women's windbreaker jacket reviews if that setup seems right for your needs.


Fleece was invented in 1981 by Polartec, then known as Malden Mills. Patagonia worked with the company to make an outdoor performance jacket that wouldn't hold as much water as traditional wool. The first, known as the Synchilla Snap-T fleece, was available for sale in 1985.

fleece jacket - a hot drink and warm fleece are always welcome when winding down an...
A hot drink and warm fleece are always welcome when winding down an epic day spent outside.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Today fleece jackets are made of synthetic materials like polyester, nylon, elastane, and, less frequently, spandex. Sometimes these materials are recycled. Sometimes they include some wool. Though a few companies are working to build fleece fabric in ways that reduce shedding, fibers from these jackets become microplastics.

These can act as vectors for toxins, carrying them to animals and people through water. The process is exacerbated by the washing machine. You can reduce your impact by choosing a fleece with some wool, going longer between washes, washing your machine on a gentler cycle, or trying microplastic filters in your washer.

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Fleece jackets that incorporate wool in their fabric, like the Voormi High-E Hoodie shown here, have a few less synthetic microplastic fibers to shed.
Credit: Amber King


Fleece materials tend to be sturdy and built to last to last. Though they can melt quickly when hot, so be careful around the campfire. To make sure you have yours for years to come, it's important to pay attention to details like the quality of the zipper and the strength of the stitches.

Thinner, lightweight fleeces that are made to breathe well have less fabric by their nature and can be more prone to wear and tear. These options will require more care to maintain than the thick and burly options.

Features To Consider

The feature that affects the functionality of your fleece the most is whether or not it has a hood. If you're going to use your jacket primarily as an outer layer, it's nice to have one for unexpected encounters with chilly or windy weather. If you often layer your fleece with other hooded jackets, managing three hoods around your head and neck can be overkill.

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A warm hood can keep you far more comfortable on an unexpectedly cold or windy day.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Thumb loops are handy to hold insulation, sun, and wind protection around your hands. While not as crucial as a hood to protect your head, they can do a lot to make an outing more comfortable. That's also true of pockets, especially in the case of mid-weight options that you plan to wear while standing around or moving slowly enough to catch a chill. If you're concerned about keeping your valuables secure, make sure there's at least one zippered pocket.

Also, consider the construction and cut of the hem. Elastic hems can help tailor your fit, while a double zipper gives you more flexibility with both fit and venting possibilities.

fleece jacket - thumbholes keep your hands warm and can help you keep your sleeves...
Thumbholes keep your hands warm and can help you keep your sleeves from bunching when you pull on another jacket.
Credit: James Lucas


The most common fit issues for fleece jackets occur in the shoulders, sleeves, torso, and hips. It's important that the torso is long enough to not expose your belly when you raise your arms, but not so long that it feels like it's restricting your hips. The cut is also important. For curvier people, it can be nice to have a wider hem so your fleece doesn't hug your hips uncomfortably. Some boxier fleeces include a cinch on the hem to hold in heat when you need it.

fleece jacket - some fleece jackets have a long, slim, and fitted cut. others have a...
Some fleece jackets have a long, slim, and fitted cut. Others have a shorter, boxier silhouette.
Credit: Cam McKenzie Ring

To test the shoulders, make sure you can reach above your head and run through the full range of arm motions. Often jackets that offset standard seams, from the top of the shoulders to across your upper back, for example, offer more shoulder room.

Then there are the sleeves. Their length is especially important if the fleece has thumb loops so you can use them without pulling the sleeves tight across your shoulders.

fleece jacket - the right fleece will serve as a trusty companion for years.
The right fleece will serve as a trusty companion for years.
Credit: Maggie Nichols


A trusty fleece can do wonders to help you compose the perfect layering system for a wide range of weather conditions. We sincerely hope that this review will help you zero in on the perfect option to suit your needs.

Looking for more jackets? Fleeces are just one of the many jackets we test and review. If you're looking for a warmer layer, head over to our best women's winter coats review or our best men's winter jacket review. We also rounded up and tested our favorite men's down jackets and women's down jackets. If you need protection from wind without extra warmth, check out a women's windbreaker or the best men's windbreakers from our testing.

Clark Tate