There are plenty of folks out there who will spare no expense, shelling out big bucks for the most deluxe, high performing outdoor clothing. Then there are those of us who spend as little as possible, so we can spend as much time as possible on the road, climbing, skiing, and having fun! The Marmot Reactor is the fleece for the dirtbag adventurer who needs a warm mid-layer without all the bells and whistles. Though this contender is nearly half the price of the Editors' Choice Award Winning Patagonia R3 Hoody, it packs a punch where it counts. Comfort, breathability and layering ability are our main concerns when shopping for a fleece jacket, and the Reactor nails it in each of these metrics, easily taking home our Best Buy Award for the third year in a row. If you're trying to stay warm on the cheap, take a look at the Columbia Steens Mountain, which kept our testers cozy for only $35, but couldn't match the performance of our Best Buy Award winner.
If you're intrigued by the award-winning, budget-friendly fleece of the Reactor but are looking for something that more easily pairs with your other favorite layers, look no further than the Reactor Vest. For only $75 compared to the jacket's $95 price tag, you can expect the same great performance in a variety of colors.