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jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Lightest fleece top? on 07/14/2011 16:40:15 MDT Print View

The lightest fleece top is no fleece top

Fleece is too heavy for the warmth, except for a hat or gloves or something like that

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Lightest fleece top? on 07/14/2011 17:32:48 MDT Print View

It's nice to have something that gives some warmth when wet but is highly breathable and dries really fast, to wear in cold rain or below freezing conditions under that rain jacket or wind shirt while I'm actively hiking. I have a very light vest (Montbell "Chameece" with the lining cut out) that I use for those purposes. 5.6 oz.

For me, anything warmer (like down or even puffy synthetic) would be too warm to hike in unless it's well below zero!

Edited by hikinggranny on 07/14/2011 17:34:18 MDT.

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: Lightest fleece top? on 07/14/2011 17:53:32 MDT Print View

Light and cheap is expedition weight long underwear zip t-neck from sierra trading post:,14215_Wickers-Long-Underwear-Top-Expedition-Weight-Mock-Zip-Long-Sleeve-For-Tall-Men.html

I've had a couple over the years and been very happy with them. My current one is a grid fleece, but the ones they have now may be different. mine weighs about 9.5 oz.

Brian Camprini
(bcamprini) - MLife

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Fleece only on the front on 07/14/2011 17:55:09 MDT Print View

Does anyone know of a light fleece top with a back that is not fleece, but instead some light, breathable fabric? Seems like a good design for backpackers in cold weather. Hard to even think about fleece this time of year though.

If you just want to take some chill off when it's not really that cold, wear a windshirt.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
fleece on 07/14/2011 18:23:25 MDT Print View

fleece works fine ... they arent the lightest ... but then down aint exactly quick drying or something youd wear when active ... nor is synth the most breathable either

it all depends what youll be using it for and how confident you wont eff up

they sell all those R1s and R1 knockoffs for a reason ... and climbers actually wear em, not just at the local sbucks either ;)

John Nausieda
(Meander) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: fleece on 07/14/2011 19:01:01 MDT Print View

Can you recommend an R1 knockoff-the cheaper the better. I want it for function. Just wore out an old fleece after 6 years .

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
R1 wanna be on 07/14/2011 19:11:13 MDT Print View

this is the one i use except mine is hoodless... i jam in it, chimney in it, sleep in it, cuddle up to bears in it ... $62

you may have issues getting it if you arent in the land of the maple syrup though ...

also try first ascent EB knockoffs when theres a 30% off sale

Edited by bearbreeder on 07/14/2011 19:12:37 MDT.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Re: fleece on 07/14/2011 20:05:15 MDT Print View

Check out Melanzana

John Nausieda
(Meander) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: fleece on 07/14/2011 20:44:36 MDT Print View

Thanks Much. Will check both leads out. MEC, well turnabout is fair play.

Inaki Diaz de Etura
(inaki) - MLife

Locale: Iberia highlands
Light fleece works for UL backpacking on 07/18/2011 09:18:44 MDT Print View

A thin fleece top is super useful: fleece is great insulation while active and a simple top is not heavy: in 100 wt polartec or similarly thin fleece, pullover style and with no frills, it should weight around 6 oz in a medium, very similar to a long sleeve base layer. It can be used over the base layer or as a base layer (eliminating the need for a spare one). Over a base layer and under a windshirt, it's a killer combo for moving in cold/windy conditions.
I use a Haglofs Solo Top from a few years back and which doesn't probably exist anymore but there should be many similar products.

Tim Fleming
(timdeb1098) - F

Locale: Colorado
Lands End fleece on 09/09/2011 07:49:34 MDT Print View

I just contacted Land's End and they said their thermacheck 100 fleece is 8 oz (men's medium). Jennifer's must be a pretty small size if it's the same thing (also surprised to think you could actually buy Land's end at Sears, thought they were only mail order like LL Bean...?). I'll bet the Land's End item is polartec fleece. Sounds very similar to North face's TKA 100 polartec fleece at 7.5 oz.

Scott Simcox
(Simco) - F

Locale: Nashville
Re: Lands End fleece on 09/26/2011 12:22:50 MDT Print View

My Land's End Thermacheck 100 Size Small is 7.5oz.

William Zila
(Ultralightwillinn.m) - MLife

Locale: Albuquerque
cabelas on 09/26/2011 15:16:58 MDT Print View

cabelas has some good fleece tops the e.c.w.c.s tops are nice they have the hoody in the bargain cave for 60$

Ty Ty

Locale: SE US
WalMart on 09/27/2011 07:43:29 MDT Print View

I just bought a pullover/1/4 zipper fleece at WalMart, 14oz for XXL, $10.

Tom Ferry
(thecook) - F
Traget fleece on 09/27/2011 10:25:10 MDT Print View

I've got several 100 weight 1/4 zip fleece tops from Target. Weighs 7 oz in size medium, dries fast, and really warm. Great to wear under a wind shell in cold temps.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Lightest fleece fuzzy bunny stuff for BPL on 09/27/2011 13:16:31 MDT Print View

On this forum, I'd probably go with 5.6 oz Montbell Chameece fleece vest if I had to buy the lightest fleece all over again. I hear everyone on warmth to weight ratio of a thermawrap or Nanopuff being better, but while hiking in a cold rain in the southern Rockies, I still need my fuzzy bunny stuff under the shell.

Brian Latta
(skillet0) - M

Locale: SW Michigan
Re: Lightest fleece top? on 09/27/2011 13:41:43 MDT Print View

Marmot makes a very light Polartec Power Dry base layer. My 1/4 zip in size small is only 5.3oz.