Hello all, I'm hoping for a little advice on a new jacket/ mid layer. I'm definitely not in the ultralight category, and honestly, that's not even my goal. I'm more of a medium/ bordering on heavy backpacker that is trying to get into the "light" category.
My current middle layer is a North Face "Denali" fleece jacket. This is what I'm trying to replace. It is very warm (almost too warm once I'm active), but when the wind blows of course I'm freezing again. It is also not light, and exceptionally bulky when packed. Last but not least, I go through lots of brush when I hike, and have dogs. This fleece might as well be velcro when it comes to dog hair and shrubbery.
Ideally I'd like to go with something a little lighter, more compactable, with a better shell for rough use, wind, and dog hair. In a perfect world, I'm hoping it could also be something REI carries since I have a store a mile from my house and the annual dividend helps. :) I've gone to check out jackets in person but I'm pretty much clueless when it comes to what fabrics and materials are better for backpacking.
Thanks in advance for any help.