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Thick, warm fleeces?
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jimmy benson
(biggyshorty) - F
Thick, warm fleeces? on 01/16/2013 15:57:49 MST Print View

I'm looking for a thick, warm fleece with a relatively athletic fit, but with minimal branding and "tech look". Almost like a blanket that has a good fit. Essentially something I can wear both under a rain shell, but also on its own, in restaurants as well... The reason I want a fleece and not down is varied, but it has to do with my history with the product (including abrasion, etc).

For example, I like the MH monkeyman thickness, but its too technical. I like the Patagonia synchillas thickness, but those have the worse goddamn fit known to man. Any recommendations?

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Here's Some on 01/16/2013 16:18:23 MST Print View

The Mountain hardwear Men's Microchill is a basic half-zip pullover with no pockets or softshell sections:,default,pd.html

If you want something even more dinner-appropriate, The North Face makes this fleece sweater:

Maris L
(Ablaut) - M
hi-loft fleece on 01/16/2013 23:33:16 MST Print View

MEC Amenity:

Patagonia Los Lobos:

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
mec on 01/17/2013 00:45:02 MST Print View

i own and use one daily for everything ... it aint light but its as warm as a fleece gets, its fuzzy on the INSIDE, and its durable as hell

i know people who wear it for construction when its dry out ... i would put it up against even a MB UL down jacket on a damp day in terms of warmth ...

65 smackaroos

Raquel Rascal

Locale: Rocky Mtn. West
Sierra Trading Post on 01/17/2013 06:33:48 MST Print View

Did you check out their website? I can usually find some good discounted pieces there. Just picked up the Terramar microgrid jacket based on another recommendation.

Edited by flutingaround on 01/17/2013 06:34:22 MST.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
R2 on 01/17/2013 06:49:29 MST Print View

I wear my Patagonia R2 everywhere.

Ron D
(dillonr) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Re: Thick, warm fleeces? on 01/17/2013 06:59:35 MST Print View

The thickest, warmest fleece I've ever seen is the Melanzana High Loft Hoody, I don't own one but I've seen it in their Leadville store and it's impressive.

jimmy benson
(biggyshorty) - F
thanks! on 01/17/2013 08:50:38 MST Print View

For all the replies. Do all of the above have a pretty good "athletic" fit? I never find good fits with Patagonia.

John Reichle
(mammoman) - M

Locale: NE AL
Melanzana High Loft Hoody on 01/17/2013 09:33:38 MST Print View

The Melanzana piece is described on their website as having a fairly close fit, expect to layer it only under a loose-fitting shell. Have never worn but have seen, and they LOOKED very thick and warm.

Brendan S
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Re: Thick, warm fleeces? on 01/17/2013 10:00:40 MST Print View

Polartec high loft is what you want (used in R2/R3, the Melanzana, monkey man, etc). Don't know about fit, but this one's dirt cheap:

Looks like there's also a vest and full zip available as wel.

jimmy benson
(biggyshorty) - F
Custom on 01/17/2013 10:03:23 MST Print View

i wonder if anyone does a custom, basic Polartec high loft (or 200g) jacket. Beyond fleece used to be attractive priced, now its a bit overpriced IMO.

Jim Jessop
(StokeyJim) - MLife
Re: Thick, warm fleeces? on 01/17/2013 12:49:27 MST Print View

I have a Melanzana Inferno Hoody and it is just that. Very warm!

Needs to be worn under a windshirt or shell of some kind if there is any kind of breeze.

My size medium weighs 15 1/2 oz - pretty light for such a crazy thick hoody.

It's certainly quite a bit warmer than the 2012 iteration of the R2 and longer in the body too. Yes, fit is snug enough but not tight. Great hood and kangaroo-pouch hand warmer pocket.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Fleece on 01/17/2013 18:32:26 MST Print View


Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Fleece on 01/17/2013 22:27:19 MST Print View

Incumbent looks sweet!

I know this has been asked 1M times but MEC in the US?


Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
Re: Custom on 01/18/2013 06:40:29 MST Print View

> i wonder if anyone does a custom, basic Polartec high loft (or 200g) jacket. Beyond fleece used to be attractive priced, now its a bit overpriced IMO.

Given the realities of sewing custom work I was surprised they kept their prices so low. No matter, on cycling forums I discovered this guy ( ) who apparently does nice work for not too much money. Polartec high loft isn't listed, but I'm sure if you asked you could find something that works for you.

Paul Hatfield
(clear_blue_skies) - F
66° North Viti Polartec Thermal Pro Jacket on 01/21/2013 17:37:19 MST Print View

The 66° North Viti Polartec Thermal Pro Jacket is probably the lightest Thermal Pro fleece jacket out there. Not sure if it is still made though.

Basically the only feature it has is a full-length zipper. It doesn't even have pockets.