What is a Fleece Jacket?

Fleece clothing is a manmade synthetic fibre (Most fleece is made out of 100% polyester) and it is a ideal material for a mid-layer for various outdoor activities as the fleece synthetic fibres are able to trap the air to keep you warm and also keep excellent breathability properties. A fleece jacket normally will have a zipper up the middle, rather than buttons or other fasteners and will provide a good thermal isolation, but normally is not weatherproof and so won’t keep out wind and rain. 

Microfleece and Fleece

Both fleece and microfleece are often used as interchangeable terms as well as often they are referred to polar fleece. However fleece is general term for all thicknesses of fleece, whereas microfleece refers specifically to the thinnest and most flexible of all the fleeces thicknesses. After microfleece, the other thicknesses include 100, 200 and 300 thread count.

Material

Generally fleeces are made out from Polyester. They are synthetic products and often they are compared to wool because of it’s warmth and appearance, although they aren’t made from natural fiber and generally weighs much less than wool garments and products. Usually fleece is made from polyester but also it is often made from plastic bottles and it is vegan alternative to wool. It is also great for people allergic to wool or for people with sensitive skin.

Care

Because of perspiration or spilt liquids pass easily through the fleece fabric, they are easy to wash and care for. But if washed in a hot water, tumble dried or ironed, fleeces can be damaged easily. Fleece also is one of the most flammable clothing materials, especially compared to natural fibers like wool. Fleece also generates lots of statistic electricity making it a magnet for hairs and dust.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Warm
  • Very breathable
  • Flexible
  • Warm even when wet
  • Easy to care for
  • Good alternative to wool

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • More flammable than wool
  • Easily susceptible to pilling and tears
  • Magnet for hairs and dust
  • Often not windproof

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