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Fresh trends and cutting-edge technology hit the outdoor apparel market every season. But classic fleece jackets never go out of style. These soft and cuddly layers are everyday staples in the spring and fall shoulder seasons. They’re warmer than a standard hoodie yet are more breathable than a synthetic puffy. Right now, an assortment of fuzzy full zips from the likes of The North Face and Patagonia are available for up to 50% off.
Fjallraven Vardag Pile Fleece Jacket: $82 (50% Off) — Men’s & Women’s
With three sizable pockets and a homey oversized fit, the Fjallraven Vardag looks and feels like a typical fleece jacket. Still, a few key features set it apart from the plethora of similar layers in this category.
Many high-pile fleece jackets sport the same fuzzy texture on the inside and out. To prevent itchiness and maximize comfort, the Vardag is lined with a flat knit polyester material. Also, the hem-splitting zipper and old-school logo give this jacket a unique retro vibe.
Mountain Hardwear Thermochill Plus Fleece: $48-60 (Up to 40% Off)
The Thermochill Plus jacket from Mountain Hardwear offers breathable materials and a fitted look for high-output activities. Unlike the Fjallraven Vardag above, the Thermochill does not have the texture of an unsheared sheep. Instead, this jacket is made from a low-profile microfleece, which offers a nice combination of midweight insulation and ample airflow. When worn as a midlayer, the smooth flat seams help prevent chafing.
Patagonia Retro-X Jacket: $160 (30% Off) — Men’s & Women’s
For many vintage Patagonia enthusiasts, the brand’s 1980s era is the pinnacle of style. While outdoor apparel has evolved significantly over the decades, the throwback looks of 20th-century Patagonia remain popular. Now, the Retro-X fleece jacket combines retro styling with modern appointments in a single snuggly zip-up.
Though the Retro-X is plenty hip for New York and San Francisco sidewalks, it maintains true outdoor adventure practicality. Patagonia says the bonded ¼-inch-pile fleece is “100% windproof” and odor resistant.
The North Face Extreme Pile Pullover: $80-160 (Up to 50% Off) Men’s & Women’s
The North Face Extreme Pile jacket is available in two styles: pullover half zip and full zip. While the half-zip version includes a massive kangaroo pocket, the full zip offers quick on and off for convenient layering. Both options are stylish, warm, and exceptionally soft. Like many high-pile fleeces, this one has the homey quality of an emotional support blanket.
All the pockets on the Extreme Pile jacket are equipped with robust zippers. Though this isn’t the most technical jacket, it’s plenty breathable for light hikes and campfire hangs.