A crispness in the air, perhaps a fire or two in the hearth — it’s definitely fleece season. But whether you’re still keeping close to home or venturing out on the trails, there’s no excuse not to look sharp while feeling comfy.
Here are five fleeces that combine fashion with function.
The North Face Men’s Apex Canyonwall
The WindWall technology in this classic coat solves the perennial problem of fleece: that it’s pretty poor at keeping the wind chill at bay. But a sophisticated bonding process enhances the fabric, while the tricot collar does its part to keep your neck warm. There’s a full-front zip for easy on and off, plus four pockets — two zippered external, two open internal — so you can keep the necessities close at hand. $99
Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla
Available in both men’s and women’s styles, this everyday staple has a socially conscious bent. It’s made with 100% recycled polyester fleece (that still insulates even when wet), and is also Fair Trade Certified sewn. A four-snap placket and stand-up collar offer versatility, while contrasting Spandex binding on the cuffs and hem add a pop of color. $119
Arc’teryx Covert Cardigan
Another fleece designed with both men and women in mind. This one fits just right between baggy and athletic, so you’re never constrained while active but still look good enough to grab a few drinks after the hike. A brushed interior delivers strong thermal performance and the outside resembles the profile of a wool sweater, meaning you will never hesitate to reach for this zip-up when heading out. $179
Mammut Aconcagua Light Hooded
Been missing a hood? How about thumb holes? Truly, the only thing this sporty midlayer option lacks is side pockets, but every other detail makes up for that. Flat seams eliminate uncomfortable rubbing and an underarm gusset encourages mobility, while the fabric’s top-notch moisture-wicking capabilities banish sweat to keep you cool and comfortable. It also boasts a UV rating of +50. $189
L.L. Bean Katahdin Iron Works Henley
If you live somewhere cold, it definitely gets old leaving the house looking like you’re about to climb Mount Everest. That’s why this Henley is so refreshing — a pill-resistant, waffle-knit fabric outside is lined with plush berber fleece on the inside for a look that’s casual and understated. No more leaving your coat on indoors if there’s still a chill in the air, thanks to a top that works harder than it appears to. $69.95