About Men's Fleece
Keep cold weather at bay in ultimate comfort. Our iconic The North Face men's fleece outerwear can be yours to keep snug in winter weather.
What is Fleece?
Fleece material is typically synthetic (a type of polyester) that is warm yet lightweight. It is also usually moisture-wicking because it allows moisture to evaporate better than most heavy jackets. There are several types of fleece available including microfleece which is popular for performance outerwear and polar fleece which tends to be thicker and is a popular choice for blankets and jackets.
Sherpa is also another type of fleece which refers mainly to the pile of the material. Polar fleece is typically a medium pile material. Microfleece or technical fleeces are low pile. Sherpa is synonymous with high pile fleece, resembling the fuzzy nap of sheepskin. High pile is sought out for its unique look and the soft feel but it tends to be heavier.
At The North Face, our men's fleece includes jackets, pullovers, and vests designed to offer lightweight warmth in cold conditions. We offer polar fleece and high pile as well as low pile styles in our FUTUREFLEECE technical fleece collection.
When To Wear
Fleece jackets and vests for men are a great choice in cold temperatures because you can layer them over long-sleeve shirts or under larger jackets. The material does have some hydrophobic properties which means it can handle some dampness and dries quickly. However, it is not truly waterproof. Once fleece is soaking wet, it no longer provides insulation for warmth. Because of this, it may not be the best choice in heavy rain or snow.
Regarding style itself, a fleece pullover can be a stylish step up from a basic men's hoodie. Hoodies tend to be more casual while a fleece can look more like a sweater even when paired with casual pants or jeans. With a wide range of colors available, you're sure to find something to fit your style in our selection.
At The North Face, the best-selling men's fleece jackets and pullovers are in our Campshire and Denali collections. Our Men's Denali Jacket is a true icon with a relaxed fit and water-repellent finish. The material itself is fully recycled Polartec® fleece. For a slim-fit performance tech fleece, look no further than The North Face FUTUREFLEECE™ with innovative technology that uses a full-loop fabric to minimize weight and help optimize body temperature. The Men's Summit Series FUTUREFLEECE™ Full-Zip Hoodie, for example, is designed to be worn over a baselayer or under more insulated outerwear and has a pre-tensioned hood that fits under a helmet.