The best fleeces of 2022

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Hiker Midlayer_01 ($183)

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best styling

This first offering from Brooklyn-based Hikerkind is an on-trend take on the classic midlayer. It’s made with a low-profile knit that traps air in raised pockets for added warmth. The result is warm, but its lint-free material feels cool next to the skin and reduces the loss of environmentally harmful microfibers. The combination of sweat-ready fabric in a collared silhouette works just as well for a foggy hike as it does for a stay at a bar. (XS-3X)

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POC W Merino Hood ($140)

POC Merino Hood (women's)
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Ideal for perspiration

Made from a warm, durable and stink-wicking merino-polyester-spandex blend, the Merino Hood is cut slim through the arms and torso, ideal for layering while skiing, mountain biking and hiking, but still roomy enough to be worn casually. camp. We loved the roomy kangaroo pocket, thumbholes, and hidden zippered pocket on the side torso seam for keys and cards. (TP-L woman)

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Columbia Back Bowl Lightweight Fleece Jacket ($70)

Columbia Back Bowl Lightweight Fleece Jacket
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Ideal for around town

This take on a classic blends fashion and function with understated patterns and buttery soft polyester microfleece that’s easy to pull on. A subtly cropped bob cut is totally on-trend and also leaves plenty of room for layers underneath. Bonus points for an affordable price. (men XXS-XXL)

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Vigor Plus Outdoor Research Fleece Hoodie ($169)

Vigor Plus Outdoor Research Fleece Hoodie
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Ideal for bad weather

A weather-resistant exterior and plush brushed grid fleece interior make this an ideal pull-on top for cool, rainy days and a sturdy layering piece for chilly days. Made from 93% recycled polyester, the Vigor Plus is cut with an athletic fit. Elastic at the hem and cuffs help trap heat without sacrificing mobility. (XS-XL women / S-XXL men)

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Houdini Mono Air Houdi ($200)

Houdini Mono Air Houdi
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Best all-rounder

The Mono Air Houdi is seductively simple. It fits like your favorite hoodie and is stylish enough for everyday wear (it comes in a wide variety of rich, mostly neutral tones). Its 73% recycled polyester blend and easy-to-layer fit are ideal for the trails. It kept a tester comfortable on a hunting mission, from a 15-degree start in the middle of the night to a crisp 50-degree return at midday. (XXS-XL women / XS-XXL men)

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Mammut Innominata Pro ML Fleece ($179)

Mammut Innominata Pro ML Fleece
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Ideal for comfort

This thick, warm fleece brings premium comfort to base camp. We love the wide and high collar, which offers the comfort of a hood or a turtleneck without the claustrophobic feelings they often cause. The polyester fleece material is non-pilling and holds up well to machine washing and drying. (XS-XL women / S-XXL men)

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