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The 7 Best Men's Fleece Jackets of 2020-2021

If there’s a more classic piece of mountain apparel than the simple fleece, we have yet to see it. Fleece jackets are timeless, literally. People have been wearing some form of fleece top since some prehistoric man realized that it’s pretty easy to take the fuzzy stuff off of sheep and make clothes out of it. Whether you use it as part of your technical on-mountain layering system, or you’re just looking for a warm, cozy top to slip into as you head out onto the town, the humble fleece delivers the comfort, performance, and style you need to stand out.

We’ve searched far and wide for the best fleece jackets out there. We analyzed their pocket layouts, their fits, their features, and did our best to separate the wheat from the chaff. Because we know there’s a difference between a fleece and the fleece. The one you always reach for, the mainstay of your colder weather closet. So we’re confident you’ll find your new favorite jacket on this list of the best men’s fleece jackets.


Arc’teryx Kyanite Hoodie

The best men's fleece jackets of 2020
 

Arc’teryx can’t help making all of their gear technical and ready to handle a storm, even when it’s a simple lifestyle piece like the Kyanite. Sure, this hooded fleece jacket has the casual styling to look good at a mountain town bar anywhere on the planet, but beneath that sleek exterior is a whole host of features. The arms are gusseted to allow easy movement skiing or climbing, and the hood is sleek and low-profile, meant to be worn comfortably under a ski helmet.

Arc’teryx uses Polartec’s Stretch Pro fleece throughout, so even though the Kyanite has a slimmer fit, it moves with your body easily, and stays comfortable all day long. If you’re looking for a sleek, versatile fleece that’s as home on an obscure climbing route as it is on an evening jog to observe the Christmas lights, the Kyanite is a great option.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Zip HoodiePolartec Power Stretch Pro$179

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Picture Organic Bake Grid Hoodie

The best men's fleece jackets of 2020
 

Picture Organic takes a slightly different approach to apparel design. First and foremost every one of their garments is designed with sustainability in mind. They use recycled materials wherever possible, and work to reduce their impact on the environment. On top of that, they design very stylish, but still technical outerwear. The Bake Grid is no exception.

Its grid fleece does a great job of keeping you warm while also wicking moisture away from your base layers. A zippered chest pocket keeps your phone warm and safe, and anti-pilling technology ensures that it will stay looking good for years to come. So if you want something easy on the eyes, easy to wear, and easy on the planet, the Bake Grid is an easy choice.

StyleMaterial Original Price
HoodiePolyester Grid Fleece$109

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The North Face TKA Glacier Snap Neck Pullover

The best men's fleece jackets of 2020
 

The North Face has been making fleeces before many other outerwear brands even existed, and the TKA Glacier Snap Neck is a classic fleece with classic styling. It’s made of recycled materials and the snap neck makes it easy to get on and off. It’s basically impossible not to look good in this fleece, especially since there are plenty of colors available, from bright retro blue to more subdued options.

Folks have been reaching for something very similar to the TKA Glacier for decades now for good reason. It just plain works well. It keeps you warm, keeps you looking good, and will never go out of style.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Snap PulloverRecycled Polyester$58.95

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Volcom Polartec 1/2 Zip Top

The best men's fleece jackets of 2020
 

Volcom nails it with the Polartec ½ zip top. The key to a good fleece is simplicity, with just a few features to keep it useful. The ½ zip does that with comfortable fleece-lined hand pockets and a partial zipper that makes it easier to pull on and off. A regular fit means it won’t be too slim and fitted with a flannel underneath it during a night on the town, but it still fits well under a ski jacket.

And, while the ½ zip oozes simplicity, it’s also built using recycled materials that have plenty of natural stretch to keep you comfortable. Keep your core warm, keep your hands warm, and look great doing it.

StyleMaterial Original Price
½ Zip251g 100% Recycled Polyester$109

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Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoodie

The best men's fleece jackets of 2020
 

Patagonia’s original R1 hoody might just be the most beloved fleece of all time. Thousands upon thousands of people swear by the Patagonia fleece jacket. So why change a classic? Well, Patagonia realized they could increase the utility of the R1 without changing the parts everyone loved by adding a technical face layer to it. That means that the R1 TechFace shrugs off moisture and light rain with its breathable DWR layer. So you don’t need to wear a shell over it most days.

The R1 is supremely versatile, it will keep you warm and dry in most weather conditions, and looks great doing so. A company rarely manages to update a classic without ruining some aspect of what we loved about the old version, but Patagonia did just that with the R1 TechFace.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Zip Hoodie92% Polyester (69% Recycled)$179

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Autumn Vortex Half Zip

The best men's fleece jackets of 2020
 

While an “Autumn Vortex” might sound a little intimidating, it sums this piece up really well. Fleeces shine in the shoulder season where temperatures change fast through the day and it can be hard to plan with your wardrobe. But the Vortex Half Zip is as adaptable as the weather. Zip it up tight to stay cozy through cold mornings, and unzip it to dump some heat once the sun comes out.

Two zipped handwarmer pockets keep your phone and accessories available and your digits warm, and the soft polar fleece fabric is easy on the skin and the eyes. If you want timeless style at an affordable price, the Vortex is hard to beat.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Half-Zip SweaterPolar Fleece$75

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The North Face ‘95 Retro Denali Jacket

The best men's fleece jackets of 2020
 

If the Denali looks awfully like the North Face fleece jacket your rad grandfather wears sometimes, it’s probably because it’s very similar. The Denali has been a mainstay of The North Face’s line for a quarter-century now, so why not re-release this classic?

Of course, TNF added some updates like more durable recycled materials and an adjustable drawcord hem. And it’s not just cozy and good looking, the Denali also has a DWR coating to help keep you dry in light downpours. So if you want your fleece to look as good in 25 years as it did 25 years ago, the Denali is the obvious choice.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Zip Sweater100D 360 G/M² 100% Recycled Polyester Knit$198

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