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

When it comes to versatility in terms of a piece of outdoor gear, it is hard to top fleece. There is a place for it in every season - at the campground in the summer, part of your layering in the winter and helping you get through those confusing days in the shoulder seasons where you just can’t figure out what the weather is going to do. Fleece jackets are a stellar option when it comes to keeping you warm especially in chilly winter conditions by holding in heat and resisting moisture, whether you are riding on the mountain or walking around town.

We’ve rounded up our top picks when it comes to this coat closet staple after searching far and wide for the best women's fleece jackets we could find. Covering ground on every type of wear and activity, we’ve got the picks to suit it all. Whether you’re looking for full zips, quarter zips, or pullovers, it is all here. We’ve got the full range of the unchanged timeless classics that will never go out of favor along with the bright, retro-inspired, and ultra-cozy. You can find it all on this list, so keep reading for our favorite fleece jackets of the season.


The North Face TKA Glacier Full Zip

The best women's fleece jackets of 2020
 

The North Face knows fleece, and this full-zip is about as classic a style of fleece as you can get. As an incredibly lightweight, non-bulky, and highly breathable option, it was created to suit uphill travel in the mountains. With that in mind, it is also a super versatile choice with endless uses. It is an everyday staple to transition between seasons with ease as a go-anywhere, do-anything type of jacket.

On cooler trail runs or chilly long fall hikes, it is a full-zip that keeps you warm without overdoing it. Throw it on post-workout for the drive home, or running errands around town. When you head up to the mountains for some skiing and riding, it becomes a handy mid-layer to keep you warm while shredding on the hill. Not only that, but it is also made from post-consumer recycled polyester material from plastic bottles, so it happens to be good for the planet too. As one of the most versatile layers around, this full-zip jacket comes in handy all year long no matter where your adventures may take you.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Zip Sweater155g 100% Recycled Polyester$68.95

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MONS ROYALE Nevis Wool

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Coming at you from Wanaka, New Zealand, MONS ROYALE knows how to make quality merino wool base layers that perform for any type of adventure. Merino wool is highly popular for a reason amongst outdoor enthusiasts. Because it is quick-drying, soft, odor-resistant and still insulating when wet, it is one of the best materials you’ll come across for active days in the mountains or on the trails. On top of all of that, this wool isn’t the type to get itchy - quite the contrary, it is actually some of the softest you’ll find. MONS ROYALE jumped on the snow scene in 2009 with a desire to shake up the market with its fresh, bold, and edgy base layer designs.

With the Nevis, they blend merino and polyester fleece into a mid-layer that is designed for anything. Staying true to their motto, it has an uncomplicated design with a two-tone color to keep things fresh. This fleece seals in heat while still remaining breathable with its moisture-wicking fabric. Suitable for all four seasons, this is the jill of all trades when it comes to mid-layers from skiing and riding in the winter, to hiking in the summer.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Zip Sweater255g Polyester/Merino Wool/Elastane$170

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Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman 2 Hoodie

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Mountain Hardwear’s Monkey Woman 2 Hoodie is the perfect companion for all your high-intensity winter activities. Founded in 1993, the brand focuses its mission on creating gear that serves the needs of everyone who enjoys the outdoors. Known for prioritizing quality, you can always rely on their pieces when you are heading out for a chilly trail run or a day of riding in the backcountry. When setting off on a mountain adventure, the Polartec high-loft fleece will keep you warm despite any harsh weather conditions you might encounter. This hoodie is made from partially recycled materials as well as sporting a shell fabric that is bluesign approved as an added bonus.

Developed for all outdoor activities, it has integrated stretchy fabric on the sides, hem, and cuffs that give you the added mobility and freedom you’re looking for when you’re on the move. This fleece also comes with two zippered hand pockets in addition to a chest pocket to give you some extra storage space for your valuables. No matter how you like to spend your time outside, this fleece is up to the task. If you like the style of anoraks and pullovers and are looking for a technical fleece to get the job done, this is the hoodie for you.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Pullover HoodiePolartec High Loft Recycled Monkey Fleece$149.95

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Patagonia R1® TechFace

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For the hikers, climbers, and winter sports enthusiasts who are not scared of some adverse conditions, Patagonia has developed the cross-layer to tackle all kinds of outdoor abuse. Taking into account how quickly the weather can change in the mountains, this piece is designed to keep you feeling prepared when expecting the unexpected. Elevating their already extremely popular R1 hoodie to new heights, the Techface can adapt to it all as a performance mid or outer layer. Recycled polyester and breathable spandex join forces to conquer the harsh conditions you might encounter, along with a DWR finish to make this option one of the most weather resistant mid-layers we’ve come across.

When it comes to the city, this jacket can come in handy for rainy bike commutes and day-to-day city life in wetter climates. Customize the fit you are looking for with its adjustable hem that further complements this already slim and flattering fit and design. Two hand warming pockets feature a ventilating mesh backer along with an internal zippered left-chest pocket that only adds to its functionality. With Patagonia being synonymous with high-quality and long-lasting gear, this jacket will stand up to plenty of use in whatever weather situations you choose to throw at it.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Zip Sweater5.2 oz Polyester/Spandex$159

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Volcom Polartec Mid Hoodie

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Volcom’s Polartec Mid Hoodie is the perfect fleece when you want to layer up for a chilly day on the mountain for plenty of park laps or tree runs. The material wicks away moisture and dries faster for maximum warmth and breathability on stormy days when the snow is coming down fast. When the winds happen to kick up, easily protect yourself against unwanted blasts of cold air by pulling up the cozy high neck hood. Made from 100 percent recycled materials, it also happens to be good for the planet - a win-win.

With a longer, more relaxed boyfriend type-fit, you’ve got the room to layer underneath if needed and plenty of room to fit a ski jacket over top. This fleece also strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and features with a zippered storage pocket on the front that gives you tons of space to hold your valuables safe and secure. Whether your plans for the day include heading to the hill or not, this hoodie is ultra-soft and light, meaning that you could easily find it just as cozy for your lazy Sunday of binge-watching Netflix at home. Overall, this is a solid performance layer from a brand that knows snow outerwear through and through.

StyleMaterial Original Price
Pullover Hoodie251g Recycled Poyester$100

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The North Face Osito 1​/4 Zip Pullover

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Looking for the coziest possible piece you can get your hands on for the winter? Might we suggest The North Face Osito Zip as the fleece you have been looking for? Take a look at it, oversized fuzzy collar and all, and try to disagree - this is the pullover that will be guaranteed to keep you as comfortable as humanly possible throughout the season. Whether you’re at home, walking around town, or shredding on the slopes, you’ll love the amazingly soft feel of this jacket.

Hi-loft fleece means that you’ll be kept as warm as can be, with a fit that is loose enough without feeling overly bulky. You’ll be left with plenty of room to throw on some layers underneath or a shell over top, whether you're headed to the mountains or spending your day around town. Zippered hand pockets give the Osito some added functionality to turn this into an everyday piece that you will want to take with you everywhere. With classic and bright colors to choose from, this is a quintessential quarter-zip fleece made ultra-warm. Trust us, you’ll definitely be looking forward to colder weather just for a reason to throw this on.

StyleMaterial Original Price
1/4 Zip Sweater315g Polyester$88.95

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O'Neill Originals Half Zip

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O’Neill’s Originals collection was made to stand out from the pack. Inspired by the past, this line takes its cues from the early days of snowboarding and updates those styles for the modern-day. With super comfy fuzzy brushed fleece, this half-zip is all about keeping you cozy on the chilliest of days. On top of that, a chin guard protector also keeps the zipper soft against your skin as you bundle up. When heading to the chairlift, throw it on under your shell jacket to stay warm during those sub-zero days of shredding, or wear it with a pair of bibs for spring hot laps and extra style points.

If you are a fan of bright and bold colors as well as a retro look to your layering options, this is a half-zip that is a match made in fleece heaven. It has a more relaxed and casual fit, which means plenty of options to add some extra layers underneath if needed. Made from the Repreve recycled fabric utilizing plastic bottles that is taking the outerwear world by storm, you can feel good about how it’s made. This bright and bold fleece is just as unique as it is cozy.

StyleMaterial Original Price
1/2 Zip Sweater100% Recycled Polyester$80

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