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Are you tired of the ubiquitousness of fleece?

post #1 of 8
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There's so much flipping fleece on the market, I'm really getting tired of it.  I guess that's because it's the cheapest insulation the manufacturers can put out.  The stuff is made out of used coke bottles or something like that. And if they can make it cheaper, they both make more money because of lower costs and sell a higher volume because, well, it's cheap for people to buy. 

I have some fleece and use it for knock-around clothes but I I've started to phase it out of my tech wardrobe.

I started last year and over the next year or so, I'm going to fill in all my mid-layer insulating garments with wool, quilted synthetic (i.e. primaloft), and/or quilted down. 

I already have a quilted primaloft vest and an Icebreaker 260 wool mid-layer top.  Oh, and lots of merino wool socks, for skiing, hiking, and even general wear around town.

On the list for next year is a down sweater and some wool warm-up pants for between my LJs and my shell pants.

-l2t
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post #3 of 8
 I've concentrated on merino wool and quilted mid layers for the past 4 years.  Fleece hasn't ever thrilled me, so this was a no brainer for me, especially the patagonia down vest.  I love that!
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I have not touched my fleece stuff this season. I picked up a couple of Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover, light synthetic puffy, and absolutely love them, hell I practically live in 'em. Non-binding layer, with incredible temp comfort range, skied under windstopper shell down to 6 degrees and am sitting at the desk with t-shirt and Nano on right now.  Extremely versatile.

www.patagonia.com/web/us/product/patagonia-mens-nano-puff-pullover
post #5 of 8
Not really.  I can abuse the crap out of fleece and wash it several times a day if I want to.  There's gotta be some merit for that.
post #6 of 8
Fleece lacks charm but is relatively cheap and easy to deal with. Nobody worries about getting ketchup or pizza sauce on their fleece or using the wrong dryer settings and shrinking it.
post #7 of 8
Fleece works and it's cheap.  It's comfortable, washes and dries easily, doesn't loose its insulating quality when wet, and is warm.  What's not to like?
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 I've concentrated on merino wool and quilted mid layers for the past 4 years.  Fleece hasn't ever thrilled me, so this was a no brainer for me, especially the patagonia down vest.  I love that!


Agree, go wool. Ththe best mid layers I have purchased recently have been Icebreaker superfine merino, including a very nice vest.
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