Patagonia practically invented the fleece — oh wait, it did invent the fleece, back in 1981 through a collaboration with materials manufacturer Malden Mills, now known as Polartec. That’s 37 years of fleece knowledge and experience, so it makes sense that Patagonia’s Synchilla has become an icon beyond the community of climbers and campers who embraced it in the first place. They favored it for its lightness and its ability to provide warmth, even when wet. These things, along with comfort and a particularly casual outdoorsy style, have helped the fleece establish itself firmly in the mainstream.
Patagonia’s fleece hasn’t changed all that much since the original beyond some tweaks for additional durability and increased sourcing of recycled material — it’s as great as it always has been. Right now at Mountain Steals the Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover can be had for 46% off its typical price, bringing it from $119 down to $63, just in time for the cooler temperatures of fall.
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