Fleeces have been around for a while. More specifically, since 1981, when Malden Mills (now Polartec) teamed up with Patagonia to create it. The original stuff was thick, fluffy and pilled up after lots of use, but it was light and warm, even when damp. The two companies continued to refine the material (lighter, warmer) and it’s been so successful that now pretty much every outdoor company uses it to create technical and casual layers.
Fleece comes in a wide variety of weights and fabric styles now too — there’s micro-grid for high-exertion activities, thicker stuff for everyday wear and that original fluffy, sheep-like stuff is still around also. Fleece in all its forms, from full-zip to quarter-zip to pullovers, is currently on sale at Mountain Steals for up to 63 percent off.
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