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Take it from someone who’s experienced the full spectrum of climates: There’s one tried-and-true cold-weather wardrobe staple that gets way more wear than the rest—the fleece jacket. It’s the transitional piece that helps you cope with the dropping temperatures at the beginning of fall, the insulating layer to sport underneath those straight-up blankets of outerwear, and the final layer to sport when you’re ready to peel off those heavier layers for spring. Need I say more?
Simply put: Fleece jackets are it. Whether you’re planning for a camping trip up to to the mountains or out to the desert (or anywhere in the great outdoors, really), these are the pieces you reach for when you need the Goldilocks of a warmer layer—it’s not too hot and not too cold, but just right. And the durability of fleece jackets is durable enough to take on the elements makes them even more worth the investment.
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Yeah, this particular piece tends to lean on the casual side, but the best men’s fleece jackets are ones that can work for a number of occasions—and sometimes, all it takes is a little experimenting with what you choose to wear with it. For the casual everyday look, go for a classic T-shirt and jeans with your favorite pair of sneakers. Heading to the gym? You won’t go wrong with your go-to joggers and other activewear. Of course, if you’re simply lounging around the house and need an added layer, fleece jackets will go just as well with your regular clothes as they will with your pajamas.
The magic of the best fleeces is that one could be all you need. However, if you’re in the market for a new option to replace the one you’ve worn to threads or you want to up your collection with some new options, we pulled together our favorites on the market. Scroll on to see the best fleece jackets for men that are sure to give your winter looks a new touch (and feel).
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Pendleton Lone Fir Fleece Jacket
Looking for a stylish fleece jacket to wear for nearly every cold-weather occasion? This Pendelton number has you covered—literally. This cotton-lined style is warm enough to wear for the great outdoors or your daily commute before the temperatures get below 30 degrees.
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Uniqlo x White Mountaineering Fleece Oversized Long Sleeve Jacket
A cozy, warm and cool jacket doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag—just take a look at this green fleece jacket from Uniqlo, which is under $50. Made in collaboration with the Japanese outerwear brand White Mountaineering, this classic layer will look as good on the streets of a major city as it will in the backcountry.
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The Fleece-Lined Heavy Overshirt
Sure, you could always opt for the classic high-pile fleece. But when you want a jacket with a little more versatility, reach for this fleece-lined overshirt instead. It’ll be just as warm as your fluffy staple, but sleek enough to wear as an added layer when you want a more polished look.
Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Jacket
Listen, you can never go wrong with a Patagonia fleece. And if you’re a sucker for nostalgia like me and love to sport a bit of old-school flair, this is the jacket for you. Plus, it falls right in line with the gorpcore trend that’s taking over the fashion world. Practical and streetwear cool? Sign me up.
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Outdoor Voices PrimoFleece Full-Zip
There’s a lot to love about Outdoor Voices—it’s a favorite among Men’s Health editors. And we’ve been loving the pieces like this full-zip fleece from the brand’s Take a Hike collection, which—as the name suggests—was designed for fall and winter hikes.
Carhartt Relaxed Fit Fleece Jacket
No lie—Carhartt’s pieces. are built to last. This easy, no-frills fleece is the perfect thing for the guy who wants a simple option to throw on and go. Plus, it has three zip pockets—two for your hands and one at the chest—to keep those essentials secure in any type of winter climate.
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Eddie Bauer EBTek™ Fleece Full-Zip Mock
Eddie Bauer brings back its signature collection from the ’90s with its EBTek collection. The fleece is soft but sturdy enough to get you through any sort of activity. Plus, it just looks cool and will add an edge to your winter ensembles.
Alex Mill Twill-Trimmed Recycled Sherpa Jacket
If Alex Mill isn’t already on your radar, it’s time to pay attention. The brand’s timeless pieces—like this recycled fleece sherpa jacket—will mesh seamlessly into your wardrobe and take the guesswork out of getting dressed. Who doesn’t want that?
L.L. Bean x Todd Snyder Hi-Pile Sherpa Shirt Jacket
If you’re looking for a quality men’s fleece jacket with the menswear seal of approval, look no further than the L.L. Bean x Todd Snyder collection, which performs in both function and fashion. Layer this shirt-jac with a crewneck sweater, a pair of dark wash jeans, and a pair of boots to have a foolproof outfit in minutes.
Gap Sherpa Fleece Jacket
Whether you’re heading to the gym, taking an afternoon walk, or running an errand, Gap’s lightweight sherpa fleece jacket is the perfect piece to throw on over a sweatshirt for the warmer days of the season. And if you need an added layer to face the elements, throw on a windbreaker.
Lululemon Textured Fleece Jacket
If you consider yourself a diehard fan of Lululemon’s activewear staples, then you need this textured fleece jacket. It’s constructed to move with you in any situation and features a wind guard—because you know those winter winds can be harsh. Plus, there’s a hidden phone sleeve and a stowable hood—what more could you need?
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L.L.Bean Sweater Fleece Full Zip Jacket
L.L. Bean has been a trusted source for all things active and adventurous for a hot minute, and any fleece piece from the brand will never let you down. A full-zip fleece jacket ensures that the fleece material will insulate heat, but also easily allows your body to cool off when the temperature rises.
The North Face Denali 2 Jacket
When it comes to an absolute classic, there is truly no single jacket more loved than The North Face Denali. Do us a favor and get a refresh. You won’t regret it.
Arc’teryx Covert Cardigan
Arc’teryx is the master of technical fabrics and fits that don’t feel too robotic. This jacket is aptly named a “cardigan” because its very slim fit sure feels like one. But the Alpenex fleece will keep you warmer than a sweater ever could.
Fourlaps Lead Reversible Sherpa Jacket
Fourlaps is a performance-meets-everyday lifestyle kind of brand, making all their pieces highly practical. The inside is super soft and the outside is windproof and water-resistant.
Burton Hearth Fleece Pullover
Burton’s Hearth fleece is your best bet for a warm warmest Polartec fleece that still feels lightweight. This was made for the slopes, so it’s designed to strike the ideal balance between warm and breathable.
Dale Arden Chong
Dale Arden Chong is the Gear & Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where she oversees and creates gear, tech, style and other shopping content for the site.
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