Updated on May 25, 2021

Hey there, girl! Are you looking for something that will keep you warm in cooler weather, that isn’t too bulky, and can function as a mid-layer when it gets really cold outside? Well then, it sounds like you need…a fleece jacket! A good fleece jacket is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. And since here at The Adventure Junkies we always want to make sure you have the best of the best when it comes to outdoor gear, we’ve compiled a list of the best fleece jackets for women.

Fleece jackets come in a wide variety of styles and weights and are also designed for a number of different purposes. The fleeces on this list are primarily intended for outdoor use. We feature products ranging from the lightweight Better Sweater Hoodie to the heavy duty Flight Fleece, and everything in between. After a little bit of browsing through this list, you’ll be able to find the best fleece jacket for women that suits your specific needs perfectly!

For more of our top hiking apparel recommendations, check out the Best Fleece Jackets for Men.

 

Quick Answer - The Best Fleece Jackets for Women

  1. Patagonia R1 Full Zip
  2. Columbia Benton Springs
  3. VOORMI Access NXT Pullover
  4. The North Face Denali 2
  5. Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T Pullover
  6. The North Face Osito 2
  7. Patagonia Woolyester
  8. Cotopaxi Cubre
  9. Patagonia Better Sweater Hoodie
  10. Kari Traa Rothe

 

Comparison Table - Best Fleece Jacket Women's

PictureNameWeightHoodFleece WeightZipper LengthPriceRating
Patagonia R1 Full ZipPatagonia R1 Full Zip12.6 ozYesMediumFull$$4.9
Columbia Benton Springs13.4 ozNoMediumFull$$4.8
VOORMI Access NXT Pullover12.2 ozNoLightHalf$$$4.65
The North Face Denali 2The North Face Denali 21lb 2ozNoHeavyFull$$$4.4
Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T PulloverPatagonia Re-Tool Snap T Pullover14.8 ozNoHeavyQuarter$$4.4
The North Face Osito 2The North Face Osito 21 lb. 3 oz.NoMediumFull$$4.8
Patagonia WoolyesterPatagonia Woolyester15 oz.NoMediumFull$$$4.9
Cotopaxi Cubre1 lb. 2 oz.NoMediumFull$$4.5
Patagonia Better Sweater HoodiePatagonia Better Sweater Hoodie14 oz.YesLightFull$$4.8
Kari Traa RotheUnavailableNoMediumFull$$4.6
PictureNameWeightHoodFleece WeightZipper LengthPriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Women's Fleece Jacket

Patagonia R1 Full Zip

Specs
  • Weight: 12.6 oz
  • Hood: Yes
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • Fabric stretches, traps heat and compresses to practically nothing
  • Stretchy cuffs push up comfortably over your forearms
  • Low-profile handwarmer pockets
Patagonia R1 Full Zip

BEST OVERALL FLEECE

Combining full featured functionality with high grade materials, this fleece tops our list with ease.

Patagonia’s R1 mid layer series has long been a consumer favorite — and has undergone many iterations, with noticeable improvements to each one. Patagonia constructed this lightweight layer with a grid-patterned fleece design that excels at keeping just the right amount of heat in when you’re on the move. It’s meant for high performance activities and features longer fabric through the arms and torso to keep you covered no matter how you’re moving. Combined with the abrasion resistant exterior coating, this fleece could last you a lifetime.

What I like most about this fleece is the helmet compatible hood, which makes it suitable for rock climbing in addition to hiking and backpacking.

Columbia Benton Springs

Specs
  • Weight: 13.4 oz
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • 100% polyester MTR filament fleece
  • Two side zippered security pockets
  • Collared neck

BEST CHOICE FOR YOU LADIES ON A BUDGET

If you are looking for that cozy, round-the-campfire fleece feeling without the hefty price tag attached, look no further.

Ready for lounging anywhere, anytime, the Columbia Benton Springs is the ideal mid layer for wearing on chilly morning or evening hikes. A semi-tailored fit makes this fleece stylish enough for wearing around town, but it is a bit too bulky for layering over. It’s important to note this fleece is intended to keep you warm but is not breathable enough for wearing on active adventures.

What I like most about this fleece is that despite being a non-technical piece of outdoor clothing, it sure is comfortable to wear around camp.

VOORMI Access NXT Pullover

Specs
  • Weight: 12.2 oz
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Light
  • Zipper Length: Half
Features
  • Integrated Hidden Thumbholes
  • External Chest Pocket with Internal Headphone Port
  • Durable Water Repellent Finish

BEST FOR ADVENTURING IN WET WEATHER

If you’re looking for a comfortable, high-performance, stylish fleece that ALSO performs well in inclement weather, turn to VOORMI — the NXT has you covered.

Designed for wearing during any outdoor pursuit, the Access Pullover feels exceptional against the skin and wicks away moisture with ease. The brand utilizes a unique blend of wool and nylon to provide for a durable yet lightweight fleece that delivers a midweight punch. To top it all off, the DWR finish allows you to wear this fleece as a stand alone piece — even in light rain or snow making it perfect for spring hiking and backpacking.

What I like most about this fleece is how well the athletic fit moves against your body and retains its shape, even after multiple wears in between washes.

The North Face Denali 2

Specs
  • Weight: 1lb 2oz
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Heavy
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • Recycled fleece
  • Water-resistant finish
  • Adjustable hem keeps the cold out
  • Multiple zippered pockets keep essentials close
The North Face Denali 2

BEST FOR FRIGID TEMPERATURES

Best suited for wearing around basecamp, while at rest, or performing a low intensity activity, the Denali 2 is sure to keep you warm — no matter how fast the temperature drops.

The heavy-duty Denali 2 definitely sits on the bulkier end of the spectrum of fleece jackets, but the spacious cut allows you to add layers underneath as needed. The integrated nylon chest panel helps the jacket hold its own in inclement elements, too, namely light wind and rain.

What I like about this fleece is the incorporated recycled fleece material, which adds an element of eco-friendliness.

Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T Pullover

Specs
  • Weight: 14.8 oz
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Heavy
  • Zipper Length: Quarter
Features
  • Stand-up collar has doubled fleece for warmth
  • Front placket hides a 4-snap closure and is reinforced with nylon
  • Classic Patagonia chest pocket flap with stay-put envelope construction
  • Kangaroo handwarmer pocket
Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T Pullover

BEST FOR LOUNGING AROUND CAMP

If you are looking for a balanced combination of comfort, style, and warmth, check out this fleece — it’s an all-in-one package.

Patagonia’s stylish classic pullover features a chest pocket, 1/4 zip style, and a kangaroo pocket. The Snap T is woven from standard fleece blended with hi-pile Raschel fleece for a bit of added wind protection while retaining that against-the-skin comfort. It’s offered in over ten different color schemes and patterns in total, making it a breeze to find your perfect match.

What I like most about this fleece is the addition of materials around the neck, which provides for extra warmth, especially for those of us ladies who aren’t fans of buffs or other constrictive neck coverings.

The North Face Osito 2

Specs
  • Weight: 1 lb. 3 oz.
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • Looser Fit
  • Big Collar Keeps Your Neck Cozy And Warm
  • Stretchy Wrist Cuffs Lock Out Cold Air
The North Face Osito 2

BEST BASIC WARMTH FLEECE

The North Face Osito 2 is everything you need in a basic fleece jacket without the bells and whistles, and it comes with a reasonable price tag to match its basic flare. The medium-weight fleece is built to keep you warm. It has a high collar to protect your neck from the cold, and elasticized hem and cuffs to lock in warmth. Complete with two zip pockets and a hoodless look, this fleece jacket is perfect if you are looking for a sturdy warm layer that won’t break the bank.

Patagonia Woolyester

Specs
  • Weight: 15 oz.
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • You Know What They Say About BIG POCKETS… Warm Hands!
  • Stylish Waist and Wrist Cuffs Keep The Cold Out And Warmth In
  • Made From Recycled Materials And Fair Trade Certified
Patagonia Woolyester

BEST OVERALL PICK

This fleece jacket does come with a higher price tag than some of the others on this list, but rest assured – it’s worth the price! If you’re looking for a high quality fleece jacket that soars in every category, look no further. The Patagonia Woolyester Fleece has it all. Its ribbed cuffs and hem lock out cold, its non-snag zipper is easy to manage, and its two large side pockets are perfect for stashing hand warmers or other small belongings. When it comes to fashion, this jacket has that, too. Its two-tone color makes it one of the more stylish fleece jackets on the market, and its pop-up or fold-down collar can be worn two different ways. All these factors lead us to give this fleece the seal of approval and our best overall pick.

Cotopaxi Cubre

Specs
  • Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz.
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • Wind and Water Resistant Fabric Protects You From Wintry And Wet Weather
  • Full Coverage Hood Provides Added Coziness
  • Button-Close Chest Pocket Fits A Phone Or Other Small Items

BEST HIKER FLEECE

This fleece jacket is made for the trails! It features a “scuba-style” hood for added coverage from the elements and wind and water resistant fabric that will keep you warm and dry in inclement weather. It also has a convenient snap-button chest pocket that is big enough to hold a cell phone. With warm-trapping wrist cuffs and a variety of color options, you’ll be ready to hit the trails in no time. This fleece jacket is just what you need to get out there and explore some cooler-weather hikes.

Patagonia Better Sweater Hoodie

Specs
  • Weight: 14 oz.
  • Hood: Yes
  • Fleece Weight: Light
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • Thinner, Yet Warm Fabric Is Ideal For Layering
  • Fabric Also Has Stretch To Aid With Layering
  • Inner Headphone Slot Lets You Tune In
Patagonia Better Sweater Hoodie

BEST MID-LAYER FLEECE JACKET

The Patagonia Performance Better Sweater is the only lightweight jacket on this list, which is why it’s our pick for best mid-layer fleece. Its thin yet warm fabric fits nicely under a winter coat, but it can be worn by itself as well. It is complete with a hood, stretch fabric, and thumb holes to keep the sleeves in place. 

Perhaps its most unique feature is the headphone slot, found on the inside of the chest pocket. This feature allows you to snake your headphone wires through the hole and up through the inside of your jacket – perfect for listening to tunes or podcasts on the slopes or on the trails (or in the grocery store, or on your street, or really wherever you decide to wear this comfy fleece jacket).

Kari Traa Rothe

Specs
  • Weight: Unavailable
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • High Collar Keeps Your Neck Warm
  • Striped And Ribbed Cuffs Add Style Points
  • Relaxed Fit Is Super Comfortable

BEST STYLE FLEECE

Cozy and Cute! What more could we ask for? If you’re trying to keep it trendy on your cool weather adventures, you’ll want to check this one out. Many fleece jackets are a bit clunky and sometimes boring when it comes to fashion. Not this one! Kari Traa Rothe Mid-Layer Fleece has a relaxed, yet flattering fit and cute wrist cuffs that will lock in warmth. Its three pockets and many color options add the touches on this cute and comfy fleece jacket.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A WOMEN’S FLEECE JACKET

COST

Like many types of outdoor gear, fleece jackets come in a wide variety of prices. It is important to note that while a higher price does often mean a higher quality fleece, a lower price does not necessarily mean a lower quality fleece. After browsing this list, you should be able to find a fleece that fits all of your needs, including those of your budget.

 

HOOD AND COLLAR SHAPE

Are you a hoodie kind of gal or do you prefer a crew neck? You’ll find a lot of hood variety and collar shapes on this list. Consider your preference for this category and also what you’ll be using your fleece for most. If it will act as its own jacket, perhaps a hood is best. If you plan to use it as a mid layer, a hood may only get in the way.

 

WEIGHT

Greater jacket weight usually indicates a warmer jacket. You can also look for the fleece weight, which is most often listed as light, medium, or heavy. The difference between jacket weight and fleece weight is explained below. For more information about choosing layers for hikes (or any active outdoor activity) check out this helpful article from REI Experts.

 

ZIPPER LENGTH

Quarter, half, and full zip are the most popular zipper lengths for fleece jackets. Which is your preference? Consider whether you want to pull the fleece over your head with a quarter or half zip or if you’re prefer to pull the jacket on by unzipping it fully.

 

POCKETS

Pockets are one of the most important features on any jacket. Consider what you’ll want to stash in them, how many you want, and what size you like. At the very least, front pockets are great for hiking in cold weather because you can stash not your stuff, but your hands! Pockets also have several mechanisms for closing – zips, snaps, or folds. Consider what you’ll use them for and which style is best for your jacket.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

FLEECE WEIGHT VERSUS JACKET WEIGHT

Fleece weight refers to the density of the fleece itself and is normally measured in terms of “light,” “medium,” or “heavy.” Jacket weight refers to the overall weight of the jacket and may include the weight of other materials like zippers and snaps. Jacket weight is typically measured in pounds and ounces.

CHIN GUARD

Some fleece jackets have chin guards, which are made up of a soft layer of fabric and designed to protect the neck, chin, and lower face area from uncomfortable rubbing.

WOVEN LAYER

Some fleece jackets are simply made of 100% fleece, while others have an outer or “woven” layer that provides added warmth and fabric durability.

QUICK-DRYING FABRIC

Fabric that is designed to wick moisture away rather than lock it in and stay wet.

RECYCLED MATERIAL

Many products from REI use recycled materials to produce new clothing products. Recycled material clothes are clothes you can feel good about buying! For more information on Recycled Materials used in outdoor gear, check out what REI Experts have to say on the matter here.

 

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About The Author

Growing up on her family’s Massachusetts tree farm sparked Liza’s love for the great outdoors. An avid hiker, biker, and skier, she is always looking for the next adventure! Her greatest pursuit was a 3,600 mile bike ride across America, which she completed in 2016. She spends her winters in the mountains and her summers as a guide in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone national parks. You can find her health, happiness, and adventure blog at https://www.flower-force.com or https://www.facebook.com/flowerpowerblog. She is also on instagram as @lizab__.

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