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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. The North Face Osito 2
  2. Patagonia Woolyester
  3. Cotopaxi Cubre
  4. Patagonia Better Sweater Hoodie
  5. REI Co-op Groundbreaker
  6. Kari Traa Rothe
  7. Mammut Tumalo
  8. KUHL Flight
  9. Prana Permafrost
  10. Columbia Fire Side II Sherpa

 

Comparison Table - Best Fleece Jacket Women's

PictureNameWeightHoodFleece WeightZipper LengthPriceRating
The North Face Osito 21 lb. 3 oz.NoMediumFull$$4.8
Patagonia Woolyester15 oz.NoMediumFull$$$4.9
Cotopaxi Cubre1 lb. 2 oz.NoMediumFull$$4.5
Patagonia Better Sweater Hoodie14 oz.YesLightFull$$4.8
REI Co-op GroundbreakerNot SpecifiedNoMediumFull$4.7
Kari Traa RotheUnavailableNoMediumFull$$4.6
Mammut Tumalo15 oz.YesMediumFull$$4.6
KUHL Flight1 lb. 3 oz.YesHeavyFull$$$4.6
Prana PermafrostUnavailableYesMediumHalf$$4.5
Columbia Fire Side II SherpaUnavailableNoMediumFull$4.9
PictureNameWeightHoodFleece WeightZipper LengthPriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Women's Fleece Jacket

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

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

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

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).

REI Co-op Groundbreaker

Specs
  • Weight: Not Specified
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • Forward-Set Shoulder Seams Prevent Uncomfortable Pack-Strap Rubbing
  • Cinch Cord Around Bottom Hem Fine Tunes Fit
  • Large “Kangaroo-Style” Pockets

BEST VALUE

At barely $25 on sale, this fleece jacket is a high quality steal! Its medium-weight fleece is perfect for cool weather walks and hikes, and its bottom hem cinch cord lets you fit the fleece perfectly to your body. This jacket also has large “kangaroo-style” pockets that are great for stashing your small belongings. And check out this pro-tip: stash your small belongings somewhere else and stick a pair of hand warmers in those kangaroo pockets instead to keep your hands toasty warm no matter what the outside temp.

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.

Mammut Tumalo

Specs
  • Weight: 15 oz.
  • Hood: Yes
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • “Ceramic” Print Increases Durability
  • Soft Chin Guard Prevents Chafing
  • Sleeves Specially Designed For Wide Range Of Movement

BEST HIGH NECK FLEECE

The Mammut Tumalo is a great pick for those looking to sport a fleece with some neck and chin protection. Some jackets, fleece or otherwise, have irritating fabric, snaps, or zippers that chafe the skin on the neck and face, but Mammut has your back (or should we say your chin) when it comes to that problem. This fleece jacket features a special soft chin guard and extra fabric around the neck that is specifically designed to protect the lower part of you face without causing discomfort. We love that this jacket also has wide arms to allow relaxed comfort and freedom of movement on your active outdoor pursuits.

KUHL Flight

Specs
  • Weight: 1 lb. 3 oz.
  • Hood: Yes
  • Fleece Weight: Heavy
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • Quick-Drying Fabric
  • Four Large Zip Pockets
  • Zip-In/Zip-Out Hood

BEST SPECIAL FEATURE FLEECE

Sing along to the chorus of “I’m So Fancy” as you whip out the secret hood on this fleece jacket. Break down the verse as you unzip one of the four super-sized pockets. And bust out the rap portion while you sport this fleece in all kinds of weather: it has quick-drying fabric. This jacket is high-class when it comes to its special features! Its weight is heavy, which means it provides extra warmth. The thumb-slots, two-toned color schemes, and extra large collar are the finishing touches on this oh-so-fancy fleece jacket.

Prana Permafrost

Specs
  • Weight: Unavailable
  • Hood: Yes
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Half
Features
  • Unique Half-Zipper Length
  • Recycled Polyester Fabric Provides Soft And Cozy Feel
  • Fluffier Than The Fluffiest Dog You Know

BEST FLUFF FLEECE

This fleece is so fuzzy and comfy, you’re going to want to keep it on all the time! Described constantly in customer reviews as “soft,” “comfy,” “cozy,” and “fluffy,” you’ll feel like you’re wrapped in a blanket rather than wearing a fleece jacket. The PrAna Permafrost fleece features snuggly wide wrist cuffs, a medium-sized hood, and a stylish half-zip. It is also made up of 100% recycled polyester, so it’s a fleece that you’ll feel good about both inside and out!

Columbia Fire Side II Sherpa

Specs
  • Weight: Unavailable
  • Hood: No
  • Fleece Weight: Medium
  • Zipper Length: Full
Features
  • High-Pile Sherpa Fleece Provides High Level Insulation
  • Oversized Collar For Face Snuggling
  • Heavy Duty Zippers Are Built To Last

BEST FIRESIDE FLEECE

This is our pick for the best fireside fleece – it’s even in the name! With over 95% five star reviews on REI.com, this fleece is a must-have for cool fall evenings spent crafting the perfect s’mores. Slightly lighter than some other fleece jackets on the market, this one has a slimmer fit. But don’t be fooled – the high-pile sherpa fleece will keep you super warm on cold nights. It has a high collar to protect your neck from a breeze, and to top it all off, you can rely on its heavy duty zippers to work for many years (and campfires!) to come.

 

 

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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