Durable, works well when moving in both cold/dry and cold/wet conditions and dries out quickly.
The fleece is worn while moving; a puffy is worn while stationary.
Over the years, I have gravitated to one piece in particular – the 100 weight fleece.
I find it is one of my most versatile pieces of clothing for the outdoors.
In winter, it is worn with a mid-weight baselayer top and is great for all but windiest and/or sub-zero conditions.
It is always stashed in my car for the quick after-work hike.
Many times I can wear it under a rain jacket and it is warm enough for the temperatures.
It is durable, takes a beating, bunches up nicely and effective.
The particular one I use is one form Sports Authority that I paid less than $10 on clearance. I am sure there are “better”…but this clearance item has worked rather well.
A full zip fleece would be ideal, but the long length of the pull-over zipper works well on this particular model.
Sleet, drizzle, fluffy snow…it is an integral part of my four season kit.
I wear while hiking in cold and windy conditions and is pretty much worn 24/7 while out ski touring and winter backpacking.
Mine is sized up a bit for loose fit and ventilation. But is still thin enough to fit under a shell when conditions warrant.
Overall, the 100 wt fleece has earned a place in my kit similar to my liner gloves or balaclava. Mainly an indispensable piece of clothing that, for me, I can’t imagine not bringing on any backcountry excursion.
A simple piece of clothing that works very well for many different environments and uses.
In this day of exotic fabrics and expensive pieces of gear, not many items purchased can fit such a broad base of use.