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  • #3741522
    Johan
    BPL Member

    @johan-river

    Locale: Cascadia

    It’s very difficult to find classic style Polartec hoodless fleeces these days, especially ones with full zips and pockets all around. I’m looking for something that weighs less than 16 ounces in XL. Also would be nice to have a hem draw cord, but I will just assume no matter what I get, I will have to add my own.

    About 15 years ago, I could walk into any clothing store and find tons of options using classic fleece. Now, most of the “fleeces” are crummy versions of “fleece” that don’t retain much of the awesome properties and weight of classic fleece. They’re just regular woven/knitted synthetic shirts with some fluffy stuff on the inside — doesn’t get the job done without a lot of fabric weight.

    So far, I have found only a couple:

    – Marmot Men’s Reactor 2.0 Jacket

    – REI Co-op Trailsmith Fleece Jacket (still heavy though)

    Any other ideas? I found some others, but they are much heavier fleeces over 100wt. Looking for strictly 100wt or so. I only need weather and bush whacking resistance, and have other layers to add warmth.

    I did try the Little Donkey Andy jacket from Amazon, and it has all the features I wanted, but the material is too thick and heavy. I also tried the Patagonia R1 and found it terrible for weather resistance and wasn’t very warm for the weight, along with no stretch in the fabric. Hated it. haha

    Thanks for any help!

    #3741531
    Tyler S
    BPL Member

    @tswoboda

    Patagonia Micro D Jacket

    Eddie Bauer Cloud Layer Pro Full Zip

    L.L. Bean Men’s Trail Fleece, Full-Zip

    All good options depending on fit. None of them will have a drawcord hem.

    #3741532
    Adrian Griffin
    BPL Member

    @desolationman

    Locale: Sacramento

    Several years ago, Costco sold a Kirkland-branded Polartec 1/4 zip pullover. I have one as my summer mid-layer. No longer available at Costco, but last year, I bought an XXL used from PoshMark to use as an overfleece for multi layering. Weights are 8.8oz for size L (my summer mid layer) and 10.5 oz for the XXL.

    #3741540
    Johan
    BPL Member

    @johan-river

    Locale: Cascadia

    Thanks for the suggestions. I already have am UL Fila 1/4 Zip Polartec, which is probably the same thing as the Costco one. But I need full zip, chest pocket, and hand pockets for holding my phone and other gear. I’m not liking having to put that stuff in pant or backpack pockets.

    Micro D doesn’t have zippered pockets, but if I had to, I could just add my own button snaps to them.

    I will check out those other ones as well.

    I just ordered the Marmot Reactor 2.0 since it is on sale at Marmot.com for $40 off. Hopefully it works out, and all I would have to add is the hem draw cord.

    Oh, and for anyone reading this for ideas on fleeces, DON’T get the cheap junk off Amazon. I’ve gone through so many of the stupid things and they are always a let down in some major way, usually in the quality of the fleece which often feels/smells more like mangy dog than soft fleece. LOL

    #3741618
    Mark Verber
    BPL Member

    @verber

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    There is also the montbell CHAMEECE JACKET

    #3741652
    Johan
    BPL Member

    @johan-river

    Locale: Cascadia

    Mark, that Montbell jacket looks really nice and super lightweight. Wish I would had seen that one earlier. I’ll probably check it out if the Marmot Reactor doesn’t work for me.

    #3741929
    Johan
    BPL Member

    @johan-river

    Locale: Cascadia

    So, I now have the Marmot Reactor 2.0  Fleece Men’s XL. IT’S PERFECT!

    Mine weighs around 13 ounces in XL, which is about as light as a jacket like this can be with full pockets and full zips. I still have to all a hem cord, but that takes 30 seconds at most to cut little holes and thread a thin cord through. The older model is sort of junk I think, as I find having any sort of solid face fabric on top of fleece ruins the core abilities of fleece.

    Although, I am not sure if I would be so stoked if I had paid full price, which is over $100. I probably would have looked at others first.

    I hope not too many people fall for the hype around other styles of fleece, at least in terms of ultimate warmth to weight ratio and performance in wet conditions. I feel too many people might be tempted by the fancy zig zag fleece from Patagonia in the R1. I found the R1 didn’t have adequate stretch for layering insulation under it, and the open mesh style fleece areas let in weather and wind too easily to work effectively in wet or windy conditions. It’s a very specific piece of gear that isn’t as versatile as Polartec Classic 100, in my opinion.

    #3742017
    Bill in Roswell
    BPL Member

    @roadscrape88-2

    Locale: Roswell, GA, USA

    Mark V is right. Montbell Chameece is full zip, chest pocket, hand pockets. A bit lighter than 100 wt. Weighs under 10 oz. Only $65. My most  verstile top by far. Adds warmth without bulk. Looks good too with integrated chest pocket (no goofy patch pocket), big enough for my Samsung Galaxy 10.

    #3742041
    Johan
    BPL Member

    @johan-river

    Locale: Cascadia

    It would be interesting to compare the Chameece  and the Marmot Reactor 2.0 (the 1.0 sucked, IMO). The Chameece 9.7oz weight is likely for the medium size, so XL would probably weigh a couple ounces more. Looking at my Marmot, I can’t find any place on it where weight could be dropped without going to too-fragile zippers or using a lighter fabric. After cutting the massive bundle of tags off my Marmot it actually weighs at 12.6 ounces. Based on full retail price though, I would be all over trying the Chameece first if making the decision again. My only beef with everything Marmot makes is that they sewn their giant logo into the worst places. LOL

    Also, as a side pro tip, always add an elastic hem cord to your fleece jackets. Closing off the bottom makes a big difference sometimes, especially in an emergency situation where one needs to stuff it with vegetation or gear to stay warm. (I’ve done this)

    #3742042
    Tyler S
    BPL Member

    @tswoboda

    Marmot lists the fabric weight @ 149 gsm for the Reactor 2.0

    Montbell lists the fabric weight @ 160 gsm for the Chameece

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