The 15 Best Fleece Jackets For Men to Wear Right Now

Updated Jan 09, 2023
Photo: Outerknown Skyline Sherpa Jacket

With winter in full swing, we’re well within the timeframe of preliminary procurement — especially when it comes to cozy outdoor garments. Traditional jackets and vests might be making their rounds within the mainstream media, but if you’re anything like us, you’re in the market for those obscure functional pieces that’ll get you through the snowy season in style. Of our personal favorites, the fleece stands out as a time-tested staple that few people incorporate within their wintery ensemble. That’s why we’re here to give you 15 different reasons as to why a fleece-less collection isn’t as well-rounded as you might think.

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Howler brothers Chisos Fleece

If you’re looking for a well-designed fleece that caters to a heritage aesthetic, Howler Brothers’ Chisos might be your quintessential garment. Like the rest of the brand’s offerings, this tasteful outerwear piece boasts an eye-catching Western design, sherpa fleece fabric, and tonal nylon patches to give it a look all its own. Add a versatile kangaroo front pocket, contrast-bound collar, and smooth cuffs, and you’ve got the perfect formula for a fall-ready piece that you can utilize without looking like you’re ready for a week in the wilderness.

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lululemon Oversized-Fit Fleece Half-Zip

While we can all appreciate a traditionally-styled option, you can always go right with a more performance-oriented piece, and who better to trust in that department than lululemon? The Canadian clothier describes its oversized option as “soft, warm, and stretchy,” which may sound pretty basic on the outside looking in, but what else are we truly looking for a fleece we can wear a few times a week? Plus, it features a handy locker loop that’s ideal if you’re heading straight to the gym, allowing you to take it off and hang it up quickly.

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Topo Designs Sherpa Jacket

Topo Designs is all about versatility, so when it made the Sherpa fleece, it wanted to create something that could accompany you in a variety of situations. To achieve this, the brand crafted a reversible garment that can transition from a twill bomber to a cozy fleece in a heartbeat, thanks to its technical fabric lining. If you’re looking for a waterproof jacket that’ll take on everything from the mountain to small bouts of water, the Sherpa has the ability to adapt to your needs. Its versatile nature is complemented by dual-sided pocketing, a reversible YKK zipper, and comfortable elastic binding on its cuffs and hem, sealing in warmth when you’re out and about.

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Outerknown Skyline Shirt Jacket

We make a big deal about several outdoor brands’ dedication to crafting the perfect fleece jacket, but Outerknown falls in a separate category from most prototypical hiking labels. Regardless, that doesn’t take away from its stylish Styling Shirt Jacket, an enviously soft option made using nearly 75% recycled polyester and rounded out with ECONYL-composed details. Further, this unique material is made out of regenerated nylon waste, including fishing nets, which is no surprise coming from the shoreside-centric brand.

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The North Face Denali Jacket

The North Face’s modern spin on its iconic Denali is a refined approach to one of the genre’s most lauded vintage pieces. It might be a throwback to one of TNF’s 90s pieces, but this unique fleece jacket is even more capable today than it was over twenty years ago, thanks to its recycled, wind-and-rain-resistant fabrics, ventilated underarm areas, and detachable velcro patches. If you’re looking to seal in some more warmth during the colder months, this jacket also boasts a set of elasticated cuffs and a drawstring hem, giving you the opportunity to lock down whenever you feel the need.

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Filson Sherpa Fleece Jacket

Filson’s Sherpa jacket is an industry staple, and like many of the brand’s garments, it doesn’t shy away from its intentions. This medium-weight insulating layer features a high-pile Polartec Sherpa fleece, ripstop patches, and a heavy-duty zip closure to keep things locked up tight. To round out the jacket, a healthy helping of ribbed trim, nylon detailing, and reinforced stress areas help to protect the material from abrasive inhibitors, prolonging its life and allowing it to be used in more adverse environments.

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Buck Mason Alpine Merino Fleece Pack Jacket

When it comes to Buck Mason, you can always expect some sort of modern-day inspiration. In this case, the brand implements that signature touch with interestingly-cut, diagonal patch pockets. Sure, it may sound impractical, but it looks too cool to ignore, so we have no choice but to mention it here. Lastly, the fleece is finished with bartack reinforcements at the pocket corners for maximum durability, making it a piece you can expect to hold onto for years to come.

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Manastash Mt. Gorilla Fleece Jacket

Tokyo-bred outfitter Manastash takes undeniable inspiration from the Pacific Northwest, which is pretty clear when looking at a jacket like this. Most importantly, it emphasizes sustainability, and this vibrant, retro-looking piece showcases that with its organic hemp collar, sleeves, and pockets. Whether you’re a gorpcore enthusiast or genuinely going hiking, this an excellent choice for anyone who appreciates an eco-cognizant pick.

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Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

Patagonia has already made an appearance on our list, but the brand’s Retro-X fleece is a bit too good to pass up. This windproof model adopts the same retro styling as its kin but introduces a bespoke membrane for increased weatherization. If you live in an area where bouts of wind and water are common, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the Retro-X features a set of resistant pockets to keep your important items safe from harm, as well as a partially-recycled Sherpa fleece that’s been imbued with polygiene for efficient odor control.

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Carhartt WIP South Jacket

This blacked-out option is simple, stylish, and, like most things from Carhartt WIP, ready to take on the most strenuous days. It is made using Polartec fleece and equipped with roomy, zipped front pockets, ensuring your headphones, keys, or pocket knives stay put. Most importantly, it’s finished with an adjustable hood, which you won’t find on many other high-quality fleeces on our list… not to mention across the market.

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Todd Snyder Scenic Adirondack Fleece Jacket

Fleece with a view, anyone? Todd Snyder’s head-turning option truly speaks for itself, boasting a detailed outdoor illustration from Rob Wilson. Outside of that, the designs stay true to the typical mountaineering-geared choice, with its spade chest pocket, 2-way zipper, and all. On top of that, this sherpa is made of nothing but recycled polyester, deeming it a green choice, albeit with its bright shade of orange.

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Snow Peak Polartec Fleece Hooded Jacket

Snow Peak’s Polartec fleece is as simple as it sounds, but when it comes to functional outdoor garments, performance is all that matters. Luckily, that’s where this clothing item excels, thanks to its insulating fleece jersey, high neck, and two-way zip fastening. Since this iconic homage has been built to take on the elements with ease, it features all of the details you might expect from a more utilitarian offering, including side slit pockets, thumb slots, drawstrings, and a sealable neck, helping you to trap warmth when you need it most.

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Universal Works Field Fleece Jacket

Courtesy of former Paul Smith apprentice David Keyte, this handsome, heavy-duty pick features all the traditional workwear details you’d expect from a chore jacket. As you’ve noticed, we’ve included a collection of zip-ups and pullovers across this guide, making Universal Works’ button-plackets piece versatile enough to rock for any occasion.

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Canada Goose Kelowna Fleece Jacket

Like most outerwear pieces you’ll find in Canada Goose’s coveted catalog, the Kelowna Fleece Jacket showcases the luxurious side of outdoor attire. It is composed of cozy, wool-crafted, high-pile fleece, so the versatile jacket operates well as a mid or top layer, depending on how cold it is outside. For functionality’s sake, it’s equipped with strategically-placed reinforcement in high abrasion areas and a zippered chest zipper to keep gear safe and sound.

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Kapital Sashiko Boa Reversible Printed Fleece and Shell Jacket

Where would modern-day menswear be without the Kapital fleece? It’s tough to say, as it’s become somewhat of an anomaly amongst the scene’s biggest enthusiasts. As a result, we strayed away from the Japanese label’s typical option by rolling with a far more functional piece. The brand’s reversible option is practically the ideal form of outerwear, serving as a fluffy, high-pile fleece on one side and a weather-resistant shell jacket on the other — in other words, it’s the best of both worlds, and it looks damn good, too.

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