The job of a fleece garment is twofold. Its main purpose is to provide insulation, and as such a good fleece will be part of most days in the outdoors. The degree of insulation is provided by the pile of the fleece, ranging from a light microfleece through a number of weights, to garments that can only be used in extremely cold conditions. The second purpose is the control of air and moisture flow through the garment. The majority of fleece garments are designed to work as part of a moisture transportation system that starts with first layer or baselayer clothing followed by the breathable fleece garment and maybe a waterproof or windproof shell over that. This keeps the body dry and comfortable when working and when resting.
We have microfleeces, which can be used as a light jumper or a warm thermal base layer, from several sources. They are very soft to touch and feel lovely on. Summer pieces should provide some warmth, but also wick very well to keep you dry and comfortable. Polartec Powerstretch and Pontetorto Technostretch garments are made from a single-sided, stretchy fleece, and are great for providing unrestricted movement when climbing, for example.
For a fleece with a bit more protection from the wind, one might consider the TechFace range from Patagonia, which is available in a variety of styles as well as weights.
Arcteryx Kynaite Hoody Women's - sale £104.99
A hooded jacket that is a quick drying midlayer with supreme stretch for freedom of movementWeight: 393g Cut: Athletic Fit Lightweight, comfortable, stretchable material Quick-drying Smooth-running YKK Vislon front zipper 2 side pockets, zippers concealed by flaps Elasticated border on the hood, cuff and hem
Midlayer Fleece Jacket for Men. Temporary promotion £59.99Lightweight, comfortable, stretchable material Quick-drying Smooth-running YKK Vislon® front zipper 2 side pockets, zippers concealed by flaps Elastic hem and cuffs for improved fit
Womens fit lightweight mid-layer fleece jacket295g Athletic Fit 94% Polyester, 6% Spandex Lightweight, comfortable, stretchable material Quick-drying Smooth-running YKK Vislon® front zipper 2 side pockets, zips concealed by flaps Elastic hem and cuffs for improved fit
The Marmot Wiley Jacket is a pile fleece piece using Polartec 300, designed to keep the cold out and to keep you comfortable.Product Weight: 1lbs 0.9oz (479.1g) Main Fabric: Polartec® Classic 300 100% Polyester Shearling 11.5 oz/yd | 75% Nylon, 25% Cotton Plain Weave 3.0 oz/yd Polartec® Classic 300 Zippered Hand Pockets Zippered Chest Pocket Elastic Bound Cuffs and Hem
A women's lightweight gridded midlayer fleece or winter weight base layerAthletic Mountain Fit - Close-fitting for fast-paced activities POLARTEC® Power Grid™ for high wicking, fast drying and a high warmth to weight ratio Articulated arms for high reach movement and tailored pecifically to reduce hem lift Flatlocked sewn seams throughout ¼ length Montane YKK reverse coil semi-auto front zip with wind-strip Snug protective collar, lined with POLARTEC® Power Grid™ Low profile cuffs