How to choose a hiking fleece?
Warm, breathable, compact, with brushed material or not ... Having the right polar fleece is essential for not getting cold when hiking. Discover all our tips on how to choose a hiking fleece!
HOW TO CHOOSE A HIKING FLEECE? THERE ARE 2 CRITERIA: THE INTENSITY AND OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE.
1. Exercise intensity
How to choose a fleece for intense exercise? During intense exercise, you sweat more. It's important to wear breathable fleece to keep yourself dry. Breathable fabric can wick away moisture and perspiration more efficiently.
Made of breathable material as well, polar fleece comes with zips so you can control the ventilation depending on your exercise’s intensity: half chest zip, full zip, side zips under armpits etc.
During a less intense workout, we warm up slower and sweat less. Breathability is therefore less important. We will rather choose a polar fleece with better heat retention.
2. Outside temperature
The second criterion is the outside temperature. Depending on the weather, you will need the polar fleece to be cooler or warmer.
FOR CHILLY OR COLD WEATHER (ABOVE 7°C)
You can opt for micro-polar fleece: a very fine polar fleece which is lighter and more compact.
FOR VERY COLD WEATHER (BELOW 7°C)
We recommend a polar fleece in brushed fabric. This type of fabric helps capture more air, the best insulator, and provides better protection from the cold.
Some of our polar fleeces are woven with elastane thread, which gives them greater elasticity so you can enjoy greater freedom of movement.