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Is fleece warm? Yes! Known for being the coziest jacket material—it’s terrific for a hike but they’re also wonderful to throw on for layering in the chilly season overall. Check out TFG’s top faves for light weight fleece jackets!

 


Best Womens Fleece Jacket

Written By: Laura Pulling


 

 

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When you’re venturing to some cooler climates or heading into the fall season, we at TFG always advocate wearing layers as a great way to stay warm and comfortable—whether you’re doing a day of hiking or sightseeing—layering clothes allows you to strip down to cool off when you need to, and wrap up if you feel a chill. 

 

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So, what is fleece made out of? Although it’s named after the wooly part of a sheep, chances are your fleece has never been anywhere near a farm! It’s made of a type of polyester that is cozily warm, moisture-resistant, and breathable.

Fleece is definitely stellar for travel too! You can squeeze one as tight as you like into a packing cube, and once you need it, it’s ready to wear, no creases, no hassle! 

 

So we’ve rounded up the best fleece jackets women love, that will be perfect for layering during your fall or winter adventures. Check them out! 

 

 

Best Women’s Fleece Jacket

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Columbia | Dick’s Sporting Goods |  Zappos

 

Columbia Womens Fleece Jacket Fire Side

 

Feel toasty warm in this Columbia fleece jacket—a TFG reader favorite! This Sherpa fleece jacket is velvety soft, with fluffy high-pile fleece both inside and out to keep you cozy. It comes in sizes XS-XXL, and in a ton of colors too!

Wearers adore this fluffy Columbia zip jacket, with nothing but rave reviews online. One share, “Of all the coats I’ve owned this is by far the best buys I’ve made!” While another gushes, “I am always getting compliments about how soft it is. It’s very warm for being so light.”

 

 

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Shop: Amazon (XS-3X) | Columbia (XS-XXXL)  | Columbia (1X-3X) | Dick’s Sporting Good (XS-3X)

 

Columbia Fleece Women Jacket Benton Springs

 

This classic womens Columbia fleece jacket is a perfect layer for walks and hikes. It’s perfect for fall evenings and has a classic fit that gives a feminine silhouette. It comes in a great size range (as we expect from Columbia!) from XS-XXXL and 1X-3X.

Reviews are exceptional for this Columbia fleece jacket womens style, One shares, “It’s lightweight, so it’s easy to store in a backpack and easy to layer, but it’s also heavy enough to keep me warm on night hikes! Totally a new favorite!”

If you prefer to keep your ears warm, you can get these Columbia fleece jackets with a hood too! Regular or plus.

 

 

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Shop: Amazon  | Dick’s Sporting Goods | The North Face | Zappos 

 

The North Face Women’s Fleece Jacket

 

Feel immediately warm in The North Face fleece jacket that’s styled like a classic North Face design from the late 80s, and has all of the technical features of a modern jacket. The relaxed fit has a reinforced hood, shoulders, chest, and forearms for abrasion resistance, with hand warming pockets and stretch fabric cuffs for added comfort. 

Users rate this NorthFace fleece for its durability and style, one shares, “This is very warm and cozy. The fleece inside is soft and snuggly. I have worn this through this winter during rain and strong wind and I find it very protective even though it is not meant to be waterproof.”

 

Here are more top fleece travel jackets recommended by readers!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL:  L.L.Bean 

 

LL Bean Womens Fleece Full-Zip Jacket

 

This LL Bean fleece jacket womens pick has a heritage style that gives it a classy high-end look as far as fashionable womens fleece options go! It’s beautifully tailored for curves, with a drop tail hem that stops the cold creeping in if you bend down. The outer is a sweater-knit that is soft and smooth, with a brushed interior for warmth and comfort. You can get it in: regular, petite, plus, and tall sizes.

Wearers rate this “heavenly” LLBean fleece, with one describing it as, “Exactly what I expected! The soft inner fleece is just wonderful, so comfortable! Three outer pockets have a soft lining. The jacket fits me like it was tailored for me! I wanted something close-fitting and not baggy or bulky, that I could wear with a long-sleeved shirt underneath for layering and be stylish too!”

You can also get this LL Bean hoodie option too.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-M: BackCountry | REI

 

Patagonia Better Sweater Full Zip Hooded Fleece Jacket

 

This Patagonia fleece womens style is called the “Better Sweater” for a reason, the durable recycled polyester blend is made to have the virtues of wool, without the liabilities. 

It’s a warm and cozy hooded option that’s also good for the planet, made of recycled materials and sewn in a fair trade approved facility. 

One wearer of this Patagonia fleece jacket shares, “The fit and color and quality are outstanding. I received so many compliments on my green one that I had to come back and get another in the light balsamic!”

You can also get this Patagonia women’s fleece jacket without a hood here

 

 

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Shop: Lands’ End

 

Lands End Fleece Jacket

 

For a dupe of the North Face hooded fleece (that we mentioned earlier), at a fraction of the cost, take a look at this womens fleece jacket with hood by Lands End. The styling is similarly stylish to the outdoor brand, with a water-repellent nylon trim and brushed fleece lining that will keep you happily warm. 

This version has a removable hood and is available in regular and petite sizes. It also comes as a stylish black fleece jacket along with other colors. 

 

Find out why Anatomie Kenya Jacket is the best travel jacket ever!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon (XS-XL and 1X-3X) | Lands’ End (XS-XL) | Lands’ End (1X-3X) 

 

Lands End Womens Fleece Sweater Long Coat

 

So is this Lands’ End option more of a coat, a sweater, or a fleece? Basically, it’s all three combined! The length and look of a coat in a sweater fleece material that’s super soft inside. 

The adjustable waist cinch helps you maintain a flattering silhouette, and what’s better is that this long fleece coat can be easily washed and thrown in the dryer at home for keeping it fresh. 

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Amazon | REI | Arc’teryx | Backcountry | Zappos 

 

Arc’teryx Covert Cardigan

 

The Arcteryx covert cardigan is a little pricier than other fleeces, it has a heathered texture for a comfy technical fit. The outside of this womens fleece cardigan looks more like stylish wool but has a brushed soft inside to keep you warm. It’s breathable and quick-drying, with stretch-knit cuffs for a comfort fit. 

Users love this Arcteryx fleece womens, with one sharing, “The color is rich but subdued and the fabric feels and looks expensive. It is cozy but not too tight, warm but not hot, good alone or under a rain jacket.”

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-L: REI 

 

KUHL Alska Long Fleece Jacket Women’s

 

For a chic option, these Kuhl fleece coats are styled with a long line silhouette that comes down lower, past the hips. The pockets and hem are trimmed with cozy shearling fleece, and the high neck funnel collar is both functional and looks good. 

Would look wonderful dressed up or down, with some sleek gloves and a wooly hat!

 

TFG readers recommend their favorite travel vest styles!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Amazon

 

Amazon Essentials Full-Zip Fleece Jackets Womens

 

For a budget option that is still well rated by wearers, try this Amazon lightweight fleece jacket. Lots of people compare these cheap fleece jackets to the more expensive outdoor brand Columbia, but at a fraction of the cost. Plus it comes in so many color options, from prints to cute pink fleece jackets.

One wearer raves about her fleece zip-up jacket saying, “Seriously this is my new favorite jacket. It’s so soft and comfortable to wear around the house and out running errands. It also keeps me pretty warm when I’m outside and it’s windy.“

 

 

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Shop: REI 

 

REI Co-op Hyperaxis Polartec Fleece Jacket With Hood

 

This REI fleece zip up hoodie is made with Polartec stretch fleece, for the ultimate in flexibility and movement. It’s breathable and moisture-wicking too. The thumbhole cuffs, hen, and hood binding offers a more snug fit, so that the biting wind doesn’t creep in at the exposed edges!

Wearers highly rate this fleece hooded jacket, with one sharing, “It’s lightweight and still keeps me warm and cozy when there is a chill in the air. The fabric is very soft, wind-resistant, and durable. It’s easy to stuff in my pack as an extra layer, without a ton of extra weight.“

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Moosejaw | Backcountry | Zappos | Walmart 

 

Marmot Polartec 300 Fleece Jacket

 

For a super soft and super warm option, you will love this Marmot fleece jacket. Made from Polartec 300 weight fleece, this is perfect as a winter mid-layer or for wearing on its own in the cooler spring or fall. 

Users rate the quality and performance of this zip up fleece, with one sharing, “Sleeves are long enough, really good zippers, holds up in light rain, and it’s basically a really super classy warm fleece jacket. I have boots that match the trim and I have received so many compliments. Can’t say enough about this jacket. It’s10 steps above any other fleece jackets.”

The black and white fleece jacket combination or the black and brown make great neutrals for any wardrobe, but so does the navy color. Take your pick!

 

 

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Shop XS-XXL: Old Navy

 

Old Navy Sherpa Zip-Front Jacket 

 

Economically attractive yet still packs a warm punch, this Old Navy sherpa fleece has thumb-hole slits, practical diagonal pockets, and has a mock-neck collar so your neck area stays toasty. It comes in sizes XS-XXL.

The camo-inspired patterns are nice, but if you want more neutral shades, check out Old Navy’s Cozy Teddy Sherpa jacket!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XXS-XXL: Uniqlo

 

UNIQLO Fluffy Full Zip Fleece Jacket

 

For a fun option, check out this Uniqlo fuzzy fleece jacket. At a bargain price, this oh-so-soft fleece zip up is super thick and warm, quick-drying, and wrinkle-resistant. The stiff collar keeps the chill from creeping down your neck, and it comes in SO MANY color choices! 

This fluffy fleece jacket has awesome ratings (almost 5/5 stars!). One wearer explains, “It’s so soft and keeps you so warm! It keeps its texture in the washer, and the pockets are definitely a plus. If you’re looking for a lightweight but warm winter jacket that you can carry anywhere, this is it!”

 

These are the most popular rain jackets for travel!

 

 

Women Fleece Jacket Product Comparison Chart

 

BRAND | MODEL FEATURES | REVIEWS RATING | PRICE
Best Women's Fleece Jacket
Columbia Womens Fleece Jacket Fire Side One share, “Of all the coats I've owned this is by far the best buys I've made!” While another gushes, “I am always getting compliments about how soft it is. It’s very warm for being so light.” Check Price
Columbia Fleece Women Jacket Benton Springs One shares, “It’s lightweight, so it’s easy to store in a backpack and easy to layer, but it’s also heavy enough to keep me warm on night hikes! Totally a new favorite!” Check Price
The North Face Women's Fleece Jacket “This is very warm and cozy. The fleece inside is soft and snuggly. I have worn this through this winter during rain and strong wind and I find it very protective even though it is not meant to be waterproof.” Check Price
LL Bean Womens Fleece Full-Zip Jacket “Exactly what I expected! The soft inner fleece is just wonderful, so comfortable! Three outer pockets have a soft lining. The jacket fits me like it was tailored for me!" Check Price
Patagonia Better Sweater Full Zip Hooded Fleece Jacket “The fit and color and quality are outstanding. I received so many compliments on my green one that I had to come back and get another in the light balsamic!” Check Price
Lands End Fleece Jacket The styling is similarly stylish to the outdoor brand, with a water-repellent nylon trim and brushed fleece lining that will keep you happily warm.  Check Price
Lands End Womens Fleece Sweater Long Coat The adjustable waist cinch helps you maintain a flattering silhouette, and what's better is that this long fleece coat can be easily washed and thrown in the dryer at home for keeping it fresh.  Check Price
Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan “The color is rich, but subdued and the fabric feels and looks expensive. It is cozy but not too tight, warm but not hot, good alone or under a rain jacket.” Check Price
KUHL Alska Long Fleece Jacket Women's The suffs pockets and hem are trimmed with cozy shearling fleece, and the high neck funnel collar is both functional and looks good.  Check Price
Amazon Essentials Full-Zip Fleece Jackets Womens “Seriously this is my new favorite jacket. It’s so soft and comfortable to wear around the house and out running errands. It also keeps me pretty warm when I'm outside and it's windy.“ Check Price
REI Co-op Hyperaxis Polartec Fleece Jacket With Hood “It’s lightweight and still keeps me warm and cozy when there is a chill in the air. The fabric is very soft, wind-resistant, and durable. It’s easy to stuff in my pack as an extra layer, without a ton of extra weight.“ Check Price
Marmot Polartec 300 Fleece Jacket “Sleeves are long enough, really good zippers, holds up in light rain, and it is basically a really super classy warm fleece jacket. I have boots that match the trim and I have received so many compliments. Check Price
Old Navy Sherpa Zip-Front Jacket  Economically attractive yet still packs a warm punch, this Old Navy sherpa fleece has thumb-hole slits, practical diagonal pockets, and has a mock-neck collar so your neck area stays toasty. It comes in sizes XS-XXL. Check Price
UNIQLO Fluffy Full Zip Fleece Jacket “It’s so soft and keeps you so warm! It keeps its texture in the washer, and the pockets are definitely a plus. If you’re looking for a lightweight but warm winter jacket that you can carry anywhere, this is it!” Check Price

 

 

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

 

How to Pack Womens Fleece Jackets

 

If you’re planning a getaway with your zip fleece jacket, start with packing cubes, they will seriously change the way you pack! We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything. See more in the video below.

 

Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!

 

We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This method has helped many women travel carry-on only!

 

 


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