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04/06/2011 08:22PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
Have just received a zip up microfleece as a gift. Wondering if it would be as warm as an older fleece pullover jacket that I have. Old fleece is definitely thicker, and therefore more bulky. Would like to save room in my pack.

I know, I know, the obvious answer is....try it and see.

But asking you all is just so much easier! :)

What experience do you have with microfleece jackets?
 
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Cedarboy
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04/06/2011 08:33PM  
Short answer is no it wont,and the obvious answer is thicker is warmer because it traps more air.
What temp range are you using it in?
What time of year.
You may need/take both.
CB
 
schweady
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04/06/2011 09:22PM  
For our trips in end of July/start of Aug I have pared it down to a zip-up hooded microfleece from Wintergreen as my 'heaviest' piece of clothing. Incredibly light-weight. At first I was a bit concerned about warmth, but I figure there is always a t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, rain jacket, life vest, and sleeping bag if it really gets that bad. I have always been very comfortable on those nights. Earlier/later dates would be a different story, obviously. Can't tell you how much I appreciate the lighter clothing choices I have, compared with years back.
 
wetcanoedog
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04/06/2011 11:24PM  
i used at micro from Wintergreen for many years and when it got a bit beat replaced it with the same from Bean.i found it to be just right for just about any weather you could expect in the canoeing season.if it gets really cool i'll put on a older down vest under it and if cold a wind breaker over those.i had zippers put on the pockets,a hoodie like that with zippers is a hard find.it's a jacket by the way,i find those better than a pull over so i can unzip and cool down.
 
04/07/2011 06:56AM  
I like my 'sportif microfleece hoodie' for late May.It keeps the wind off your neck too. Layers for me. It may be a high of 50 w/ wind -or- 80 degrees by noon.
 
fraxinus
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04/07/2011 07:22AM  
I use a microfleece 1/4 zip pullover pretty much as I would a sweater or a sweatshirt, and it's much lighter and packs smaller than either of those, and dries much faster. I have to agree with the other comments made about layerying. A good piece of synthetic long sleeved underwear, the microfleece, a fleece vest and a rainjacket works for just about anything from late May to early Fall. Wouldn't leave home without the fleece. ( They last forever too )
 
04/07/2011 07:29AM  
Going in early june. All of the clothing below are made of synthetic materials.

will have (layers from inside to out): smart wool long sleeve top, 1 or 2 short sleeve shirts, 1 long sleeve "t-shirt". 1 button down heavier long sleeve shirt. a fleece (type to be determined) and a frogg toggs rain jacket. for 6 days.

overkill? not enough?

Thanks.


P.S. pants-i know you didn't ask but were dying to know :)

inside to out:
ex officio boxer briefs
smart wool full length
zip off pants (2 pair- not worn at the same time!)
frogg toggs rain pants
 
BearBrown
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04/07/2011 01:13PM  
You probably don't need one of the t shirts or the button down shirt. Between your smartwool shirt and a fleece you will stay plenty warm in june in my opinion. Plus you have the rain jacket if you really need the extra warmth. Since everything is synthetic, a quick rinse in the lake and a hang dry will keep your stuff from getting too funky over six days.
 
schweady
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04/07/2011 04:28PM  
This is my entire wardrobe of upper-torso wear that I have settled on bringing along now, and it's all either being worn or in the pack. (I was going to say 'above-the-waist wear,' but I forgot to include my bwca.com hat...) (oh, and of course, the pfd...) Seems like I also still usually bring one spare t-shirt (identical to the one shown but different color), but really shouldn't bother as I don't really feel the need to change into it most trips. The synthetic material dries quickly after a quick rinse or rain, doesn't feel "dirty," and -- at the risk of my camp mates rolling their eyes -- doesn't stink as bad as cotton. Again, this is July-August.

Like all of my new-and-improved gear over the past decade or so, acquiring items a couple of pieces at a time has really helped to lighten the load and simplify packing:
Frogg Toggs rain coat, Wintergreen microfleece, Columbia Titanium Omni-Dry fishing shirt, Columbia Titanium Omni-Dry t-shirt


 
04/07/2011 06:25PM  
quote schweady: "This is my entire wardrobe of upper-torso wear that I have settled on bringing along now, and it's all either being worn or in the pack. (I was going to say 'above-the-waist wear,' but I forgot to include my bwca.com hat...) (oh, and of course, the pfd...) Seems like I also still usually bring one spare t-shirt (identical to the one shown but different color), but really shouldn't bother as I don't really feel the need to change into it most trips. The synthetic material dries quickly after a quick rinse or rain, doesn't feel "dirty," and -- at the risk of my camp mates rolling their eyes -- doesn't stink as bad as cotton. Again, this is July-August.

Like all of my new-and-improved gear over the past decade or so, acquiring items a couple of pieces at a time has really helped to lighten the load and simplify packing:
Frogg Toggs rain coat, Wintergreen microfleece, Columbia Titanium Omni-Dry fishing shirt, Columbia Titanium Omni-Dry t-shirt


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That looks like a good set up for your late July/early August trips! And they all match...you planned that didn't you! :)
 
schweady
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04/07/2011 06:56PM  
Matching was the least of my worries. :)

Actually, I was originally not real keen on the microfleece hoodie's color - would have liked a bit more 'earthy' (?) They had a maroon, but my wife has the Wintergreen half zip the same weight in a maroon, and couldn't be twins... In real life it's such a bright royal blue that I don't want to wear it to Twins-Royals games... but it was 70% off one day we were bumming through Ely after a trip, so... And the Frogg Toggs? Well, everyone knows they're no fashion statement, but so far I have really enjoyed the performance to weight ratio.
 
04/07/2011 09:20PM  
I am a fan of microfleece (as part of a layering system).
 
Mocha
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12/10/2020 09:28PM  
I love micro fleece but it seems very hard to find these days. It layers better and isn’t so bulky under jacket
 
Chuckles
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12/11/2020 10:52AM  
drnatus: "Have just received a zip up microfleece as a gift. Wondering if it would be as warm as an older fleece pullover jacket that I have. Old fleece is definitely thicker, and therefore more bulky. Would like to save room in my pack.

I know, I know, the obvious answer is....try it and see.

But asking you all is just so much easier! :)

What experience do you have with microfleece jackets?
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Google tells me the definitions vary slightly, but the difference between microfleece vs fleece is only defined by the thickness of the fabric.
 
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