Women's Fleece Sweaters & Shirts

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About Women’s Fleece Sweatshirts & Sweaters

Whether you’re headed to the grocery store or thru-hiking the Appalachian trail, a mid layer fleece sweater or sweatshirt is a staple of any functional wardrobe. Shop the latest and greatest selection of women’s fleece jackets, sweatshirts, and sweaters at Altitude Sports.

Stay Warm with Altitude Sports

Fleece became a widespread success back in the 70s when Patagonia and Polartec LLC put their brains together to create Synchilla. Polartec chose not to patent the material and instead allowed anyone to produce it. This led to the widespread acceptance of the lesser known fabric at the time and placed the company in the leading spot as a trusted manufacturer of the fibre.
The material was invented as a durable alternative to wool. Like wool, it’s incredibly warm (even when wet), moisture-wicking, odour-resistant––you name it. The only downside to wool is how heavy it can be and, considering it’s a natural fibre, it wears... down over time. Fleece, on the other hand, is lightweight and incredibly durable.

The Choice Is Yours

Since Polartec’s endorsement, companies around the globe have innovated and improved how to wear the material. From varying warmth ratings and recycled materials to hybrid fibre combinations and colour palettes, there’s no end to what women’s fleece jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts can do.
Looking for something easy to take off? Grab a full-zippered fleece by Kari Traa. What about incredible warmth? Go for a high-pile fleece sweatshirt by prAna. Can you handle both? Try the Extreme Pile Full-Zip by The North Face. If zippers aren’t your thing, opt for Burton pullovers, quarter zips or buttons like the classic Patagonia Fleeces.
Lightweight travellers should consider tops that do it all. Hoodies are great if you need options, low-pile works for limited pack weight, and you can never go wrong with a good flannel shirt. Whether you’re up to backcountry shenanigans, long autumnal strolls, or skiing the Rockies, you’ll find all the women’s fleece sweatshirts and sweaters you need at Altitude Sports.
If you’re not completely satisfied with your first or, heck, third choice, we’ve got you covered. Send back your items following the guidelines of our 60-day return policy and shipping is free for purchases over $49 across Canada.



Frequently Asked Questions


Why do people wear fleece?

People wear fleece because it is a warm and durable mid layer garment. Fleeces are not only functional but incredibly versatile. This garment perfectly compliments any outdoor activity from a day out on the crag to a nightcap by the fire.

How do you choose a good fleece?

Fleeces come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. When choosing a good fleece, consider what you're looking for based on what you need it for:
Something lightweight for summer mornings; full zippered front for ski days; a quarter zip for snowshoeing; and, hoodies are great for thru-hiking. Also consider the wide range of colours and, while most fleece is made of synthetic materials, some are made of wool.

Which is the warmest fleece?

The warmest fleece is the thickest fleece. The more material involved means a higher temperature rating. Also consider the pile of the fabric––a bigger pile means there’s more space between the fibres to keep heat trapped. This increase in fibre also reinforces a barrier between the cold outside and the warmth inside.

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