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What do you look for when choosing a polar fleece?

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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 to make the right choice!

The choice of a polar fleece comes down to 2 criteria: The intensity of your effort and the outside temperature.

 

THE INTENSITY OF YOUR EFFORT

During an intense effort, you sweat more. In order not to stay in wet clothing, it is important to choose a breathable polar fleece. The breathability of the material  is its ability to evacuate the water vapour generated by perspiration.

As well as being made of a breathable material, your polar fleece can be equipped with zippers that allow you to control the ventilation depending on your effort: Chest-zipper, full zipper, underarm side zippers….

During a less intense effort, we warm up slower and sweat less. Breathability is therefore a less important criterion. We will therefore choose a polar fleece with a good supply of heat.

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THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE

The second criterion to take into account is the outside temperature. Depending on the weather, you will need the polar fleece to be colder or hotter.

 

FOR COLD TO FROSTY WEATHER (ABOVE 7°C)

You could opt for a micro-polar fleece: A very fine polar fleece which has the advantage of being lighter and more compact.

 

FOR VERY COLD WEATHER (BELOW 7°C)

We recommend a polar fleece with a very brushed material (that is to say, a material with large curls or long fibres on the inside or outside as you can see in the video below).

It thus captures more air, which is the best insulation, so it protects you from the cold in a better way.

 

Nice to know: Several of our polar fleeces are lined with a latex band, which gives them greater elasticity and therefore more freedom of movement. You can identify them thanks to the product benefit "Freedom of movement".

 

Now that you are clued-in, you can easily make your choice !

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