Since the invention of the original PolarFleece in the early 1980s, Polartec, a Milliken & Company brand, shapes and defines how outdoor enthusiasts dress for cold weather. As the days get longer and temperatures rise, the need to regulate body heat and stay comfortable remains paramount to summer adventures. From early morning mountain hikes to evening campfire hangs, Polartec offers dependable and versatile fleece.
Combining sun protection and enhanced cooling for active use, the Sunseeker Hoodie from Burgeon Outdoor – ideal for hiking, climbing, fishing, or kayaking – is constructed of Polartec Delta, a geometrically woven material that sits on top of the skin to funnel perspiration and moisture away from the body.
The fabric amplifies the body’s natural cooling system by dispersing perspiration and moisture and increasing airflow. Ideal for boat, board or beach, the PRO Sun Hoodie from Orvis, comprised of Polartec PowerGrid technology, uses a bi-component knit fabric for rapid evaporation of perspiration with built-in UPF 50+ protection to stay cool and comfortable in tropical sun and heat.
For forest exploring to navigating the urban jungle, Polartec has partnered with industry leaders to create the best fleece in a variety of weights and design silhouettes for every adventure. The casual crewneck of the R1 Air Crew from Patagonia provides versatility and style during adventure travel or active endeavors in a 100 percent recycled polyester jacquard fleece with hollow-core yarns in a unique zigzag texture that wicks moisture, dries fast and is breathable.
The retro stylings of the Trailsmith Fleece Collection from REI are a throwback to earlier days, featuring 80 percent post-consumer recycled content in Polartec Micro Series for warmth without the weight in designs for the family.
Colder nights around the campfire or warming up after a long day at the beach call for the District Vision Noah Technical Hoodie, made of Polartec High Loft built from plush, hydrophobic 50 percent recycled yarns that repel moisture, speed dry times, and reduce surface friction. Designed with a high neck for added coverage, the material is ultra-soft and compressible but can retain more thermal warmth for staying cozy long into the evening.
For more information and to source additional summer fleece products, visit Polartec.com.