Layers: They’re absolutely essential to travel, no matter where you’re going. And while you can plan outfits around all kinds of attractive layering options, when it comes down to it, a classic fleece is a welcome addition to any packing list, and doubly so if you’re taking an active vacation.
Here, we suggest some of the best fleece jackets available on Amazon and share a brief fleece jacket buying guide that will help you make an informed purchase, even if the fleece you need doesn’t make an appearance on our list.
The Best Fleece Jackets
This Jjyee fleece jacket diverges from those we’ve reviewed so far in that 1) it’s made of fluffier sherpa-style fleece and 2) it has a 1/4 zipper, meaning it’s a pullover.
Perhaps the best thing about this fleece jacket: It’s reversible. And during long days of travel, I, for one, am not above dropping the itinerant snack on myself, then spot cleaning and turning a reversible garment inside out, so this seems like a big win! Plus, it has a big comfy feel to it, which makes even tense (and chilly) travel moments better.
A whopping 93 percent of this fleece’s reviewers have given it either four or five stars, calling it “warm, toasty, and cute,” and the perfect fuzzy pullover.
Note that not everyone is a fan of the elasticized bottom hem, which gives the fleece a bit of a bubble look. Also, the plush fabric will eventually show signs of wear. In my experience with this type of fabric, seatbelts can be major offenders!
- Super soft
- No pockets
- Ultra plush fabric will eventually show signs of wear
- 1/4 zip
- Available in 6 colors
- Elasticized cuffs and bottom hem
- Brand: Jjyee
- Material: Polyester
- Available sizes: Women’s Small to XXX-Large
If you run warm or just want a more masculine-looking 1/4-zip fleece pullover, this is an excellent option. It comes in four cool colors (think black, royal blue, gray, and navy) and boasts a big front pocket. Also, it’s the only fleece jacket on our list that’s made of a poly-cotton blend.
The jacket comes in an extended range of sizes and has a metal zipper. Like the Amazon Essentials full-zip fleece jacket we awarded Honorable Mention, this fleece is free of logos and patches.
- Big front pocket
- Made of a lightweight combed cotton + poly fleece blend that will keep you cozy, but not too hot
- Doesn’t have a lot of reviews
- Not a name brand product
- 1/4 zip
- Comes in 4 colors
- Impressive range of sizes
- Brand: Joe’s USA
- Materials: Cotton and polyester
- Sizes available: Men’s X-Small to 4X-Large
Fleece Jackets Buying Guide
Buying a fleece jacket seems simple enough. It’s supposed to fit well, keep you warm and comfortable, and maybe help you exude a certain sporty approach to life and travel. Even if you think you have buying a fleece in the bag, here are a few things we suggest you consider.
The vast majority of fleeces are made of polyester. The thickness will vary, and this results in some fleece jackets being easily foldable while others are bulky and might even make you hot. If you run warm, you might want to consider a thinner fleece, or one that’s made of a cotton-poly blend like the Joe’s USA Lightweight Fleece 1/4 Zip we included in our roundup.
I’m a 1/4 zip kind of person. I’ve tried full-zip fleeces, and they never do it for me. But you might prefer something you don’t have to take on and off over your head, in which case a full-zip fleece jacket is ideal. Each has its own aesthetic, and odds are, you’ll wear your style of choice with pride.
Also keep in mind that some fleece jackets have other types of closures, namely elastic around the cuffs or bottom hem, or cord-and-toggle systems built into the hem that can be cinched shut to keep you warmer and prevent gusts of cool air from threatening your core warmth and coziness.
Not all fleeces are created equal when it comes to pockets. Some have many; others, none at all. If pockets are important to you, consider whether you need them to be very deep or just want something that can fit a hotel room card and a lip balm. Should they zip? Do you need an interior pocket to keep important items close? Pocket structure can quickly help you rule out a fleece jacket that won’t suit your needs.
We’re talking about brand names, people. If you enjoy sporting the logos of your favorite brands, clearly labeled fleece jackets aren’t hard to come by. Columbia, North Face, Eddie Bauer, the list goes on. Of course, there are also basic, logo-free options like the Amazon Essentials Men’s Full-Zip Polar Fleece Jacket, Jjyee Fleece Sherpa Pullover, and Joe’s USA Lightweight Fleece 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt included on our list.