Mid-layer fleece is designed to improve performance in all outdoor conditions. Carefully designed, the features on fleece clothing all have the function to enhance comfort, ventilation and temperature control.
Fleece is a woollen-type fabric made from synthetic fibres, usually 100% polyester, although it can also be combined with natural fibres such as wool and cotton or other man-made materials including spandex or rayon. Some fleece fabrics are treated with chemicals to make them waterproof as well.
There are a number of significant advantages to using fleece fabric. It is easy to sew and launders well. It is machine washable and dries quickly because of its construction and is therefore also water repellent. For this reason, it also transports moisture away from the body, making it appealing for outdoor and workwear. The fabric itself is lightweight, soft, very comfortable and extremely warm. Fleece is an excellent alternative fabric for anyone allergic to wool. And it may be considered earth friendly since some fleece fabrics are made from recycled plastic bottles.