Fleece, because of its light weight, breathability and aptness to insulate even when wet, is most ideal for individuals who live in rainy climates and who engage in strenuous physical activity. Fleece garments, including men's jackets, can be divided into three categories, depending on its fabric thickness: lightweight (micro or 100-weight TKA), midweight (200 TKA) and heavyweight (300 TKA).
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Lightweight Fleece Jackets
Lightweight fleece jackets can have either micro or 100 TKA. These are desirable because they are the least bulky kind of fleece jackets and can be used as a layer, bridging the gap between heavy base layers and mid-layer insulation. Because of this flexibility with little bulk and versatile layering options, it can be an especially ideal choice for active athletes.
Midweight Fleece Jackets
Midweight fleece jackets have a 200 TKA, generally considered to be the most versatile and highly used type of fleece. In moderate temperatures, it can be used as an outer layer, but is still commonly used as a mid layer over a base layer and under a shell. Though still technically heavier than lightweight fleece jackets, they are breathable enough for aerobic activities, but intended more so for colder weather.
Heavyweight Fleece Jackets
Heavyweight fleece jackets are the warmest and weightiest choice, having 300 TKA. Though breathability is limited, these are a more ideal choice for using as an outer layer in the cold, or as a middle layer. Activities that call for this type of jacket include camping and easy skiing --- essentially, any relatively stationary cold-weather activity with limited exposure to precipitation. Because these jackets are thicker, they tend to retain more moisture than a lighter type of fleece.
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