Fleece For Fall: Patagonia’s Better Sweater

The Better Sweater has a great surface look & feel

Nights are getting cooler (woo-hoo!), and it’s time to start thinking about staying warm. One of the most common solutions has been fleece, that polyestery stuff that makes me think, “Wouldn’t cashmere be better?”

Fleece is a solution I have resisted. Much of it looks cheap (for good reason), and most of it is worn poorly (admittedly, not the fault of fleece).

My resistance has waned, however, for the same reason it fleece became popular, for the sheer practicality of it. It is handy to throw on when you’re sending the kids off to school or being sent out for milk after you’ve settled in for the evening. It’s the right thing for picking out a pumpkin with the kids. But there is fleece, then there is fleece.

Widely recommended as the standard is the Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T. I put the Snap-T at the top of my list. Fate pointed me in a different direction, as a Patagonia Quarter-Zip Better Sweater came my way.

The Better Sweater via Patagonia

One of the things that impressed me about the Better Sweater is its unfleece-like texture. Patagonia indicates it’s meant to look and feel like wool, which makes sense for something called “fleece.” The Better Sweater texture isn’t fuzzy like typical fleece, a dressier fleece, if you will. (I appreciate that typical “fleece” is meant to feel like the fleece on a sheep.)

I’m going to keep my eye open for a Snap-T, but if you’re in the market for some fleece, take a look at the Better Sweater. Unlike cashmere, it’s wash and wear.

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