What are the Different Types of Fleece Activewear?

M.C. Huguelet

Fleece is a soft material usually made from synthetic fibers. Due to its warmth, lightness, and breathability, fleece can be an excellent fabric choice for activewear, particularly for clothing intended to be worn while exercising outdoors in cool, dry weather. Popular types of fleece activewear include pants, jackets, sweatshirts, vests, hats, and gloves.

Fleece activewear is often designed for layering, allowing athletes to regulate their body temperatures.
Fleece activewear is often designed for layering, allowing athletes to regulate their body temperatures.

One of the most basic fleece activewear pieces is the running pant. This type of pant is generally held up by an elastic waistband. Its legs are usually loose-fitting, allowing the wearer an uninhibited range of motion while jogging, hiking, or engaging in other fitness activities. Some fleece running pants also feature elastic bands at the ankle, which prevent pant legs from dragging on the ground and becoming wet or frayed. Often they feature side pockets, offering the wearer a place to store small items like keys while exercising.

Fleece activewear may be worn when jogging.
Fleece activewear may be worn when jogging.

Many fleece activewear tops and jackets are designed for layering, allowing the wearer to regulate his body temperature while exercising. Fleece sweatshirts, for instance, often feature hoods which can be raised or lowered during a workout. Vests and jackets made from fleece often have a full-length zipper closure that runs down the front of the garment. This zipper allows the wearer to adjust his garment with minimal disruption to his workout, simply unzipping the piece partially or completely to allow cool air to reach his upper body. If the garment has long sleeves, he can remove it completely once he has warmed up, tying it around his waist until he reaches his cool-down period.

Fleece hats and gloves are also widely available. These pieces can be highly useful to the outdoor exerciser during the cooler months. They provide an excellent source of warmth but tend to be far less bulky than nylon gloves or woolen hats. Thus they can usually be taken off and tucked into the pockets should the wearer begin to feel too warm.

In most cases, fleece activewear is highly breathable and thus allows perspiration on the skin to evaporate fairly easily. Generally, it is also easy to move in, granting the wearer comfort and flexibility during a workout. It should be noted, however, that fleece activewear is generally not weather-resistant, and thus should not be worn in heavy rain or snow. In addition, it tends to be quite warm and should therefore be avoided in very high temperatures to lower the risk of heatstroke.

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I have several items of fleece clothing, but one that I wear over and over again is a black, fleece vest. Vests are so easy to put on over other pieces of clothing to add extra warmth. Black is a color that goes with anything, so I find myself reaching for this vest many times in the spring and fall when the weather can be cool.

On cold winter days, I have a pair of fleece sweatpants that are great to lounge around the house in. The material has a much softer feel than what most sweatpants do and they are very comfortable.


My son was getting ready to run in his first marathon and this was taking place in early spring. You never know what the weather is going to be like that time of year, so he bought a pair of fleece pants to wear over his running shorts.

The morning turned out to be on the chilly side, so the pants were a good choice to start out the day in. The material is light weight, yet helps keep you warm without being bulky. I don't think you can go wrong with any kind of fleece active wear that you buy. There is always a reason to wear such comfortable and warm clothes.


Our family loves to ski and we go whenever we get the chance. Our first choice of hats and neck warmers are always made out of fleece material. They are soft, warm, easy to take care of and you can buy them just about anywhere.

It seems like the hats and gloves disappear on a regular basis at my house, so I am always buying extra to make sure we have enough. All kinds of fleece wear has become very popular because it is reasonably priced and very effective at keeping you warm.

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