When searching through the aisles of your local clothing store trying to find winter wear, it would be next to impossible not to find something made of Fleece. When looked at from afar one would assume to be looking at cotton. But far from it, Fleece is actually made from polyester. Polyester is a great synthetic material for heat retention, essential if you want to stay cozy during the cold winter season. But just how good is Fleece for winter? Well you’ve come to the right place. We want to know exactly how good Fleece is for cold temperatures, or whether it is any good in general.
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What Is Fleece?
Fleece is a fabric made from polyester, it is mainly composed of threaded plastics (polyester) that have been finely treated to be fibers. Fleece is actually made up of discarded plastic water bottles, plastic straws and other plastic containers, etcetera. Polyester fibers are created through a chemical reaction; which is a mixture of petroleum and other types of oils. The polyester fibers are then spun into threads, these threads are then dyed, knitted and sheared before they are sprayed with a waterproof solution. So either than just being good for cold winter conditions, Fleece can also be good for rainy weather conditions. Fleece can also be good for some weather conditions with moisture or high humidity.
So Is Fleece Any Good For Winter?
Yes, Fleece is absolutely good for winter because it is very warm when worn. Fleece fabric has a raised pile surface that keeps your body’s heat trapped in between the polyester fibers. The cold winter air is blocked to the outside. Which makes Fleece a great form of insulator (because it keeps what’s supposed to be inside, on the inside and what’s supposed to be on the outside, on the outside.)
Because winter is also a wet season with a lot of rain and snow, plastic (like polyester fibers) are great moisture deflectors. Which means when wearing clothing made of Fleece fabric, you will not only feel warm but you will also feel dry as well. Ridding you of any sickness or cold you may be victim to during the winter season. The synthetic fabric also dries very quickly as compared to other winter fabrics like wool or cotton, and so forth. During winter most people tend to stock up on warm outerwear and clothing made of Fleece is amongst the most popular, not only for its warmth but its ability to wick up any sweat they may expel during adventurous winter activities like hiking, snowboarding and other outdoor activities. Fleece is also a very lightweight fabric so you won’t have to worry about any extra weight on a hike or taking a simple walk in the cold winter air.
Reasons To Wear Fleece In Winter
- As mentioned before, Fleece is a very warm fabric that is important in times of cold weather like winter.
- Even after a handwash (or machine wash) you may find that your clothing made of Fleece has dried up faster than any other fabric. Ready to be worn again the next winter morning.
- Wrinkles can be annoying, especially on clothing like jackets (there’s a lot of those made of Fleece fabric) where you can’t really iron them with a traditional iron, but instead would need a steam iron. Fleece cannot get wrinkles, even when exposed to the humid winter air. The fabric retains its perfect structure.
- Fleece is also very breathable, so you don’t have to worry about feeling too warm when you wear clothing made from it.
There’s mainly two types of Fleece fabric. Synthetic fleece (which we have been looking at) and Sheep fleece. Sheep fleece is the more specialized and more expensive kind of fleece, but it is not to be confused with wool. Because they are both products of Sheep coats, but two entirely different materials. However when compared with synthetic fleece, Sheep fleece is much more absorbent to moisture than synthetic fleece. Sheep fleece is also very good at preserving and retaining body heat. Because of its organic nature, Sheep fleece is resistant to static electricity, having a soft and smooth texture that is similar to that of cotton. Synthetic fleece is smooth but it can generate a lot of static electricity.
More On Fleece
- Fleece is relatively easy to take care of. In that you can wash it easily and dry in easily as well.
- Unfortunately clothing made from Fleece can trap a lot of odors from sweating too much. This can even occur during winter, where you’re also likely to sweat as a result of overdressing.
- Because Fleece is a synthetic fabric, made of polyester (plastic) fibers, it is prone to have a longer lifespan than sheep fleece or any other type of organic material.
- You can evidently wear clothing made of Fleece in any season, not just winter.
- Fleece is a very strong synthetic fabric, as is the case with many other polyester-centric fabrics. This is because the bonds that make up the polyester fibers on a molecular level are strong as well.
- Fleece is softer than wool, so of you’re looking for something that’s not as warm as wool buy has a softer texture. Fleece fabric is the way to go.
- You can make almost all manner of winter garments using Fleece fabric, this includes outerwear, casual clothing, blankets, scarves, hats (and/or beanies) and so forth.
Fleece has become one of the most popular fabrics for winter in recent years. Not only does clothing made from Fleece aid the body in creating warmth for winter, but the use of discarded plastics as the raw material used to manufacture the fabric is very good for the environment at large. It is one of the few sustainable materials for clothing that you can wear throughout many winters and it would still look as swell as when you first bought it. Not only being good for winter but having an aesthetic look and feel to it as well.