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    What happened to the fleece vest?

    I was in REI last week, and didn't find one. Haven't seen any in on or off mountain ski shops. Cheap, really versatile item of clothing. Did I say cheap? And effective. Can wear them in many situations. They used to be ubiquitous. Mine are wearing out, would like a few new ones.

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    also hard to find fleece pants
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    Eddie Bauer has 60% their clearance today. Thought I saw one but sizes?
    Peak60 is the code.
    Got a really warm fleece 1/2 zip long sleeve for $30 when it was 40% off, so most stuff still available is pretty cheap.

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    Patagucci still makes 'em.

    For the bargain hunters, BiMart has a selection

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    800 fill Stoic puffy vest replaced mine, much prefer the comfort, weight, and packability compared to fleece. For $30 from SAC, it's my most used article of clothing by far.

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    https://instagram.com/midtownuniform...d=gt7whkud0mfd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    I was in REI last week, and didn't find one. Haven't seen any in on or off mountain ski shops. Cheap, really versatile item of clothing. Did I say cheap? And effective. Can wear them in many situations. They used to be ubiquitous. Mine are wearing out, would like a few new ones.
    REI lists 17 fleece vests for men.
    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    also hard to find fleece pants
    We covered that a month or two ago I believe. REI lists 19 of those for men. MEC only 3. Patagonia has 4 for men.

    You'll both be getting my bill.

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    some are made in the granite state:

    https://raggedmountain.com/

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    Used to be able to buy them anywhere, now I need to male order any fleece product from a foreign country full of war-like religious fanatics which somehow has a different cachet ?
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

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    The local thrift stores here don’t even want them, they can’t sell them for $15.00.
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    Fleece is just bad for the environment maaaaannnnnn make sure you don't wash your fleece or you're adding microplastics to the oceans

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    Used to be able to buy them anywhere, now I need to male order any fleece product from a foreign country full of war-like religious fanatics which somehow has a different cachet ?
    Or New Hampshire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    Used to be able to buy them anywhere, now I need to male order any fleece product from a foreign country full of war-like religious fanatics which somehow has a different cachet ?
    Male order
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    XXX-er's descriptions of America are among my favorite posts on this board. Love 'em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    What happened to the fleece vest?
    The Patagonia Nano-Air Vest happened.

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    I.e. someone found a way to charge $200 for a garment that is functionally very similar to one that could have been purchased for $40-50 before.

    Also, the lack of chest pocket on that FRS vest would be a dealbreaker for me.
    Set my compass North, I got Winter in my blood.

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    Agree with OP, such a good piece of kit.

    I still have my 200wt black fleece Nike (!) vest from ~1998. Yea it's a bit heavy compared to modern stuff, but still works pretty much like it did the first day I got it.

    More recently, I got a used Patagonia Piton Hybrid vest (made with polartec powerstretch fleece) on Ebay for $30 that is lighter, better pockets, more breathable that I have been using for touring and cold runs. In general, the discontinued Patagonia Piton series (all made with Polartec Powerstretch fleece) are just damn fantastic, but everyone wants breathable insulation that wears out and loses it's loft in a couple seasons instead. I ran 20mi in a Piton pullover on Saturday in temps 20-40F, was perfect temp the whole time, doesn't even stink after.

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    Vests have never made any sense to me. But they make nice corporate swag, I guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by skis_the_trees View Post
    Agree with OP, such a good piece of kit.

    I still have my 200wt black fleece Nike (!) vest from ~1998. Yea it's a bit heavy compared to modern stuff, but still works pretty much like it did the first day I got it.

    More recently, I got a used Patagonia Piton Hybrid vest (made with polartec powerstretch fleece) on Ebay for $30 that is lighter, better pockets, more breathable that I have been using for touring and cold runs. In general, the discontinued Patagonia Piton series (all made with Polartec Powerstretch fleece) are just damn fantastic, but everyone wants breathable insulation that wears out and loses it's loft in a couple seasons instead. I ran 20mi in a Piton pullover on Saturday in temps 20-40F, was perfect temp the whole time, doesn't even stink after.
    Have a piton jacket. Fully agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Vests have never made any sense to me. But they make nice corporate swag, I guess
    Got a synthetic "puff" type sweater/jacket (cause I didn't want to mess with down, which seems to be all the rage these days), but it's too fucking hot to wear unless it is in the single digits. Started wearing my old fleece vest and now it's a regular part of my kit when it's in the teens. Long underwear top, poly pro shirt and gortex shell with pit zips for in the 20s, add vest with full zipper for venting in the teens, and substitute puff for real cold. The vest is 20 years old but I'm wearing it half my ski days, and as a bonus it adds a couple extra easy to get to large zippered pockets to my set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Vests have never made any sense to me. But they make nice corporate swag, I guess
    My wool icebreaker vest is probably my most used piece of outdoor clothing. I often skin in only a thermal top and vest. Almost all lift serve days it is my main insulation. Perfect for summer hiking, BBQs, blah, blah...

    I usually get too hot in a puffy jacket unless it's really cold out or I am just standing around. Once upon a time almost everyone I knew had a vest of some type in the backcountry Vests are hugely versatile just not as cool as more modern options I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Vests have never made any sense to me. But they make nice corporate swag, I guess
    They are the best for activities when you need to use your arms a lot with overhead shoulder motion, like climbing, or for me even ski touring (admittedly not overhead) where I am using my poles constantly for pushing. They don't restrict your shoulder range of motion. For lift served skiing prob doesn't matter as much, but the difference when swinging ice tools overhead is pretty profound.

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    Vests are dumb, fleece or down. Next thing you know you guys will be wearing down skirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Name Redacted View Post
    Vests are dumb, fleece or down. Next thing you know you guys will be wearing down skirts.
    Kilt, down kilts....

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