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  1. #1
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    Women's mid/heavyweight fleece as layer not jacket?

    I want to replace my wife's ancient well-loved Mountain Hardwear monkey fleece she uses on cold days as a liner under a shell. Most fleece jackets today appear to be designed first as a jacket and less as functional layer. Looking for:
    slim fit
    no hood
    chin fuzzy
    some pockets
    mid/heavy weight
    longish arms
    not a harness/above hip cut

    My initial research has not yielded any candidates. Any ideas?

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    Norrona Trollveggen Thermal Pro: I think this checks all your boxes https://www.norrona.com/en-GB/produc...-w/?color=2295

    Stio Sweetwater: mid-heavy weight, longer cut, trim fit: https://www.stio.com/products/womens...-fleece-jacket

    Patagonia Los Gatos: pretty much a newer Monkey fleece: https://www.patagonia.com/product/wo...=womens-fleece

    Patagonia R2 Techface: newer technology, but should insulate as well as a midweight fleece with better breathability and layering capability: https://www.patagonia.com/product/wo...=womens-fleece

    Arcteryx Covert Cardigan: midweight, trim, "layering" fleece. May be a bit short/light? https://arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/womens/covert-cardigan

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    Is she sold on Fleece?

    These days most of my (and my wife's) mid-layers are some sort of "active insulation" layer. I use them under a shell, and then pretty much keep them on after skiing and for around the house. I'm a fan.

    Something like the Patagonia Nano-Air would be my choice, but if she runs cold that might not be enough insulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    Norrona Trollveggen Thermal Pro: I think this checks all your boxes https://www.norrona.com/en-GB/produc...-w/?color=2295

    Stio Sweetwater: mid-heavy weight, longer cut, trim fit: https://www.stio.com/products/womens...-fleece-jacket

    Patagonia Los Gatos: pretty much a newer Monkey fleece: https://www.patagonia.com/product/wo...=womens-fleece

    Patagonia R2 Techface: newer technology, but should insulate as well as a midweight fleece with better breathability and layering capability: https://www.patagonia.com/product/wo...=womens-fleece

    Arcteryx Covert Cardigan: midweight, trim, "layering" fleece. May be a bit short/light? https://arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/womens/covert-cardigan
    Not women's, but I have Trollveggen Thermal Pro and it's my favorite fleece mid layer. Extremely breathable, soft and cozy. I wear it under the shell in the resort up to 20F. Very nice athletic fit, usual Norrona quality.

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    Millet Women's Fusion Lines Loft?

    https://www.millet.com/eu_en/miv8853...html#nosto_cmp

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    Norrona Trollveggen Thermal Pro: I think this checks all your boxes https://www.norrona.com/en-GB/produc...-w/?color=2295
    If she happens to be a small, here's a steal: https://www.ebay.com/itm/14547784232...Bk9SR7qN1KqJYw

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    Quote Originally Posted by ey_allen View Post
    Is she sold on Fleece?

    These days most of my (and my wife's) mid-layers are some sort of "active insulation" layer. I use them under a shell, and then pretty much keep them on after skiing and for around the house. I'm a fan.

    Something like the Patagonia Nano-Air would be my choice, but if she runs cold that might not be enough insulation.
    She does really like the fleece but I'll check the nano-air out thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    If she happens to be a small, here's a steal: https://www.ebay.com/itm/14547784232...Bk9SR7qN1KqJYw
    Wow! She appears to be a M on Norrona's size chart, bummer. Thanks for sharing that though!

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    Arcteryx Kyanite jacket. Very cozy

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