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Performance Fleece

When the going gets tough, the tough put on their performance fleece! A soft, lightweight fabric designed to provide maximum insulation with a minimum of weight and bulk, high quality or performance fleece is the number one favorite among outdoor activists today. From skiers and climbers to hikers and runners, performance fleece is "the must have" cold weather item, whether in the form of performance fleece jackets and vests, performance fleece hats and gloves, or performance fleece underwear!

Hard wearing, hard working, and high performance fleece fabric wicks moisture away from the skin, leaving you warm and dry. At the same time, performance fleece is quick to dry and is often both water and wind resistant. Built to demanding standards for those who demand more, performance fleece is highly durable and is guaranteed to last longer than its cheaper fleece counterparts.

Indeed, the price variations between cheap fleece fabrics and more expensive performance fleeces reflect a genuine difference in the quality of the fleece. Performance fleeces are soft, silky, and plush, and light does not pass through the fabric. Conversely, cheap fleece fabrics, or lower quality "fashion" fleeces do not perform and last the way a high quality fleece will. A cheap fleece fabric has a felt-like feel, is thinner and not as plush as a performance fleece.

A non-pill finish is very important when choosing fleece fabric. It prevents the surface of your fabric from balling up or pilling after several washings. Although they're attractively priced, cheap fleece fabrics pill and stretch easily, and will give you a headache even as your try to put them under the sewing machine presser foot. Conversely, performance fleece fabric does not pill and will give you a garment that you will be proud to wear for years to come. Your fabric store should be able to tell you whether a piece of fleece fabric has a non-pill finish.

For more information on performance fleece, visit the Malden Mills store online website at Malden Mills, in conjunction with Patagonia, were the first developers of modern day polyester fleece. Note that the terms "polartec" and "polarfleece", are trademarked terms referring only to fleece fabrics made by Malden Mills. While the term "polar fleece" is used profusely to describe fleece fabrics all over the fabric world today, be sure that you are getting the real deal!

Moreover, there is no need to sacrifice fashion for function when it comes to performance fleece! Indeed, popular performance fleece is available not only in a multitude of high-fashion colors and patterns, but you can find performance fleece in a myriad of trendy, chic and trim styles that will keep you looking good while you stay warm. With designs and cuts tailored specifically for men, women, boys and girls, performance fleece products come in a variety of insulating weights, and with attractive features such as multiple zippered pockets, abrasion reinforced nylon shoulders, wind and rain repellent exteriors, fade-resistant finishes, draw-cord hems and elastic cuffs, sleeves that unzip for comfort and breathability, handsome embroidered trims and logos, and more.

So for great performance and comfort, and for superior function in cool, windy, and wet conditions, dress to perfection in today's all-purpose performance fabric - performance fleece!

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