Smart, warm, go-anywhere pullover that marries the best of fleece and wool – just be sure to wear long sleeves underneath it.
Super versatile design
Mostly recycled material
Wool can be itchy against bare skin
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Patagonia Women’s Woolyester Fleece Pullover: first impressions
As the name suggests, the Patagonia Women’s Woolyester Fleece Pullover uses Patagonia’s clever Woolyester fleece material, which combines recycled sheep’s wool with synthetic materials to make a delightfully cosy fleece that uses 68% recycled fabrics in total (see also: the best eco-friendly outdoor brands).
As a result, this pullover is a shade smarter than your average fleece, with knitted jumper-like looks.
We love the elasticated cuffs, the high neck and the classic colorways on offer, and the Woolyester’s neutral design and colorways make it great for daily use.
The pullover fits under roomier waterproof jackets nicely, and looks as good with jeans as it does with walking trousers. The elasticated cuffs also make it easy to roll up your sleeves when sorting kit or doing tasks around camp.
But did it impress us enough out in the field to make our best women’s fleece jackets buying guide?
• RRP: $160 (US) / £120 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Women’s
• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Weight: 442g / 15.6oz
• Colors: Blue / Grey / Navy / Red
• Compatibility: A wear-anywhere mid layer – as long as you stick a long-sleeve base layer beneath it
Patagonia Women’s Woolyester Fleece Pullover: on the trails
We’ve taken the Woolyester pullover on hiking adventures in the Pyrenees and on trails in Scotland, and found it provides a great balance between being warm on the one hand, and breathable on the other
It’s also comfortable to wear under backpack straps, and looks good down the pub at the end of a day’s hiking, too. We’ve been wearing it at home too, in fact – this warm, thick fleece is one of our go-to favorites on chilly days.
The only downside is that the Woolyester jumper can feel a little itchy against bare skin due to the wool content, so it’s best worn over a long-sleeve base layer. A full-zip version of the Woolyester Fleece pullover is also available.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.