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The North Face Women’s 100 Glacier Full-zip Fleece review: simple, classic design ideal for a spring mid layer

Simple and slim-cut, The North Face Women’s 100 Glacier Full-zip Fleece is a versatile and reliable mid layer made from 100% recycled materials

The North Face Women’s 100 Glacier Full-zip Fleece
(Image: © The North Face)

Our Verdict

Keep it simple in The North Face’s sleek and fully recycled Glacier jacket, the perfect weight and shape to layer under waterproofs and backpacks.

For

  • Sleek and simple cut
  • Recycled material
  • Works well under a backpack
  • Smart colors available

Against

  • Neck is cut wide

The North Face Women’s 100 Glacier Full-zip Fleece: first impressions

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – The North Face Women’s 100 Glacier Full-zip Fleece adheres to brand’s mantra with another simple and classic design. And it works, which is why we selected the Glacier for our best women’s fleece jackets buying guide.

The Glacier is super-soft to touch, has a flattering feminine cut and holds its shape after multiple washes. The slim cut of the Glacier makes it ideal for use as a mid layer, and it’s also comfortable to wear under backpacks and harnesses when you’re in the mountains, while two zipped pockets hold essentials on the go. 

Specifications

• RRP: $87 (US) / £65 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Women’s
• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Weight: 215g / 7.6oz
• Colors: Silver Blue / Regal Red / TNF Black / Gardenia White / Gravity Purple / Thyme / Faded Rose / Emberglow Orange
• Compatibility: Works well as a mid layer for spring hiking and climbing

The North Face Women’s 100 Glacier Full-zip Fleece: in the field

We like having the Glacier packed in our backpack for nigh-on any adventure outdoors – it brings welcome warmth and fits on top of a base layer and under down jackets or waterproof without a fuss, and takes up barely any room in a pack. 

It is also surprisingly tough, withstanding thorns and general use and abuse well – although it’s worth choosing a darker colorway if you do plan to get it dirty. 

Our only criticism of the design of the Glacier is that the neck is cut on the wide side, and doesn’t help to trap in body heat when fully zipped up as other, snugger designs can. 

That said, if you’re after a classic and affordable fleece mid layer, this is a quality choice, and one that’s made with 100% recycled polyester (see also: why is layering important?). A half-zip pullover jacket version is also available, and both come in a range of lovely neutral colors.

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.