Zip-up fleeces have become incredibly popular (again) in recent years with every athleisure brand on earth offering its own take on the ’90s outdoor trend. We’re certainly not complaining about this fleece revolution, but it’s worth remembering that Patagonia’s boxy, vintage-looking anoraks are still among the original and best — not to mention the most environmentally sustainable. (As Strategist editor Maxine Builder once put it, “Let’s not kid ourselves: The only fleece that matters … is Patagonia’s.”)
Patagonia fleeces are among the priciest, which means it’s worth investing when iconic styles like this purple-and-brown Synchilla go on sale. A classic-looking unisex anorak, it features rounded pockets with buttons and a high zip-up collar. Usually $149, it’s $89 right now (that’s a 40 percent discount), which means you’re definitely not getting, well, fleeced.
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