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Expert Review"The Real Fleece is a natural alternative to synthetic fleece. It's very soft and works just as well in the city as it does outdoors."
Fran Meehan, Jans Mountain Recreation Expert
Industry ReviewGearPatrol.com Assessment:
It is a remarkably soft zip-up midweight jacket that moves from trail to town effortlessly, thanks to its sleek styling. The stand-up collar has a chin guard that keeps the zipper from snagging your trendy stubble, two slash hand warmer pockets and a stealthy chest pocket for small stuff. People will want to fondle the soft merino when you tell them it's wool, as if you've got as genuine moon rock or shark's tooth, so be prepared. One note: the cut of the Aspiring Zip is 'athletic' so be honest about your physique when ordering.
Icebreaker's Realfleece . . . repels outside moisture while absorbing perspiration, making it perfect for a fall hike. During a trip to Yellowstone National Park, it proved indispensable every time the sun hid behind the clouds and in the evenings. The flattering trim fit also makes it a sporty light jacket back in the city. But the Wellington, New Zealand-based company doesn't only want you to stay warm -- it also wants you to feel good. Its unique Baacode program -- yes, baa -- lets you trace your fleece back to the farmers and sheep who helped make it, just in case you want to send them a thank-you note.
Time Magazine Business Assessment:
New Zealand's merinos produce a wool that has a very fine diameter, which makes it soft and breathable yet with high insulation value for warmth.