The North Face – Glacier Pro Full-zip Fleece


Review by Tony Lourens

As fleeces jackets go, the Glacier Pro is near perfect. It can be worn as an outer fleece in chilly conditions, and as a mid-layer when things start getting nasty. It has a great, slim fit that is super comfy and cosy.

Manufactured from recycled Polartec fleece, the Glacier Pro is lightweight, warm and very breathable. It feels great against your skin, and the full zip zips right up to meet a high, close-fitting collar that gives your neck good protection with a nice softness against your skin. I found the great breathability makes it possible to play in the mountains and still keep the sweat levels down.

The Glacier Pro can also be worn beneath a harness, and that, coupled with its slim cut and stretchability, makes it a good contender for climbing in crispy conditions. It is also slim enough to fit very nicely underneath a rain shell, without making you feel like Michelin Man.

The abrasion-resistant 4-way stretch overlays on the upper body and sleeves are a very nice touch. It gives the garment added durability where you need it most – across the shoulders and chest for dealing with backpack straps, and on the outer forearms, the very place that comes into most contact with the rock.

The Glacier Pro comes with two zipped, fleece-lined hand pockets, to keep your mitts nice and warm, and a zipped chest pocket to stash an energy bar, a route description and your phone, so it’s readily available to snap those Instagram moments! And for added comfort and protection against icy draughts, it is fitted with an elasticated hem around the bottom and also around the cuffs.

The Glacier Pro is super effective as well as stylish. It will keep you warm and protected on a mountain trail, comfortable and snug on an exposed rock face, and trendy, fashionable and toasty around town. Pretty much a jacket for all purposes!

Fabric: 75D, 100% Polyester Knit Polar Fleece
• Fleece with overlay in upper body and sleeve for added abrasion resistance
• Front zip
• Two front pockets with zips
• Zipped chest pocket
• Elasticated cuffs and hem

RRP: R1 899
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