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Has anyone used Micro Fleece while hiking before? I've never used it, and I'm wondering how it preforms.

Does it breath? Does it stick to you when you sweat? Will it insulate while drenched in sweat? Does it dry quickly? Anything else I should know about Mirco Fleece?

Thanks for your input!
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Has anyone used Micro Fleece while hiking before? I've never used it, and I'm wondering how it preforms.

Does it breath? Does it stick to you when you sweat? Will it insulate while drenched in sweat? Does it dry quickly? Anything else I should know about Mirco Fleece?

Thanks for your input!
I have a couple and always take one...even in the SW deserts or SE summers, morning can be chilly and after a good storm shower, temps can drop to "uncomfortable".

I usually hike in a long sleeved sythentic shirt as it allows me a little more controlled ventiliation. If your micro-fleece pullover has a half-zip neck, you can regulate temps as well. Depending on the weather, they are pretty comfortable to hike in...they don't bunch up like a larger fleece jacket or wool sweater. And yes, they dry rather quickly (just don't put too close to the fire!).

A quality micro-fleece is a good addition to any backpack.

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I have been looking at micro fleece as well. Here is a review on a pullover hoody. http://www.backpackgeartest.org/revi...avid%20Wilkes/
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I have a few micro fleece clothes and imo theyre the best material you can have with you... it seems to regulate the temprature so i can wear it in winter and be toasty (even at around 5oc) and in summer (about 20-25oc)
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Imo , fleece is a must have as part of a layering system or to keep in a backpackpack . But I don't think it's a good base layer . I use it as a 2nd or 3d layer .
It's lightweight , very warm , comfortable and drys quick . Just don't get it to close to a fire , it melts .
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the biggest problem I have with fleece or fuzzy stuff such as wool of any kind is that everything but everything sticks to it! Be warned that a nice little nylon windbreaker over the fleece will save you hours of picking seeds, thorns, twigs, etc out of it. If you are hiking where there is any tall grass, brush, etc, the fleece will be a PITA if you do not have it covered with something that doesn't snag as easily. this is true for socks too.. put little nylon stocking socks over the fuzzies and you won't have problems with stuff sticking you in the feet for weeks after you launder them.
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The site I posted above has personal nonpaid reviews on gear of all kinds. I don't have a large budget and tend to research many items to death before buying. The right gear is IMOP the difference between comfort and enjoyment and a stupid test of will and a desire to see the end of the trip ASAP. Propper planning and preperation make any trip an adventure instead of a test.
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Are these the "tights" that are spandex/lycra?
Do they still sell/make those?
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Are these the "tights" that are spandex/lycra?
Do they still sell/make those?
They make some microfleece tight pants that appear to be spandex from a distance but they're not. They're actually microfleece that is often wind/water resistance and about the warmest thing you can wear. I have a pair of North Face tights like this that I use while mountain biking when it's really cold.

Sierra Designs makes some nice microfleece items. I've got a campfire hoody on order that I'm going to demo.

Just keep in mind there's multiple items that are regarded as microfleece. Some are not wind and water proof, but some are. Some are also MUCH hotter than others. All microfleece isn't created equal.
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Got it. My Sig has "chilly willys" and that me thinking. Gonna have to check her drawers because my legs got cold and hers didn't.....
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