The Best Waterproof Fleeces

Whether you’re a farmer, a dog walker, or simply a country enthusiast, if you’re facing the Great British weather you’re going to need a staple, convenient layer which is able to keep you both dry and warm.

*Cue the entrance of the waterproof fleece.

Warm yet not too bulky, waterproof yet without the feeling of being wrapped in cling film (we’re looking at you, non-breathable parkas) and packed with handy features, the waterproof fleece is going to be your best friend when it comes to braving the countryside.

Here at Hollands, we know our customers appreciate no-nonsense products and no-nonsense shopping. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to our favourite waterproof functional fleeces so that you can spend less time scrolling through products and more time in the great outdoors. You’re welcome.

Hoggs of Fife Ghillie II Padded Waterproof Fleece Jacket

Up first, we have the Ghillie II fleece jacket from Hoggs of Fife. Hoggs have been a fan favourite brand of Hollands for as long as we can remember - trusted by farming and country folk alike to provide practical and reliable products for all year round.

The Ghillie II is no different. Built with 320gsm anti pill polar fleece and padded throughout, the Ghillie’s best feature lies in its ultra durability and substantial sturdiness.

This fleece is a super warm and fully windproof and waterproof layer, making it an ideal choice for farm work or prolonged exposure to cold weather. The Ghillie can be found here.

Baleno Southwell Waterproof Fleece Jacket

If you’re looking for a stylish fit as well as practicality, Baleno’s Southwell is perfect for pairing with jeans or jodhpurs on casual country days or as a smart outfit for meeting friends. It features an Alcantara trim for an accent of luxury, despite its fairly low price.

Beautifully soft yet highly functional, the Southwell is shorter than its sister design the Sarah, making it a great base layer in the winter or a sleek outer layer in warmer temperatures. Don’t be fooled by the Southwells’ fashionable design - it is fully waterproof without being stifling and still manages to maintain an excellent level of protection. You can get your hands on this product here.

Hoggs of Fife Sportsman II Waterproof Fleece Jacket

Next up, we have the Hoggs Sportsman, which combines the substantialness of the Ghillie with extra comfort and emphasises the ‘jacket’ element as opposed to the option to mid - layer.

Designed first and foremost for field sports, the Sportsman features a total of six pockets and is slightly longer than the average fleece for added weather protection. This heavyweight fleece is near silent and is super warm, with quilting throughout and an even higher fabric specification than its predecessor.

With added faux suede reinforcement for a luxurious touch, this is a great option for shooting or for spending extensive periods of time in wet and cold conditions. The Sportsman II can be found here.


Hoggs of Fife Carrbridge Ladies Waterproof Fleece Jacket

We promise this is the last Hoggs of Fife contender! So that the ladies don’t miss out, we’re looking at the Hoggs of Fife Carrbridge. As with the Ghillie, Hoggs have created a fleece which was built for all day comfort.

A highly practical jacket with a sturdy feel, the Carrbridge is perfect for extra warmth when facing extended periods of time in cold and wet conditions - as a mid layer in winter and an outer later in warmer temperatures. This fleece was designed with the hard working woman in mind and is highly breathable whilst still remaining waterproof.

For work or farming, outdoor everyday wear or simply for casual strolls through the countryside, if you’re looking for no-nonsense maximum warmth and convenience then the Carrbridge is for you, and can be found here.

Alan Paine Aylsham Men's Windblock Waterproof Fleece

It would be rude to compile a list of waterproof fleeces without mentioning the Aylsham in the Alan Paine range. As with most products in our Alan Paine collection, the Aylsham is super high quality and is sure to turn heads whether you’re at work or finishing a smart outfit with a warm layer.

The perfect blend of smart and functional, the Aylsham features a fully wind resistant and waterproof membrane without the bulk of other options, meaning you can stay weather protected for rigorous outdoor activity whilst still maintaining the elegant and classic fit provided.

The Aylsham can be found here and is also available in a female fit so ladies don’t have to miss out on this versatile fleece as a top quality option.

Richmond Men's Waterproof Fleece by Lighthouse

Most famous for their waterproof heritage range, if there’s a brand that knows waterproofs, Lighthouse is it. We finish our top picks with the Richmond fleece, a great all-rounder if you’re feeling stuck on one of those too-hot-for-a-coat-but-too-cold-for-a-shirt days between seasons.

It comes with a fold out hood for optional extra weatherproofing in particularly wet weather, and the adjustable draw chord only adds to its comfort and practicality.

Highly functional, with full waterproofing and breathability, this fleece is ideal for both work or for comfy Sunday wear with additional warmth - it’s the perfect versatile lightweight fleece for any countryman’s everyday wardrobe. You can get your Richmond here.

We hope that this handy roundup has helped you to get a feel for our fantastic variety of waterproof technical fleeces. Whether you’re looking for a work layer, a field sports companion or something toasty for those 6am dog walks in the cold and rain, we’ve got you covered. You can browse the full mens collection here and the womens here

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