The Top Five Fleece Farmers Gilets for Men

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The Top Five Fleece Farmers Gilets for Men

All farmers need reliable and durable clothing that can withstand the tough conditions of working outdoors. 

A gilet provides warmth and ease of movement for busy farmers who are active all day and need to be comfortable and protected. Fleece is often a popular material for farmers gilets, as it is soft, lightweight, and insulating. 

As part of our farming clothing collection, Hollands has a wide range of bodywarmers, vests, and gilets to suit the demands of a farming lifestyle. But, with so many incredible options available, we know it can be slightly daunting trying to narrow down your choices. So, we want to make things as easy as possible for you!

We've put together our top five fleece farmers gilets that will keep you warm and comfy when tending to your duties on the farm. 


Different Types of Farmers Gilets

There are different types of farmers gilets available in the market that provide warmth, comfort, and versatility.

The most common types are:

  • Fleece gilets
  • Quilted gilets
  • Padded gilets
  • Waxed gilets
  • Tweed waistcoats
  • Hi vis vests.

    Often, the choice lies in the farmer's personal preference and style, but it can also be dependent on the type of activity or task in hand. 

    The features of each type of gilet can vary, and this can factor into your decision. Do you need lots of pockets? Or perhaps you need a safety vest for hazardous work around farm machinery? Is it quite chilly outside and you want an extra thermal layer to pop under your jacket?

    The key thing is to look for a gilet that is practical for your use and also provides all-day comfort, so you can get stuck into your farm duties without worrying about what you're wearing. 


    Benefits of a Fleece Gilet in Your Farming Clothing

    As a farmer, it's important to have the right clothing for outdoor activities, especially during the winter months. One of the best clothing items for farmers is a fleece gilet.

    There are many benefits to having a trusty fleece gilet hanging in your wardrobe.

    We've listed out just a few below, so you can see how useful they really are:

    • A fleece gilet provides an extra layer of warmth without compromising freedom of movement
    • Its soft to touch, comfortable to wear, and keeps your core warm
    • Great, versatile option that can be worn as a mid-layer or as an outer layer for not only farming, but other country pursuits
    • They often have multiple pockets, both inner and outer, so you can carry around tools, gadgets, and essentials
    • Easy to match with the rest of your farming clothing due to their simple, streamlined designs.

    If you know you have a fleece gilet on hand for fluctuating British temperatures, you can concentrate fully on the farm; not on how cold you suddenly are!


    What to Look For in a Quality Farmers Gilet

    When it comes to choosing a quality farmers gilet, there are several key features to look for:

    • Durability - the gilet needs to withstand tough farming conditions and an active lifestyle
    • Weather Resistance - should offer some form of protection, whether that's being waterproof, windproof, or insulating 
    • Comfort & Fit - you want your gilet to be easy to wear and provide you with ultimate comfort for those long, busy days 
    • Functional Design - look for those with multiple pockets for storage, strong zips, and that can accommodate a range of motion
    • Material - different materials have different benefits, so you should choose one that a) feels comfy for you, and b) does what you need it to do
    • Versatility - a good gilet should allow for multiple uses, not just farming, but heading out for a stroll, doing jobs around the home, or even nipping to the pub in!
    • Brand & Quality - by choosing a brand that is known for its agricultural clothing or workwear, you can be confident that you're getting a quality item that is fit for purpose
    • Easy Care & Maintenance - a farmer has enough on his plate, without worrying about fragile clothing. A solid farmers gilet should be easy to care for and maintain. 


      Top Five Fleece Farmers Gilets for Warmth

      Hollands' family background in farming has given us a great insight into what makes a top-rated farmers gilet. 

      We've talked through some of their key features and designs above, and now we want to showcase a few of our favourite fleece gilets for all the farmers out there. 


      1. Hoggs of Fife Stenton Technical Fleece Gilet

      Hoggs of Fife Stenton Technical Fleece Gilet

      Up first is one of the exceptional items from Hoggs of Fife's clothing collection - the Stenton Technical Gilet. 

      The fantastic features of this gilet are something that's hard not to constantly brag about! The deep 100% polyester hollow fibre fleece has a soft velour finish, making it a sleek and smart choice for the busy working farmer, who needs something warm and comfortable.

      The fabric is not only insulating, it's also fast-drying, breathable, and windproof. The two zipped outer pockets are convenient for storing essential items as you do your jobs around the farm. Little finishing touches include the contrast faux suede binding trim on the collar, and this highlights Hoggs of Fife's attention to detail throughout all their garments. 

      This bodywarmer can be worn on its own with a tattersall shirt, or layered underneath your trusted waterproof jacket when the temperatures drop. The design of this particular fleece allows it to be clipped specifically into the Hoggs of Fife Kincraig Jacket, creating an ideal combination to keep you warm and dry on those cold days.


      2. Jack Pyke Countryman Fleece Gilet

      Jack Pyke Countryman Fleece Gilet

      Next is the Jack Pyke Countryman Fleece Gilet, which is a must-have versatile garment for any farmer or agricultural worker. 

      Made of quality materials that provide an additional layer of warmth, the gilet boasts 300g thermal fleece, ensuring you stay warm and comfortable during the cold winter months on the farm. The two zipped external pockets provide ample storage space, while the adjustable waist ensures a perfect fit for maximum comfort.

      This gilet comes in a range of colours so you can suit your personal taste and match it well with your shirts, jumpers, and warm wellies. Farmers love it as a mid-layer throughout the winter months, or as an outer layer when it gets a bit milder. 

      As one of the best farmers gilets around, Jack Pyke have once again shown their commitment to affordable quality with their Countryman Fleece Gilet. It also comes in a jacket version for those wanting a further Jack Pyke garment for their farm wear. 


      3. Percussion Scotland Fleece Gilet

      Percussion Scotland Fleece Gilet

      A perfect addition to farmers workwear, we can't get enough of the Percussion Scotland Fleece Gilet. 

      This bodywarmer is soft and light, making it exceptionally comfortable to wear for farm work. It provides great freedom of movement as you go about your day-to-day, and it also has two zipped outer pockets and two internal pockets, so you can easily carry bits and pieces around with you. 

      It boasts an attractive design that is also highly practical, giving farmers the best of both. Coming in a few different colourways, this thermal gilet gives off a classic country feel to the traditional gilet. 

      Percussion Clothing are known for their innovation, style, and hard-wearing garments, and the Scotland Fleece Gilet is no exception to this tri-factor. Add into your farming clothing and you will be sorted for tackling British weather. 


      4. Champion Portree Fleece Gilet

      Champion Portree Fleece Gilet

      At fantastic value for money, the Champion Portree Fleece Gilet sits as one of our top choices for a reliable farmers gilet. 

      It's made from 100% polyester bonded microfleece, weighing 320gsm - this means it provides a soft touch, whilst also being warm and durable for seasonal use. The adjustable drawcord at the hem provides greater freedom of movement by creating a customisable fit for the wearer. The two lower pockets with zip fastening also allows for ample storage.

      It's simple, straightforward design does the job that it sets out to do - keeps you warm. It's great for everyday wear around the farm, from doing odd jobs to tough tasks. Its practicality makes it an ideal garment for having available to chuck on whenever needed, whether that's to give a boost of warmth on a chilly day or as an additional protective layer from muddy jobs. 

      The Champion Portree Fleece Gilet is easy to look after as a garment, and it is available in a range of sizes to ensure that it fits all body shapes comfortably. 


      5. Ridgeline Hybrid Fleece Vest

      Ridgeline Hybrid Fleece Vest

      As a part of the incredible Ridgeline Clothing range, this vest is specifically designed to withstand the rigours of countryside activities, such as farming. 

      The Ridgeline Hybrid Fleece Vest has impressed us with its hybrid softshell/fleece construction, which allows for the perfect blend of warmth and flexibility. The vest is soft to the touch, while also being durable enough to last for years of use. The high collar adds an extra layer of warmth for those chilly winter months.

      In addition, the zipped pockets add functionality to the vest. Being able to stash your phone, wallet or other essentials in the pockets is a clever feature that any farmer will find useful. Plus, the vest looks sleek and stylish, offering not only practicality but also fashion.

      Highly recommended as a farmers gilet due to the established reputation that Ridgeline has for producing top-quality, thoughtfully designed, durable garments. 



      Selecting the right farmers gilet can make a big difference in keeping farmers warm and comfortable during long hours outside.

      Whether you're working in a chilly barn, tending to livestock, or just running errands around the farm, investing in a high-quality fleece gilet can help you stay warm and protected.

      As we've seen, there are several excellent options from our farmers gilet collection to consider, from the rugged durability of the Ridgeline Hybrid Fleece Vest to the versatile style of the Hoggs of Fife Stenton Technical Gilet.

      Ultimately, the best fleece gilet for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. By considering factors like warmth, comfort, and durability, however, you can find a farmers gilet that will serve you well for years to come.

      1 comment

      David Sterry
      David Sterry

      Do you sell a body warmer or gilet with a two way zip? It is good to be able to ease the pressure off the bottom of the zip, when bending over.

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