Some labels dominate a corner of the market to such an extent that they become almost synonymous with it. Patagonia, for example, is credited with creating the first piled, synthetic wool jackets that we now know as fleeces. When founder Yvon Chouinard began searching for an alternative to his favorite wool sweater which became heavy when wet and took too long to dry, he came across an acrylic pile fabric in Canada that inspired him. With the help of Patagonia’s seamstress, the first prototype of the synthetic fleece was made and, of course, it had a Patagonia label on it.

Since then, the Patagonia fleece has come a long way. Polartec's introduction stands as a pivotal point in developing a new fabric, and leaps have been made since to make Patagonia fleeces sustainable whether that’s in material terms or the possibility to buy used gear from the website. In honor of the OG, we took to the net to round up the best Patagonia fleeces around and you can shop the lot below.

Shop our favorite Patagonia fleece colorways below.

Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

$199

Patagonia

Buy at Urban Outfitters

The Retro-X Fleece proves that making the perfect fleece is no easy feat, but Patagonia has got it on lock. A windproof membrane is topped by sherpa fleece while a breathable warp-knit mesh as well as an internal wind flap behind the zip. Zippered hand warmers to the torso round out this masterpiece.

Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

$199

Patagonia

Buy at Urban Outfitters

It's a certified stalwart in the world of fleeces so we had to put another one in for the people who prefer to keep things toned down. This triple-black iteration should do the job.

Patagonia Retro-X Bomber Jacket

Retro-X Bomber Jacket

Retro-X Bomber Jacket

$182

Patagonia

Buy at HHV

6mm sherpa fleece forms the material basis for this contemporary take on the traditional Patagonia fleece. With a shawl collar and elasticated hems and cuffs, the Retro-X Bomber is a more modern look at the functional garment.

Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Jacket

Retro Pile Fleece Jacket

Retro Pile Fleece Jacket

$140

Patagonia

Buy at Mr Porter

Part of Patagonia’s quest for the most sustainable materials, this environmentally friendly Retro Pile Fleece mimics the feel of shearling but takes on a more athletic silhouette with a stand collar and elasticated cuffs and hem.

Patagonia Synchilla® Snap-T® Fleece Sweatshirt

Synchilla® Snap-T® Fleece Sweatshirt

Synchilla® Snap-T® Fleece Sweatshirt

$168

Patagonia

Buy at Farfetch

Making use of Patagonia’s Synchilla® fabric — which was one of the first synthetic fleece fabrics designed by Patagonia in the late 1970s — the Snap-T Fleece is definitely one of the most retro designs in today’s roundup with a half-button fastening and single flap pocket to the chest.

Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece-Back Knitted Jacket

Better Sweater Fleece-Back Knitted Jacket

Better Sweater Fleece-Back Knitted Jacket

$140

Patagonia

Buy at Mr Porter

The Patagonia Better Sweater is made from fleece-backed polyester, literally flipping the script so that the fleece covers the inner layer. That means more coziness, more warmth, and a spot in today’s lineup.

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