Dickies is a name I have always associated with workwear – heavy-duty trousers and steel toecap boots. It is not a brand that I would think of with regards to outdoor walking gear. I was proved wrong when I received an email asking if I would like to review one of their fleeces.
As you know I hike Dartmoor a lot, whatever the weather and more often than not that weather is not always as warm as I would like. Dave the dog and myself have often found ourselves sheltering out of the bitter wind over a spot of lunch, high up on a bleak granite tor. Fleeces have become essential kit for my hikes.
Hereford Fleece Reviewed
Fleeces come in a wide range of styles and colours and Dickies have a good selection on their easy to navigate website. I chose a fleece that would be both warm and not look too out-of-place up on the moors or wandering the local rural canal towpath.
The spring weather has been fickle of late, hot afternoons leading to cold nights and windy mornings. Fleeces make the perfect lightweight layer, ideal as an outer garment and if the weather really turns nasty they can be worn under a waterproof outer shell. The humble fleece is the ultimate in versatile layers. Taking up relatively little room in a rucksack, like for like than less hi-tech fabrics of old.
The Dickies Hereford fleece has a high collar, referred to as a funnel neck, for welcome warmth around the throat area, ideal when the wind is bitter and lazy. The full length zip goes right to the top of the collar. It kept me snug when the Dartmoor wind was tugging at every inch of my body.
The fleece also features diamond quilted shoulder pads, a common style found across farm and agricultural clothing ranges. Again reinforcing this as a versatile outdoor item and not just workwear – though of course it would be perfect when worn down on the farm.
The Hereford fleece has two zipped side pockets and a full length main zip for convenience. The hem has a drawcord to further tailor the snug fit. Constructed from 100% polyester microfleece, with a yarn weight of 320 gsm. GSM refers to the weight of an item, essentially how thick or thin it feels. A thin t-shirt for example would have a low GSM value of perhaps 180gsm.
Warm and quick drying, the Hereford fleece was at home on a recent Dartmoor hike with changeable spring weather. If you get caught in a brief shower a fleece will dry out quickly in the breeze, unlike heavy cotton garments.
Warm Fleece – Dickies Outdoor Clothing
Warm and certainly stylish I would have no hesitation in recommending this fleece to anyone looking for an item that says “countryside” pursuits at an affordable price. Delivery from Dickies was quick and the item was perfect in construction. Price at the time of my review (spring 2017) is around £30.
The cuffs on the long sleeves are not fit adjustable, so you might get a draft up your arm in very windy weather, also I found the sizing is on the generous size. I am 6’1″ tall, 44 inch chest and ordered an XL item. Perhaps in hindsight I would have chosen a smaller “large” size as I don’t wear many layers beneath a fleece and did find it slightly too big.
I tend to just wear a Merino wool t-shirt but if you want to wear a jumper or bodywarmer beneath this fleece then you will find it fits perfectly.
I received no financial incentive for this review. The item shown in the photos is the item reviewed.