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9 Best Fleece Pants for Camping, Backpacking, and Working From Home

Make this season the coziest ever—whether at home or cold weather camping—with our top men's and women's fleece pant picks

9 Best Fleece Pants for Camping, Backpacking, and Working From Home

Author

Gabi Stadulis

Courtesy Topo Designs
Gabi is a designer and whitewater woman based in Portland, OR, from Richmond, VA.

This winter, I’m moving into a yurt. For me, that means cheaper rent and much colder nights. In the backcountry, if I'm out for only a night, I usually just power through. But now that I’m going to be living in the cold, it's time to embrace the ultimate in cozy apparel—down pants and fleece pants. We've touched on the former before. Now, it's time to cover the later.

There are many activities where fleece pants make sense. I mean, come on, they’re literally just a more socially-acceptable version of pajama pants (which we all agree you should never leave the house in, right?!). Fleece pants are the perfect uniform for car camping, vanlife, chilling in rustic cabins or a drafty apartment. They also can work well for use as a baselayer while skiing, climbing, or doing any of the other fun things we like to do outside (especially in the Northeast).

One thing to look out for when considering fleece, whether to be worn on top or bottom, is fiber shedding—high pile fleece often lose microfibers with wear and wash, which can end up polluting waterways. Another is if the material is recycled or recycleable. A waistband or integrated belt are other design elements to look for (because who wants to have to roll your pants around your hips like you’re in middle school again). A few other things to consider, depending on how you intend to use your pants, are whether you intend to treat them as a base layer, a post-ski outfit, or your couch attire. Knee and butt panels help when camping, and look cool, but may be unnecessary around the house, for example.

No mattter how you wear them, fleece pants are wise investment for any and all cozy bodies. The following nine fleece jammies—I mean, pants—are our top picks for a more comfortable winter around the campfire and at home.

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Zorali Camp Fleece Pants

Zorali Camp Fleece Pants

New from emerging Aussie label Zorali, these mid-weight recycled fleece pants pair perfectly with the matching fleece jacket of their full fleece kit. A multitude of pockets and an attached belt round out the attractive unisex design. And as a bonus, the brand plants ten trees for every product sold.
Women's Option: UNISEX
Price: $120 SHOP NOW

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orSlow New Yorker Fleece Pants

orSlow New Yorker Fleece Pants

I’ve never demoed these pants myself, but I have to say—this looks like the coziest fleece on the list. These Japanese-made utilitarian pants are made with a fleece fabric and layered with polyester patches for the high stress areas like the knees and rump. Also with an attached belt (such an integral feature IMO), these makers uphold their aesthetic of fusing military/workwear influences into their apparel.
Price: $349
Women's Option: NA SHOP NOW

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Gramicci Bonding Knit Fleece Pants

Gramicci Bonding Knit Fleece Pants

An OG climbing brand turned cool-kid fashion company, Gramicci is known for high quality, durable, comfortable pants. These fleece joints have a button closure, zipper fly, four pockets, and a baggy design. And, not only fleece on the outside, but the double layered design features microfleece on the inside for added wind protection and insulation.
Price: $108
Women's Option: YES SHOP NOW

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Topo Designs Fleece Pants

Topo Designs Fleece Pants

Topo’s primary colors and bright accents are easily spotted at any ski slope or trailhead. And like the rest of their gear, these fleece pants are a product made for that design-minded outdoorist meets sleek city-goer. Made with recycled Polartec fleece for the body with DWR-coated nylon reinforcements on the knees and bum, this pair makes a great base layer or outer layer to chill in.
Women's Option: YES
Price: $98 SHOP NOW

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Mountain Hardware Monkey Fleece Pants

Mountain Hardware Polartec Fleece Pants

Mountain Hardware's iconic Monkey Fleece is back, and now built for your bottom half. Made with Polartec fleece for maximum warmth and breathability, AND Polartec Power Stretch panels strategically placed for added durability and strength, these mid layer pants are the real deal. Zippered pockets means you can boulder in them, without losing your lunch money, too.
Price: $150
Women's Option: YES SHOP NOW

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And Wander High Loft Fleece Pant

And Wander High Loft Fleece Pant

Another Japanese utilitarian designer, And Wander, consistently proves a favorite with high quality materials and contemporary unisex styling. Another pair to be made with Polartec High Loft Fleece, known for its outstanding warmth to weight ratio. Huge pockets. Integrated belt. These have it all.
Women's Option: UNISEX
Price: $359 SHOP NOW

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Everlane Renew Fleece Sweatpant

Everlane Fleece Sweatpants

This pair is the ultimate lounge wear—and so stylish that I have trouble even calling it a sweatpant. The soft recycled polyester fleece is made from 52 plastic water bottles, representing Everlane's commitment to more sustainable production. Add the matching fleece "sweatshirt" and become the coziest person on the block.
Men's Option: YES
Price: $60 SHOP NOW

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The North Face 90 Extreme Fleece Pants

The North Face 90 Extreme Fleece Pants

There’s a reason that everyone and their mother used to have a classic North Face fleece jacket—they are super warm, have huge pockets and a durable water repellent coating—all features that these pants can boast as well.
Women's Option: NA
Price: $79 $59 SHOP NOW

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Helly Hansen YU Fleece Pant

Helly Hansen Fleece Pants

With big pockets, butt panel, and integrated belt—these pants are pretty straightforward. Though durable enough to be worn on their own, the very slim design makes them especially useful as a base layer for extremely cold activities.
Price: $75
Women's Option: UNISEX SHOP NOW

Published 10-20-2020

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