Facts About Polar Fleece

Facts About Polar Fleece
Polar fleece materials have become synonymous with outdoor recreation. This lightweight fabric provides superior warmth, comfort, durability and breathability.


Malden Mills first produced a fabric called "Polarfleece" in 1979. It was a unique fabric because it was both lightweight and warm. It also wicked away moisture at a much quicker rate than cotton fabrics. Polartec acquired the assets of Malden Mills in 2007.

How It Is Made

Polar fleece is made by combining petroleum derivatives at a high temperature. As this petroleum derivative combination is cooled, the syrupy mixture is strained and forms stringy fibers. These fibers are then twisted together to form polar fleece.

How It Works

Polar fleece fabric contains air pockets that capture a person's body heat. The breathability of the fabric simultaneously evaporates moisture and increases air flow.


Polar fleece fabrics are used in blankets and a variety of apparel, such as sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts and pants. It is also well-known for its use in outdoor recreation clothing.


Polar fleece is easy to care for. Garments containing the fabric can be best preserved by turning them inside-out before machine-washing. Washing them in cold water and line-drying also extends the life of the garment.

Article Written By Jason Elliot

Jason Elliot is an outdoors writer in Pittsburgh, Pa., and his articles regularly appear on Examiner.com. Elliot has written on subjects ranging from outdoor recreation activities to outdoor gear, gadgets and apparel reviews and news.

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