I second this. I bought an Eddie Bauer fleece wind breaker jacket about the same time (early 1980s) that's still going strong. The jacket's been in the washing machine 100s of times. The nylon has faded from exposure to the sun. The zipper has been repaired a couple of times. But the jacket remains fully functional.

Some years later I bought a similar jacket on sale as a spare to use when the original wore out. It's still in the closet waiting to be deployed.

I like wool too and I still have some wool sweaters, including an expensive Peter Storm oiled-wool British military style. But I find that I never wear them because they take more effort to put on and far more care to keep clean. They're also not nearly as warm as fleece when they're wet.

For me it's fleece for the win, er, long run.


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