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Fleece Jacket for the first week of September

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Meliss35

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Camino(s) past & future
September 2019
My husband and I will be walking the last 100 Km of the Camino Frances during the first week of September. Is a fleece jacket recommended during this time? I do get cold very easily. Any recommendations for both men and women fleece jackets? Thanks!!
 

C clearly

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Is a fleece jacket recommended during this time?
I'm not sure what you mean by this, but it depends on what layers you have. You should take several thin layers, which add up to a thickish layer if worn together and/or with a rain jacket. Many people take a medium weight fleece or a wool zip "jacket." During the first week of September, I wouldn't expect very cold weather in Galicia but I would always prepare for rain.
 

chinacat

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Hello and welcome to the forum!

It all depends on what else you are taking/wearing.
The first week of September is unlikely to be cold but it might be damp.
Then again, it might be hot and dry.

Several layers of, for instance, merino, thin down layers and a waterproof outer would allow you to adjust to the prevailing conditions.
I took a thin Rab (UK) fleece top as one of my layers but hardly wore it in the last two weeks of September/first week of October. But when I needed it, I was grateful for its extra warmth.
If you feel the cold very easily, you could use an old trick for the evenings: a thin merino layer on your legs, under trousers, makes a big difference. We always think of keeping our trunk warm, with jackets or sleeveless insulation, but if our legs are warm, the rest of our bodies need fewer layers. A windproof top can be useful too; though a waterproof jacket would provide protection from the wind, as well as the rain.
Merino leggings make cosy nightwear too!

Buen camino!
 

chinacat

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I'm not sure what you mean by this, but it depends on what layers you have. You should take several thin layers, which add up to a thickish layer if worn together and/or with a rain jacket. Many people take a medium weight fleece or a wool zip "jacket." During the first week of September, I wouldn't expect very cold weather in Galicia but I would always prepare for rain.
Snap! 😄
 

t2andreo

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I would recommend taking a fleece.

NOTE: Most brands of Polar-Tech type fleece come in three distinct weights or thicknesses. Polar -Tech is the first brand invented in the 1980s, and is the generic term used to describe the poly fleece fabric, usually made from recycled plastic bottles. Some better brands still use this branded fabric. look for it on labels and in product descriptions.

You can tell the difference in weight or level by touch. The weights are referred to as 100, 200 and 300 level or weight. Sometimes the weight factors into the style name, or appears somewhere in the description.

However, if you have several different fleece garments of the same type *(e.g. a jacket or pullover) pinch the sleeve and slide two fingers to gauge the thickness of the material. You can readily feel the difference from levels 100 to 200 to 300.

I recommend using level 100 in the spring - early fall for someone who does not chill easily - like me. For someone who does get chilled easily, or if you plan to use the fleece in lieu of a sleeping bag, I recommend 200 to 300 level fleece.

If one is walking from late September through April, I recommend going up a notch to using 200 - 300 level fleece for all.

I use level 100 or 200. As a large fellow, who prefers to be a little cool, and who does sweat profusely, I prefer going no higher / thicker than level 200. For reference, in May I obtained a level 100, full-front zip, fleece from Decathlon in Santiago for €9,99. It was on their hunting aisle. While not branded Polar-Tech, it is nonetheless excellently made and provides excellent value for cost.

Hope this helps.
 

Meliss35

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2019
I would recommend taking a fleece.

NOTE: Most brands of Polar-Tech type fleece come in three distinct weights or thicknesses. Polar -Tech is the first brand invented in the 1980s, and is the generic term used to describe the poly fleece fabric, usually made from recycled plastic bottles. Some better brands still use this branded fabric. look for it on labels and in product descriptions.

You can tell the difference in weight or level by touch. The weights are referred to as 100, 200 and 300 level or weight. Sometimes the weight factors into the style name, or appears somewhere in the description.

However, if you have several different fleece garments of the same type *(e.g. a jacket or pullover) pinch the sleeve and slide two fingers to gauge the thickness of the material. You can readily feel the difference from levels 100 to 200 to 300.

I recommend using level 100 in the spring - early fall for someone who does not chill easily - like me. For someone who does get chilled easily, or if you plan to use the fleece in lieu of a sleeping bag, I recommend 200 to 300 level fleece.

If one is walking from late September through April, I recommend going up a notch to using 200 - 300 level fleece for all.

I use level 100 or 200. As a large fellow, who prefers to be a little cool, and who does sweat profusely, I prefer going no higher / thicker than level 200. For reference, in May I obtained a level 100, full-front zip, fleece from Decathlon in Santiago for €9,99. It was on their hunting aisle. While not branded Polar-Tech, it is nonetheless excellently made and provides excellent value for cost.

Hope this helps.
 

Telboyo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I intend to leave the UK the day Before Brexit and walkMarch -April 2019 Camino Frances
Fleece top layers on their own are useless in the wind, a rain or wind proof layer will make all the difference.
 

simeon

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SJPDP LosArcos 09\14 Tricastella SDDC 0515 Porto SDDC 1015 LosArcos Burgos 1016 Burgos Leon 0917
Just make sure it's of the quick drying varsity.
 
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My husband and I will be walking the last 100 Km of the Camino Frances during the first week of September. Is a fleece jacket recommended during this time? I do get cold very easily. Any recommendations for both men and women fleece jackets? Thanks!!
I was in this area in early October, and I had a synthetic 'micro-puffy' with a good quality rain jacket as my 'outer layers' (plus a toque!). I then had a sunshirt (long sleeve, light-weight, hooded shirt) and a warmer 'base-layer' shirt. I actually hiked in shorts + sunshirt nearly every day. Just a couple of times, I put on my pants for the first hour in the morning, but then changed to shorts. I was glad to have the puffy to throw on during breaks. I didn't really NEED all the layers I brought until I was out in Muxia though, and it was a bit stormy and quite cold there in mid-october.
EDIT: I ended up making this website once I started digging into my pack list. Pack list information, and why I brought each item is included! My pack was 3.9kg.
 
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