While insulated mid-layers still hold center stage, fleece is making a comeback due to technological advancements. The Cascade Plus Hood exemplifies that. First, hybrid fabrics: softshell in the shoulders, arms, and hood add durability to the fleece as well as a little extra weather protection. And, there’s more: the fleece body is treated with Schoeller’s nanotechnology, which repels water like a champ. While in their booth, I was given a demo during which the liquid beaded up and never absorbed. Icebreaker calls this technology waterproof. We’re pretty sure we’d still want a shell in a deluge.
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