Oliver Townsend

Jan 10, 2024

Review: The Ultimate Winter Fleeces of 2024 - Cozy, Warm, and Durable

Five of the best reviewed by the Workwear Gurus

In the vast and varied world of workwear, selecting the right winter fleece can be a daunting task. The market offers a plethora of options, each boasting unique features and benefits. To aid in this decision-making process, the Workwear Gurus have combined their expertise with real-world feedback from customers who have tested these products in their daily work environments. Our focus is not just on popular choices but also on our personal favorites, ensuring a comprehensive review of what's best in the market. Let's delve into the top picks of 2024's winter fleeces, each a testament to comfort, warmth, and durability.

What's covered in this review?

  • Introduction
  • Blaklader 4729 Pile Work Jacket - Mens (47292955)
  • Portwest F400 Argyll Heavy Fleece
  • JCB Trade Heavyweight 1/4 Zip Tech Fleece
  • Helly Hansen Heritage Pile Fleece Jacket - 72180
  • Regatta Professional Mens Asgard II Quilted Insulated Fleece
  • Our recommendation

Top 5 Best Winter Fleeces

Blaklader 4729 Pile Work Jacket - Mens (47292955)

The Blaklader 4729 Pile Work Jacket stands out as an essential for those braving the cold. Its high-quality pile fabric offers unmatched warmth, functioning both as a jacket and a sweater. The high collar, extended back, and thumb holes are thoughtful additions for extra warmth. Perfect for outdoor work, this jacket's polyester pile ensures durability while the adjustable hem and inner wind flap add to its practicality. Its classic Blåkläder style is both functional and fashionable.

What we liked:
- High-quality polyester pile for superior warmth.
- Practical design with extended back and thumb holes.
- Versatile as both a sweater and a jacket.
- Durable and stylish, true to Blåkläder's reputation.

Our verdict:
 The Blaklader 4729 is more than just a fleece; it's a reliable companion for the winter worker. It promises warmth without compromising on style or functionality.

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Portwest F400 Argyll Heavy Fleece

The Portwest F400 Argyll Heavy Fleece is a testament to timeless design and quality. The heavy 400g fleece is ideal for retaining heat, making it perfect for colder climates. Its generous fit allows for comfortable layering, and the elasticated cuffs ensure a snug fit. The anti-pill finish preserves the fleece's look over time, and the adjustable hem adds versatility. Suitable for various work environments, its simplicity and efficiency stand out.

What we liked:
- Heavyweight fleece for excellent heat retention.
- Anti-pill finish maintains the fleece's appearance.
- Generous fit and adjustable hem for comfort and versatility.
- Simple, efficient design suitable for various work settings.

Our verdict:
 The Argyll Heavy Fleece is a solid choice for anyone seeking a straightforward, effective winter workwear solution. Its durability and comfort make it a practical investment.

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JCB Trade Heavyweight 1/4 Zip Tech Fleece

JCB's Trade Heavyweight 1/4 Zip Tech Fleece is built for the rugged demands of the work environment. The Cordura elbow patches add durability, extending the fleece's lifespan. The ripstop chest pocket and side pockets are not only practical but also add a touch of style. Breathability is a key feature, with zipped air vents under the arms, making it suitable for active workdays. The hi-vis piping and JCB branding enhance its visual appeal.

What we liked:
- Durable with Cordura fabric elbow patches.
- Practical pockets with a stylish design.
- Zipped air vents for breathability.
- Hi-vis piping for added safety and style.

Our verdict:
 This fleece is an excellent choice for those who need a durable, functional, and stylish option for active work settings. The thoughtful design details make it stand out.


Helly Hansen Heritage Pile Fleece Jacket - 72180

Helly Hansen's Heritage Pile Fleece Jacket is a blend of sustainability and functionality. Made from 100% recycled polyester, it's an eco-friendly choice. The elastic cuffs with thumbholes and the YKK front zipper are designed for comfort and ease of use. Its straightforward design is suitable for a variety of work environments, making it a versatile choice.

What we liked:
- Eco-friendly, made from 100% recycled polyester.
- Comfortable design with thumbholes in the cuffs.
- Versatile for various work settings.
- Reliable quality with YKK zippers.

Our verdict:
 The Heritage Pile Fleece Jacket is ideal for those seeking an environmentally conscious option without sacrificing quality or functionality.


Regatta Professional Mens Asgard II Quilted Insulated Fleece

The Asgard II from Regatta Professional strikes a balance between comfort and practicality. The quilted polyester lining and Thermo-guard insulation ensure warmth, while the anti-pill Symmetry-Fleece maintains its appearance. The quick-drying feature is particularly useful for active workdays. The adjustable shockcord hem and multiple pockets add to its functionality, making it a versatile choice for various work settings.

What we liked:
- Quilted lining and Thermo-guard for optimal warmth.
- Anti-pill fleece for long-lasting appearance.
- Quick-drying and adjustable for comfort.
- Functional pockets for practical use.

Our verdict:
 The Asgard II is an excellent choice for those seeking a fleece that combines warmth, durability, and practical features for the working environment.



The 2024 winter fleece selection offers an impressive range of options, each excelling in warmth, durability, and functionality. From the classic style of the Blaklader 4729 to the eco-friendly Helly Hansen Heritage Pile Fleece, these top picks cater to a variety of work environments and personal preferences. The Workwear Gurus conclude that these fleeces represent some of the best in their category, making them worthy of consideration for anyone in search of high-quality work fleeces.

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