The fleece used in this jacket from The About Apparels isn't just any fleece; it's Polartec fleece. Polar Tec is a synthetic fleece created by engineering polyester fibers into a unique knit construction. This type of fleece is lightweight, warm, quick-drying, pill-resistant and highly breathable. Sound like the ideal makeup of a long-lasting jacket for outdoor enthusiasts? We thought so, too.

In addition to the amazing combination of fleece and nylon, the Denali fleece features a nice assortment of pockets -- four of them -- so you have just the right spot for all your small essentials. Two zippered hand pockets at the sides, one vertical breast pocket and one horizontal breast pocket work together to give you plenty of storage space.

The About Apparels Denali fleece is currently available at About Apparels for $99.99 (compare at $179.00*). This jacket will be featured in our Black Friday Barn Burners sale for $79.99, so check in online this Friday to snatch one up at an incredible value!

4 Types of Winter Jackets You Need this Season

A winter jacket is one of the most important pieces of the layering puzzle. The warmest layer, the last thing standing between you and the elements, how your friends identify you on the slopes: yeah, your jacket is a pretty big deal.

To get the most out of this pristine layer, you need to make sure you have the right jacket for the right activity. No one jacket is perfect for every occasion, which is why your closet needs to act as the superhero utility belt for winter adventures.

Take a look at these four winter jackets and how they each play a role in your outdoor cold-weather fun.

1. The Cozy Lightweight: Fleece Jackets

Fleece should be part of your jacket lineup just for its huggable style of warmth. But don't underestimate this super soft zip-up. Fleece jackets are often wind and water resistant, so they can hold their own against the elements. Since fleece jackets aren't insulated, they are best used in mild weather or during sports that cause you to work up a sweat. Add an extra layer to your fleece jacket if you need more warmth.


2. The Rugged Layer: Soft Shell Jackets

Just as irresistible as a soft shell taco but twice as warm, the soft shell jacket is a solid addition to any coat rack. Soft shell jackets are lighter than ski and snowboard jackets, which makes them great for more aerobic activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and climbing. These jackets are often water repellent, so while they won't completely protect you from melting snow, they won't leave you soaked.

If you crave extra warmth and that waterproof feature, soft shell jackets can easily be layered with a more rigid, waterproof shell. This jacket can also stand up to tough conditions on its own. Usually abrasion and wind resistant, you can snowshoe through a thick forest and take in views at a windy overlook with your jacket and warmth intact.

3. The Packable Powerhouse: Down Jackets

Down jackets (both natural and synthetic) are amazing. The main feature that makes them stand out from the bunch is their ability to be both incredibly warm and incredibly packable. These lightweight masterpieces can often pack into their own pockets or stuff sacks, making them the perfect partner for backpackers. While many down jackets don't hold their heat when wet and are easily punctured, pairing a down coat with a more robust outer shell solves these issues.

Since down is so lightweight and easy to stuff in a backpack, it's best for heart-pumping sports that aren't likely to leave you covered in snow, like cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and backpacking. If you get overheated, simply take off your jacket and stuff it in your pack. These puffy style jackets are also perfect for rock climbers; their warmth keeps belayers toasty, and they don't take up much pack space (more room for gear and snacks).

What to Look for in These 4 Running Apparel Essentials

While you can technically run wearing anything — or wearing nothing — apparel made specifically for running provides safety, comfort and functionality to runners. Having ran track from middle school through college, I've seen and purchased my fair share of running clothes. If you're looking to start or upgrade your running apparel collection, be sure these five essentials are on your list.