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Gear Review – Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Fleece Jacket


When you find yourself deep into the dense woodlands, miles away from the nearest population, the last thing you need or should be worried about is being cold. Sometimes you venture out on your journey, welcomed by warm and wonderful conditions, only to have the chilly temperatures ride in on the dusk of darkness.

Sure you have your campfire blazing and are enjoying a cold one at this point, but wouldn’t it be perfect to throw on a cozy and comfortable midlayer?

Meet the Mountain Hardwear Monkey Fleece Jacket. It has quickly become one of our favorite fleeces on and off the trail. Weighing in at only 14 ounces it positions itself as a versatile midlayer option for any trip. Made with Polartec High Loft fleece that will keep you warm and toasty all night, it is a great option that is definitely worth a little space in your bag.


How do we use our Monkey Man Fleece? Luckily the weather in Charlotte and the Southeast is fairly mild. We rarely need to break out our down jackets and honestly their primary function serves more as a pillow. With that said, the Monkey Man Fleece is typically used as an outer layer. When things do get a little chillier, this fleece works great under a hardshell rain jacket or a down jacket. The fit is shorter on the waist and the material is thinner than a North Face Denali. The combination of the two elements allows it to slip easily under an outer layer.

Lets go over some of the specs 


Polartec HIgh Loft fleece retains warmth yet is light and easy to pack

Tough, stretchy, moisture-wicking side panels enhance mobility and breathability


Fabric  Body: Polartec High Loft

Fabric Panel: Stretch Fleece


Apparel Fit: Standard

Weight: 14 oz / 397 grams

Good for

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Casual / Travel


Where to buy

If you search on google for Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Fleece you will find an array of options out there. However, we noticed that Backcountry is currently selling them for 40% off. We have purchased a few things from them in the past and have had good experiences. There are a few different color options: Khaki, Black, Smolder Red, Phoenix Blue, Thunderhead Grey. The sizing runs pretty standard to a true fit. If you are the middle between two sizes, we would suggest going smaller rather than larger.


The fabric has a thinner feel to it and fits a little shorter. Originally I was worried that it might shrink in the washer. Also that it might show wear and tear. At this point we have had no issues with either concern. When washing we would recommend not putting it in the dryer and just air drying it.

Would we recommend it?



Do you have any comments or experience with the Monkey Fleece? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear from you. 

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