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Fall is fleece season. In the years since the plush, warm-when-wet fabric was invented, that notion has been wholeheartedly embraced, first by outdoor companies and, more recently, by fashion labels too. Fleece comes in many forms though — thin and technical grid fleece is better for active pursuits while thicker pile might be more of a nod to retro style.
The North Face’s Denali lies somewhere in the middle. First released in 1988, the jacket has endured because it’s practical far beyond basecamps with a hybrid construction that features a water-resistant shell overlay. One of the few tweaks The North Face has given the Denali over the decades is that it’s now made with 100 percent recycled materials. Right now, you can pick one up for 25 percent off at REI for a savings of nearly $50.
Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.
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