About 5 years ago I bought a the North Face Denali fleece. Because I was a grad student and cheap, and on the short side, I bought a Youth Large instead of a Women's XS or Small. I got it on sale for about $55 instead of paying ~$165 for the women's fleece. I have decided that the youth size is a little too boxy for my liking though.
A good friend at work came in with a new fleece from EMS. She had sent her husband to get her a TNF fleece, and he brought home the EMS version because it was $80 instead of twice that. I tried it on and I really liked it!!
Here's the EMS Women's Summit Fleece Jacket. I was able to pick it up while fleeces were 20% off, then there were some extra markdowns bringing it closer to $60. Sweet deal! I got in the angora/fossil color combination because I liked that it was different than the usual black. And I have plenty of dark coats.
their size charts. Since it's a relaxed fit jacket, I went with the XS. It fits me well and has been warm on night time dog walks into the mid-to-upper 30s. As you can see, it's got 2 side pockets and a chest pocket. There is a drawcord at the waist to cinch it tighter if needed.
It's made of Polartec 300-weight fleece which is the most heaviest Polartec makes, meant for cold weather activities. It's very lightweight though. This fleece is "SYNC-Compatible" so it can snap into certain shells (I don't own any of these shells) if you want even more wind and rain protection.
And: Good news, I was able to sell my (well cared for) North Face fleece on Ebay for a little over $40! Who knew it would be such an investment :)
I just got an email about an EMS Friends and Family discount through 11/23. Use the code FANDF2010 for online purchases. It's 20% off full price and clearance purchases, but there are some brand exclusions.
Also, If you launch your order through Ebates, you'll get an additional 3% cash back.