Pushing your comfort zone in the colder months isn’t easy. Neither is willing yourself out the door into freezing air. That’s why we designed the all-new Franklin Fleece for high output training in cold weather. Extremely soft Polartec® Classic fleece meets zones of nylon-elastane for increased range of motion, so you can drive the pace until the steam comes off your back.
Polartec® Classic Double Velour Micro Fleece
Nylon/Elastane Side Panels
Two Zippered Side Pockets
Body: 100% Polyester, Double Velour Micro Luxe
Side Panels: 85% Nylon / 15% Elastane
A Combined Effort
On a cold morning, the warmth of a cozy fleece can be all that gets you out the door. But problems arise when the pace quickens and your body heat rises, since traditional fleeces aren’t made for running fast. We designed the Franklin Fleece with these varying conditions and thermal outputs in mind, mixing strategically mapped materials for zoned ventilation and weather protection. The first performance fleece designed specifically for running: take it when you need some of the coziness of home, and keep it on as you negative split your way back.
When it came to selecting a performance fleece, we turned to the original source: Andover-based Polartec. Their classic double velour micro fleece features hydrophobic polyester yarns that repel moisture and speed dry times, while the lofted construction retains warmth while simultaneously enabling breathability.
On its own, fleece would be too warm for fast running, even in the coldest conditions. We’ve combined it with a breathable nylon-elastane in key zones like the underarms and side panels, providing enhanced stretch while shaving weight. The result is the first-ever running fleece that delivers exceptional warmth across the core of the torso with flexible, breathable stretch panels where you need mobility, and enhanced ventilation at higher speeds.
Esprit De Corps
In the lead up to the California International Marathon, Sam and Jason took the Franklin Fleece for a spin on foliage-lined roads. Lincoln and Concord have long been a favorite for Boston-based runners, who - on chilly fall mornings - drive out Route 2 and park at Donelan’s Supermarket for long runs on quiet country roads and beautiful trails, followed by a hearty brunch at Helen’s in Concord.
In 1981, Massachusetts-based Polartec first engineered polyester fibers into an innovative knit construction with a lofted fiber structure that created thermal air pockets to prevent heat loss and regulate core warmth. Their invention, known as polar fleece, transformed the industry and was the most durable and versatile insulation and outerwear fabric of its day. Continuously refined over forty years, this technical fleece remains a cold-weather performance stalwart for its lightweight warmth and fast-drying characteristics.