The North Face Gordon Lyons Fleece Sweater - UPF 50 (For Men)

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Specs about The North Face Gordon Lyons Fleece Sweater - UPF 50 (For Men)

  • UPF rating: 50
  • Closure: Zipper,YKK®
  • Zipper: Right
  • Length: 29" (based on size large)
  • Fabric: 100% polyester
  • Care: Machine wash/dry
  • Total weight: 1 lb. 6 oz.
  • Made in Jordan
  • US shipments only

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Reviewed by Chopper from Minnesota on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Great comfort, I really like the texture of the material, cut, and color. I work in a cool building so I wear it most of the time there, I love it. One complaint, it hangs an inch below my hard shell for layering,
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  • Reviewed by Chopper from Minnesota on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
    Great comfort, I really like the texture of the material, cut, and color. I work in a cool building so I wear it most of the time there, I love it. One complaint, it hangs an inch below my hard shell for layering,
  • Reviewed by Flyfisher1 from Bend, OR on Wednesday, September 4, 2013
    I have and like a Patagonia "Better Sweater". This jacket/sweater is essentially The North Face version. It seems a bit thicker and warmer than "the other brand". The P-brand pills somewhat at areas of wear. I have not yet worn this one, so am not able to comment on pilling, but am hoping for better. The exterior finish is not quite as "hard" (using the term loosely) as the P-brand. The Medium is plenty big for my 5'10', 150 pound frame.
  • Reviewed by gulfbreeze from FL on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    I live in FL, and most of our need for fleece down here is for taking the chill off during evenings from about November-April. It occasionally gets colder, but I was looking for something that would see a lot of use from work to evenings out. I was also looking for a fleece that didn't scream technical or sports/outdoors, and this Gordon Lyons fleece sweater caught me eye. And in that regard, the Gordon Lyons delivers with a subdued/loose/casual look that differs from the majority of fleece jacket out there. Even the TNF logo is barely visible unless you're up close...a sharp contrast to most of their other garments.


    As for style, the collar is a tall, heavy fleece that feels great on the neck. The chest pocket and zipper are barely visible and there's a hole for earbud access. The hand pockets have zippers, and have a comfortable/smooth softshell interior. A bit strangely, on the left had side of the jacket the fabric the pocket is made of runs from the base of the jacket, up through the pocket height, and continues up to create the chest pocket interior, and then extends all the way to the collar. The effect is like a smooth jacket lining. Which is great, because the doubled fabric (which makes both sides of the left hand and chest pockets) adds to the thickness of the jacket and will likely provide an additional barrier against the wind getting through the fabric to your chest. Alternatively, on the right side that interior pocket fabric stops at the top of the pocket, and simply creates a loose/baggy interior pocket where you can drop something down behind the exterior zippered pocket. That's a nice touch I suppose, but with the doubled fabric going all the way to the collar on the left hand side and stopping at the top of the right zippered pocket, it leaves the right side of the chest without the benefit of the fabric to minimize wind coming through the exterior. Personally, I would have scratched that interior pocket in exchange for matching the same interior doubled lining coverage up the right side to the collar just to get a bit more warmth.


    Note there are no cuffs, so you could get some cold breezes up there. Fortunately, the sleeves on my medium size are plenty long (based on my 31" sleeve length, I'd say it's a hair over 32"), which should minimize the heat loss. Also the full length zipper doesn't have a flap to prevent wind from creeping in. In addition, the fabric of the sweater is pretty loose, so whether it's zipped up or down, the zipper contributes this wavy effect that makes the zipper stick out just a bit every 8" or so. Some might find distracting, but that wavy effect is similar to most every zip-up sweatshirt hoodie I've ever owned, maybe that's a reference for you if you've had one before. It's never bothered me before, but it enhances the casual look instead of something very fitted.


    The exterior really does look like a very tight ribbed sweater, while the interior has a loose pile that's approximately the length of a lightweight fleece, giving it a great feel. The overall weight/feel is very lightweight, but the exterior fabric seems pretty tight and that hopefully will keep most of the wind out. But to be clear, this is not a mid-to-heavyweight fleece jacket if that's what you're looking for.


    It's August, so I can't test how warm it will keep me, but all in all, the jacket hits all the points of style and functionality I'm looking for.

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