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Get a bodywarmer – add an extra layer for winter warmth!


Winter warmers – add an extra layer with a bodywarmer

Alaska bodywarmer in grey fleece from Kariban. Warmth on the go in Cumbria

Kariban Alaska body warmer

Whatever you call them – gilet, bodywarmer, fleece waistcoat, sleeveless jackets – as an extra layer, they’re invaluable when the temperatures drop and the weather cools and deteriorates.

To use the dictionary definition, a gilet is a light, sleeveless, padded jacket but the terms tend to be interchangeable when discussing workwear and outdoor clothing. So whether you require a padded bodywarmer or a fleece one we’ve got plenty of options; Take a look in our online brochure.

Regatta's RG184 Haber fleece gilet in men's and women's cut for Cumbria's workers.

Regatta Haber fleece for men and women

“A good bodywarmer, which is what we tend to call them, is a great addition to any workwear package,” says Stitch & Print’s Richard Mattinson.  “It’s really practical, easy to keep smart and clean, can easily be branded with an embroidered logo and does a great job as a staff team identifier too.”


The Stitch & Print range includes padded and quilted gilets for the outdoors, fleece bodywarmers in a broad spectrum of weights and colours to match other workwear and woven sleeveless jackets with plenty of pockets so that the wearer can keep things secure during the working day.

Some versions incorporate reflective or high visibility materials while others are simply designed for warmth and versatility.

Regatta's RG154 soft shell bodywarmer. Men's style in red for added wind resistance

Modern soft shell sleeveless jacket by Regatta

“I think garden centres and outdoor retailers have been amongst our biggest repeat customers for this sort of item,” says Richard, “precisely because they’re the kind of businesses who need people to be working both indoors and outdoors throughout the day.  A bodywarmer is exactly what’s required for that sort of flexibility.”

Work Fleeces : Our Top Recommendations

In an earlier article we were talking about embroidered fleece work jackets & the wide range of options that we can supply. These can all be embroidered with your company logo. Now that’s all well and good, but how do you know what you’re getting for your money? I thought we’d better look a bit further at what we’d recommend for different situations.

Outdoor Work Fleeces – The Choice is as Wide as Cumbria is Long!

In the most popular, full zip option, of fleeces suitable to use as workwear for staff uniforms, we have a wide range. We get them from all the big brands like: Regatta, Result, Fruit of the Loom, Russell Collection & Kustom Kit.

Rg122 in royal

Regatta Thor is a classic example of modern day work fleeces

Our most popular seller amongst the work fleeces is the Regatta Thor fleece; It’s got everything you’d expect:

  • 280gsm fabric,
  • Raglan style sleeves,
  • taped neckline,
  • drawcord hem.

It comes in a good range of colour options & there’s a ladies version as well.  It does just what you’d expect and because Regatta is a brand everyone knows, it’s popular!

As with most of the Regatta range it’s designed to be used as a lining for their range of shell jackets, as a “plug-and-wear” zip in liner, which creates a lot of flexibility.

But would it be my first choice, if I wanted a fleece that was offering protection from the cold & great value for money? What, if anything, is there out of such a wide range that gives you a little bit more?

Grey Result Polartherm work fleeces give extra warmth for similar cost

Result Polartherm: Another great example of today’s modern work fleeces

For the same price you can have the Result Polartherm fleece option. The big difference is you get it in a 330gsm fabric. That’s 17% extra thickness in the fabric for the same money, which has to be a winner when you’re buying a garment to keep you warm? There is a possible downside though. The Polartherm has open front pockets rather than a zipped version which some people do find to be a drawback. Personally it doesn’t affect me, I want to be warm & my hands are in the pockets rather than worrying about having my keys drop out of them! With a wide range of colours this fleece is my recommendation on value for money mixed with product specification. Check it out on the fleece tab of the catalogue!

Looking for even more warmth? Regatta have 2 more great options. The Sigma fleece is a 380gsm fabric garment with a similar specification to the Thor range, however it only comes in 3 colours which can be slightly limiting. There’s also the Asgard fleece which we’ll discuss further later.

Russell Collection 8700F fleece. Stylish women's shape ideal for workwear and embroidery of branding

Russell Collection lady fit work fleece for female staff who want warmth as well as style.

If you’re looking for a lady fit fleece then our suggested alternative to the Thor would have to be Russell Collections outdoor version. There’s not much to choose between them specification wise, The Russell being a 320gsm fabric is the main point. Even the colour ranges are similar, but it’s our belief that it is a nicer looking garment, for the same price in a better weight of fabric.

If you’re someone who prefers a zip neck option to the full zip fleece then the option becomes even more weighted to the Result fleece over the Regatta. In this area you’re choosing a 330gsm fabric over a 250gsm one, that’s over 30% more warmth giving fabric for your money! Again there’s plenty of alternatives from Fruit of the Loom, Russell Collection & Kustom Kit in various colour schemes. As a choice for businesses to use as part of their staff uniform or workwear outfit, they are a great base for turning out embroidered fleeces with your branding.

Work Fleeces Suitable for Businesses Around the North West

Depending on the environment you’re in any of the garments already discussed make perfectly adequate workwear fleeces for most uses, However there’s a couple of alternatives that are well worth looking a little further at.

Regatta RG125 Asgard lined fleece workwear in black. Men's version

Regatta Asgard extra warmth from a lined fleece

As mentioned earlier Regatta have the Asgard which is perfect as an outdoor work fleece where temperature can be a real issue. It’s a lined fleece, quilted with a polyamide lining of “Thermo-Guard” insulation and fitted with a high zip through collar to keep you warm regardless of what the temperature gauge is throwing at you. The only draw back is the fact that it only comes in 2 colours.


RTY Workwear fleece. Blue male version

RT50 work fleece in blue

Another one for the workwear fleece market comes from RTY Workwear. The RT50 has some nice features where durability might become an issue. It comes in a 300gsm fabric with all the expected features for work fleeces. As useful extras, you also get a pen pocket to the left sleeve and patches to the elbows as a real durability boost! There are also eyelets at the underarm for a little ventilation when you’re working hard.

Micro Fleeces as Flexible Workwear

Henbury H851 lady fit zipped micro fleece powder blue

Henbury lady’s fit micro fleece: zip front in powder blue

We have a great range of micro fleece and in reality, there’s not a lot to choose between any of them. But for a recommendation we’d go with the Henbury H850 & H851 versions. There’s a fantastic range of colours available which makes it possible to combine these into any workwear package. The unisex version features an extended tail, covering the lower back better than is usual, which is a real plus if you’re taller than average!

What we really like about these as work fleeces, in general, is the way that you get similar fabric weights in a far lighter feel. The density & structure of the pile on the fabric is fantastic & given the choice between a standard outdoor fleece & a micro fleece I’d take the latter every time. They also have the great advantage, that if you’re cold, then using these styles of work fleece for layering up under a jacket for those cold, wet, miserable winter days, feels relatively unfettered.

To discuss any details on our fleece range to you can either give us a call or contact us via our website.

Workwear Fleece: A Growing Trend in the UK

Regatta RG122 Men's & RG123 Women's Outdoor fleece in Dark Green & Blue.

Regatta are a well known brand providing a massive range of fleece options, suitable for leisure and for work.

If you need some workwear fleece in various different styles and colours, for your staff uniforms or work outfits, then talk to us! Our wide range will enable you to choose one that is exactly right for your business or your leisure time. We can produce a perfectly branded custom fleece from any of the basic fleece garments in our catalogue. Our embroidery and printing services can add company branding, your sports club badge or  something completely personal and one off as a special gift! Whatever the purpose Stitch & Print can help. The full range leisure and workwear fleeces can be seen in our online brochure.

To get a quote, or for more information on our fleeces, either give us a call or contact us via our website.

The Fleece – A Brief History

Fleeces are a relatively modern garment in comparison to some of the others we stock, such as t-shirts and blouses. Thick garments or many layers have been traditionally used to keep warm, often made of wool or cotton. The next big leap forward in warm wear came from the outdoor adventure world. In 1981 the Polartec fleece was invented, as a result of climber’s venturing out on high peaks! They desperately need warm clothing that didn’t hold onto moisture from sweat or bad weather. This ability to dry quickly had a profound effect; changing the way we dress in cold weather for ever: across a great swathe of human leisure and commercial activity.

Fleece is soft, very lightweight, quick to dry, and most importantly it provides twice the insulation of merino wool and even more compared to cotton. For this reason fleeces are now widely used by explorers, athletes, military and in the workplace. Time Magazine even named the original Polartec fleece ‘One of the hundred greatest things of the 20th century’.

The Multi-Purpose Workwear Fleece

The range of fleeces at Stitch & Print is so wide that you can be sure you’ll find the right one for your business. There’s a range of outdoor fleece in a wide range of colours & sizes. The Regatta “Thor” fleece & the Result “Polartherm” are ideal for everyday use. if you need an embroidered fleece to carry your branding, they are a perfect starting point!

RTY Workwear's RT50 a zipped workwear fleece in dark blue

The RT50 workwear fleece in dark blue

RTY Workwear have a range of workwear fleece designed specifically for commercial and industrial environments. They come in a standard range of colours as well as high-vis options.

Regatta also have the “Asgard” lined fleece for added protection in cold weather.

For team wear & club wear we stock a range of fleece in contrast colourways which are ideal for reinforcement of your clubs image. Part of this range, the Gamegear Formula Racing range is aimed specifically at the Motor Sports market and their colourways are designed around that.

The Many Styles of the Working Fleece!

We have already touched on some of the great fleeces stocked by Stitch & Print, but we have plenty more styles & design options available.

RS33 zip neck fleece in black by Russell

Zip neck mens work fleece

As well as full zip fleece versions, many of the styles come in half zip options as well. Zip neck versions are great in micro fleece options where are required for layering up for a day in the cold rather than working on the convenience of the quick on & off of a full zip option. We have open cuff as well as elasticated cuff options which help keep the heat in, making these fleece even more suitable for those colder days!

Another variant on the standard style of workwear fleece is the reversible fleece jacket. This clever addition to the family offers one side in a standard fleece but the other is a super practical waterproof coating. A perfect garment for creating your business’ own custom fleece for your staff to cope comfortably with the changeable days we have in the UK.

Regatta RG182 fleece bodywarmer, black mens

Regatta fleece bodywarmer in black

Added in to all of these options are fleece bodywarmers, in a range of standard colours and also an enhanced visibility option. Like the wider range of fleece these are available in both unisex & ladies specific fit options.



Big UK Fleece Brands, Need Cumbria’s Most Expert Customisation – Call Us!

The Stitch & Print fleece range includes big brand names such as Regatta, Fruit of the Loom, Result, Premier and Craghoppers, to name a few. We pride ourselves on stocking a range of quality products, so that you are left feeling happy with your order.

Our team of in-house experts are ready and waiting to create your custom embroidered fleece to the high standards we know you expect.

Work Fleece: Never Underestimate The Knowledge of Sheep!

Lets talk work fleece! It’s that time of year again, some say it’s Autumn, some already insist it’s winter. There’s frost in the air, snow on the hills and our little planet is racing through entirely the wrong part of space ….. Be honest, it’s cold working out in that Cumbrian chill!

Fleece Inspiration From Our Woolly Sheep

Nature has given our friends in the animal kingdom fur coats, or in the case of the humble sheep, a fleece! Ever resourceful that’s what we, the human race, have used as the inspiration for the mighty work fleece! OK there was a bit of input from the outdoor industry too but the basic idea of a fabric that stays warm and insulating no matter what the weather threw at you came from our four legged friends!

Work Fleece Options From Cumbria’s Favourite Clothing Decoration Company

Regatta rg122 Thor III work fleece men and women's styles dark green and blue

Regatta Thor III. A perfect garment to embroider as a work fleece to make your staff uniforms warm and smart looking.

A good place to start for a standard work fleece is the RG122 / RG123 Regatta Thor III Fleece Jacket (unisex & ladies specific)

This is a 100% polyester 280 series anti-pill Symmetry® fleece

  • Raglan style.
  • Taped neckline.
  • Locker patch.
  • Full length zip.
  • Two front zip pockets.
  • Open hem with adjustable drawcord.
  • Fleece cuffs.
  • Double stitch detail.
  • Zips into Regatta’s RG007, RG008, RG010 jackets as an inner.
Regatta rg128 Sigma heavyweight work fleece men's in dark green

Regatta Sigma Heavyweight Work Fleece

If you’re looking for something a little heavier & weather resistant then try the RG128 Regatta Sigma Heavyweight Fleece Jacket

100% polyester 380 series anti-pill Symmetry® fleece

  • Raglan style.
  • Full length zip.
  • Taped neckline.
  • Locker patch.
  • Two front zip pockets.
  • Fleece cuffs.
  • Open hem with adjustable drawcord.
  • Zips into RG007, RG008 RG010 jackets as an inner.

Weight: 380 gsm

Regatta Asgard rg125 lined work fleece

Regatta Asgard lined fleece for work or play.

For some added cold protection try the RG125 Regatta Asgard II Quilted Fleece Jacket. A lined fleece that delivers amazing warmth!

250 series anti-pill Symmetry® fleece

  • 100% polyester outer.
  • 100% polyamide quilted lining.
  • Thermo-Guard® insulation.
  • High zip through collar.
  • Stitching detail on collar and back yoke.
  • Front zip pockets.
  • Inside zip map pocket.
  • Fleece cuffs.
  • Open hem with adjustable drawcord.
  • Zip access for decoration.

Weight: 250 gsm

More Options for Workwear Fleeces

As well as full zip there are half zip options. Also available are micro-fleece, contrast colourways & fleece bodywarmers; We have over a hundred different styles all of which can be embroidered with your required details & logos.

Be stylish & warm in a fleece from Stitch & Print – You can check out further information here.