Given my line of work and the cold New England winters, I wear a lot of fleece. It's comfortable, durable, and keeps me warm without making me look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. However, it also attracts dog hair like a sumuvahbeech. So after one class and eight jumping puppies I usually end up as hairy as a saint bernard, and all that hair winds itself around the fibers of the shirt making it an almost permanent fixture even after many washings.
So you can imagine my delight when I read about Lands' End ThermaCheck Fleece.
According to their website, the ThermaCheck Fleece's "Exclusive Nano-Tex Resists Static treatment resists static cling, static shock, lint and pet hair".
I was all over that like a hungry dog on a box of Milkbones.
I was cautiously optimistic. I mean, really, could it live up to it's own hype? I ordered two half-zip pullovers - one in navy blue, a color I usually avoid because yellow dog hair stands out like a blinking neon sign on it - and hoped for the best.
Right out of the package I could tell I was going to like these pullovers. The material is as soft as a baby blanket and surprisingly warm, given the thinness. It held it's shape after two washings (so far) and the best part... It really didn't attract the dog hair as much as normal fleece does and the hair it did attract was easily brushed away. Finally I don't have to brush my dogs while wearing my haz-mat suit anymore.
You're not going to win any points for style, however. It is fleece after all. The half-zip does have a slight tapered fit but it's still not very body conscious, which is all right by me. It's not like I'm going to be walking the red carpet anytime soon.
My final take on it: I think I might be replacing every fleece jacket, vest, pullover and pair of gloves in my wardrobe with Lands' End PermaCheck. And with their amazing prices it won't hurt my bank account... Too much.
(and, don't worry guys, Lands' End has got you covered, too.)