Designed for optimal warmth on those days that might warrant a snorkel, this quarter-zip fleece base layer from Dakine ended up surprising testers with its better-than-advertised versatility. While the midweight stretch fleece material fit comfortably beneath a jacket due to its slimmer cut, the Snorkel was still loose enough to be worn by itself when trekking up spring skin tracks, without looking like some sort of jogger's spandex. And thanks to its effective Polygiene Permanent Odor Control Technology, it was capable of being worn day in and day out without stinking up the bottoms of our packs once we did finally take it off.

Layering Features & Details

  • Polygiene Odor Control Technology
  • Midweight, tailored fit
  • Cuff thumb loops
  • Quarter-zip high collar
  • MSRP $80.00

Rad: Advertised as a cold weather layer, but demonstrates all-season versatility.

Bad: Wrist cuff thumb holes needed a little stretching out.

Dakine’s Snorkel Fleece is a warm, midweight layering piece with all-season versatility. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The tailored profile is form-fitting, yet loose enough to be worn on its own. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Despite these needing a little stretching out at first, thumb loops are always a welcomed feature. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Under arm gussets provide unrestricted movement whether worn alone or under additional layers. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

A quarter-zip, high collar offers additional warmth and protection from the elements when zipped up, or a little breathing room when unzipped. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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