Field Tested: Melanzana Microgrid Dress

A breathable fleece dress that's made in the USA


Made in Leadville, CO, Melanzana's fleece hoodies are popular among Coloradans and climbers because of their innovative hood design and breathable material. The balaclava-like hood can be tightened so that it covers my chin, or even my nose when it's really cold out. I can also tighten it around my neck like a scarf to keep drafts at bay.

With the microgrid dress, Melanzana added extra length onto a slim fitting women's hoodie, making for an extra warm, extra stylish fleece layer that works great with tights. It's a comfortable layer around camp and is thin enough to work as a base or mid layer under thicker fleeces or shells. The material is breathable for active use and the front pocket is a great hand warmer.

I’ve taken to wearing my Microgrid Dress just about everywhere, including to bed!

Melanzana also makes a regular hoodie, without the extra length, for those looking for a more active layer. That hoodie also comes in a men’s version.

These make an excellent gift and build quality is excellent with a lot of color options available. The fit is slim, so double check the size chart before buying, especially if you have strong/broad shoulders.

Click the links below to read about each item:

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