Wide Camping Supplies Selection
Our broad selection of camping supplies are great for:
- Float Trips
- Extended Survival
- Short & Long-Term Camp Trips
- Park Visits
Uncle Sam’s is proud to offer camping clothing, accessories, cookware and utensils, air mattresses and cots, and of course, tents. With thousands of products available on our store shelves and online, we are ready to help you find all the camping gear you need to have fun, safe outdoors adventures.
Chances are you have at least one item made of fleece in your wardrobe or your home, whether it’s a fleece-lined jacket, a pair of fleece pajamas, a cozy fleece blanket, or some fleece camping gear. It’s not surprising — although it wasn’t sold to the public until 1981 and didn’t emerge as a popular fabric choice until the early 1990s, fleece is now one of the most ubiquitous fabrics in the world.
At Uncle Sam’s, we love fleece — a synthetic fabric made from a soft deep pile — for its ability to keep a wearer very warm even during cold rains, which makes it a great fabric for camping gear. True, wool may also keep you warm, but it isn’t so comfortable when wet. Avoid the high absorbency, smell, itchiness, and heaviness of wet wool and stick with fleece on your next spring camping trip!
In celebration of fleece, we’re sharing a brief history of the fabric.
The History of Fleece
When was fleece invented?
Post-WWII, Malden Mills Industries noticed a definite shift in fabrics toward synthetics. Polyesters were growing in popularity, Nylon had been an instant hit in the 1930s, and Spandex was spawned in the 1950s. Not wanting to be left out of the fabric innovations, Malden Mills aimed to make their own synthetic designed to mimic the qualities of wool. They started the endeavor by spinning plastic materials into yarn and in 1979 they created the fabric we know as fleece. When weaved into fabric with small loops on one side, Malden Mills created a very thin fabric. In the factory, they found that brushing the yarn made it break down into its individual fibers. As the loops puffed up, the texture, thickness, and insulation of the fabric improved yet the weight didn’t increase. And thus, fleece was created, pulling Malden Mills out of near-bankruptcy and changing the fabric of outdoor and sports apparel.
How was fleece marketed?
At the time that fleece was invented, Patagonia, a major producer of camping apparel and gear, was pushing mills to produce new fabric for camping and sportswear. Fleece fit the bill perfectly. Malden Mills employee Doug Hoschek was in charge of marketing the textile, and he turned to the camping and outdoor community to sell fleece.
How did fleece jump from the outdoor niche to more widespread distribution?
In the early 1990s, popular clothing brands like Old Navy noticed how comfortable fleece was and began using cheap imitations of the Malden Mills fabric in their lines. Malden Mills struggled with competitors, but secured some government contracts. After filing bankruptcy in 2007, Malden Mills rebranded itself as Polartec, a nod to the polar fleece they invented.
Get Fleece Clothing & Camping Gear Today!
You can get all the fleece clothing, outerwear, and camping gear you need from Uncle Sam’s. Visit or Manchester, MO or St. Peters, MO locations to see our fleece items in person, or shop our online military surplus and camping supply store to find a wide selection of fleece goods, including fleece hats, fleece-lined pants, fleece jackets, fleece blankets, and more!
We offer the most reliable and trustworthy brands, so that customer satisfaction is always guaranteed. Uncle Sam’s provides some of the camping world’s leading brands, including:
Camping Supplies Brands:
- American Trails
- Cedar Ridge
- Frogg Toggs
- Katadyn-Water Filtration
- Mountain House
- Seal Line
- Suisse Sport
- World Famous Sports