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Patagonia R1 Full Zip - Men's Review

   

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Overall avg rating 2.8 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: February 15, 2012
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Pros:  Highly breathable, highly versatile, recycled materials, clean design, warm for its weight, unobtrusive logo
Cons:  Little wind protection, mesh pockets, bland styling,
Best Uses:  Under almost anything for varying temperatures, stand-alone light layer.
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Manufacturer:   Patagonia
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ February 15, 2012  
Overview
The Patagonia R1 Full-Zip Jacket takes the highly versatile, breathable, and compressible R1 Pullover and adds a full-length zipper and two handwarmer pockets. Although our testers love the R1, we prefer the Pullover and Hoody versions to the Full-Zip Jacket because: 1) theyre lighter, and 2) the Full-Zips handwarmer pockets have mesh backings, which save weight, but dont make the pockets warm. We suggest the Pullover version for people who dont like hoods or the Hoody for everyone else (the hood is thin, fits under a helmet and covers your face like a balaclava).

Go for the Patagonia R2 Jacket if you want something warmer and something that looks better around town. If youre going for aesthetics and the cozy factor get the Mountain Hardwear Money Man or for the black North Face Jacket look get the North Face Khumbu Jacket.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Likes
The R1 is Patagonias lightest and most breathable fleece. It uses 6.8 oz. Polartec Power Dry, which has a grid backing (high-loft pillars with open spaces between) and a smooth microfiber face for the outside. The R1 is designed for high output activities in cold weather or for use an outer layer in moderate temperatures without high winds. This is arguably the most versatile fleece layer available. It excels in fluctuating temperatures and wicks your sweat away almost as good as bare skin. The R1 is the go to fleece layer for alpinists and backcountry skiers. It can be a baselayer for 8000m peaks or the main insulating layer on multi-pitch climbs in spring, summer, and fall. The R1 breathes well enough to be used when skinning up the steepest of mountains. This layer epitomizes versatility. Pair it with a windbreaker, softshell, or hardshell for the most versatile high output layering system on the planet.

The R1 is not as warm as the R2, or other standard fleece jackets. Unless, the temperatures are mild, the R1 is for moving in. Its also exceptionally compressible and tucks into a corner of your pack.

The R1 comes in three Mens versions: full zip jacket (with two handwarmer and one chest pocket), pullover (quarter length zipper with a chest pocket), and a hoody (quarter zipper, chest pocket, longer cut for tucking into pants, thumb loops, and balaclava style hood). Being heavier than the others, the full zip jacket is geared toward casual use but still performs well in the mountains.

The R1 has less a lower environmental impact than other similar fleece jackets. The fleece is made of recycled soda bottles. And Patagonia donates a significant part of their profits toward environmental efforts that work to preserve and restore our planets natural areas and threatened species.

The Patagonia R1 uses Polartec Power Dry fleece, which breathes very w...
The Patagonia R1 uses Polartec Power Dry fleece, which breathes very well.
Credit: Patagonia
Dislikes
The R1 isnt a casual, around town fleece. Yes, it can be, and is often, used around town, but it doesnt look like a casual cardigan. For example, the sleeve seams lie below your shoulder, which makes it more comfortable under a backpack, but looks less jacket-like. Get something else if you want a fleece jacket solely for its looks.

The R1 is highly breathable and thus not very wind resistant. Thicker fleeces or those with windproof membranes (Gore Windstopper) offer more wind resistance. Bring a lightweight wind shell, such as the Patagonia Houdini, with you. (A wind shell weighs around four ounces and pack smaller than an orange.)

The R1 isnt the most durable fleece. Polartec Power Dry is knit relatively loosely and is prone to snag on passing branches or wearing out after prolonged time in fierce offwidths or squeeze chimneys. We suggest wearing a wind shell while bushwhacking.

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The Patagonia R1 face fabric close up. Note the loose knit fabric (not durable, but highly breathable) and the hail. Shot at 13k ft. in the Sierra.
Credit: Outdoor Gear Lab
Best Application
All active cold weather pursuits.

Stories
Max Neale has lived almost exclusively in the R1 Hoody for the past three years. Hes worn holes in one (Patagonia replaced it free of charge) and is slowly working on the next. Hes also returned all other fleece jackets (including the R2). Why? Answer: because synthetic jackets are warmer for their weight than heavier fleece jackets. The R1 Hoody is Maxs single most used piece of outdoor gear. Highly recommend.

Value
Exceptional design and materials combined with Patagonias Ironclad Guarantee (you can return it at anytime for any reason) make the R1 an exceptional value.

Other Versions
This jacket is also available in the half zip version with a hood: Patagonia R1 Hoody, $160. Patagonia also offers the Patagonia R1 Pullover - Men's, but we highly recommend that you go with the Hoody. As you can see in our ratings the other R1 models score considerably lower in several categories.

Looking for the women's version? Check out the Patagonia R1 Hoody - Women's, $160, or Patagonia R1 Full Zip - Women's, $160.

Looking for something warmer?
Patagonia R2 Jacket - Men's, $170.
Patagonia R2 - Women's, $170.
Patagonia R3 Hi-Loft - Men's, $200.
Patagonia R3 Hi-Loft - Women's, $200.

Chris McNamara, Max Neale and Kevin Swift

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   Feb 15, 2012 - 06:25pm
SteveW · Climber · The state of confusion
I'm the owner of an old R-1 zip up, and it is one of the best pieces of clothing I own. The newer Patagonia R-1 pales in comparison. It doesn't have the heft, the nice sleeve cuffs, or in my opinion, the insulation
value of the older model.

I just don't understand why they messed with a good thing.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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