Alpinists and backcountry skiers worldwide live in this layer; it's our testers' single most used fleece. The features are nearly perfect: the ninja hood adds instant warmth when you need it and the quarter-length zipper dumps heat when you're moving fast uphill. This could be Patagonia's single best product and it is the author's favorite Patagonia product – many other premium brands make similar fleeces but none match the high performance of the Patagonia Men's R1 Hoody. This model competes fiercely with the Arc'teryx Fortez Hoody, which is more durable, more wind resistant, and more jacket-like. Our testers prefer the R1, but if you're looking for a top-tier technical fleece that looks better around town and functions at a higher level as a standalone, jacket the Fortez Hoody is worth considering.
The Patagonia R1 Hoody is now available in new colors! Check below for your new color options!