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Patagonia R2 - Women's Review

   

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Overall avg rating 4.2 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: February 20, 2013
Street Price:   Varies from $67 - $169 | Compare prices at 8 resellers
Pros:  Lightweight, compressible, super breathable, cozy for a technical fleece.
Cons:  No hood, no wind protection, short torso and short sleeves.
Best Uses:  Backcountry skiing, cardio activities on cold days.
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Manufacturer:   Patagonia
Review by: McKenzie Long ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ February 20, 2013  
Overview
The Patagonia R2 is the perfect combination of a technical women's fleece jacket that also doubles as a comfy, everyday sweater. It is cozy and breathable but it is not a wind-resistant or thick, warm fleece.

If price is not a strong consideration, this is a great option, but if you need something less expensive, there are plenty of other options, such as the North Face Khumbu. If you want something thicker and warmer, check out the Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman. Or if you would rather have a wind resistant jacket, the Mountain Hardwear Mistral is a cozy choice. See how this compared to other fleece jackets in our Best Women's Fleece Jacket Review.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Likes
The Patagonia R2 is maybe the most versatile fleece I reviewed, performing well under just about any circumstance. It is lightweight and great for stuffing in a pack to bring with you on an all-day adventure, but it is also cozy and stylish enough to wear around town. It layers well and dries quickly when it gets wet. This fleece breathes well during high- intensity activities, and the mesh-lined pockets can be unzipped for even more airflow. It also has a soft, furry fabric that adds extra comfort. Also, it is lighter and breathes much better than other furry fleeces like the Mountain HardWear Monkey Woman or the Marmot Flair.

A big part of Patagonia is the history, manufacturing process, and philosophy behind their gear that is told in Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard. Highly recommended reading.

Dislikes
I felt that the waist hem was a little baggy, which I think makes the fit slightly awkward and sometimes lets in too much air. However, when running or hiking this helped it breathe. There is no hem draw cord, but this cuts back on the weight of the jacket.

Best Application
This fleece is a great stand-alone layer for any cool weather activity like running, hiking, or camping and backpacking. It can also be used as a warm layer under other shells or jackets.

Value
This is one of the most expensive fleeces, and sometimes it is hard to justify the cost for a mid-layer. It is also one of the most useful fleeces, so if I had to pick one, I would strongly consider the R2 as an option. The Arc'teryx Caliber Hoody serves a similar function and adds a hood for a cheaper price, but it is not as soft and cozy as this one.

Patagonia Footprint Chronicles: R2 Jacket Design

McKenzie Long

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Most recent review: February 20, 2013
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   Dec 26, 2012 - 01:09pm
RaspberryRuby · Hiker · Charleston, South Carolina
This jacket is absolutely perfect for everday wear, backpacking, hiking, jogging, and wearing around the house in southern jacket wearing weather. Also, if it's time to unlayer this jacket, this jacket compresses nicely to limit bulk and is light enough to not add too many ounces to most any back packing adventure.

Please note that southern jacket wearing weather with this item should be limited to low temperatures of approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit without additional top layering. Obviously, inclement weather involving rain/snow/sleet/winds > 10 - 15 knots will require the additional top layering options.

Presuming other layers (both under and above) are appropriately selected, this jacket is absolutely ideal. The Outdoor Gear Lab definitely got this rating correct.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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