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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Top Pick Award Best Buy Award 
Price $83.99 at Backcountry
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Pros Lightweight, long zipper, chest pocket, thumb loopsPerfect fit for most active uses, ideal weight for many conditions, great hood designGreat hood design, handwarmer pockets, water resistantWeather resistant, good stretch, breathable, looks goodInexpensive, breathable panels, soft
Cons Less breathableNot as warm for its weight as some high-loft modelsNot as warm as other jackets, not as breathable as jackets with gridded fleeceBaggy fit doesn't work well as a mid layerFleece pills, sleeves bulky under some layers
Bottom Line This fleece makes a great layering option for active days in the mountainsAn ideal fleece for almost anything you can think of, you'll never want to take it offChock full of useful features, it's well-designed, complete with a handy balaclavaAn odd entry in the R series, but we came to love this model for its weather resistanceA great fleece that compares well with the competition at a much lower cost
Rating Categories Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip Hoody Patagonia R1 Hoody Arc'teryx Fortrez Hoody Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoody Vigor Half-Zip Hoody
Warmth (20%)
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Comfort (20%)
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Breathability (20%)
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Layering Ability (15%)
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Weather Resistance (10%)
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Weight (15%)
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Specs Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip... Patagonia R1 Hoody Arc'teryx Fortrez... Patagonia R1... Vigor Half-Zip Hoody
Type Lightweight Lightweight Midweight Lightweight Midweight
Weight 11.7 oz 11.1 oz 13.2 oz 14.4oz 13.3 oz
Main Material 55% polypropylene, 45% polyester 6.9-oz Polartec Power Grid 93% recycled polyester 7% spandex with Polygiene permanent odor control Polartec Power Stretch with Hardface Technology - 88% polyester, 12% elastane, 230 g/m² Regulator Fleece 93% polyester, 7% spandex
# of Pockets 1 1 3 3 1
Unique Features Helmet-compatible hood Balaclava style hood, thumb loops, Polygiene permanent odor control, longer length to stay tucked under a harness Integrated neck gaiter doubles as balaclava, streamlined hood fits udner climbing helmets, gusseted underarms for unrestricted movement Adjustable hem, scuba hood, thumb loops Breathable grid fabric with reinforced chest and sleeves
Hood Option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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