The Patagonia R3 Jacket is one of the warmest technical non-hooded fleece jackets we tested. As it was a Top Pick in last year's review, testers were curious to see how this fleece would stack up to some of the newly re-designed products in our updated 2014 review. While other high-loft models HAVE improved, the Patagonia R3 remains our go-to high-loft fleece for outdoor adventures on extremely cold days. We are pleased, again for 2014, to offer this model our Top Pick for High-Loft Fleece.
At a modest weight of 14.9 ounces, this model packs a tremendous amount of warmth into a small package. We prefer it to the also revised Patagonia R2 because it is warmer, has larger hand warmer pockets, looks better and only weighs 1.6 ounces more than the R2. Whether it be a frigid day on the ski hill, a bitter cold climbing trip or a fall football game, the R3 is our testers' favorite fleece for active use in frigid conditions AND for casual use around town. This jacket is considerably warmer and looks more attractive the Patagonia R1 Hoody.