This is a review of the Patagonia R1 Fleece Full-Zip Hoody. This product has been around for quite some time and has seen many reviews from both customers and other websites. I am happy to report that my experience with this product was very positive in every way imaginable.
The Patagonia R1 Fleece Full-Zip Hoody is a well-known mid-layer in the outdoors. Any severe climber, mountain biker, or trail enthusiast has likely heard of it. (Fun fact: Patagonia’s R1 is celebrating its 20th anniversary at this review!)
We’ve been eager to get our hands on it and see whether it’s as fantastic as it sounds.
We’ve been wearing this hoody for over two months in Detroit, Michigan, and on a climbing trip to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. Is it all we had hoped for? Let’s have a look.
Features, Fabric, and Fit
Before we get into the details, it’s worth noting that the R1 fleece is available in various designs, including a pullover, a pullover hoody, and a full-zip hoody. We’ve only tested the latter, but all technical aspects are the same in all three versions. There are also women’s equivalents of the designs above, which are almost identical except for the zippered pocket location.
The R1 Fleece Full-Zip Hoody, according to Patagonia, will keep you warm and dry on the inside “from the crag to the trail to the workplace.” The majority of that claim is correct, as we’ll see later, but the hoody’s technical style means it won’t work in any workplace except the most casual.
The cloth features a checkered pattern and a stylish tight fit on mountain passes and river banks but not so much in desk chairs and behind cubicle walls. Patagonia opted for practicality above fashion in this case. That’s OK if you’re looking for functionality. However, if you want to be the most extraordinary person in the workplace—and your office isn’t Patagonia’s headquarters—you may want to search for a different jacket.
The fleece insulation is what makes this mid-layer so popular. It keeps your body heat for a while, letting moisture out. So you’ll stay warm without being suffocated by your sweat.
Patagonia’s Polartec® Power Grid® fabric, a polyester and spandex combination, is responsible for this. And, as we said before, the checkered design provides excellent ventilation. It’s almost magical how this hoody is incredibly airy while keeping you toasty. Or science, as the case may be. You may also unzip the zipper part of or down if your body needs even more air. Of course, that’s the allure of a full zip.
Despite the jacket’s miraculous sweat-wicking qualities, you’re still a human (probably), and you’ll probably sweat occasionally, especially while doing anything outside. That’s where HeiQ® Fresh’s long-lasting odor control comes in. HeiQ® Fresh, as explained by Patagonia, is a fabric treatment that “utilizes the natural antibacterial characteristics of silver ions” to deal with the “funk factor.”
We found this anti-stink promise to be valid, despite the marketing hyperbole. We’ve worn this jacket more than other sweaters, participated in more sweaty activities while wearing it, and cleaned it less often than different mid-layers. We haven’t gotten any outraged glances telling us we need to wash it more.
A short aside: Patagonia is recognized as environmentally and socially sensitive, and its goods reflect that attitude. It’s no different with the R1 Fleece Full-Zip Hoody. It’s constructed of 93 percent recycled polyester, is Fair Trade CertifiedTM stitched, and has a bluesign® certified fabric and anti-stick treatment.
Now, let’s go back to the main event.
The wrist cuffs include a second layer of cloth, which keeps them snug against your body and effectively traps heat. They don’t curl up in the irritating manner that most sweater sleeves do when you add another layer (you know what we’re talking about). They also remain in place on your forearms if you need to scrunch them up for more ventilation when the sun comes out.
The jacket’s hem has the same double-layering as the cuffs, which keeps the jacket from bunching up even when worn with a climbing harness (yes, we’ve tried this) and offers extra warmth and comfort.
The R1 Fleece Full-Zip Hoody is also elastic, so you can wear it while doing vigorous activities like climbing or skiing without feeling hemmed in. Again, a broad range of motion is a significant advantage.
Two of the three pockets are lined with the same Polartec® fabric, allowing you to warm your hands. The third, made of mesh and fits on the chest, is zipped and ideal for storing cash or keys.
The hood, which gives this hoody its name, is the following characteristic worth mentioning. This jacket’s hood is the least appealing feature. It’s designed to work, not to look pretty. It fits snugly over your head and can be pushed up past your chin to shield your face from the elements. Consider a ski mask. While we don’t like the way it looks, it keeps you warm while without obstructing your vision. Climbing, riding, snowboarding, whatever: it fits nicely under a beanie or helmet.
And that takes us to the hoody’s modest weight. It weighs 6.9 ounces and has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. It doesn’t compress, but it does pack smaller than most other sweaters, which significantly benefits traveling.
Despite how well this hoody traps body heat, it won’t keep you warm on very chilly days—at least not on its own. Because of its permeability, frigid wind may pass straight through it, making you feel like you’re not wearing anything. It is also not waterproof.
This hoody succeeds at what it was made for—being a mid-layer—but it won’t function as an outer layer unless you require a light jacket (say, if the temperature is in the 50s or 60s). After that, you may simply layer it with a rain shell or a solid outer layer if necessary.
Now, we’re not going to be too harsh on the R1 Fleece since it was developed as a mid-layer by Patagonia. However, they believe that it is adaptable enough to function independently. Only in good weather have we discovered this to be true (and in casual situations). So it isn’t a deal-breaker, but it is worth noting.
Testing & Durability
As we said in this review, we’ve been trying the Patagonia R1 Fleece Full-Zip Hoody for about two months. And we believe it is primarily as lovely as it seems (which is not something we say often). This hoody was created to keep as much warmth as possible while being breathable and lightweight. It’s a fantastic mid-layer for all of your outdoor activities.
But that’s all there is to it. Despite Patagonia’s claims, the technical aesthetic won’t work in most workplaces or urban environments, and it’s not adaptable enough to be worn as an outer layer in any but the mildest (non-windy) conditions. It also quickly collects hair and other debris and adheres to the feathers when worn with the REI 650 Down Jacket 2.0. Aside from that, there’s nothing to say in terms of durability. Patagonia is a dependable brand recognized for producing high-quality, long-lasting gear. We have yet to come across any evidence to the contrary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Patagonia R1 worth it?
A: Patagonia is an excellent running shoe for people who want to spend less than $100 on shoes. The tread it has provides impressive grip, and the support in the footbed makes them feel like you’re wearing nothing at all!
What is Patagonia R1 for?
A: The Patagonia R1 is a softshell jacket made by the company Patagonia. It is generally considered one of their most iconic pieces; it has been featured in many of their ad campaigns and marketing materials.
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