Patagonia R1 Fleece 1/2-Zip Pullover - Men's

A tool for the mountains.

The best pieces of mountain equipment are simple, light, and efficient, and the Patagonia Men's R1 Fleece Pullover delivers with all three. With a design that hasn't been overthought, the R1 is made of an exclusive Polygiene treated Polartec Power Grid stretch fleece fabric, which is lightweight, breathable, and compressible. The simple design of the R1 lends itself to a variety of mountain pursuits with the ability to be comfortably layered under a shell during mountaineering objectives, backcountry ski trips, or worn on its own during shoulder season climbs. 

  • Polartec Power Grid fleece
  • Polygiene permanent odor control
  • Slim fit
  • 1/2-length front zip
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Bluesign approved fabric
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great layering piece

  • Size Bought: L

I wear this on chilly days as a stand alone and on cold days as a layer. It's fantastic and keeps you warm. I have an R2 as well. Can't recommend this piece enough!

Perfect for Early Mornings!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

This is my go to baselayer for Summer and Fall fishing trips. I leave it on all day on the river then transition to town in the evening! Another great Patagonia product with great style.

The fit could be better, otherwise great

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

It has a slim, base-layer fit, so it's probably not something most people will want to wear out on the town. I am 6'3'' 225, 39'' waist, and 43'' chest. The L was skin tight and the XL fits okay; I would prefer it to be less slim. It is also a little long for my liking but that can be a boon to performance as it will stay tucked in. As for it's thermal performance, I didn't get to test it but I have used Polar Tech Grid Fleece before and it works great. Great warmth to weight ratio and excellent breathability. Obviously that breathability goes both ways so don't expect to stay toasty while wearing it as an outer layer if there is a cool wind blowing. To summarize, if you are looking for a fairly thick and very efficient base/mid-layer for active use and you care little for style then this piece is definitely worth a look.

Still good, but use to be great.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

Patagonia continues to be inconsistent with their sizing. This R1 is cut smaller than previous versions, it is between a large and XL. They chose to abandon the thumbholes on the sleeves, poor decision. Overall it seems to be of a lesser quality than prior years models. Hopefully they'll bring back the thumbholes.

sold on my man

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I bought this as a gift for someone who already had the 'perfect' baselayers and system going. It was so impressive I have since gifted another one. Really warm, sweat literally evaporates off this thing. Be popular and pick one up for someone who thinks they have everything.

Wicked breathable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a few Patagonia R1 fleeces over the years and continue to love them.

They're a great base layer whether you're skiing, or running. They are wicked breathable and comfortable.

I'm 5'10 and bought a large thinking that I could layer under it. I can, but it's pretty big. If you're a medium you can probably get away with a long underwear layer underneath.

tremendous fleece

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

I use this fleece while skiing. It keeps me comfortable, dry and warm. Great as a first or second layer (it's on the snugger side) but I'll bet it's great as an outer layer on warmer days. I'm going to work it into my early spring hikes and backpacking trips as well. This thing is awesome, really happy that I pulled the trigger.

Best fleece.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Bought this for my pops because I absolutely love mine. It's super durable, stretchy, and moisture managing. I sweat my ass off in it whether I'm backcountry skiing or alpine climbing. The exterior is very durable, and the grid fleece interior wicks moisture fast so I can stay warm and comfy in sweaty situations.

Patagonia R1 Pullover

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fits true to size. Soft, comfortable, quite warm with minimal bulk.

Super solid midlayer/casual fleece

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

The R1 is exactly the fleece I was looking for. It's comfy, warm, fits great and has been a part of my gear setup for the past 2 weeks. I couldn't be happier with this purchase and it even beat out the Norrona fleece by quite a wide margin. If you are looking for a ski midlayer or something casual to stay a bit warmer in mildly cold temps this is your pick.

great mid layer

    Bought the red color, the material is super soft and comfy, great for mid-base layer .

    Warm AND stylish

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    First time I bought something my wife said was quite stylish. Great function, too. Just got back from time in the Rockies and the Northwest. Wore it every day hiking and was very impressed with its warmth on the cooler days and breathability when trekking the steep grades. Looks great as casual wear, too. Great product, great fit.

    Warm and Comfy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Great pullover quarter zip for any activity. It is light enough and breathable that you will not get too hot in, but inslulated enough to keep you warm on those brisk falls days. Mutli-functional that can be used as a nice commuter jacket or warm layer when hiking or biking that downhill in fall. Love it and I will get the hoodie version to match.

    Essential winter gear

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Huge zipper, super warm, good/comfortable fit.

    I throw it on for a hike or when i'm just hanging out and also use it as a mid layer for snowboarding or alpine hiking. Great pullover, it's always in my car.

    I have a hooded cap4 in a size medium that is fitted on me and I have this in a size large and it's nice and loose.

    Nice layer for touring and commuting

      I wore this ski touring and before it got too chilly while bike commuting to and from work. Nice weight.

      Great pullover!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      I love this pullover. It's thinner than I thought it would be but does a great insulating job and it's so light. Comfortable fit. Breathes really well.

      The "Go-To"

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: XL

      I travel frequently for work, so space in the luggage is a premium and sometimes I need to be prepared for various climate/weather conditions. This pullover is now one of my go-to pieces! It fits well (true to size) and is extremely comfortable. Most important to me, it's very packable! I would highly recommend this as a layering piece or as a mid-weight to wear over a polo shirt. I will be buying another one in a different color. Awesome piece of gear!

      I finally found my second color- couldn't source it on Backcountry, but found it at a local store. Forge-Grey (XL). This piece continues to impress and is extremely comfortable! My first piece has held up through extensive use and many, many washes.

      Great midlayer

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large

      The R1 is THE midlayer fleece for skiing. Fits great. Long enough to stay tucked in. Warm and breathable. Love the pocket for my phone when needed.

      Not many negatives. It doesn't slide as well as I would have thought over base layers. I also wouldn't mind a thinner version since I run hot when skiing.

      Perfection

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large

      Needed to replace an old fleece so I went with this one after a lot of research and recommendations from friends––couldn't be happier. It breathes amazingly well (used it while skiing), but it still kept me warm for those cold chair-lift-rides back up the mountain. Now, some people may complain that it doesn't protect you from the wind: it wasn't designed to. Full breathability means no wind-blocking, and vice-versa. That being said, if you throw a shell over this, you've got yourself a layering system that's practically unbeatable for any activity above 10 degrees Fahrenheit (key word: active).

      Downgraded significantly since last year

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      I have an R1 pullover from 2014/15 and love it. I got a new version this year, and was really disappointed to see that they made it significantly cheaper than the old version.

      The old one had a thinner fabric in the armpits and around the wrists, in addition to thumb holes on the cuff. The new one has none of those things. It's just a fleece sweatshirt with a chest pocket. It's still a very nice fabric for the fleece that feels good and doesn't pill, but they shouldn't charge as much as they do.

      They also got rid of the embroidered logo on the chest and went with a screen printed logo. I don't really care about this, but wanted to mention it.

      Disappointing to hear they have changed it. I have the older version you describe, and consider it the best piece of clothing I have. So versatile, I was going to get my kids one (although pricey), but based on what you have described, I will have to pass.

      It sounds like you have an R1 Flash pullover as compared to the R1 pullover. I have an R1 Flash and it is just as you described.